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Responsible Travel

Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs.

The last few decades have been dotted with disaster stories where tourism has resulted in over-development, destruction of environments and in cultural misunderstandings and mistrust. It has also recently been embroiled in the debate about global warming and carbon emissions caused by flying. At NTP we believe that our type of small scale, positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges.

Wherever we can, we use local people and businesses as our partners in destinations. Not not only do we feel this gives you the best experience, it also brings benefits to local communities. The benefit also spreads further. Local people are motivated to preserve what attracts visitors, be it the culture, wildlife or environment. Conversely, we actively avoid ‘tourist traps’. There’s plenty you can do on your trip, from recycling to being culturally sensitive, as well as being our ‘eyes and ears’ for the great, and not so great.

We’re committed to making your trip have a positive effect on the destination you’re visiting. We also want to ensure that the way we operate NTP offices is socially responsible and environmentally friendly.

Benefits can be obvious in parts of the developing world where the income we provide can mean the difference between economic survival and poverty. However, even in Nepal , Tibet and India , tourism can help stabilise rural communities by providing much needed employment and give powerful economic reasons to preserve shrinking natural environments.

“Kailash Yatra”- NTP, the environment and responsible tourism

As tourism becomes a truly global industry, we recognise our obligation to operate our tours in a responsible and sustainable fashion. We view this not only as an environmental issue but an economic and social one as well. Above all we are committed to the well-being of the communities that are our hosts and the natural environment that we are there to experience. We also believe that by following these policies we can provide a more rewarding and interesting experience to you our clients.

The following are the key points in our philosophy:

  • Small groups have less impact on local communities and environments.
  • Where possible we believe in putting money directly into the communities we visit by using locally owned and run accommodation and eating locally produced food.
  • We are careful to ensure that local staff and operators receive a fair rate for their services.
  • We encourage our own staff to take an active interest in responsible and sustainable tourism and train them accordingly so that they can put our policies into practice.
  • We endeavour to ensure that our practices help in the environmental conservation of the areas we visit.
  • We provide our clients with advice and guidelines on how to respect the social, cultural and religious beliefs of local communities.
  • Using locally owned, and environmentally and socially responsible, accommodation wherever possible.
  • Preference for locally owned partners in our destinations, and using local guides and drivers.
  • Fair wages and conditions for all staff involved in your trip.
  • Wild and domestic animal protection alongside broader good environmental practice.
  • Encouraging community-led initiatives from craft shops to restaurants, homestays to wildlife protection.
  •  “Typically I do my own backpacking, boating, camping and trekking. More and more lately, I appreciate enlisting with trips like these that provide access to places that I don’t have time or ability to scope out on my own (and don’t have to do the cooking!). I also appreciate the “leave no trace” policy that is diligently adhered to on these organized trips. In this way it is possible to grant a larger number of people intimate access to wilderness areas with the smallest amount of impact. I am happy to participate in this kind of stewardship of our environment.” Hemant K Sharma (Mentor )
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