PEOPLE . LEARNING . WILDERNESS
Our Vision & Aim
Through conservation and learning, we ENVISION to create the right awareness. We envisage sharing with those around us and our future generations the heritage of our natural world, our true legacy. Recognising the ever widening gap between humans and nature, a result of our own fallacy, we envisage bridging this gap through travel and adventure.
We understand, that we are as much a part of this natural world, as it is a part of us, that it has always been so and it will always be so…
We AIM to be the premiere outdoors’ organization in the realm of mountaineering & allied sports, travel and outdoor learning, while being environmentally sensitive in all our practices and policies.
We practise responsible tourism
What is Responsible Tourism?
We asked, we googled, we researched, we pondered, and here’s what we got:
Leave no trace
Take back photographs and leave behind only footprints
Responsible Tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit’
It minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts
It generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the well being of host communities
It involves local people in decisions that affect their lives and life chances
It makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity
It provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
It is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence
What we think!
What is listed above is also more or less of what the industry experts, philanthropists, philosophers and tour operators, thought and debated about to come up with their views on responsible tourism.
However, we think that at some level, this picture is still incomplete.
You see, at the core of all travels, is the traveler. And if the traveler is never responsible, how can tourism, ever be called a responsible endeavour?
Are you a backpacker, a trekker, a mountaineer, an off-roader, or a family that is traveling? Are you on a honeymoon or an expedition? Are you traveling for health or for spirituality? Or are you a wanderer?
What ever be your travel avatar, are you conscious about being a responsible traveler?
You have heard them say, “It takes two to tango!” Well, in this case it takes two to be responsible (at the cost of sounding clichéd, but if you may)!
How we practise?
As operators, we feel it is our responsibility to operate well within the defined norms of ‘responsible tourism’. However, we also feel that as travellers, you need to travel more responsibly. And so on tours that we organise, it is not only us but also you, who partake in sharing the responsibility on two basic levels –
The Social Factor
We engage local support. It goes a long way in helping us with logistics, the weather, the local road conditions in remote areas etc. It gives us the advantage of an extensive social network at the grass root level. Helps us get the work done! This also gives a boost to the local economy. And not just that. Your interaction with them is but a process of two different cultures understanding each other. Your understanding of how it works for them. Their understanding of how it works for you. You get new information, so do they. Boundaries disappear, and the world just becomes a small cozy place to live in as one realises that no matter how different the cultures, we are yet the same.
The Environmental Factor
Be it practicing a Leave No Trace policy, getting back the waste for proper disposal from our treks or expeditions. Be it observing the laws of the jungle, respecting birds and animals, understanding that it is their (animal) territory and not our (human) territory while on a wildlife safari. We guide you through the right approach and methods and instil in you an awareness and sensitivity towards the environment.
In a lot of different ways the above two factors manifest themselves in what happens on our expeditions, treks, tours and safaris. But what we are really glad about is that it’s not just us alone, but also you who are a part of that manifestation.
How we did it?
Ladakh Floods – August 2010
In August 2010, we were scheduled to leave for an expedition to Mt. Saser Kangri I, a massif in the Karakoram Range, beyond the town of Leh. On the night of 05th Aug, a day before we were to leave, Leh was hit by multiple cloud bursts that resulted in flash floods and an immense loss to property and life. Connecting roads from Srinagar and Manali to the town of Leh were washed away. Leh was stranded and only accessible by air. We postponed our expedition plans, only to realise that a we had a duty to full-fill act responsibility towards the calamity.
Meet our experts
Our experts hail from different parts of our diverse country and our endeavour is to give them exposure to hone their skills and build experience.
Mountaineering expedition leader
Wildlife photographer and mountain biker
Management trainer and birding guide
Rock climbing guide and ballooning enthusiast
Management instructor and birding enthusiast
Outdoor education faculty
Expedition doctor and social worker
Management instructor and sportsman
Mountaineering expedition guide
Expedition and camp manager
Expedition cook and trekking guide
Mountaineering expedition guide