Responsible Tourism

Responsible
Responsible tourism is important as it becomes a responsibility of each and every individual within the tourism sector. The sustainability of the industry depends on this important factor. Before our tour commence our guide brief group members on the importance of conservation in the environment as part of our responsible tourism efforts. This has become a sacred responsibility of our efforts. We encourage programs and frequently share or clean up campaigns to promote awareness as well as maintaining a clean and healthy living environment. Our commitment continues to sourcing farther ways we conduct responsible tourism. 
  • Environmental Policy
  • Our Eco green practices continue to deliver improved ways of traveling, by minimizing impact of environment. With avoid of our treks or tours we are always conscious of the impact that we have on the environment and limit our group numbers to a maximum of 20 at any time.
  • As conscious business owners we have minimized our paper output by creating online brochures and e-newsletters.
  • Along our tours and treks we use stainless mugs for tea and coffee to reduce paper wastage.
  • We use gas for cooking and heating purposes to protect the forest, by eliminating wood fires while reducing gas emissions.
  • Rubbish is placed in bins provided, unless where are at high altitudes then we Porter the rubbish out, to the main city where it can be disposed of correctly. - We ask that trekkers and tour groups remove unnecessary packaging and store items in reusable containers.
  • We leave the campsites in better condition that when we found them, free of rubbish.
  • Don't pollute water source, with soap or rubbish wastage.
  • Every one of our employees minimizes the water usage, by limited showers and always using sparingly.
  • We protect natural aspects and avoid creating new trails across switchbacks and fields.
  • We request that our clients bring water canisters to re-use for boiled/treated water instead of buying bottled water.
Cultural Responsibility & Respect for Each Country
As you are traveling to gain an insight into the Himalayan existence, we ask that you monitor and respect the local way of life, after all this is what you have come to experience. Our clients are given a guideline to follow of the acceptable behaviors and practices throughout each country. We also ask that you adhere to the following listed.
  • Begging is one of the harsh realities of poverty in this country; most communities Asian Hiking Team believe it should NOT be encouraged. Please don't hand out pens, sweets, chocolate or anything else as this only encourages the children at every opportunity to ask the westerner and it's not something we want to promote.
  • You should be conservative in your dress code as locals do get offended by the sight of tourists wearing tight fitting, skimpy clothes. Shorts, singlet is not advisable at any time and must not be worn to visit monasteries, Temple and other religious institutions. These are offensive to locals, especially on women.
  • You will have many photo opportunities, please ask if it is ok to take someone's photo. Photography in, monasteries, shrine rooms and religious institutions are generally not allowed but outdoor photography is allowed. To be sure when visiting such places, ask your guide. We do not believe in discriminating against any person because of their color, sex, religion, nationality, race, age or size.
  • Nakedness is completely unacceptable for local cultures. Swimming, costumes should be old-fashioned.
Friendship
  • Making new friends will be one of the greatest joys of your travels. Don't expect any special privileges though, as you may be only one of many travelers to the area. Accept and enjoy offers of hospitality when you can. By taking the time to chat with the locals you will learn about their daily lives, culture and attitude to life, plus have a very enjoyable time and a few laughs. This is an opportunity for them to learn about your culture too. Consider ways to reciprocate hospitality - e.g. post back photos. Don't make promises that you can't keep. In less developed regions don't flaunt your wealth - use discretion with jewelers, cash and techno-gadgetry!
  • Be prepared for lots of questions. Just walking in the street you may be asked: "What's your name? Where are you from? How old are you? Where are you going?" Perhaps questions you may believe personal. Don't be affronted or consider it rude or an invasion of privacy. It's usually genuine curiosity, friendliness or a desire to practice their English. Respond with patience and a cheery manner. Concepts of privacy in some countries can be very different to your home country.
Remember this "Come as a Client, Leave as a good Friend".
Dining & Shopping
  • Eat local food and drinks and your money supports the locals, rather than seeking out imported familiar snacks and drinks from home. Buy handicrafts and art directly from the makers in local villages when you can, rather than from fancy emporiums or department stores. This may help the maker to obtain a better price. We try to support community cooperatives and disabled handicraft centers.
  • We ask you not to purchase endangered flora and fauna products that may be offered for sale. In many cases wildlife products that are offered for sale in popular tourist locations cannot be taken through customs on your return home. The art of bargaining is something you can work on during your trip.
Drugs
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any Asian Hiking Team's trip and the group leader has the right to expel a member of the group if drugs are found in their possession. It must be understood that possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is practiced in some parts of the world, but is not acceptable for Asian Hiking Team travelers or staffs.
 
Prostitution
Our philosophy of travel is one of mutual respect towards everyone we deal with, and in particularly the local people who make the regions we travel to as special as each are. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy and we are strongly opposed to any of our travelers visiting prostitutes while traveling with us. Be aware that prostitution in most cities and towns is a gross infringement of human rights, as women and children are sold into the industry by their families and are "imprisoned" in brothels. Many end up with drug problems and sexually transmittable diseases. We strongly condemn anyone who supports prostitution.

Donations & Gifts 
  • Please do not give money, pens, or sweets to the local people in the communities we visit as it can promote a 'begging culture'. It can create unequal relationships between tourist and visitor, with tourists being seen as purely 'givers', and it can also strip self esteem away from people when each get money for simply being poor rather than having to solve their own issues of poverty through community action. With sweets local people may not have access to dentists nor be able to afford them. 
  • If you wish to donate, your group leader may be able to suggest local projects that Asian Hiking Team is involved with. Some local villages can be supported by buying their craft work etc. Pens, note books and other items for children are usually best distributed via a school teacher or community leader. Your group leader should be happy to help distribute these items. 
  • In most of Asian Hiking Team's trip areas leaders collect clean usable clothing from travelers at the end of a trip, for distribution to needy communities. These can be left at some of our base hotels. Please check with your group leader. It is considered proper to make a small donation at the end of a visit to a pagoda, monastery or temple - most have a contributions box for this purpose.
Health & Safety 
Asian Hiking Team is fully trained in the following Health & Safety areas:
  • We provide fresh hygienically prepared food on all our trips also catering for any particular diet requirements or food allergies.
  • First aid procedures
  • Safety while Mountain Climbing
  • High Altitude Sickness
  • Monitoring all aspects of government polices and weather that may affect your trip.
  • 24 hours a day communication
  • Helicopter Rescue
Small Groups
  • Leading small groups contributes to the organization of our tours in a productive way. You are guaranteed that while traveling with our team you are sure to feel like one of our family.
  • We are attentive to your individual needs.
  • We are able to answer any questions while trekking and touring in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
  • With each of our trips it includes some free time for you to explore and do as you please.
  • All our groups are smaller which avoids making a negative impact on the environment.
Qualities of Service
Our professional, dedicated and highly motivated team is always at hand to make certain that every aspect of your journey is heart-warming and rewarding.
  • International standard of service.
  • Flexibility to accommodate any requirements.
  • All our clients are met at the airport upon arrival to ensure hassle free transfer to your hotel. Upon your departure we are there to bid you a farewell and safe onward journey.
  • We build strong partnerships with our service providers to ensure quality.
  • We use local leaders, guides and porters on all our tours and treks.
  • Our trips are not the cheapest although we can ensure the quality of service you receive is unmatchable.
Porters Trekking Policy
  • Asian Hiking Team appreciates the hard work our guides and porters perform, without them your trip should not be possible. Therefore we treat and obey the following Guide and Porter Policy to ensure the working conditions of our guides and porters are of a humane and fair standard. We continue to strive towards eliminating avoidable illness, injury and death. We ask that you follow our guidelines for ethical trekking and treat them as you should like to be treated yourself; after all ear are human.
  • All our Guides and Porters receive Medical care when ill or injured.
  • We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear we also provided them food and warm drinks.
  • We have insurance for each of our employees.
  • We provide appropriate clothing for each season and altitude, ensuring protection from cold, rain and snow. This means windproof jackets, trousers, fleece jackets, long johns, suitable footwear, socks, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
  • We never overload our porters, for us it's not all about making money. We thrive on being able to employ local people. We respect and treat each and every one them as we should expect to be treated with the up most respect.
Giving something back to the communities
  • At Asian Hiking Team parts of our travel philosophy is to develop tourism as a two-way means of communication. When you return home we'd like you to think about how you can give something back to the country you visited. You've just spent quite a bit of money on giving yourself a great time by experiencing another culture and meeting the people. Your spending has certainly helped the local economy, and now there are other things that can be done to help some other countries on an ongoing basis. After your trip, you will probably be more aware of the environmental, social, political and cultural problems that some local communities face. There are various agencies and groups trying to address these issues, aiming to assist developing countries maintain their cultural identity, develop sustainable resources and improve social justice situations. All of them require resources.
  • Money is not the only way you can assist, as simply providing your time or skills might be as valuable and useful. 
Things you could do
  • Join a development agency or other group devoted to concerns in developing countries.
  • Become a volunteer and donate time to aid groups.
  • Buy your birthday or Christmas presents at shops run by various third world charitable groups.
  • Write letters for Amnesty International to assist political prisoners or to put pressure on governments to change some intolerable situations.
  • Become more aware of your own government's policies and how each influences the 'two-thirds world' Or just be a more environmentally friendly household and help to use the world's resources more efficiently. 
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06 March - 2016
Fred Santoro I´m a brazilian guy and went hiking in Nepal back in 2003 and was fortunate enough to meet Suman, the best sherpa you can ever dream of, not only because he´s very experienced and explain all the culture of the nepali people for us, but also because he´s very VERY funny, a fantastic man. 10 years later, we´re still friends a ... Read More
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