Travel Tips

Casting loose from civilization and living in the wilds brings you back into the guidance of clear natural rhythms. afternoon shadow prompts the search for shelter; a healthy appetite treads hard on heels of the thirst and hunger;hard physical effort is followed by the need for the replenishment of deep slumber; bird songs and the first ray of sun raise your head in the morning; and as the day progress you seek agreement with whichever of natures mood comes your way. when you travel in a country you are guest, sharing the environment with the locals. its only fair that you do your best to minimize your impact on their land and resources by carefully choosing the path you follow, where you stay, and what you take into or out of your destination. aim to leave a little evidence as possible of your passage through the area and avoid disturbing the natural balance.

 

 

Set up camp more than 100 feet ( 30 mtrs)from the closest water source.. Choose a site with natural drainage rather than digging runoff rounding areas.. Avoid hacking down vegetation for use as bedding; use a sleeping pad..
Make no open fires and discourage others from doing so. Remove Litter. Keep local water clean. Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment taking cuttings, seed,and roots are illegal in many parts of the Himalayas. Bury or cover waste.
Respect Holy Place’s. Preserve what you have come to see follow local customs . Respect Local Etiquette. Value Local Traditions.

Learning language is one mean to bring strangers closer.

Try to use local language on the trail.

Non verbal language.

Use established toilets when available (no matter how they smell) otherwise dig a 6 to 8 inch hole, do your thing and bury it. Used toilet paper goes into the trash with other litter to be burned and carried out..

Pick everything out that does not burn and carry it out to one of the city trash bins or one of the more developed village.

One of the main reason we head into the mountains is to experience beautiful and interesting things. Nothing is more discouraging then seeing a half picked and trampled patch of flowers, or graffiti marking up a historical site. In addition avoid taking interesting artifacts from the historical sites. Get your tourist trinkets from one of the handicrafts markets or be content with photographs..

If an animal runs because of your presence then you are too close, keep a safe distance from all wild animals in addition be careful around yak and dzo since many of these are wild than domesticated.

Follow expert advice and heed safety warnings.

camp on an established campsite you will cause much less damaged then if you chose a pristine site. And always keep your camps footprint as small as possible.

Thought ful trip planning and preparation is the first step to responsible outdoor ethics. Un prepared and uneducated visitors do the most environmental damaged, if trekkers / climber is hungry exhausted, cold, in danger ,or out of money they do not have the margin to worry about damaging the wilderness. Make sure your group resources skills and experience level are up to the task..

Travel and camp on durable surface:.

Travel through a local company.

Use local services.

Alternative economies.

Pay the right price..

One of the main reason we head into the mountains is to experience beautiful and interesting things. Nothing is more discouraging then seeing a half picked and trampled patch of flowers, or graffiti marking up a historical site. In addition avoid taking interesting artifacts from the historical sites. Get your tourist trinkets from one of the handicrafts markets or be content with photographs.. This is a time to learn and listen about the local culture and not a time to push your culture on to them.. Encourage your guide and porters to do the same.. Be polite and courteous is always cool. Travel and camp in a way that does not become a nuisance for other people. Be respectful of local customs about dress and the relation between men and women, always ask your guide when you are not sure and dress well and appropriate that will suit in that culture. At all times remember you are the guest.

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