Responsible Adventures honors both nature and culture in our environmental commitment. This dedication extends not only to the lands through which we travel but to the people with whom we mingle. For instance, Responsible Adventures has always advocated small group travel that treads lightly on the land and respects indigenous cultures. On our Himalayan treks, we use only kerosene cook stoves and heaters, saving the precious wood resources of Nepal. We purchase crop foods as we go, helping the local culture support itself in sustaining its agricultural base. Our guides discourage any debasement of the culture and are dedicated to environmental practices that conserve our host lands and people.
At Responsible Adventures, we firmly believe that responsible tourism can be an extraordinary tool to connect people from different backgrounds, countries, and cultures, and also go a long way in supporting local businesses and communities. If you’d like to learn more about this or help the vital work yourself, please visit the websites for the following organizations:
The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, they have worked with communities and businesses to protect more than 92 million acres of valuable lands and waters. There are currently 1400 Nature Conservancy preserves around the world.
Conservation International - Conservation International brings together leading experts in science and technology to collect and interpret data about biodiversity. Successes in the last few years include the protection of four million acres of pristine rainforest in Suriname, the establishment of a seven-million-acre protected zone in Peru, and the prevention of a water diversion project in Namibia that would have devastated the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
Charles Darwin Foundation - The Charles Darwin Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of the Galápagos ecosystems. They operate the Charles Darwin Research Station, with its team of over 200 scientists, educators, volunteers, research students, and support staff from all over the world. The Foundation designs and implements scientific investigation of the islands' natural resources and advises the Ecuadorian government on conservation and management of the Galápagos.
World Monuments Fund - The World Monuments Fund is dedicated to preserving and protecting endangered works of art and architecture around the world. WMF projects have ranged from the preservation of the famous stone carvings of Easter Island to Cambodia's jungle temples.
KINOE - KINOE is a registered charity, founded in September 1996 to raise funds for selected educational projects in the Indian subcontinent. In India they have concentrated on a project in Mumbai (Bombay) for children from low-income areas (slums) and street kids, providing them with primary education and opportunities in vocational training. In Nepal, they are supporting two projects. Work has now started on building a school for children of Tibetan ethnic origin. They have also established a medical training center and have raised funding to support the project for a few years, by which time they hope that it will be self-supporting.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust - The Gurkha Welfare Trust was established in England in 1969. Its remit is to provide financial, medical and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress among Gurkha ex-servicemen of the British Army and their dependents after they have returned to their homeland of Nepal.
The Bhutan Society - The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom was founded on October 6th, 1992 in response to the growing connections between the two countries. It aims to encourage and promote knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of Bhutan, its history, and its culture. To strengthen cultural and educational links between the peoples of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom. To act as a link between all people, particularly those in the United Kingdom, who are interested in, or who have connections with, the Kingdom of Bhutan and to promote and foster good relations between the peoples of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
Amicus Foundation - A not-for-profit organization working primarily in Bhutan and the Himalayas responding to the needs of orphaned children, disenfranchised women, and imperiled cultures. Sponsors projects in medicine, education, women’s rights and cultural preservation.
American Himalayan Foundation - Scholarships for Sherpa children to schools built by Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust Foundation were the genesis of the AHF 20 years ago. Since then, the AHF has grown to provide vital education, health care, and cultural and environmental preservation throughout the Himalayan region.
Wildlife Conservation Society - The Wildlife Conservation Society works from their Bronx Zoo headquarters to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world. WCS has field projects in 53 nations that provide leadership in environmental education.
Seva - Seva helps local communities around the world with culturally sustainable programs in health care. One example is the cataract surgeries at Seva's Remote Eye Camps, which bring the gift of sight to thousands of people.
Nominated in the category "Best in Mountain Environment" on "Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, 2011."