Your sensible approach towards the environment in long run would contribute to the country’s development philosophy of preservation of rich and pristine natural environment. While trekking in Bhutan, our team practices high level of environmental code of conducts.
As Bhutan has more than 72% forest cover, fire hazards arising from shifting cultivations, carelessness of picnickers and locals or miscreants has become a major problem. We use gas for cooking camp meals and discourage cutting twigs and plants for making camp fires. You must decline if your trekking staff makes an offer of making camp fires for you.
Rubbish on trekking trails
You must be aware that non-biodegradable objects like plastic and bottles takes more than 700 years to decompose. We discourage throwing litters on trails and non-biodegradable wastes such as plastic wrappers, bottles and empty cans. Please make sure that any rubbish that you generate while on trek is been stored properly with trekking staff in rubbish bag. We make sure that we carry litters back to the city and handed over to reprocessing agents.
Human waste disposal
Contamination of water sources by human faeces cause many water born diseases and poses severe health risks for trekkers, wildlife and locals living downstream. Make sure that you use toilet tents that have been set up near your camps every day. Where there is no toilet tent, bury your waste by digging 15cm deep away from water sources and in snow, dig down till the soil level so that it is not exposed when snow melts.
Your toothpaste and some soap that contains detergents pollute water source. While washing, use detergent free soap and throw waste water about 50m away from water source to allow maximum time to get it filtered naturally before it gets back to watercourse.
Wildlife and cultural conservation
While trekking in woods, do not stone birds or scare away any wild animals that you spot. Do not leave food scraps behind your camp to avoid attracting wild animals. Do not disturb or destroy natural habitat. Trekkers are discouraged to pluck any flowers or uproot plants on trekking route.
Be thoughtful trekkers. Respect culture of local villagers, camp staff and horsemen. We do not encourage giving sweets, money, medicines or any other gifts to children for it will encourage begging.
Bhutan has one of the most vivid living culture and tradition in the world. The religious and social customs form an integral part of their daily lives. While visiting Dzongs and religious institutions, one has to wear longs pants, full sleeves shirts, more formal skirts below the knee and always walk clock-wise direction. Bhutanese greet their elders and seniors with bowing their head slightly. Festivals are the sacred religious affairs with presence of so many people. It is inappropriate to walk in front of the people pointing your cameras. Although Bhutanese will easily pose for the photograph you may ask the permission.
Community based trekking
Tourism is a joint effort and we believe that every stake holders must benefit out of it. We support community based tourism by: buying vegetables and foods from the villages on trails; using local horses and assistants as our support team on treks and renting farm houses. Visitors are encouraged to purchase local art to support our rural craftsmen and consume local products to help boost local industries. We hire local cars and use locally owned accommodations on our tours in Bhutan.