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Mountain Kingdoms Sustainability

Mountain Kingdoms

Our sustainable Tourism Vision

At Mountain Kingdoms we are committed to Responsible Tourism through policies and practices which permeate all aspects of our business, ensuring that all our holidays are undertaken in a way which is socially, environmentally and culturally sound. Responsible Tourism remains at the very core of everything we do as a tour operator.

We feel strongly that all our holidays should benefit the local communities, protect the environment by minimising pollution, and respect local traditions, religion and heritage. We tread lightly - low volume, low impact holidays are the best way of preserving the beautiful and fragile places we visit. Mountain Kingdoms has a top five-star rating for Sustainable Tourism from the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and is a previous winner of the prestigous annual AITO Responsible Tourism award.

We believe that Responsible Tourism is about more than just policies. It involves giving something tangible back to the communities that we visit.

Sustainable Tourism Projects from Mountain Kingdoms

MOUNTAIN KINGDOMS HELPS YOU ‘DO YOUR BIT’ TO REDUCE PLASTIC WASTE

The human race manufactures over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year. Half of that plastic is used just ONCE. In the more remote parts of the world which Mountain Kingdoms visits, we see the dire effects of this: recycling facilities are in their infancy and poor waste management has resulted in severe plastic pollution.

From 2019, Mountain Kingdoms will offer clients who are not given a free kit bag (required for certain treks) the choice of receiving either a free filtered water bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece. This will enable Mountain Kingdoms and its clients to help to reduce plastic waste, thus reducing the amount going into our oceans and helping to keep all the countries we visit beautiful for generations to come.

The NHS recommends drinking at least two litres of water a day, which means clients could be buying 56 single use 500cl bottles on a typical two week trip. Here at Mountain Kingdoms we have teamed up with Water-to-Go which has developed a multi-use drinking bottle with a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-salt water source. In 2019 we estimate we will be giving away 300 water bottles to our clients, which means we could stop around 16,800 single-use plastic bottles being used!

If you book on one of our trips, we will be offering clients, who are not given a free Mountain Kingdoms kit bag (these are required for certain treks), a free water bottle and a further 15% discount on extra bottles and new filters. Find out more information at: https://www.mountainkingdoms.com/news-offers/article/new-water-to-go-reusable-bottle-campaign

  • The human race manufactures over 300 million tonnes of plastic each year.
  • Free filtered water bottle for each applicable client
  • In 2019 we estimate we could help save 16,800 single-use plastic bottle

Zanskar Bridge Project

Initiated by Mountain Kingdoms MD, Steve Berry, this unique project is building a rare Zanskari bridge of interwoven twigs, helping to keep ancient Zanskari traditions and culture alive. Email steve@mountainkingdoms.com for further info.

  • Zanskar is a Tibetan Buddhist kingdom, just north of the main Himalayan range, in Ladakh, India.
  • Traditionally Ladakhi people depended on incredible woven twig bridges in order to cross the icy rivers.
  • 1st bridge has now been built