AITO: The Association of Independent Tour Operators

The Mountain Company Sustainability

The Mountain Company

Our sustainable Tourism Vision

Partnered with NGOs in destination countries to work on a number of sustainable, ethical and environmental projects.
Provides assistance and advice to the trustees of Porters Progress (UK).
Pakistan – follow international Porter Protection Group (IPPG)
Nepal – Himalayan Education Lifeline Project (HELP)

Sustainable Tourism Projects from The Mountain Company

Our AITO Project Protect pledge 2018

In 2018, we will ask each trekker booked onto a trip with us to pick up one kilogram of rubbish. During 2018 we will have approximately 200 trekkers travelling with one of our groups in Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and India and we will therefore pick up at least 200kg of litter.

"Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.” This is part of the Leave No Trace philosophy encouraging people to minimise their environmental impact when exploring the great outdoors. At The Mountain Company we want to go further by picking up rubbish found along the trekking trails and around the campsites. We have received client feedback that rubbish is a big problem and this unsightly mess has detracted from their holiday experience. By picking up litter this activity will make the environment cleaner and will help to maintain the natural beauty of the Himalaya and Karakoram mountains.

  • Our groups will talk to others to explain what they are doing aiming to inspire more trekkers to pick up rubbish too.
  • Our long-term goal is to make this the standard procedure for all our groups.

Our AITO Project Protect pledge 2017

The Mountain Company pledge is as follows: Collecting at least 120kg of rubbish/ trash in the Himalaya and Karakoram during 2017.

At The Mountain Company we want to go further by picking up rubbish/ trash found along the trekking trails and around the campsites.

In 2017, we will ask each of our groups to pick up at least four sacks of rubbish during their Himalayan trek. Each sack will weigh approximately 1kg so each group will have a target of 4kg of rubbish to collect. During 2017 our thirty groups travelling to Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and India will therefore pick up a total of at least 120kg of litter.

  • We have received client feedback that rubbish is a problem
  • By picking up litter this activity will make the environment cleaner and will help to maintain the natural beauty of the Himalaya