A young Mongolian boy herds Bactrian camels |  <i>Cam Cope</i> Tranquil scenes on the Franklin River |  <i>Glenn Walker</i> Quechua women of Huilloc |  <i>Mark Tipple</i> Our guide William has a passion for the birdlife to been seen in the Peru Amazon jungle |  <i>Mark Tipple</i> Large pack of Thomson Gazelle down by the waterhole |  <i>Gesine Cheung</i> World Expeditions Kilimanjaro Summiteers,  Uhuru Peak, Tanzania |  <i>The Kilimanjaro Boomers</i> Local children playing on the monkey bars at Khumjung school |  <i>Mark Tipple</i> The remarkable Masai people |  <i>Ian Williams</i>

Responsible Travel 

Travel that makes the world a better place

The natural environments that we travel to are fragile and abundant with precious culture and traditions that are often reliant on tourism.  We have a responsibility as visitors to minimise the impact of our presence, protect what is delicate and where we can, leave a positive influence. 

Creating genuine and sustainable itineraries often translates to real costs, with a host of responsible travel practices that underpin our prices. By integrating these practices into our in-country operations we’re aiming for a style of travel that makes the world a better place.

Our responsible travel guidebook

Conserving environments and cultures requires a united front with our industry partners, travellers, guides and staff which is why we have developed comprehensive policies that are outlined in our Responsible Travel Guidebook.

The guidebook acts as ‘the’ operating goals and reference tool for all to follow so that we are collectively working together to achieve those aims.


Watch our responsible travel initiatives in action in Nepal and Peru:

Packing a suitcase and heading off to unknown lands satisfies our urge to take a break from our everyday routine, discover new cultures, reconnect with nature, stretch our boundaries, relax and unwind and then return to our lives feeling refreshed. But there’s more to travel these days. Today, travel also affords us with the opportunity to:  - protect the environment - contribute to communities in need - advocate against animal cruelty - take action to protect vulnerable children - support sustainable development and preserve - the world’s many rich and diverse cultures  By travelling responsibly, we can return to our lives feeling satisfied that our travels have left a positive impact. World Expeditions has been creating innovative adventure itineraries since 1975.  Our commitment to sustainable travel was formed when the company was first established, and today, in the face of a multitude of threats to the environment and societies, our commitment is stronger than ever.  Creating genuine sustainable adventure itineraries often translates to real costs, which means that a raft of responsible tourism practises underpins our prices. By integrating these practices into our itineraries we enable our travellers to be ‘responsible travellers’.  Conserving environments and cultures takes a united front, which is why we produce this Responsible Travel Guidebook. It’s a reference tool for our travel industry partners, employees and travellers, outlining our company wide initiatives, and it gives guidance to travellers about how to be ‘responsible travellers’. Responsible Travel has been at the heart of World Expeditions ever since our inception over 40 years ago. It really is the element of our company that drives most of our decisions whether it’s operating in the field or employing staff, we’re always thinking about what we can give back.   From selecting our campsites, ensuring a Leave No Trace policy, removing litter through our 10 Pieces Litter Collection initiative, supporting our porters and mule drivers and giving back to local communities through our Community Project Travel program, World Expeditions is committed to true sustainable travel. Learn more at worldexpeditions.com Porters are an integral part of the World Expeditions philosophy and style of travel. We take our travellers off-the-beaten track, avoiding the congested trails, to experience remote tent-based adventures … this style of trekking is enabled by porters. Porters are as important to us as our travellers. Without them, we would not be able to run our quality programs. When we trek, the entire group - travellers, guides and porters alike - are a team who share the same needs for safety in the mountain environment. Check out what benefits we provide our porters to ensure their safety, welfare and wellbeing. World Expeditions is proud to be the founding partner of the 10 Pieces initiative and we're thrilled to be inviting World Expeditions travellers to play a part in the solution to the global problem of litter. Find out at www.worldexpeditions.com/10pieces  On treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions as well as a selection of treks in Bhutan travellers can now volunteer to participate in 10 Pieces. We’ll alert you to the opportunity before departure, when you can volunteer to participate. In the village of Huilloc, in the Sacred Valley in Peru, over 200 households are using traditional open fire cook stoves that produce a toxic smoke contributing to the incidence of low birth weight in babies as well as pneumonia, pulmonary disease and bronchitis in the children and woman who spend  approximately eight hours a day in the kitchen.   Help us make Huilloc kitchens smoke free!! Join our 13 day community project trip, add the 4 day extension to your Peru adventure or donate to the World Expeditions Foundation.   Learn more at worldexpeditions.com Imagine if you could do something extraordinary for the planet by simply picking up 10 pieces of litter on your travels.   World Expeditions is the founding partner of a simple but effective litter collection initiative that harnesses the collective power of travellers to keep wilderness trails free of litter.   Already in place on our guided treks in Nepal, Bhutan and on Mount Rinjani in Indonesia, you can now do your bit to make the world a better place by volunteering for 10 Pieces on our Peru treks.   Learn more at worldexpeditions.com In the remote village of Ghandruk in the Kaski district of Annapurna Region there was a great need for an improved medical centre.   The only medical service available to this village and the local area is a simple sub-health post providing only the basic facilities. The attendant had rudimentary training and was only able to dispense a small number of very basic medications.   Any condition requiring serious medical attention meant that the patient had to walk or be carried 7 hours across rugged terrain, followed by a 45 Km drive to the nearest hospital in Pokhara. It is no surprise that there are many stories of people dying before they can receive treatment.   After consulting with the Ghandruk village elders and obtaining endorsement from government officials, Bir Singh Gurung, a local Nepalese trekking and expedition leader with World Expeditions, Sanjiwani-_Nepal-smalldecided that this community of 5872 people would benefit greatly from an improved healthcare facility. Two groups of World Expeditions travellers visited the village to assist in the construction works.  Group 1 arrived in Ghandruk in October 2011 and assisted with the renovation and extension of an existing building. Group 2 arrived in April 2012 to complete the renovation of the medical clinic including repairing the windows, doors, painting the walls, upgrading the furniture and fixtures and building a compound wall.  Impact: The previous medical facility was too small to the extent that they could not keep patients in overnight. The results of the 2 groups that worked at the Sanjiwani Public Health Mission was that the health mission could move to a bigger premises with new and improved conditions for medical care.  http://goo.gl/hgQVGz

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