Ace Express Trekking & Expedition is committed to adopting a responsible attitude to the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities we pass through and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience.
Our responsible tourism policy aims to ensure that Ace Express Trekking & Expedition and its clients act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound.
If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our Responsible Tourism policy, please get in contact with us.
All areas of our operations are planned with responsible tourism in mind and we require our business partners to support this vision.
Porter welfare is a top priority, our local partners are monitored on a continual basis and post trip questionnaires are read and acted upon where necessary.
Appropriate behavior is encouraged by providing Trip Dossiers with sections on social and cultural awareness and by using local guides who discuss these issues with the group.
In the office we recycle and reduce waste.
We believe that our clients have an important role to play as well, with each person ultimately determining the overall impact of the group in the area visited. The following are some ideas you might like to consider:
Buy locally made crafts and support local skills to encourage the positive sides of tourism.
Consider tipping a reasonable amount for good service.
Bargaining is an accepted practice in all of the countries we visit- but do so in a good humor and bear in mind the amount of money you are haggling over!
Think carefully about giving money to beggars, it is often more effective to give money to local charity to reduce reliance and expectation.
Learn some words of the local language, this is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
Ask for permission before taking photographs out of respect for the local people.
Enjoy the areas you visit but, if possible, try and leave in a better state than you found them in.
Respect the local laws, customs and cultural beliefs.
Observe the dress code of the area and be aware of differences in social behavior and norms.
Do not buy ancient artifacts or souvenirs made from endangered species.
Try not to damage any plants you see on the trail.
Wild animals should not be touched, fed or disturbed and do not encourage local people to parade animals.
Do not collect firewood; all the treks use kerosene for cooking.
Ask permission before using a village well or pump.
Please burn all loo paper and bury away from a water source (30m) and please use toilet facilities if they exist.
Our policy is to carry out all non biodegradable rubbish, if any is left behind in the morning, please bring to the guides attention.
Bring along environmentally friendly detergents and shampoos and use as little as possible to keep fresh water supplies free from pollution.
Be economical in using fresh water for showering and washing as often they are in short supply.
Consider offsetting environmental effects of international travel by contributing to Climate Care.