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We are fully committed to responsible tourism in Tibet. We have the privilege to host guests in Tibet, and understand that we have a responsibility in protecting and contributing back to nature and our local people and economy.

Economically responsible

We are a local Tibetan travel agency in Lhasa. Our agency is 100% staffed with local Tibetan tourism professionals. We only hire local Tibetan guides and other tour crew. We use services mostly from local businesses and do our best to support the local Tibetan families in the areas  you are visiting. We use 20% of our net profit to support environmental conservation projects with local governments and individuals.

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Environmentally responsible

We are all born in Tibet. We know how important the Tibetan environment is for the eco-system of the entire world. We love the mountains, glaciers, and rivers. We will do our best to reduce the environmental impact from your tours in Tibet by:

No plastic bottles on the tour
We will provide your drinking water in a big container, and each and every traveler is request to bring their own reusable water bottle. In this way, we can reduce hundreds of water bottles each tour. And we can reuse the big containers.

Incentives for guides and drivers
We provide incentives to our guides and drivers to reward their initiatives in conserving the natural environment. We are strict not to hire guides who do not care about the principles of sustainable and responsible tourism.

Staff training every winter
Winter is a low season in Tibet tourism and we always use this window of opportunity to provide our staff with skills required for Responsible tourism practices, first Aid and emergency first responder training.

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One of our managers is certified Humanity Supply Chain management from Fritz Institute. We also work closely with individuals from the Tibetan Village project, Tibet Eco Travel initiatives and Local Tibet Red Cross society and other NGOs.

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We plan a tree for every three tours.
Every spring we plant trees. We plant one tree for every three tours we organize in Tibet. Tibet’s weather is very harsh for a young sapling to grow without help. So we buy the trees and ask local farmers to adopt the trees. We Tibetan feel that planting a tree holistic practice, that benefits all. So far we have been very successful in planting trees, even though we have only operated a small number of tours. We hope that in future we will work together closely with local government to plan trees with their help.

Smaller group size
We believe that mass tourism as an adverse impact on the environment. Traveling in small groups has less impact in a natural area than traveling with 60 to 70 people together. So all our tours are less than 12 people on road trips and even less for trekking tours.

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Trekking tours and environmental care in the wilderness of Tibet
During your trekking in Tibet, you will be walking across a very fragile ecosystem.  We do take extra care in our trekking tours to preventing negative environmental impact.

How we take care of our environment during trekking tours:

  1. We nothing leave nothing behind.
    We make sure we take all our rubbish and leave nothing behind.
  2. We protect the grassland
    A little destruction on Tibet’s fragile environment is irreversible. So, on trekking tours we will not dig drainage surrounding your tent, rather we will provide trekkers with a better tent with bathtub style floors to prevent rainwater getting into your tent.
  3. Collecting the garbage along the way.
    We have a saying in Tibet, if you can’t help, don’t harm. Here is our helping part. We always bring extra yaks to carry the garbage that our yak men collect while waiting for the clients at the campsite. Yak man walks faster than all and they have a free time at the camp. While the cook prepares meals and drinks, we pay yaks men an incentives to collect the rubbish around the camp.

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Socially responsible

We always identify our business as a social enterprise. We dedicate 20% of our annual net profit to social and environmental projects. Every winter we will buy a huge amount of winter cloth from the market for small children to donate to schools. In this way, we are providing warm winter cloth for children and encouraging them to go to school.

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Any purchase related to business, we do in local businesses. We also encourage travelers to purchase the products directly from the local producer, which is why we always train guides to take the visitor to the local handicraft centers and producers if they are interested in buying souvenirs.

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Whenever there is someone in need of medical help, our company staff members will gather money for treatment. The management doubles the amount collected by the staff. And all our staff are very generous!

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We always inform our clients about local customs, beliefs, and ethics, so they know how to be respectful and enjoy their home visits, monastery visits and culture programs.

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Staff Training

During our annual winter training, we discuss topics relating to Tibet Buddhism, Tibetan culture and heritage and ecotourism. Beside, we have a group on Wechat with all the office staff, guides, drivers and some local experts as group members. So when anyone need an answer about any topic we will have the experts answer the question immediately.

Staff members

Tenzin Woaber - manager/owner

I belief we have a special responsibility to minimize the environmental impact of each and every tour we undertake and we also have a huge responsibility in promoting local economy and share the well-being with how may ever need our help.
I was a tour guide in late 1990’s and many of the clients from abroad made me environmentally conscious and then forced me to start my own company to fully realize my dream for a eco neutral and carbon neutral travel agency in Tibet.

Samdup - guide

Samdup was born in Lhasa. He is a guide and specializes in foot low impact trekking in Tibet. We have trained him to be able to undertake all our trekking tours, and to make sure there is only limited impact of the environment. He is also very active in raising fund for the poor and destitute who need funds for their medical fees and expenditure.

Tseten Dolkar - guide

Tsetan was born in Lhasa. She is very learned about Tibetan culture and heritage. She is an active member of the local environmental group. She guides for all our group tours and VIP tours. She is also very active in raising fund for the poor.

Pema Chungda - guide

Pema is from Shigatse region on Tibet. She is well known as kind and gentle guide and we receive lots of positive reviews for her compassion and care. We use her for taking family tours and tours for senior visitors.

Passang - driver

Passang is our primary driver. Passang is a very organized driver. He put great importance to have first aid, oxygen, rain umbrellas, and drinking water in his car. He is also very active with our tree planning shceme. His family has been generiously providing us the place for planting tree and taking care of the trees.

Tashi Norbu - driver

Tashi Norbu is from the Damxung area in Lhasa. He is a very good driver. He always carries a garbage bag in his car and when there is a stop and the visitors enjoy the beautiful view, he collects the rubbish from the surrounding region. We have a lot of respect for his actions.

Lungtok - photographer

Lungtok is from Reting. He takes great photos. He is self-trained in photography and videography. Whenever there is a photography tour we use his service. He understands the photographer needs and will go the extra mile to get beautiful images for our clients.
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Favorite local experience: Home visits

In all our tours during the third day in Lhasa our clients will visit a local Tibetan family in a village called Drupshi near Ganden Monastery. In their home the guests will have a first-hand participative experiences of the day to day life of the family.

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