Responsible Travel Practice

ABOUT US

We keep our work Interesting and lively. We piece ideas together, understand and share your travel interests and give you good ideas and suggestions on where to go and what to see. After all you know that locals know best and you get a personalized connection. You are happy and we are fortunate in that guests who travel with us are encouraged to travel responsibly through our meticulously planned Bhutanese holidays.

Walking, Hiking, cycling and Homestay – with Namgay Adventure Travels

Our Nature positive walking, hiking cycling and Homestay holidays bring you closer to our local communities and the distinctively Bhutanese surroundings. We believe that one of the best ways to explore Bhutan is by bike or on foot. It is low impact on the environment and gets you closer to the places you are visiting. You get to connect to and absorb small unique details that’s makes your Bhutan experience special. You’ll eat locally grown food, meet memorable people and become more a living part of the landscape.

Conservation and livelihood development initiatives

We hike trails within the Jigme Dorji National Park, the second largest protected area in Bhutan. Park Entry fee goes to the Nature Recreation and Eco-tourism Division for the Department of Forestry to help manage and implement several conservation and livelihood development initiatives within and around the park.

Partners of Conservation

As Happy “Partners of Conservation” we have been recognized for our contribution to Biodiversity Conservation in Bhutan, a government initiative that helps our Department of Forests and Park Services save wildlife and alleviate the hardship of rural livelihood through membership fees.

Home Stay Bhutan Holidays

We ensure that our home stay programs are designed to offer an alternative source of livelihood for farmers to minimize urban migration and distribute tourism-related income more equitably between urban and rural areas.

Plastic free holidays

Whenever possible, we don’t buy any drinks in packages of multiple plastic bottles, opting instead for refillable containers and reusable water bottles. If buying plastic bottles can’t be avoided, we make sure the bottles are handed back to us for recycling and correct disposal.
We avoid using plastics that only have a short-term use. If plastic is necessary, like plastic bags to keep clothes dry in for example, we buy bags that can be used again, by the next guest.

Spend local

To promote local income generating activities we encourage our guests to buy authentic arts and crafts made by local artisans.
Food supplement for all our longer hiking holidays are purchased from local grocery stores and the centenary farmer’s market.
Food carry is done in bamboo containers (zem) a distinctive Home made bamboo product from rural Zhemgang.
Dried fruits and Bhutanese snacks are distributed in intricately woven small bamboo baskets (bangchung) made on order from far off local villages in distant Trashiyangtse.
Homemade incense is delivered as farewell gifts to guests, all made on order basis from remote Phobjikha.
Vehicle used for transfer points are also used to carry foodstuff. We request for our guests understanding since in this way we can avoid using a separate car to transport food and equipment thereby reducing the gas used and the emissions from the vehicles.

Giving Back

In 2008, we teamed up with Generosity in Action, based on Oakland California, a non for profit organization that provides a structure for travelers to support local villages and people. GIA program Coordination with local tour operators insure that donations are properly applied to the projects intended.

Generosity in Action assists in having controls in place and can provide a tax-deductible foundation for travelers' generosity. Projects range from providing text books to schools in Peru to digging a well and building a school in Burma to coordinating donations for many projects in southern Africa. Our Backroads travelers offered generous donations to Chorten Nebu monastery in Punakha, Shali Pankha Monastic school in Gaselo, Wangdue and a girl child program simply called “Girls Too” through Generosity in Action in Bhutan too!

Review recent programs, learn how our travelers initiate projects, and how to support existing charitable organizations.

https://www.generosityinaction.org/ChortenNebuSchool.htm
https://www.generosityinaction.org/ShariPankhaSchool.htm
https://www.generosityinaction.org/GirlsToo.htm
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And most recently, we have been able to help two young, inspired enthusiastic boys to graduate Civil
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