Tourism sector in Bhutan is regarded as one of the most exclusive travel destinations, and Bhutan enjoys an image of authenticity, remoteness and well-protected cultural heritage and natural environment. Therefore, taking this concept in mind, Wild Mountain Adventure has emphasize the importance of responsible tourism in Bhutan, which is founded on the principle of sustainability, where our service must be environmentally and ecological friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. We emphasize every single action, duties and responsibilities to be measured, whether it’s located in the city, town, in the rural, among the community, by the river, on the mountain or in the natural parks, with an awareness of minimizing the negative impacts caused by the mass tourism. We are both culturally and naturally sensitive in generating respects between both tourist and the local people by providing more enjoyable travel experiences to our guest through meaningful connection with our local people. Our aim is that travelers travel in a better way by taking responsibility along with their freedom. We aim for the impact of our action have both socially and economically on others and on their social, cultural and natural wellbeing by engaging and involving the local people in decision making and working together for further contribution of better conservation of natural and cultural heritage in Bhutan.
Today more and more travelers are coming to Bhutan through choosing various activities for their holiday and we know that tourism can have both an exceptionally positive and potentially negative impact on local communities. Therefore, as part of our responsible commitment, we are doing our best to foster the positive effects of making adventure travel sustainable for long term, while minimizing our harmful impacts on local communities and their environment. With your help we can make it happen and make the difference.
To ensure that we are constantly working towards protecting the environment and using resources in an efficient, fair and responsible way.
- Wild Mountain Adventure aims to preserve and protect the ecosystem, wildlife and natural habitats.
- We engaged locally-owned and operated services to ensure that local economies benefits from our business.
- We strongly encourage our value travelers to eat locally produced foods and goods. Sourcing food from locally-owned stores and eating and drinking in the local restaurant and bars.
- We ensure that our tours have a minimal impact on the environment while using local transportation wherever possible.
- We encourage our travelers to refill their water bottle from the hotel when going out for sightseeing or a day program in turn to avoid unnecessary purchasing of bottled water and the subsequent disposal issues.
- We always help empower the local community’s economy through our business to improve education, health service, sanitation and non-sustainable livelihood.
Responsible Tourism Guidelines at Wild Mountain Adventure
Respect Cultural Differences
Bhutan has been known to the outside world as a living cultural hub by the very fact of its wide diversity of ethnic group and ancient cultural traditional in vibrancy. The Bhutanese culture is entirely marked different from the western culture. Visitors visiting Bhutan might find surprise and occasionally uncomfortable with the unfamiliar lifestyle of Bhutanese culture. There is no doubt that this difference of culture is what we are trying to share with you. To appreciate this cultural difference, a social and ethical behave and with sensitivity towards the social, cultural, economic and environment, practices are undeniable. Our concept of “respecting cultural difference” is not to keep away or hide your culture, but to respect the areas culture and customs, try to observe and understand the local way of life.
Respect the Environment
As part of the global community, Wild Mountain Adventure is constantly working towards protecting the fragile environment and making use of its precious natural resources in an efficient, fair and responsible way. Our environment practice continues to deliver a proper act of visiting a location and leaving very little impact. We are always conscious about the conservation of the area’s resources, such as energy and water, preservation of the land, wildlife, forest, and waterway. We want to make sure about the available resource in the area that you visit to be remain available exactly the same condition they were even after you leave.
- Eating and drinking always go hand-to-hand on road journey, therefore, dump all those waste - empty packets, bottles canes and other related items that effect the environment in the waste bag in the vehicle. Make sure you dump the garbage bag when you reach your destination, provided if the disposal facilities are available.
- As a global community and custodians of the future generations, shoulder a responsibility in preserving the environment by not throwing the empty bottles, chocolate, biscuits and candy covers/wrapper while trekking and hiking through the unspoiled nature environment. Kindly put the wrapper in your bag or pocket and get rid of it on arrival at your campsite or destination.
- The Bhutanese people is highly dependent on its natural environment, therefore, if you are a smoker be extremely careful while throwing your cigarette butts as it is one of main careless cause of unintended forest fire.
- The nature environment is the source of all life. While you are on an adventure journey through some of the beautiful forest of flowers and trees, we strongly discourage scribbling on trees; uproot plants, picking up the flowers etc. Let the beauty of the nature shine as it is.
- To support conservation of the nature environment, care has to be taken while going on for wilderness camping and trekking. Make sure to use the toilet facilities away from the river or water source; Properly bury the degradable waste such as food, unlined cartons etc. and carry non-degradable waste such as plastic, empty bottles etc. and dump in the disposable facilities available en route or get rid of it later.
- Always make sure, while camping and trekking – using streams and lakes for bathing and cleaning the utensils, we strongly recommend minimizing the use of soaps with strong detergents from polluting the water.
- Get the clear instruction of does and don’t from you local guide regarding appropriate conduct while visiting the local parks, and environments
- Always try to avoid damaging the local flora and fauna while you visit the pristine areas. Make sure while driving encourage yourself and your fellow friends to bear the speed limit, strict your driving on established paths.
- While visiting the zoos and animal parks, kindly maintain distance from the habitat animals of the areas
- Make sure to read the instruction and sign boards before entering the animal preserved center like mini-zoo in Thimphu and Black-necked Crane preserved center in Phobjikha valley
- Bright colored dress while hiking through Phobjikha valley during winter is strictly avoided because it distracts the crane.
- Do not use camera flash while taking close photography of the surrounding habitat animals and birds. If possible consider getting a long range lens for your camera
- Do not be tempted to purchase animal products like skin, teeth, and bones. It is illegal in Bhutan
- Avoid eating wild animal meats found in the local area and at restaurant menu. It will result in devastating impacts on local animal’s populations.
Making friendship with the local people and spending a valuable time talking with them will be a great joy of your travel. Moreover, Bhutanese people are a good nature, and fun-loving people. They are warm and friendly, their hospitality can be experienced throughout the kingdom in various form from an invitation to partake in butter tea or a shared meals or simply spending quality time in sharing and exchanging knowledge or stories. The unique Bhutanese culture is what our visitors appreciate and like most about Bhutan. A common sense approaching is the best in respecting and abiding by cultural customs and traditions and learns about the culture. From school going children to monks and the inhabitants of isolated rural village will surely be asking you a question like what is your name. Where are you from? How old are you? And so on
to interact with you in English. Please consider their question and do not be rude while responding to them. It is usually their genuine curiosity and friendliness desire to practice their English and know about other culture and people. Your response with patience is always appreciated.
Please do not encourage begging by giving alms, cloths, books, pens, money etc. to the local people and their children while you are among the local communities. As this alms giving may encourage begging. If you really wish to donate or help the local people, you need to consult with your tour leader or the company other alternative way of reaching your alms to the specific people or the community. We will help you get your giving reach to the people safe and in fare way.
Giving something back to the community
As a company, we are committed to operating according to the guiding philosophy of developing tourism in two-way means of communication. We believe that our business have all together embraced responsibility for the impact of their activities on the environment, communities and all other members of the public sphere. We have proactively promoted the public interest by encouraging community growth, development, and voluntarily eliminating practices that harm the public sphere. Difference can be made with your help.
- Give something back to the communities who made your travel experience a rewarding journey
- Buying your birthday gifts and Christmas gift from a local authentic shops provides economic benefits to the local community
- Support community-based initiatives
- Work with non-profit groups on community development projects