We have always taken pride in our level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and local peoples we encounter on our travels. By training both our tour leaders and travellers on the philosophy of leave no trace, constantly reviewing operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities we come into contact with; we endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the places we visit. As a company we support responsible charities and organisations wherever we can.
Leave No Trace
We want the incredible natural sights in the Himalayas, that we visit on our trips to stay that way. Thats why we promote a Leave No Trace philosophy on all our tours, ensuring we clean up after ourselves on campsites and trails. This is a national and international program designed to assist outdoor enthusiasts with their decisions about how to reduce their impacts when enjoying the great outdoors.
Working with the locals
The best thing we at Paddle India do is to provide employment to the locals by using them as your crew on our treks and rafting trips. Most of our field staff is from the mountains - The Himalaya.
When we visit remote exotic regions where these simple people are in vicinity, we always try to contribute to their economy. This is one of the ways by which we can give back to their community. We hire local staff in form of porters, horsemen or even someone who can be an information resource. By all these means, we are able to create some improvements in the local peoples livelihood.
Tour Leader Training
Our tour leaders are all trained in responsible tourism issues and given advice on how to run tours to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Topics covered include water conservation and waste disposal, minimising campfire impact, and respect for the local peoples. You tour leader will help to show you how you can help during your tour.
Small Group Travel
Travelling as a small group goes a long way to reducing the negative environmental and social impact of travel.. Also, a group of sixteen or less travellers requires less space for activities that a group of forty or fifty, and helps to minimize each groups impact on the environment, other groups of people and helps minimize disruptive impacts on the animals living in and around the camp setting.
Members of the Clean Himalaya Society
Paddle India are a proud supporter of the Clean Himalaya Society, which champions conservation issues in the Rishikesh.