Our Commitment to Responsible Travel
As travellers and adventurers, we believe it’s up to each and every one of us to protect the destinations we care about and depend on. That’s why we’ve taken our commitment to sustainable tourism to the next level by becoming a member of Sustainable Travel International.
As a member, we are part of a global movement of conscientious travellers and businesses that are passionate about making a difference and giving back to the places we depend on.
We also encourage all of our challenge fundraisers to consider ways in which they can minimise their impact on the environment when taking on our challenge events.
We know that our challenges contribute positively to society and thus are worthwhile endeavours which go beyond tourism. They result in thousands of pounds being raised to help contribute to SDG 6 by accelerating access to clean water, safe sanitation and good hygiene in Bomet County, Kenya. Through our commitment to ethical travel and our partnership with KPAP our challenges also provide thousands of jobs to ground staff and local mountain crew so they can support their families.
At the same time, we appreciate that there is an environmental impact that needs to be considered. Therefore, we offer all of our challenge participants the option to offset the carbon emissions generated from their participation in this challenge.
You can calculate your Travel Carbon Footprint and Offset your emissions right now through Sustainable Travel International.
Travellers Against Plastic (TAP)
We encourage all of our challenge fundraisers to join us in taking the pledge and become a proud supporter of Travellers Against Plastic.
In 2020 we stopped providing each of our fundraisers with a plastic collection tin and instead supply a foldable carboard collection boxes to each fundraiser. We recycle and reuse the plastic collection tins we do have and provide them on a request basis.
On our Kilimanjaro climbs, our mountain crews source water from the mountain and treat this so it is safe for drinking by all of our challenge fundraisers as opposed to providing bottled water throughout the climb. Not only is this better for the environment but it also reduces the need to carry all the water required for the trek so your body will thank us as well!
We appreciate it can be difficult to adapt to using less plastic. Particularly when you are overseas and it's not advisable to drink the water for risk of getting ill - often you will resort to buying bottled water. There are however lots of clever products and tools that you can buy and take with you to reduce this need. Head over to the Travellers Against Plastic website for a handy list of water purification gear that is on the market today.
We know we're not perfect but we are committed to working with our partner suppliers to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of plastic water bottles on all of our trips.