We're passionate about sustainability, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because we love the places we visit and the people who live there. We want to support communities and the ecosystems they live in through our adventures.

Here are some sustainability commitments we have made:

1. Spreading the love (and money)

By taking the less travelled path, we spread the tourism economy to more impoverished communities that otherwise miss out on tourist dollars.

2. Providing local jobs and supporting local families

We only use local guides & teams, providing jobs (and leveraging their local insider expertise). 

By providing jobs and income, they can stay and build their lives in their communities, protecting the culture and securing the community's future.

We often stay and/or eat with local families, providing them with much-needed income. Where possible, we use family-run hotels.

This ensures the financial benefit of tourism goes straight to the local communities, not wealthy landowners or big hotel chains.

3. Minimising carbon emissions

We partner with international charity WeForest, who we pay to plant 15 trees for every customer who goes on a trip with us, to help to compensate for the carbon footprint of their international flights.

We also encourage clients to pay an additional £30 / $40 to plant an additional 15 trees via WeForest when they book their tour.

WeForest have so far planted 82 million trees in Ethiopia, Zambia, Brazil and other countries.

We also aim to reduce carbon emissions across all our itineraries by avoiding flights wherever possible, incorporating treks and horse riding, and by staying in ecolodges and accommodation that utilizes renewable energy.

4. Supporting local charities

Many of our adventurers have talked to us about how best to support those experiencing poverty or with very little access to equipment and services. They ask what they can bring to donate or leave in the country after their trip.

Our response has been to develop links with well-established local projects and charitable organisations that are sustainably benefitting the regions and communities that we visit. We include in our itineraries, an opportunity to learn about and visit these groups. 

These include Food Blessed, supporting food security and nutrition in Lebanon, Farm Africa, helping farmers in Ethiopia to be sustainable, 17,000ft Foundation, focused on strengthening rural communities in Ladakh, Hamlin Fistula Clinic in Addis Ababa Ethiopia which provides urgent medical care to young women in need, and FAPAS which supports the 300 brown bears and other wildlife in Northern Spain’s Picos de Europa.

5. Reduced plastic waste

We encourage our clients to purchase Water-to-Go bottles to take with them on adventures, click on the following link to receive your 15% discount:

These recycled bottles contain inbuilt filters that remove up to 99% of all microbiological contaminants from any non-saltwater source.

No need for polluting plastic water bottles.

6. Leaving only footprints

We are careful to remove all waste, leaving only footprints. Our tour leaders are required to rigorously check every campsite before we leave to ensure nothing is left behind. 

Our guides carry all waste with them, disposing of it securely at government facilities, separating out recycling where possible.


To help you choose the right adventure for you, we have given each itinerary a grading that relates to the level of Walking / Trekking you will experience during the trip. This grading can be found on the Yellow map on the adventure page of the website.

All of our trips involve a level of general activity so are designed for people who are in good health, enjoy the outdoors, and have a taste for adventure and some level of fitness. As will be clear from our destinations, the climate (and altitude) may be different to that which you are used to, so please take this into consideration when choosing the most suitable holiday.

Please read our Adventure Itinerary & Essential Information for more information and don't hesitate to contact us if you would like to chat through whether you have found a suitable adventure for you.

Grade 1-3: Entry Level

You need to be in good physical health to enjoy your active holiday, but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker. These itineraries offer a mix of sightseeing and easier walking for around 2-4hrs a day, with the emphasis on sights and cultural experiences. 

Walks will be well marked or on defined pathways, and often around sites of interest. The expected amount of descent/ascent will depend on the landscapes of the destination, but will not exceed 400m/day, and will often be much less. Walks are at low altitude (below 3000m). 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack with water and essentials. Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have a pair of comfortable and worn in walking shoes/boots.

Grades 4-6: Intermediate

You need to have a good level of fitness and be a regular walker for these adventures, with ideally some trekking experience. You can expect to be walking for 3-6 hours per day, not including rest stops, normally on good trail paths but with some uneven surfaces at times. 

You will not be required to carry more than a day sack. You may be walking in more challenging temperatures. You will generally be walking at low altitude (below 3000m) but may walk at altitudes up to 4000m. The amount of ascent could be up to 800m in a day but will frequently be less. You may walk on consecutive days.

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable clothing for this adventure.

Grades 7-9: Challenging

You need to have a good level of fitness with previous experience of trekking. Extra training before your trip will ensure that you get the most out of your adventure. Areas will be remote and terrain uneven. 

Expect to walk for 5 – 8 hours a day, not including breaks, with some very steep ascents and descents. You will be walking at altitude (over 3000m but not higher than 5000m).

Ensure you are aware of the weather conditions likely in the destination you are visiting and have suitable equipment/clothing for this adventure (see the packing list for your adventure).

Please check individual itineraries for details of what you will need to be carrying with you.

Get in touch

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