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2018 saw a continuing commitment by Mountain Kingdoms to responsible and sustainable tourism with the ongoing support of many charities and projects around the world as well as the exciting launch of our Water-to-Go reusable bottle campaign. Bottles are now given to clients booking on the majority of our trips, and have been extremely well received.

Last year we made donations to 13 different charities supporting a wide variety of causes from educational projects to animal welfare, and medical care to emergency response. They help create opportunities for children, improve health and living conditions, protect wildlife, re-build after natural disasters and conserve the planet’s precious resources. In addition to our own Responsible Tourism budget, we receive donations on behalf of our incredibly generous clients. In fact, since 2000 we have received £63,000 from our clients which we have passed on to the charities of their choice.

Here are just some of our recent Responsible Tourism initiatives. Please visit the Responsible Tourism pages of our website for further information.

Water-to-Go reusable bottle campaign


Our new Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottles can be refilled from any water source due to their unique filter system that eliminates 99.9% of all known contaminants, and by doing so, they are reducing the need for single use plastic bottles in the countries we visit.

In addition, to help reduce the environmental damage created by plastic waste, we aim to cut down on the plastic packaging that accompanies our travel accessories, brochures and newsletters.

 
 

Ecoan Tree Planting (carbon offsetting), Peru


By carbon offsetting the flights we book, we have been able to give money to a tree planting project in Peru run by Ecoan. Working with local villagers, their aim is to restore the endangered Queuña forests in the Andes. In 2018 Ecoan started a major initiative to plant 130,000 trees which will not only absorb more carbon but also help stop the destructive impact of flash flooding on local communities. Find out more

 
 

Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service (SIMMS), Ethiopia


Originally set up by Mountain Kingdoms clients, Wendy and Brian Lovatt, after a trekking holiday in the Simien Mountains five years ago, the charity has gone from strength to strength and now employs five mobile nurses and runs a small clinic. Last year they were also assisted by seven medical students from Oxford University, bringing invaluable knowledge and practical experience to the project. Find out more

 
 

Kerala Partnership, India


This small, UK based charity raises funds for practical projects in Southern India that help improve the lives of individuals, families and communities. After the devastating floods in Kerala last summer our donations to the charity completely re-built the home of a widow, Suma, whose mud brick house has been destroyed by the waters. She now has a new, solid brick home. Find out more

 
 

Shiva – Ginette Harrison School, Nepal


Shiva Charity helps provide an education for some of the poorest children in Nepal and we have been supporting their Ginette Harrison School for many years. To date we have raised £19,350 through a host of fundraising activities and donations from our clients. This money has helped build new school buildings, provide books and equipment and train teachers; making a real difference to young lives. Find out more

 
 

Christina Nobel Children’s Foundation, Vietnam and Mongolia


This amazing charity was founded 30 years ago by Christina Noble who has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others. Amongst many other projects she has set up medical centres in Vietnam and Mongolia, runs education projects in Vietnam and particularly works with the homeless in Ulaanbataar. This is one of the five charities we contributed to for the first time last year. Find out more

 
 

Galapagos Conversation Trust


Another charity which we began supporting in 2018, the Galapagos Conservation Trust, works to preserve and protect the unique flora and fauna of the islands. Together with leading researchers, NGOs and local communities, it runs many conservation projects, one of which is research into the effect of plastic pollution on the fragile ecosystems of the Galapagos. Find out more

 
 

Elephant welfare


We continue to support World Animal Protection’s campaign to end elephant cruelty and no longer offer elephant-back rides or exploitative entertainment in any of our destinations. This is because it’s not possible to train elephants to accept a human onto their back without using inhumane treatment. We also believe it is wrong to make elephants perform simply for the entertainment of tourists. Find out more

 
 
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