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Environmental Feature: FREE Filtered Water provided on every teahouse trek
As you know, we strive to be the leading provider of Himalayan holidays with real down to earth practical ways of making our trips the most responsible available. Believing in action rather than words, we are proud to offer you FREE filtered water as part of our attempt to manage waste produced by trekkers in the mountains.
What do we use? Our guides carry MSR water filters as standard, described here by the manufacturer: “The MiniWorks microfilter is the worldwide best-selling microfilter, delivering long-lasting, field-maintainable water filtration in demanding environments. Engineered for frequent and heavy use, it utilizes our workhorse Maratho EX carbon/ceramic element to ensure clean, reliable and taste-free water.” They are acclaimed to be effective against bacteria, protozoa, particulate matter, toxins and chemicals.
What are the benefits? This avoids the consumption of mineral water and the related issues of waste disposal of the plastic bottles. Other alternatives such as boiled water also have environmental impacts as vital fuel is used to boil the water (which is often wood fuel in remote areas). Of course, you benefit financially from a significant cost saving by not needing to buy water which can be expensive when being portered to high altitude destinations along the trail. As well as this and perhaps more importantly you have piece of mind of that your trek has had minimal impact on the environment.
This is one of many reasons to book your next trek with The Responsible Travellers. You can read about all our ethical action policies at: our ethics We endeavour to be the best so please post your comments and let us know what you think about our FREE filtered water policy.