At Vertical Quest we realize nature is the base of who we are and what we do. It goes without a doubt we do everything we can to organize your trip in the most environment friendly way as possible with respect and support for local culture, without giving in on safety or comfort.

It is very much in the self-interest of trekkers and mountaineers to save our mountains in the Himalayas and elsewhere. We have a strong desire to minimize the environmental impact of our activities, to support local mountain communities and to work with like-minded clients and partners. During all our activities we manifest good mountain ethics.

As a professional mountaineering and trekking organiser, our aim is to share our passion for the mountains and create an awareness of the devastating effects on the environment. We wish to share tips on how you can minimize your impact on the  environment and see with your own eyes the global problems of shrinking glaciers and progressive damage to the Himalayan eco-system, while giving you the adventure of your life!

These are some things we and you can do to help to make your footprint as small as possible:

Care for the environment:

  • Use filtered or boiled water instead of (plastic) bottled water.
  • Don’t leave any waste behind, also not in small villages since there are no waste management facilities available. Carry down all our rubbish from the mountains.
  • Try to eat local food in stead of imported processed foods: supports local communities and no packaging waste
  • Where available, use composting toilets and solar panels. When staying anywhere in Ladakh, ask for composting toilets. 
  • Try to save water. In high mountain areas you don’t always need a shower everyday (or twice a day). Ask for compost toilets. They don’t use precious water (especially in Ladakh where it’s a dry desert climate, with almost no rainfall).

Culture and tradition:

  • Operating in various parts of the Indian Himalayas we take into account the local traditions and promote the local culture. 
  • We support small traders and local food and accommodation providers in the villages.
  • When climbing it is especially important to respect the local agreements and historical customs. And be observant not to trespass areas restricted by local customs (sacred land, agriculture or hunting areas, etc.).


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