Responsible tourism is about empowering locals. We've helped to create Langtang Locals, a sustainable travel company. We have trained young yak farming families to be guides and teachers, to continue their traditional way of life and share it with a new, more conscious traveller. Every rupee remains in Langtang, with a real incentive for locals to preserve their culture and a real experience for travellers to remember.
For farmers on the fringe, tourism not often touched them. While allowing these families to keep their traditional nomadic life and history persevered, it also meant they were often invisible. In addition to this, much of the tourism dollar leaves the valley, with agencies, guides and porters employed that are not from the valley and often, not from the country. With a mission to preserve their culture, we set up Langtang Locals – a trekking and experience agency that is uniquely local and where 100% of the proceeds are returned to the farmer.
Providing support, training and certification to officially recognise young men and women as guides and porters and working with farmers and family members to share experiences from their daily life. And importantly, to communicate this to new markets, to promote a more enriching and sustainable travel experience.
Langtang Locals offers:
Our Langtang Locals have the secrets (and keys) to unlock doors in the valle not previously open. Already on our treks we have had tourists share tea with a special Lama, milk yaks with a farmer, ride Tibetan horses, learn how to cook local dishes and stay inside a traditional yak hut.
We have already embarked on two treks, taking a group of 10 people aged from 8 to 80 on a ten day trek up the valley. We learned HOW to milk yaks and make cheese, took tea with a local lama, learned how locals grow vegetables in high altitude, RODE TIBETAN HORSES and were welcomed in to locals homes...