The Grand Adventure Ethos is built around 3 aspects; Spirit of Adventure, Environment, and Community Welfare and Opportunity.
We aim to deliver the best itineraries from our favourite destinations in a way that provides real benefit to the communities that we visit. This must be done in a sustainable way that minimises any negative impacts on the environment.
We don’t offer 100s of itineraries, just those we know, love and can deliver without compromising our Ethos.
As part of our planning process, all of our trips must meet our high standards across a range of areas such as safety, environmental impact, community benefit, porter protection, animal welfare. We assess this through supplier vetting and auditing, on-the-ground training and assessment, monitoring from leaders and reviewing feedback from clients.
We subscribe to external standards, memberships, pledges and codes of conduct to ensure we are doing all that we can in these areas and help raise awareness of organisations helping to address these issues. See below for some of the key areas we aim to address and some of the organisations we are working towards solutions with.
Adventure, to us, isn’t all about danger and adrenaline but an exploration of environments and cultures, experiencing new things and undertaking rewarding challenges. This could take the form of back-country trekking across unique national parks, learning first-hand about some of the world’s most vulnerable eco-systems or undertaking a physically challenging endurance feat. We think that the mountains and remote landscapes of the world are the perfect arena in which to experience these things.
Whether you have months to undertake a long expedition or just a short break from work, all of our trips capture this spirit of adventure and give you the opportunity to explore, engage and challenge yourself. All set against an array of incredible backdrops around the world!
As an adventure travel company, we travel off-the-beaten-track. We venture into remote areas, trek and climb wild mountains and explore unique eco-systems and environments. We acknowledge that our very presence creates an impact and can present risk to these fragile areas. Remote and wild landscapes do not always have the infrastructure, or resilience, to survive or adapt to misuse, high visitor numbers or intentional exploitation.
We believe that for every travel product an assessment of the environmental impact of its delivery should be made and balanced against the benefit of the experience to the participants, local economy and communities it affects. This involves working with local suppliers to improve best practice, managing access with local communities or avoiding busy seasons of travel or particular routes completely.
Making decisions solely based on financial factors without accounting for environmental impacts is unsustainable and not in the interest of our company or the planet’s.
We have a responsibility to protect and conserve the areas we travel through and minimise our impact. These are some of the steps we take:
We believe that adventure travel to developing world countries can provide opportunities for wealth distribution, local employment and a chance for travellers to learn about cultures and challenges around the world.
It is the actions of tour operators, travel agents and individual travellers that decide whether their spending, as well as their actual presence, will be a force for good or bad in a local community.
We look for sustainable tourism solutions that provide real opportunity for those in the local community to take the lead in delivering. We also take steps to reduce any negative impacts and use our position as a tour operator to champion fair working conditions, pay and international welfare standards for our local staff.