We are based in Rishikesh which is foot hills of the Northern Himalaya & Nature is our office, it is where we live, work and play. Here at White World Expeditions we are dedicated towards preserving our environment and responsible travel. We know it takes more than picking up rubbish from our campsite or rivers to call ourselves 'Responsible' but we do care about everything we love to protect our India. We also take care of the surroundings and environment of the places where we go and never hesitate in taking responsibilities as opportunit to make a positive contribution where ever we go. We are aware that whatever we do has an impact on our country's reputation and name among Indians as well as foreigners so we always keep it in our mind and try our best to not spoil the place we go. Thatswhy we take photographs of the place to see what we are leaving behind. Often we leave the place cleaner than we found it!
- Respect for the local people and cultures
- We hold a strict 'leave no trace policy' on and off the river and motivate others too to keep our environment clean and green.
- Small group size to minimize impact of our trips (max group size 12)
- Before departing on camp or river trips we remove all unnecessary packaging from our food and other supplies.
- Taking all rubbish from trips back to town to dispose appropriately (we always do a sweep of the beaches where we camp and also check nobody else has left anything behind)
- Our toilet tents are erected far from the river or any other water source and dug deep enough. We burn toilet paper at the end of the day.
- We always make sure that everything that comes on the site with us, brought back to our boat house in Rishikesh to dispose properly.
- We always provide mineral drinking water whilst on our each trips.
- Once we return from a river trip we give any cans or glass bottles to a local family who can sell them for a small profit.
- Having meeting with our clients while wrapping up the trip and asking them to pack everything we brought on the trip, so that we dont leave anything behind.
- We ask all our clients to dress modestly. When on the raft, shorts and t-shirts are fine, but when ever we go on villages and remote areas trip, your guide may ask you to wear clothes which can cover up your body.
- We ask our clients to limit display of public affection as this is not according to the Indian culture.
- We also give them English lessons and first aid courses. (Yes, we do take foreign kayakers during the season, but for assistance not as leading guide/kayaker.)
- We pay them a fair wage. As per national standard for a Indian raft guides wage is very low. Therefore we pay our guides a little more and in return we expect their loyalty and discipline at work place. Though we have a very low staff turnover.
- All our guides are certified in the white water and first aid kit.
- All our guides covered by our comprehensive insurance policy which we update annually.
- We also encourage our team members to work overseas in the ‘off season’. During the monsoon season, there is very little work available, so we actively encourage our guides to work overseas. This keeps their skills up to date and they gain knowledge of international standards.
- We also volunteer and give our time and effort during Ganga Kayak Festival.