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We, Siniolchu Tours and Travels are committed to the following principles of eco-tourism, and we ask you, our visitors to do the likewise.

1.       Conserve Sikkim's natural and cultural heritage

o        Do not trample high altitude vegetation, do not pick any flowers or medicinal plants. 

o        Do not disturb wildlife or its habitat.

o        Do not purchase endangered parts or antique-cultural artifacts

2.       Avoid use of fuel wood-use alternative fuels

o        Use kerosene. LPG or other non wood fuel for all cooking, heating and lighting. including that used by staffs and porters.

o        Discourage campfires, encourage camp fun.

o        Follow safety rule when carrying storing and using kerosene and gas.

3.       Leave all camps and trails clean

o        Separate and properly dispose of litter burn burnable, bury bio degradable, and carry our all other non-biodegradable materials for deposit at designated trash sites or for recycling.

o        Use toilet tents on all treks, set up and used in all environmentally, sound manner so as to avoid pollution of water sources (at least 100m away)

o        Use established campsites and Kitchen sites and avoid trenching around tents.

4.       Practice Conservation

o        Avoid high fuel consumptive menu items, eg menu selections.

o        Repackage food into re-usable containers to reduce wastes.

o        Reduce waste by depacking and repacking

5.       Practice proper hygiene and sanitation.

o        Teach all staffs about personal hygiene, sanitation, kitchen and camp routines.

o        Properly treat the drinking water and uncooked vegetables for clients.

o        Dispose of washing water well away from streams and use biodegradable soaps.

6.       Take responsibility for staff and porter welfare

o        Provide adequate warm clothing, sleeping bags  cover, shoes, snow gear, food for cooking, stoves and fuel, and take care of hired staffs.

o        Periodically train staff first in first- aid guide responsibilities, sanitation etc.

7.       Properly brief clients before leaving on a trek.

o        Address cultural "do's" and "don'ts". environmentally friendly behaviour, safety precautions, proper dress and respect for local beliefs. peoples and religious sites.

o        Plan days for altitude acclimatization when ascending, know how to identify and treat altitude illness and how to provide emergency rescue.

8.       Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help them protect local cultures and maintain local pride. 

o        respect privacy when taking photograph. 

o        Respect holy places. 

o        Refrain from giving money to children since it will encourage begging. 

o        Respect for local etiquette earns you respect. 

o        Let Himalayas change you - Do not change them. 

o        Protect the natural environment .

o        Leave the campsite cleaner than you have found it.

o        Limit deforestation - make no open fires.

o        Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place.

o        Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants 

o        Plants should be left to flourish in their natural. environment  Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures.