We organise treks in a way to minimise negative impacts on environment. This consists of –
Bringing all garbage back to town (including organic food wastes because they are not suitable to local wild animals).
Not going to the toilet in or close to the river.
Not putting chemical products in or close to the river. If possible, it’s better to use ecological soaps and keep 50m away from rivers or water sources to wash or go to toilet.
Using existing trekking routes and camp sites.
Being quiet – Loud noises can frighten wild animals and make them move to and adapt to a new territory, sometimes even abandon their children).
Respect of Culture
The design of the trip avoid elements that would be disrespectful to Tibetan culture (for example, some roads should be taken in a certain direction, expedition cannot be done on certain mountains…). Before each travel we also provide guidelines for travelers about what to do or not to do to respect local culture. During the travel, the guide is careful to inform and explain about anything else travelers should know to express their respect to Tibetan culture. Finally, we consider that it is our responsibility to help travelers to have the best possible understanding of Tibetan culture in the short time of their travel. Tibetan culture, as well as other cultures, is amazingly rich, it would be disrespectful not to show it in its beauty and complexity and instead give a quick impoverish version of it.
Benefit for locals
Each of our travel is created to bring positive impact to local communities.
– Economic income
Global Nomad wishes that Tibetans can benefit economically from travels organized in the Tibetan Regions. All our travels try to maximize the participation of Tibetans (Tibetan-owned travel agencies, Tibetan guides, drivers, trekking team members, hotels, restaurants…).
We sometimes use non-local service providers if we can’t find good value with local people for the level of services we expect.
– Acknowledgement of the value of Tibetan culture
Many Tibetans who live in the countryside have the feeling they are backward and that therefore everything that is related to their identity, as their culture, is backward too. Travelers coming from far away to learn about their culture help local people understand how valuable their culture is and it therefore encourages them to keep and develop their culture.
– Bring a new conception of business
Tibetan traditionally don’t like business very much. They regard spiritual activities as very holy and business activities as ego-centric (trying to become rich without caring much about others). At Global Nomad we believe that if business is done in an ethical way it can provide benefit for both side. Local people, doing responsible tourism and experimenting how it is good for both sides can change their conception of business and be inspired to do business in a responsible way.
Authentic and creative
Whether you join a comfortable cultural tour, a trip with a little of adventure in remote areas or join for an expedition to a summit, we always make sure you get a good opportunity to discover authentic Tibetan culture. We organise homestay, learning about farmers and nomads life by participating in their daily activities, visiting Tibetan workshops, schools, galeries, exhibitions and meeting Tibetan teachers, students, social entrepreneurs…). These activities will be described in the day by day description of your trip.
Quality travel organisation
Relax and enjoy is all you have to do.
All our trips services include accommodation, all meals, entrance tickets, a private vehicle with driver and a professional guide.
Your Tibetan guide speaks fluently English and is used to the expectation of foreign guests. He will be available for you from early morning to 9:30 pm and make sure everything are going smoothly. He has a very good knowledge of his culture and the wish to share it with you.
A car or bus with driver is at the disposition of the group and flexible to make any stop on the way to take picture, stop to have a walk in a small village, or adapt any pick-up and departure time.
Before you come all the necessary reservations have been made by our partners Tibetan owned travel agencies. They are all quality orientated and have extensive experience of organizing travels for foreign guests. We have also checked the quality of their services and attitude toward guests.
Each trip has previously been carefully organized and we will inform you clearly about the organisation of each day and about any inconvenience you might encounter during the trip. Our guest should nevertheless keep in mind that unpredictable things can happened such as road damage or places closed by local authorities on short notice.
Safety and security
Our first concern about each trip is security:
We chose drivers who drive safely with good condition vehicle.
We chose safe and clean hotels. In areas where there is no clean hotel, we organise camping or we bring our own equipment to improve the hotel or guesthouse condition. We always tell you in advance the standard of hotels for each day of each itinerary.
We ask our guides to choose clean restaurants and trekking team to have special care about hygiene for meals during a trek.
We organise travels in a way that you can get used progressively to the altitude. We provide free tele-consultation with doctors specialised in mountain sickness before and during the travel. For treks above 4000 m, we provide a hyperbaric chamber and train the guides on how to use them.
Permit provision for Tibet
If you are going to “Tibet Autonomous Region” you will need a permit to Tibet. For any of our travel to “Tibet Autonomous Region” we will provide you with the permit but in order to get the permit you need to provide us with the necessary documents in time. We will tell you very clearly what documents and when we will need them. Basically, 21 days before your arrival date in Lhasa we will need:
A very clear scan of your passport (page with your picture)
A very clear scan of your visa to China
The full payment on our bank account
It is not allowed to send the permit abroad so we will see with you where you want us to bring it to you (for example to your hotel in Beijing or Chengdu or at the airport before you take your flight to Lhasa). The original of the permit will be required to be allowed on the plane to Lhasa.
Once you arrive in Lhasa, your guide will be in charge of the permit and you won’t have to worry about it.
Assistance with all visa requirements
After choosing your trip to Tibet you will need the Chinese visa.
You can either apply yourself to the Chinese consulate or ask an agency specialized in applying for visa to do it for you. According to your location we may advise you one of these visa agencies (visa agency in France).
If required by the consulate, we will provide you with an invitation letter with the itinerary and accommodation list.
On 19th April 2016, Marion (founder of Global Nomad) left Lhasa to join 60 Tibetan mountain guides from Tibet Himalaya Expedition for the 1st Clean Everest expedition.
Ü-Tsang, Kham, Amdo… it’s in this way we can divide Tibet in 3 great regions. Each of them contains a multitude of temples, of villages and of historical site. Each area deep down in his valley contains something on his own and is populated by men and women attached to their habits and dialect.Read More
In order to enable those who wish to better understand the cultural context within which they travel, Global Nomad created the collection of booklets ‘Beyond the Visible’ This collection is part of a project for the preservation and enhancement of the local culture.Read More