As a member of the Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS), we are committed to the following principles of ecotourism, and ask you, our visitors, to do likewise:

I. Conserve Sikkim’s natural and cultural heritage
Do not trample high altitude vegetation, do not pick any flowers or medicinal plants ·
Do not disturb wildlife or its habitat ·
Do not allow clients to purchase endangered animal parts or antique cultural artifacts
2. Avoid use of fuelwood – use alternative fuels ·

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

Discourage campfires, encourage camp fun ·
Follow safety rules when carrying, storing and using kerosene and gas
3. Leave all camps and trails clean ·

Separate and properly dispose of litter burn burnable, bury biodegradable, and carry out all other non-biodegradable materials for deposit at designated trash sites or for recycling ·

Use toilet tents on all treks, set up and used in an environmentally sound manner so as to avoid pollution of water sources (at least 100m away) ·
Use established campsites and kitchen sites and avoid trenching around tents
4. Practice conservation ·
Avoid high fuel-consumptive menu items e.g. baked foods and large menu selections ·
Repackage food into re-usable containers to reduce waste ·
Reduce waste by depacking and repacking
5. Practice proper hygiene and sanitation
Teach all staff about personal hygiene, sanitation, kitchen and camp routines ·
Properly treat the drinking water and uncooked vegetables for clients ·
Dispose of washing water well away from streams, and use biodegradable soaps
6. Take responsibility for staff and porter welfare

Provide adequate warm clothing, sleeping cover, shoes, snow gear, food for cooking, stoves and fuel, and take care of hired staff ·

Periodically train staff in first aid, guide responsibilities, sanitation, ete.
7. Properly brief clients before leaving on a trek

Address cultural “do’s” and “don’ts”, environmentally friendly behaviour, safety precautions, proper dress and respect for local beliefs, peoples and religious sites ·

Plan days for proper altitude acclimatisation when ascending, know how to identify and treat high altitude illness and how to provide emergency rescue