Climate Change and Tree Planting
Starting this year we will involve ourselves in tree planting. We think climate change is happening. Our world is not in good shape even apart from climate change. We have polluted our world and not shown any respect for our environment. We have to do everything we can to improve ourselves and educate as many people as possible. Our capacity to do that is limited but we have to set the example.
Reduce the use of plastic
We try to reduce the use of plastic on our trips. Thailand has made steps in the right direction: per January 1 convenience stores and supermarkets are not allowed to hand out free plastic bags. There is still considerable overuse of disposable plastics and plastic bottles. It is not easy to find clean water in many of the areas where we operate tours. We do our best to stimulate the recycling of plastic bottles. To become plastic-free is unfortunately impossible at the moment.
Maintaining and cleaning forest trails
Walking in the forest is a wonderful experience. It gives you peace of mind. Enjoyment of a quiet and natural environment is good for your health. It is not only a good physical workout but it will also have great benefits for your mental well-being. In the old days trekking was one of the few activities on offer for tourists. Often tourists went on three- and four-day treks. Times have changed. There are now so many different activities for tourists that most tourists only go trekking for two days/one night.
Great forest trails
Some great forest trails have deteriorated because there are no people using them anymore. A trail needs to be maintained otherwise nature will take over and make the trails impassable. We have been restoring some of these great and remote trails and will continue to do this. We love the forest and believe in its healing capacity for mind and body. Nothing is more disturbing during your hike than coming across plastic or other trash left by others. We stimulate our guides to pick up plastic trash and bring it back to our office so we can dispose of it.
Natural History Education
We live in a beautiful and fascinating world. Unfortunately, there is very little wildlife left in North Thailand. Until the 1950s forest in the north housed tigers, elephants, monkeys, gibbons, wild buffaloes, deer and other big game. If you go trekking through the forests of North Thailand there is a small chance that you encounter wildlife. We will focus on flora. On our website, we have now a section dedicated to trees, plants and flowers you might encounter on our trips. We also encourage our guides to focus on natural history.
In 2020 we will work with FORRU, the Forest Restoration Research Unit of Chiang Mai University. We already work with FORRU on our trips to the Hmong village Baan Mae Sa Mai. We intend to restore the forest in the Chiang Dao area at several places. Our guests will be involved in this activity if they are interested. We will update you on this project.