Saving the planet one trek at a time
As an adventure travel company, we get to take our EverTrekkers to some amazing places around the world. Although this is fantastic, we realised that we have an opportunity to make a HUGE difference. We can either do nothing and affect the places we visit in a negative way or we do something about it and make an impact in a positive way.
We therefore looked at all of our operations to tackle both our Carbon Footprint and also to reduce the use of plastic on our trips.
Water Filters on all treks - First in the UK
Running trips in remote locations like the Everest region can mean that clean water is not readily available. This meant that there were really only two options available. Either you buy bottled water or you use water purification tablets/droplets to make the local water drinkable. Over the years we realised this really wasn't sustainable. Firstly with the increase in our customer numbers, this meant that each customer could potentially purchase three or four bottles of water a day for almost two weeks resulting in over 50 plastic bottles per customer. The purification tablets also made the water not very tasty at all and after several days, we noticed customers went back to buying the plastic water bottles.
Something had to be done.
We therefore introduced purified water filters on ALL OF OUR TREKS back in March 2019 meaning no more plastic and no more disgusting chlorinated water. We were the first high altitude trekking company to introduce this onto all of our treks and it made a huge difference with people not only saving money by not purchasing bottled water but also most importantly not using plastic bottled water.
In the first season that we introduced the water filters system, we worked out that just by making this simple change we saved 16,500 1ltr plastic bottles from being used in the Everest region. In just one season! We added these all together and worked out that if you stacked these on top of one another, it's the equivalent height of five Ben Nevis mountains on top of one another! We have now introduced this on all of our treks on Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu and beyond.
We are not perfect by any means and there is still a lot to do with reducing our plastic use but as I heard it recently, 'doing something, is better than doing nothing' and we continue to look at ways to reduce our environmental impact.
Tree planting around the world
We recently partnered up with social enterprise Mossy Earth. You can read more about this here, but essentially we offset carbon emissions through rewilding projects and planting of native trees in the UK and Europe. It is our shared aim to restore lost wilderness to Europe, improve biodiversity and restore native ecosystems.
We plant trees every month as well as plant a tree for every customer who makes a booking through the EverTrek website. This means that by going onto a trek with us, you are making an impact through Carbon Offsetting and restoring lost wilderness in the UK & Europe.
How it works
We send money
Your support goes to Mossy Earth who organise the tree planting projects around the UK and Europe.
The tree gets planted
These guys plant the trees at different locations depending on the projects. Yup, it’s as easy as that!
As well as the tree planting projects that are done through Mossy Earth we also want to directly make an impact in the cities we visit. Here is a short video of some of our customers and our Head Yeti Andy planting some trees at Mandela Primary School in Tanzania during our first day on the Kilimanjaro - The Long Way Trek
Did you know that when you book a trip with us, we donate a minimum of £10 to help end youth homelessness in the UK
Over the last few years, EverTrek has supported and worked alongside Llamau who help to end youth homelessness. It's apparent that homelessness in the UK is on the increase. EverTrek MD & Head Yeti Andy who lives and comes from South Wales noticed this change and wanted to do something about it. We are official partners of Llamau and we donate £10 to Llamau when you place your booking with us. Not only are you booking an amazing life-changing trip and making an impact in Nepal, Tanzania and beyond by supporting the economy, but you also help to transform peoples lives in the UK as well.
What your donation can do
Help people like Rhys. He became homeless at just 17 years old after his parents separated. He spent 6 weeks living in a B&B, then a hostel, before moving to one of Llamau's supported housing projects. Now, he's back in college and working towards his ambition of becoming a police officer. Read his full story here
Help Cath who had been left homeless after her mum couldn't afford to pay rent on her home. She was able to sofa surf for 10 months before Llamau supported her in getting a place of her own. She now wants to become a social worker and is looking forward to the future. Read Caths full story here.
The aim is to help people like Rhys and Cath before it's too late and they are out onto the streets. Llamau helped almost 9000 people last year keeping them off the street. 9000 people who are now not homeless. That's why we support them and help the futures of young people who one day might head off on adventures to Everest and have a story to tell just like you.
When you become an 'EverTrekker' and become a part of the EverTrek community you are not just supporting the local economy in Nepal, Tanzania and beyond but you are transforming lives here in the UK