Responsible Travel, is about making meaningful travel choices. Where your journeys are unforgettable, while at the same time ensuring maximum gains for the culture, environment, and economy of places you visit.
Before booking your travel, hotel, homestay, or guesthouse in Spiti (or anywhere else), ask in what ways they contribute to the local economy or area and how they minimise their impact, especially on the environment. The best way to make businesses care is to demand it as their potential customers. Most responsible travel organisations will have detailed descriptions of their activities on their website, or as narrative on their social media handles.
Once you’ve narrowed your place of stay or choise of travel operator, prepare for your travels with the help of a few essential guidelines:
We’re local and passionate about all things Spiti! At the centre of all our programs is the preservation of Spitian culture and empowerment of the local communities. Some of the ways in which we do this are:
Climate positive trips & programs
Ecosphere’s programs are climate positive. This means that all the carbon you emit on your trip to Spiti + more is offset by our award-winning solar projects. This makes your trip carbon negative or in other words climate positive.
Reducing plastic waste
We ensure you do not need to buy bottled water while in Spiti. Ecosphere provides reusable bottles to fulfil drinking water requirements on your journey. We also have installed several water refill points at key tourist destinations in Spiti Valley
Water refill points:
Ecosphere initiated the #ilovespiti campaign – a volunteer-run initiative that aims to reduce plastic waste in the Valley through awareness sessions, collection of bottles, recycling and upcycling. Learn more
Enterprises with a cause
Ecosphere runs a Café, Restaurant & Guesthouse in Kaza that help fund our various development projects and conservation initiatives in Spiti. These spaces promote and provide insights into traditional cuisine and ingredients. Learn more
Your travel with us makes a difference
What you pay goes back directly to support Ecosphere community projects that focus on conservation, livelihoods, and sustainable development contextual to Spiti’s ecosystem and culture. Learn more
Awards and Recognitions
Ecosphere has been widely recognized and awarded as a leader in responsible travel. Learn more
Ecosphere’s unique travel programs showcase the beauty of Spiti while leaving no trace. Designed not only to leave an everlasting impression on travelers, our programs contribute towards positive impact for the environment and communities in Spiti. Learn more