We love to climb and explore the mountains around the world. For our freedom and joy, the adventure and the thrill. Unfortunately, mountains are threatened by climate change and overuse. This problem affects us all. We need to reduce our ecological footprint and take care of these natural treasures. It is clearly our responsibility as expedition operators to preserve our mountains for future generations. Today, this obligation is stronger than ever.
Much has not been done properly on the high mountains in the past, much has been neglected, and much has gone in a completely wrong direction. It is now high time to do better and not to thoughtlessly continue the mistakes and environmental sins of past generations, but to eradicate them and, moreover, to compensate and make amends, i.e. also to remove and dispose of the waste of past expeditions. We all owe it to these mountains, to nature, to these countries and their inhabitants, and to the planet. We take responsibility and hope that many will follow us.
CERTIFIED FOR RESPONSIBLE EXPEDITIONS
We are thrilled to share a momentous achievement: the prestigious Travelife certification, earned through our participation in the transformative SUSTOUR project!
At the core of our ethos lies a deep reverence for the splendor of our majestic mountain landscapes. With immense pride, we announce that each stride we take is a conscious step toward exemplifying sustainable mountain tourism. Our unwavering commitment to safeguarding the Earth’s future propels us to meticulously craft expeditions that harmonize with nature. Our collective mission embraces innovative practices that preserve and protect.
A heartfelt expression of gratitude resonates to our cherished community of adventurers who stand with us on this remarkable journey. It is your unwavering support and unyielding dedication that fuels our pursuit of sustainable excellence. Together, let us forge a path that showcases how responsible tourism can indeed be the adventure of a lifetime!
Join us as we lead the way in fostering an eco-conscious legacy, elevating each expedition into a testament of responsible exploration.
Stay tuned for upcoming sustainable adventures that inspire change and celebrate nature’s wonders.
WE ARE ALREADY IMPLEMENTING THESE MEASURES OR ARE IN THE PROCESS OF IMPLEMENTING THEM AS STANDARD:
- 100% solar energy in the form of a large photovoltaic farm at Basecamp for the duration of the expedition.
- Waste water treatment at Basecamp; Furtenbach Adventures is the first operator to implement this on the south side after a successful introduction on the north side of Everest.
- Strict waste separation (metal, glass and plastic will be recycled)
- Collection of feces from Basecamp in garbage cans and transport to the valley
- Collection of feces from high camps in waste bags and transport to valley
- Reusable oxygen cylinders (all cylinders are removed, serviced and refilled and used for up to 20 years).
- We leave nothing on the mountain, protecting this natural resource for future generations
- Voluntary commitment to remove more waste from the mountain than is produced; thus ensuring that waste from past decades is removed!
- CO2 avoidance and minimization strategy for the entire expedition including all transport of people and material
- Compensation of unavoidable CO2 emissions through certified compensation projects (conversion of cooking facilities to biogas plants for rural population in Nepal)