Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

Principals of Code of Conduct

Five senses Tours, Treks & Expeditions as a member of Travel Agents Association of Sikkim (TAAS) commit to the following principles of ecotourism and requests you to do likewise.

Conserve Sikkim’s natural and cultural heritage

  • Do not trample high altitude vegetation, do not pick flowers or medicinal plants.
  • Do not disturb wildlife or its habitats.
  • Do not allow clients to purchase endangered animal parts or antique cultural artifacts.
  • Support local conservation effort and income generation activities.
  • Avoid use of fuel wood; use alternative fuel: Use kerosene, LPG (or other non-wood fuel) for all cooking, heating, lighting including that by staff and porter.
  • Discourage campfires, encourage camp fun. Follow safety rules when carrying, storing, and using kerosene or gas. ·Leave all camp and trail clean: Separate and properly dispose of litter, burn burnable, bury biodegradable, and carry out all other non-biodegradable materials for deposit at designated trash site or for recycling. Use toilet tents on all treks, setup and use toilet tents in an environmentally manner so as to avoid pollution of water sources (at least 100 m away).
  • Use established camp sites and kitchen sites, avoid trenching around tents.
  • Practice conservation: Avoid fuel-consumption menu items, eg. Baked foods and large menu selections.
  • Re-package food into useable plastic containers to reduce waste. Reduce waste by de-and repackaging also.
  • Practice proper hygiene and sanitation: Teach all staff about personal hygiene, sanitary kitchen and camp routines. Properly treat the drinking water and uncooked vegetables for clients.
  • Dispose off washing and bathing water well away from streams, use biodegradable soaps.
  • Take responsibility for staff and porter welfare: Provide adequate warm clothing, sleeping cover, shoes, snow gear, food, cooking stove and fuel and take care of hired staff.
  • Periodically train staff in first aid, guide responsibilities, sanitation etc.