|In these days of mass tourism 'Responsible Travel' has become a buzzword. Everybody seems to be talking about it ...and all for the good. If not nothing, atleast everybody is helping in spreading awareness. Sustainable Travel - that is the Key. To leave any place unharmed and unspoilt, so that it remains as beautiful for future generations to come.
We travel far and wide - not just to see the place, but to see their culture…to meet different people...to see how they live! Love and respect for all places we visit is of prime importance. We also try our best at giving something back to all the places we travel.
The best thing we at Rimo do is to provide employment to the locals by recruiting them on our trips. This has made Rimo a salad bowl of many races of people in the Himalaya. At present, our field staff includes people from Ladakh, Garhwal & Kumaon, Northeast (Darjeeling,Sikkim,Manipur), and Nepal. The camaraderie between them during our trips is commendable. Despite the differences, once outdoors everything melts away and what remains is just the spirit for adventure.
To drive away the boredom of a six month long winter and to encourage youth into sports, Rimo has started its own team of stellar Ice Hockey Players. Rimo Team has been winning the Ice Hockey Championship every year for a few years now. Mr Chewang Motup holds an important post in the Ladakh Winter Sports Club and his contribution has gone a long way in promoting ice Hockey in Ladakh. In 2009 6 members from Rimo Team were selected to represent India at the IIHF (International Ice Hockey Federation) challenge cup held in Abu Dhabi.
The whole Himalayan stretch lacks good schools and a sound education system. Rimo is involved in many school development projects in all the places we operate. Some of the bigger projects are that of Juniper Trust. All their programs with schools in India are managed by Rimo.
We are committed to protecting the fragile environment of the Himalayan mountain ranges and believe in zero impact travel. We inculcate environmental consciousness amongst our staff and encourage similar responsibility in fellow travelers. As an active member of the All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA), Rimo initiated and organized, together with tour operators of Ladakh, the first-ever clean up of the Markha and Stok Valley in 2000. We brought back 30 horse-loads of tins, bottles and garbage.
As part of our ongoing commitment towards the rural communities we visit, and the environment, Rimo is building twin vault composting toilets in villages with limited campsites in Ladakh.