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7telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comAward winning responsible tourism At Mountain Kingdoms we are committed to Responsible Tourism through policies and practices which permeate all aspects of our business, ensuring that all our holidays are undertaken in a way which is socially, environmentally and culturally sound. Responsible Tourism remains at the very core of everything we do as a tour operator. We feel strongly that all of our holidays should benefit the local communities, protect the environment by minimising pollution and respect local traditions, religion and heritage. We tread lightly - low volume, low impact holidays are the best way of preserving the beautiful and fragile places we visit. Mountain Kingdoms has a top five star rating for sustainable tourism from the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and is a previous winner of the prestigious annual AITO Responsible Tourism award. We believe that responsible tourism is about more than just policies. It involves giving something tangible back to the communities that we visit. Here are a few examples of our recent and ongoing work:Northpoint School, Nepal Since 2005, Mountain Kingdoms has been working with SHIVA Charity to support Northpoint English School, near Bhaktapur, Nepal. To date we have raised over £10,000 through a host of fundraising activities and client donations. These funds have been used to help with building new classrooms, a walled playground and library, and to purchase nursery class furniture and computers. Porter Welfare In conjunction with Tourism Concern, we have drawn up comprehensive guidelines for porters' rights and working conditions which our agents are obliged to adhere to. The welfare of our local trekking staff is of great importance to us, and we try our best to ensure they have appropriate clothing, shelter and footwear on all our trips. The post-trip questionnaire we send to all clients asks for feedback on the welfare of our trekking staff, and any reported concerns are swiftly acted upon.Simien Mountain Mobile Medical Service The Simien Mountain Mobile Medical Service, set up by a Mountain Kingdoms client, delivers essential medical care at no cost to remote villages in the Simien Mountains. A qualified Ethiopian nurse travels from village to village giving general medical care and providing health education. Mountain Kingdoms donated £600 in 2010 to help establish this project.Ladakh Flood ReliefAs a response to the devastating floods in Ladakh in August 2010, Mountain Kingdoms donated £1,000 to the flood victims through Save the Children. The Bridge Project, ZanskarInitiated by Mountain Kingdoms MD, Steve Berry, this unique project is raising money to build rare Zanskari bridges of interwoven twigs, with the aim of keeping ancient Zanskari traditions and culture alive. Over £3,000 has been raised to date through generous donations. Carbon Offsetting Working with the Tourism Industry Carbon Offset Service (TICOS) we offset the carbon emissions for every Mountain Kingdoms holiday that includes a flight, as well as for staff and trek leader flights. TICOS is an industry-wide programme supported by international agencies such as UNESCO and bodies such as AITO. Since 2009 we have raised £7,000 for TICOS, with money primarily being allocated to the Druk White Lotus School in Ladakh, a charity we have worked with for many years. Other charities supported by Mountain Kingdoms ? Dental Project, Peru ? The LATA Foundation ? Druk White Lotus School, Leh, Ladakh ? The Michael Aris Memorial Trust, Tibet ? The Tibet Foundation ? The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom ? Jimmy Roberts Memorial Fund, Nepal ? Everest Memorial Trust, Nepal ? The Gurkha Welfare Trust ? Global Action Network ? The Nepali Children's Trust ? KINOE ? Sir Edmund Hillary's Himalayan Trust ? Ginette Harrison Memorial Fund ? Village Education Project KilimanjaroIf you would like to find out more about any of these projects, please contact our Responsible Tourism Manager, Niki Morgan: increasing number of our trips are now organised in conjunction with local community projects. Trekking holidays are known for offering a great insight into everyday life and culture but these special holidays bring you as close as possible to local people and maximise the benefit your holiday will bring to their community:? The Treasure Discoverer's Trek - the Nabji Trail, Bhutan Page 17. A unique trip, where a different village each day provides a guide, porters and food for the trek. We pay the villages direct for these services, ensuring the money goes back to the community.? Hidden Village Trek, Langtang, Nepal Page 36. Spend a few days in a rural Himalayan village and take part in activities in the fields and local homes, or simply observe everyday life. This holiday includes a $200 donation to a charity supporting education, healthcare, and cultural heritage in the village in which you stay.? Mekong and Minorities Eco Trek, Laos Page 50. On this trek we stay in simple lodges or village houses and enjoy meals prepared by local families - porters, guides, food and accommodation are all organised by the villagers. The money goes directly to the communities through which we pass.? Egypt & the Summits of Sinai Page 64. Through the local guides who lead us to our restored 'garden' campsites we experience and support a sustainable tourism project for the Jabaliyya Bedouin.Further information on these holidays can be found on the relevant page of this brochure and the associated holiday itinerary, downloadable from our website. Some key initiatives and organisations that we support: Holidays that operate through local community projects: About Mountain KingdomsClient Kate Wright volunteers to help with the Ladakh flood relief effort

8Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comThe Mountain Kingdoms TeamOur office teamThe team at Mountain Kingdoms have been travelling the world for years and whilst our favourite destinations may vary from the Annapurnas to Zanzibar, we are united by a common love of travel and adventure. Our trek leaders A number of our trips are led by Mountain Kingdoms Appointed Leaders (see page 3.) Between them, these leaders have led hundreds of mountain treks and tours and have travelled to all parts of the globe. Collectively they represent an enormous fund of knowledge. Two of our most popular leaders: Kev Reynolds Kev is a Photojournalist, Lecturer and Freelance Guidebook Author of 43 books. Kev truly has walked the world and is the first Honorary Member of the British Association of European Mountain Leaders. Winky O'Neale Winky has been climbing and hill-walking since 1972, making the first British female ascent of Baljuri (5,950m) and Panwali Dwar (6,500m) in Gangotri, India. A highly experienced leader, Winky leads our Tour du Mont Blanc and the Definitive Walkers Haute Route in the Swiss Alps. Our new officeEarly in 2010 we moved into our spacious new offices in the centre of Wotton under Edge, right on the Cotswold Way! If you're thinking of taking a trip with Mountain Kingdoms why not come and visit us to talk ideas through with a member of the team. If you're planning to take a Tailor Made trip you can also take advantage of our special B&B offer. See page 6 for details. Travel show Every year we attend the Times Destinations Holiday & Travel Show at Earls Court. The 2011 event takes place on 3rd-6th February and in 2011 we will also be exhibiting at the Destinations show at Birmingham NEC, 4th-6th March. Do make a note in your diary to come along and meet us at one of these great travel events. Pre-trip meets We offer four popular pre-trip meets for clients booked on a holiday with Mountain Kingdoms. These are a great way to meet fellow travellers and some of the Mountain Kingdoms team, and to ask any questions you may have. We have four 'meets' in the Cotswolds in 2011: Saturday 5th March Saturday 11th June Saturday 6th August Saturday 10th September We organise a 10-mile walk in the Cotswolds, ending at a local hostelry for tea, biscuits and a presentation. Full details of how to book your place/s will be sent with your dossier once you have booked your holiday, and includes a list of local B&Bs. Places are limited for each meet, so do book in early. Come and meet us ? Rod Baber ? Dr David Bathgate ? Barry Bond ? Chris Brightman ? Paul Burditt ? Ian Coxan ? Dr Chris Darby ? Matt Dickinson ? Ray Dimmock ? John Eames ? Stef Economides ? John Edwards ? Di Ellerton? Steve Findlay ? Mike Ford ? Stephen Goodwin ? 'M A' Harper ? Frank Hibbert ? Andrew Jenkins? Graham Hoyland ? Ralph Johnson ? Sally Johnson ? Bart Jordans? Cory Jones ? Ned Kelly ? Sebastian Mankelow ? Dr Stuart Martin ? Kim Mason ? Bonny Masson ? Stuart McNeil ? Stephen Miles? Richard Mears ? Lindy Newnham ? Kevin O'Neale ? Winky O'Neale (see above) ? Major Mark Perry, MBE ? Gary Pfisterer ? Dave Pickford ? Kev Reynolds (see above) ? Roope Roine ? Michael Rutland, OBE ? 'Beetle' Seymour- Williams ? John Shipton ? David Spear? Hugh Thomson ? John Turner ? Moira Viggers ? Tony Welsh ? John Yost? Jude Limburn Turner, Marketing Manager ? Kirsty Parsons, Marketing Assistant ? Charlotte Walker, Marketing Assistant? Malcolm Rutter, Flights Manager ? Seraphina Berry, Reservations ? Jane Wilding, PA to Steve Berry ? Christine Andrews, Book-keeper ? Linda Denniff, Operations Assistant ? Carol Dawson, Operations Assistant? April Webb, Office AssistantOther staff members also have a wealth of travel experience:Other trek leaders:Steve Berry Managing Director Steve has explored the world over, talk to him about Southeast Asia, Ladakh and Bhutan. Every year we travel the world to research new trips and refine old favourites. This ensures that we can speak from experience, offering first hand knowledge and personal insight whether you want to know what's on the breakfast menu, the best spot to take your photos or how many thermal vests to pack! We eat, breathe and live travel, and as such have accumulated a huge fund of experience. One of the best parts of working for Mountain Kingdoms is getting to talk about the places we love travelling to, so make our day and give us a call!Steve Harbert General Manager & Director Egypt, Jordan, USA, Morocco, Venezuela and Bhutan are just a few of the places Steve has visited.Niki Morgan Operations and Responsible Tourism Manager Trekking Peaks, Zanskar and Nepal are three particular passions. Ann Sainsbury Operations Manager Ann really has travelled the world. Our expert on Tibet, Oman and South America. Our destination experts: Whilst many bookings are made by telephone or online, we always enjoy meeting our clients in person. Enjoying the Cotswolds on a pre trek meet