Responsible Travel Policy

Accessibility

A key part of our philosophy at EDGE Travel Worldwide is accessible tourism for all; we believe that the personal benefits of travel and tourism should be available to everyone and anyone, without discrimination. We understand that accessibility issues vary beyond physical disabilities, and, as well as those with mobility issues, can include those with visible and invisible illnesses, sensory disabilities, learning difficulties, injuries, allergies, medical conditions, and the elderly. At EDGE Travel Worldwide we aim to provide barrier-free and inclusive trips wherever possible.

“This was truly an opportunity of a life time with EDGE Travel Worldwide. To set such a goal andchallenge was something that we all needed and wanted after already going through such a lifechanging situation of losing our initial quality of life. The journey leading up to the trek was just asimportant as Kilimanjaro itself including weight loss, conditioning, training, health, well being andfitness. Gaining stronger self-confidence and re-invigorating self-belief has been the life change and isstill positively influencing our life months and hopefully years to come.”

Environment

We recognise that smaller tour groups have less of an impact on our host destinations. We aim to make sure the nature and scale of our activities are suitable to local conditions and do not overexert local resources. With the exception of charity trips, we only lead tours in groups of up to twenty to reduce the pressure of our activity on the environment.

To help to keep the environments we visit as pristine as we found them, EDGE Travel Worldwide has a zero litter “leave-no-trace” policy for both guides and travellers.

We encourage travellers to only bring friendly products with them on trips.

When selecting local agents to use for our trips we seek to choose those who work to conserve natural resources and minimise the impact of their services on the environment in which they operate.

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A key part of our philosophy at EDGE Travel Worldwide is promoting positive cultural exchanges. Not only do we try to provide our clients with a thorough insight into the culture of the host community, we also encourage our local agents and their staff to seek an insight into the way of life of our clients.

Prior to each trip we provide our travellers with information on the culture and traditions of each of the host communities we visit. We advise our travellers on how they can act in a socially responsible way with respect for local laws, practices and customs as well as how they can respect the religious beliefs of local communities. Before and during our trips we actively encourage travellers to learn a few words of the local language.

EDGE Travel Worldwide aim to bring economic value to natural and cultural resources by encouraging travellers to make donations upon visit to different sites that help towards their conservation

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“Nepal has always been a dream to travel to but interacting with the local people and seeing how culture and religion are part of their everyday lives while on the EDGE Travel Worldwide Everest Base Camp trek was great.

To be invited into the Tyangboche Monastery to speak with the monks, listen to them pray and listen to a study session on Nepalese culture and history, was simply amazing”

Communities

One of the many benefits of the tourism sector is its potential to contribute to the economic development of host destinations. An important part of sustainable tourism is ensuring that the income generated is retained locally in order to maximise the benefits of tourism for the local community. EDGE Travel Worldwide aims to reduce leakage by supporting locally owned businesses and employing local guides.

Identifying good local guides and promoting their abilities with the local agent is key to set high standards of service and employment.

Developing a guide mentoring scheme where they are not in place by encouraging the local guides to help identify other potential good quality guides and offer employment.

At each of our trip destinations EDGE Travel Worldwide contribute financially to projects that benefit local communities.Prior to each trip we provide our travellers with information on the culture and traditions of each of the host communities we visit. We advise our travellers on how they can act in a socially responsible way with respect for local laws, practices and customs as well as how they can respect the religious beliefs of local communities. Before and during our trips we actively encourage travellers to learn a few words of the local language.

EDGE Travel Worldwide aim to bring economic value to natural and cultural resources by encouraging travellers to make donations upon visit to different sites that help towards their conservation

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“The Kazakhstan remote wilderness adventure was a truly incredible experience; apart from the variety of terrain we trekked in and went to, but with also interacting with the Kyrgys people and culture too. We crossed over the Kazakh Kyrgys boarder a few times and ourlocal crew was a mix of Kazakh, Kyrgys and Russian. Every evening the sharing of songs, dancing, jokes and stories was brilliant.

Completely unexpected! Not only was the area we went to and the itinerary unique but also the experiences we had learning about the culture and what was important to those who were acting as our guide, interpreter, cook and porters. We were really happy to provide tips at the end of the trek because we knew more about who we were giving them to, their Families and what their dreams were for theirfuture.”

People

To operate our trip EDGE Travel Worldwide work with a variety of partners overseas. We aim to develop and maintain good long-term working relationships with these partners to ensure the economic benefit of our collaboration for them is ongoing.

EDGE Travel Worldwide provide employment opportunities for local agents and their permanent and contracted staff in many countries around the world. A significant issue within tourism employment is the seasonal nature of tourism demand in many destinations, leaving workers unemployed for a large portion of the year. Rather than just running trips in high seasons, we aim to run our trips throughout the year where possible in order to address the seasonality issue and spread the wealth for our local crew, as well as minimising the negative impacts that come with too many visitors to destinations at one time.

“The Kazakhstan remote wilderness adventure was a truly incredible experience; apart from the variety of terrain we trekked in and went to, but with also interacting with the Kyrgys people and culture too. We crossed over the Kazakh Kyrgys boarder a few times and our local crew was a mix of Kazakh, Kyrgys and Russian. Every evening the sharing of songs, dancing, jokes and stories was brilliant.

Completely unexpected! Not only was the area we went to and the itinerary unique but also the experiences we had learning about the culture and what was important to those who were acting as our guide, interpreter, cook and porters. We were really happy to provide tips at the end of the trek because we knew more about who we were giving them to, their Families and what their dreams were for their future.”

EDGE Travel Worldwide recognises that tourism workers are often underpaid and made to work in poor conditions. We vet all of our local agents to ensure they pay their staff a fair rate for their services, follow labour regulations and care about the welfare of their permanent and contracted staff.

We aim to use local agents that provide their workforce with professional training and development opportunities.

EDGE Travel Worldwide believes in equal opportunity and treatment for all, therefore we endeavor to use local agents that employ a diverse workforce, with no discrimination against race, colour, sex, religion or social origin.We do not use agents that employ children and take measures to ensure that we, our travellers, partners and local agents are not involved in the exploitation of children or vulnerable groups.

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“Before we started our trek up Kilimanjaro, my Wife and I went on a 4-day safari where we stopped off in a Maasai village to listen and learn more about their customs and how they lived day to day along with what was important to them and their future generations. Smiling and hugging a Maasai worrier was something we never thought we would ever experience, but the unexpected stop in the village left us feeling humble and happy from the encounter.”local crew was a mix of Kazakh, Kyrgys and Russian. Every evening the sharing of songs, dancing, jokes and stories was brilliant.

Completely unexpected! Not only was the area we went to and the itinerary unique but also the experiences we had learning about the culture and what was important to those who were acting as our guide, interpreter, cook and porters. We were really happy to provide tips at the end of the trek because we knew more about who we were giving them to, their Families and what their dreams were for theirfuture.”

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“EDGE Travel Worldwide engages with local Charities, Families and Communities wherever they run international trips, which is one of the reasons we love going on the trip itself.

The interaction that happens with the local crew and their Families, along with the Community they are from, really does help to bring value to the trip experience and also helps us understandthe local culture and Community better. We always bring gifts with on trips for local Children that can help schooling and education along with in some case paying for a child to go to school for a year as their sponsor.

The value of supporting someone through their education to help fuel their dreams is sometimes overwhelming.”

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“On our recent trip to Kilimanjaro with EDGE Travel Worldwidewe were delighted to learn that funding is provided each yeartowards a local school that helps children who don’t have anyparents. It enables their siblings to have some time to work ortime off too which is vital. Providing a ‘Give-Back’ scheme andgetting clients to interact with the project helped enrich ourexperience of the trip and was a great way to finish our brilliantexperience of Kilimanjaro and Tanzania.”

“EDGE Travel Worldwide is developing a sustainable relationship with a local Charity called ‘Feathers Tale Children’s Village’ near Moshi. The Charity and EDGE Travel Worldwide work together to not only provide a great experience of Kilimanjaro and the Safari region but to also provide essential funding into the Charity to keep the project work alive. To go and meet some of the Children was so sad but also a very happy experience in knowing there is hope for them.

The visit and donation helped cement our experience and love of Tanzania.”“EDGE Travel Worldwide are engaged with supporting a local Charity that looks after disabled children who are targeted for abduction. Being made aware of the project was enough to getus thinking about how we could help after our trip up Kilimanjaro. By going and seeing the people at the Charity and the Children along with the workers, volunteers and single Motherswas heart wrenching. After spending some time there, we started to have some lovely conversations with the Mothers and the workers.

Understanding what their stories were and what their needs were enabled us to think about future ongoing support when we got back to the UK. A flash in the plan approach of support is never the right thing to do and could only understand that by being made aware before the trip and also by visiting the Charity itself.”the local culture and Community better. We always bring gifts with on trips for local Children that can help schooling and education along with in some case paying for a child to go to school for a year as their sponsor.

The value of supporting someone through their education to help fuel their dreams is sometimes overwhelming.”

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EDGE Travel Worldwide as Associate members of and accreditation through the following organisations

Disability Confident
Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project
IMEC
Tourism Concern

Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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