Way back in 2007 I spent a wonderful two weeks walking in the foothills of the Himalayas courtesy of the then quite new Village Ways eco-holiday group – an initiative which enables remote villages to become self-sustaining by entertaining visitors who want to walk in their hills. (See here for my report on my holiday.)
Since I was there, Village Ways has flourished and not only increased the number of villages in the Himalayas welcoming visitors to their home-built guest houses, but now offers similar holidays in Nepal, Kerala, Rajasthan and as far afield as Ethiopia. So I was delighted to see from their latest newsletter that they have just won the ‘Best for the Local Economy’ category at the World Responsible Tourism Awards. Thoroughly deserved, I’d say!
If you like the concept – and fancy a few weeks in a truly unspoilt part of the world, check in to the Village Ways site and check out what is on offer for 2014.