We've done it again! For the sixth time running, our prize-winning Wintertime Quest for the Snow Leopard 2014 groups observed snow leopards in the wild and plenty of blue sheep, showing that conservation is at work! (photo left: Snow leopards courting, KarmaQuest)
KarmaQuest in partnership with the Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) proudly claims a 100% success rate on our winter snow leopard trips in Ladakh, India. “Not so long ago, it would have been a dream to see just one snow leopard during a 10-day winter snow camp, but nowadays groups are having multiple sightings." (The 2014 groups had two and four sightings.) "The 2013 group ended up with seven. This is a testament to conservation action,” says SLC's Dr. Rodney Jackson.
Inquire NOW! about our 2015 Wintertime Quest for the Snow Leopard trips -- they fill up quickly.
We've added a NEW snow leopard trip to Bhutan this year. Trek to Jomolhari Base Camp and join school children, yak herders and village leaders in a celebration of snow leopards. With leadership expertise in snow leopard conservation and ecotourism, you'll gain first-hand knowledge about life in a world where national productivity is measured in people's and nature's well being.
You'll be part of an innovative village homestay program, giving feedback to your family host as an informal hospitality training. Your participation in this trip also supports the Snow Leopard Conservancy's and Bhutan Foundation's work in Bhutan.(Photo left: Young snow leopard conservationists in Bhutan, SLC/Bhutan Foundation)
Traveling with KarmaQuest is much more than a holiday adventure: it is helping to conserve the natural environment, endangered wildlife, and our world's rich cultural heritage by supporting conservation and sustainable tourism.
KarmaQuest specializes in Custom Designed trips and Travel Consultations, helping you plan a one-of-a-kind travel experience. We operate a wide range of trips, from treks and mountaineering expeditions to cultural tours and educational programs. We are expert in Himalayan trekking and leaders in ecotourism; our decades of working with in-country NGO partners in Central, South and SouthEast Asia enable us to offer you unique trips tailored to your or your organization's particular interests. Please look inside at our scheduled Trips. Or share your dream destination with us, and we'll be happy to design an itinerary just for you.
KarmaQuest also organizes cultural excursions, ecotourism, adventure travel and educational trips to Tibet, China, Nepal, India, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. Please email us or request a copy of our travel catalogue if you do not see the destination of your choice on our website.
Burma is one of the most exciting travel destinations today. KarmaQuest invites to be part of history in the making and to help the people of Burma transition to better living standards, health care and education. Join our Unveiling Burma: A Cultural Tour to Benefit Children's Health Care in Burma (December 1 to 15, 2014) and lend a hand.
Our previous Burma trips have reached out to those in need: trip guests donated dozens of basic health manuals (in Burmese language) to rural health clinics while KarmaQuest built new partnerships for ongoing aid. Another trip focuses on helping to keep Burmese textile traditions strong by featuring textile artisans and bringing benefits to remote village craftspeople. Join us!
Sikkim: KarmaQuest invites you to join one of two unforgettable trips to Sikkim, India this fall. On A Cultural Tour and Home Visit with KarmaQuest -- hosted by KarmaQuest owner Wendy Lama -- you'll be treated as honored family guests as you travel across this sacred and pristine landscape, staying with farming families and dining on home-grown organic produce. You'll learn from village leaders about efforts to conserve their cultural heritage and natural environment, assisted by a local NGO (Kangchendzonga Conservation Committee), and a UNESCO-supported program that KarmaQuest's Wendy Lama advised.
En route to Mt. Kangchendzonga, Sikkim
Two other trips, Treasures of Kangchendzonga and Rhododendron Trek take you hiking to the base of Mt. Kangchendzonga, third highest peak in the world through spectacular mountain scenery (photo left) and amidst 40 feet flowering rhododendron trees during spring (photo right).
Ride the toy train in nearby Darjeeling and savor the best tea in the world.
Giving back in Burma
Nepal is back on travelers' radar, and KarmaQuest's
decades of experience in Nepal enable us to offer unique
travel experiences that also help disadvantaged Nepalis.
Arts and Wonders of Nepal Benefiting Paropakar Orphans" takes you to some of our favorite
spots around the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys, including
several World Heritage Sites, and on a mountain
flight for a bird's eye view of Mt. Everest. A
highlight of the trip is a visit to Paropakar Orphanage in Kathmandu. KarmaQuest has a long-standing relationship
with Paropakar and Virtue’s Children Nepal,
a charitable organization that will oversee the delivery
of your generous educational scholarship funds to some of Nepal's neediest children. Sign up soon for the trip, as space is limited.
KarmaQuest is a proud member of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES), where we support the TIES Principles of Ecotourism. See if you can find us on the Ecotourism Explorer world map (hint: Half Moon Bay is just south of San Francisco, California).
KarmaQuest is also a founding member of the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau Coastside Eco-Tourism program. Please visit the website to learn more about how your visit to the Half Moon Bay/San Mateo coast (California) -- our home town -- can help support local businesses that are conserving the area's unique cultural heritage and fragile ecosystem.
Coastal Elegance, offering Coastside eco-tour adventures, is one.
For more information
and a detailed itinerary... please contact
KarmaQuest Ecotourism and Adventure Travel
Tel: (650) 560-0101/
699 Spindrift Way, Half Moon Bay,
California 94019 USA