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High Places was founded by Bob and Mary Lancaster in 1988. Starting in a small way taking a group of friends trekking in India the number of destinations has grown until we now offer trips to 20 countries with over 100 departures. However what hasn't changed is the passion for people, trekking and mountains and the personal service we offer to everyone who travels with us. High Places continue to organise and lead quality treks and climbs for small groups of like-minded outdoors people. We remain small enough for all our trips to be special.

We have offices in Sheffield, UK and in Nelson, New Zealand. See Contact Us page for details.

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High Places is a fully bonded tour operator and any money paid to us is completely protected. Your flight inclusive holiday is covered by our Civil Aviation Authority ATOL licence no 2836.
If travelling ‘land only’ your financial security is guaranteed by our ABTOT membership no 5203.
The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT) provides financial protection under the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 for High Places Ltd., and in the event of their insolvency, protection is provided for the following:

1. non-flight packages commencing in and returning to the UK;
2. non-flight packages commencing and returning to a country other than the UK; and
3. flight inclusive packages that commence outside of the UK, which are sold to customers outside of the UK.
1, 2 and 3 provides for a refund in the event you have not yet travelled. 1 and 3 provides for repatriation. Please note that bookings made outside the UK are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with High Places Ltd.

High Places takes its responsibilities to sustainable and responsible tourism seriously

We are aware that every trip has an impact and we do all we can to ensure that this is sensitive to the local environment and benefits the local community. We want our clients to appreciate and respect other countries, their institutions, traditions, religions and heritage and we are committed to creating positive long-term relationships with the communities and places we visit.

To ensure we meet these aims, we work with local people, using local staff and supporting locally owned accommodation. Treks and group logistics are organised to have minimal impact on the environment: groups are limited (max 12); wood is only used for fuel when other resources are not available; cleanliness of water sources is protected at all times; trek leaders are rigorous in ensuring that all litter is removed from campsites and properly disposed of.

Climate Care:

We urge our clients to contribute to Climate Care - www.climatecare.org - to offset flight emissions.

High Places is a member of Tourism Concern

Tourism Concern's mission is to ensure tourism always benefits the local communities they do this through a wide range of exciting and innovative projects. From working with communities in destination countries to reduce social and environmental problems connected to tourism, to working with the out-going UK tourism industry to find ways of improving tourism so that local benefits are increased. www.tourismconcern.org.uk

High Places supports the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group)

The IPPG works to improve the conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide. This means porters carrying for individual trekkers, organized groups, climbing expeditions and those who supply lodges. High Places supports the work of IPPG and endorses its five recommended guidelines. www.ippg.net

Responsible office practices:

We also try to minimise the impact on the environment in our UK office. For instance:
  • Our stationery is printed on recycled paper
  • We re-use or recycle office waste paper
  • We make sure office equipment is turned off overnight