Conservation Guideline Survey
This questionnaire is an integral part of the "Himalayan Run & Trek"
because it places responsibility on the tour operator and participants
to work together to make a positive impact on the areas visited. The best
organization and intentions can be quickly countered by one or two irresponsible
individuals. After the trip but before leaving India you will be asked
to complete this questionnaire. Copies of each questionnaire will be distributed
to officials in India and other locations around the world as a way to
monitor the development of adventure tourism on the Darjeeling area. We
ask that everyone complete this questionnaire.
Background Information (please circle)
- What is your sex? a) male b) female
- What is your age? a) 20-29 b) 30-39 c) 40-49 d) 50-59 e) over 60
Marital status? a) married b) single c) divorced d) widowed
Number of children? a) none b) one c) two d) three e) more than 3
Approximate annual income in US Dollars? a) 0-15,000 b) 15,000-30,000 c)
30,000-45,000 d) 45,000-60,000 e) 60,000-100,000 f) over 100,000
Present residence? a) eastern USA b) central/midwest USA c) south/sw USA
d) western USA e) Europe f) Asia g) other
Trip information (please rank the following on a scale of one to five.
1 (very poor/strongly disagree, (2) poor/disagree, (3) satisfactory/neutral,
(4) good/agree, (5) excellent/strongly agree, (NA) not applicable)
This trip has enriched my appreciation of nature, conservation and high
As a result of the trip, I am more willing to become involved in political
issues concerning the "preservation" or development of the global natural
The Tour Operator did an exceptional job in following the Guidelines for
achieving sustainable tourism. If 1 or 2 marked, please indicate areas
where improvement should be made._________________________________________
I developed several strong preferences to products made in India. If yes,
please list products: _________________________
The cooking methods on the trip seemed efficient and the use of wood was
I would be willing to pay US$100. per year to ensure that the eastern Himalayan
environment could be preserved as is with minimal environmental change
(you will not be solicited for donations if you agree).
I do not feel the existing local economic, primarily agricultural, institutions
are capable of sustaining the local environment without foreign aid or
I do not feel the local social and cultural institutions are capable of
sustaining the local environment without foreign aid or "development" programs.
Deforestation appears to be a considerable problem in the Darjeeling area.
Soil erosion appears to be a considerable problem in the Darjeeling area.
Mass movements, for example landslides, appear to be a problem.
Population pressure appears to be a significant factor in contributing
to environmental pressures.
Population pressure appears to be hindering economic development.
Waste was "adequately" disposed of during the trip. Garbage was not left
on trails or roads.
Throughout the trip many runners/hikers tended to wander off the provided
trails and roads onto other roads
The Tour Operator did a good job of encouraging interaction, through races,
festivals, etc., between trek participants and the local population.
The local population seemed to resent "our" intrusion into their home country.
I feel the foreign products I brought on the trip, such as cameras, bicycles,
running shoes, etc. are, or in the near future, will be in high demand
by the local inhabitants of the area.
I would be more than willing, on a return trip to spend a few hours planting
trees, aiding local farmers (assuming they want our help) or performing
som 1 2 3 4 5
I have a strong desire to make a return trip to this area.
I purchased Indian made goods or services valued at: _______ in Darjeeling
and ________ in Delhi.
Please rank from 1 (most important) to however many reasons you may have
for going on the "Himalayan Run & Trek": a. running/walking challenge
___; b. cultural experience ___, c. environmental beauty ___, d. break/vacation
from my normal routine ___, e. Other reasons _____
Please describe your impression of the "Himalayan Run & Trek": (use
seperate sheet if necessary) Name optional: _______________________________