The Cairn Foundation

Hvitserk established The Cairn Foundation in 2013, giving back to the communities developing travel industries locally.

Explorers and adventurers have the itch to travel. Some call it “wanderlust”, defined as “a strong desire to travel”. Here, at Hvitserk, we understand exactly what drives you, and strive to meet this longing for new experiences with a sustainably focused trip itinerary.

Hvitserk has always emphasized giving back to the local communities we visit. Through "The Cairn Foundation" or "Stiftelsen Varde", Hvitserk and our guests support various aid projects in the destinations we visit.

Thirty years ago, Hvitserk was established on the steppes of Africa, after one of our founders had been central in the development of tourism on Kilimanjaro. Ever since we have worked to have a positive impact on the places we arrange expeditions and adventures holidays. We are proud to say that this is something we started doing long before responsible tourism became a phenomenon.  


In 2011 we started to facilitate so our guests have the opportunity to donate one extra dollar for each day they were traveling with us. Together with our guests, Hvitserk and the Cairn Foundation have gathered several hundred thousand Norwegian kroner to various aid projects. Especially in Nepal and Kenya, but also Uganda, Tanzania, and Greenland.

It is fantastic to be a privileged outdoor loving person with the opportunity to spend your holidays in Norwegian or foreign mountains. The Cairn Foundation believes that this feeling will be enhanced if your dream mountain holiday contributes to something positive for others as well. By giving “one dollar each traveling day” you can give something back to the places we visit.

Today, our guests are given the opportunity to donate money when booking a trip with us. The contribution goes unabridged to The Cairn Foundation. Currently, the foundation is supporting educational programs in Nepal, and environmental work in the Masai-Maira area in Kenya. Whether donating a dollar per day of your trip, or giving a donation directly, you can help contribute to creating a sustainable travel industry.

If interested, contact us on [email protected]