Gushaini, Teh. Banjar, Dist. Kullu, HP
About Himalayan Ecotourism

About Himalayan Ecotourism


In short

Himalayan Ecotourism is community-based social enterprise offering treks and other ecotourism services in Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh.

We are located in the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park where we operate from the Tirthan valley.
We function as a cooperative society associated with a commercial firm to deliver top-notch ecotourism services.

Himalayan Ecotourism is working for sustainable development in the Himalayas by promoting conservation and women empowerment.

Where are we ?

In the heart of the Himalayas

Himalayan Ecotourism is based in Himachal Pradesh, India. This is in the ‘Green’ Himalayas with evergreen forests and alpine meadows.
We are located on the outskirts of the GHNP (Great Himalayan National Park), a relatively new national park established in 1999 which was inscribed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in June 2014.
We are located close to the major tourist hubs in Himachal Pradesh – Lahaul, Spiti, Shimla, Dharamshala, Kull-Manali. We are also on the main road from New Delhi and the Indian plains to Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul Spiti via the Rohtang Pass.

map location himalayan ecotourism

We are a genuine social enterprise

With a strong commitment toward sustainable development

Himalayan Ecotourism is a mission-driven organization with conservation through empowerment of the locals as primary goal. One of its founder is an experienced consultant in rural development with a vision based on more than 12 years of experience in rural India.
Unlike most tourism operators, our business structure is not pyramidal or hierarchical. Each member is a partner and a shareholder. Our local staff are all members of the "GHNP Community-based Ecotourism Cooperative" that we encouraged from its inception in 2013.
65 Members of the community living in the ecozone of the GHNP (Great Himalayan National Park) have joined the cooperative as mountain guides, cooks and porters. They all have an equal share of the capital of the cooperative. They are the ones who will accompany you on your treks and tours.
A substantial part of the revenues of Himalayan Ecotourism goes directly to the cooperative as profit. The profits are managed collectively and a large part is devoted to support eco-development projects.
We are also doing our best to ensure the safety and comfort of your local hosts during your travels. The porters carry maximum 21 kg. We are also reinvesting a portion of the profits in new equipment. You will feel the difference it makes in your overall experience by having happy and empowered guides, cooks and porters!
We have form in parallel a firm that supports the activities of marketing and management. Himalayan Ecotourism is the joint venture of the cooperative and the firm.

We have developed an innovative model of social enterprise that empowers the local and allows us to support sustainable development projects.

Stephan Marchal

'Tintin in the Himalayas'
Managing Director and Eco-development specialist

Avneet Mangat

Product Development
and IT Director

Keshav Thakur

of the cooperative

Sanju Negi

of the cooperative

Mohan Thakur

of the cooperative

Tara Chand

of the cooperative

Ghan Shyam

Board member
of the cooperative

Dule Singh

Board member
of the cooperative

Hema Devi

Customer care

Photo credits

We are very grateful to all our members, guests or friends who have kindly shared their photographs. We proudly display some of them on this website. Our photo contributors :

Avneet Mangat
Stephan Marchal
Rolf Leurink
Denis Harle
Anup Kulkarni
Simon Keizer
Mihir Mohit
Mohan Lal
Partha Mudgil
Saurabh Ganguli
Sanjeeva Pandey

Many thanks ! :-)

Contact us

Contact us

Gushaini, Teh. Banjar, Dist. Kullu, HP, India

  info@himalayanecotourism.com     +91-9816-091-093

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