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.
Himalayan Ecotourism has social and environmental goals. Its founder is an experienced consultant in rural development. He has a vision for social, economic and environmental development based on more than 10 years of consultancy 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 promoted.
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 of 20 kg. We are also reinvesting a portion of the profits in equipment – bags, shoes, tents, sleeping bags and warm clothing. 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.
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 :