Himalayan Ecotourism is a federation of social enterprises that offers experience-focused tours and treks in the Himalayas
We stands for sustainable development in the Himalayas by promoting conservation and empowerment of the locals with a focus on women.
Hence, traveling with us you are sure to travel in a way that positively empowers the locals and that makes your travel ecological footprint insignificant.
And somehow our model works great !
The quality of our hospitality services is unmatched in the Himalayas, and we are able to contribute notably in terms of conservation of the Himalayan ecosystems.
Tourism as a business is planned to perform and sustain actions for the conservation of the surrounding ecosystems and welfare of the local community.
The locals are the primary beneficiaries of the generated revenues of this tourism-based business.
The local stakeholders involved in the business must be organized in such a way that collaboration between the locals is encouraged and competition is avoided.
A substantial part of the revenue generated by the tourism-based business must be reserved for implementing the social and environmental projects of the federation. These funds are ideally, but not imperatively, managed collectively with the local stakeholders.
The organization must take care that the local stakeholders not only get economically empowered but also that their personal development is ensured: enhancement of their professional and soft skills, raising of their awareness, exposure to global affairs, ecology & political issues, and ability to implement local projects for sustainable development in their area.
All operated tours and activities must minimize the ecological footprint and the adverse impacts on the local ecosystems and culture.
The HET federation must hold a very high standard of quality in terms of hospitality, safety, and originality. Only those organizations that already have a solid reputation in this regard can become members of the federation.
An association between the local cooperative and a group of experts.
Himalayan Ecotourism is based in Himachal Pradesh, India.
We are located on the outskirts of the GHNP (Great Himalayan National Park) established in 1999 and inscribed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in June 2014.
We are close to the major tourist hubs in Himachal Pradesh – Spiti, Shimla, Dharamshala, Kullu-Manali but we remain far from their crowd. We are easily accessible from the main road linking New Delhi and the Indian plains to Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul Spiti via the Rohtang Pass.
Our affiliated organizations are spread across the Himalayas.
A social enterprise needs friends to succeed ! We are so much grateful to :
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 :
Himalayan Ecotourism is the Overall Winner of the Indian Responsible Tourism Award 2019. We are also the Gold winner in the Best Adventure Operator category.
On the international scene, we have been declared winner of the Sustainable Tourism Award 2019 by Skal International and Biosphere.
Our cooperative-based model of social enterprise and our efforts to protect the Himalayas are the main reasons for winning these awards.
Thank you to all our cooperative members, our customers, our friends and well-wishers !