Himalayan Insight - The social wing of Himalayan EcotourismEnquire
An NGO in the Himalayas - Our story
Himalayan Ecotourism (HET) has been working at the grassroots of the Tirthan Valley communities since its inception.
Given the rich experience of our founders, several projects have been designed to promote conservation and social welfare in the Great Himalayan National Park area. These were financed by the social enterprise model of HET.
As the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020 bringing about a drastic drop in our revenue, it has been challenging to continue funding the projects.
To keep working for our mission, we decided to supplement our organization with an NGO. This would not just sustain our social efforts, but also scale them up. With our strong, trustworthy relations with the locals and over 10 years of operation, we are optimistic about sustaining the thriving ecosystem we created.
With the women of the village Pekhri in 2014.
Working with the well-intentioned local leaders - Keshav Thakur.
Himalayan Insight is in line with its mother organization, Himalayan Ecotourism, about its goals.
We aim at restoring a symbiotic relationship between the rural communities and all other forms of life in the Himalayas.
Based on our understanding of the inherent connection between social welfare and conservation, our strategy is to provide opportunities to the local communities for -
- Economic Prosperity through a sustainable and ethical tourism business model
- Women Empowerment through establishment of their micro-enterprises
- Forest Regeneration through community-based interventions
- Child Development considering tomorrow's local and global challenges
The people behind Himalayan Insight
Himalayan Insight is a Trust registered in Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The trustees are Hema Marchal, Jagita Devi, Tara Chand.
JagitaAn ambitious local woman passionate about the mountains, women empowerment and her community. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities and has emerged as the head of our women empowerment initiatives. Jagita envisions mighty changes for the women in the valley.
Tara ChandTara is one of our cooperative member, a mountaineer and a naturalist guide at HET. He stands out with his progressive attitude, his dedication for social causes and his integrity.
Our mentors and supporters
Himalayan Insight has immense gratitude towards our friends who have been advising us and bolstering our confidence.
Payson R. StevensA businessman, a community-lover and an environmental scientist to organizations like NASA. Mr Stevens has played a crucial role in giving a concrete shape to our company as a social enterprise. He is now a painter, an artist and a decisive friend of the GHNP.
Sanjeeva PandeyThe first director of GHNP, ex-PCCF of Himachal Pradesh, Mr Pandey has constantly encouraged our grassroot movement in the ecozone of the GHNP since its start. By extending the support of the park, he helped us realize the vision of empowering communities and we continue to seek his mentorship.
Vinay TandonEx-Principal Chief Conservator of Forest, Himachal Pradesh, Vinay’s immense love for the Himalayan forests extended into his goodwill for our projects. He is deeply dedicated to empowering women and has provided great insights for our work.
Tony GastonMain research investigator of the establishment of GHNP, Mr Gaston has been one of our primary backbones of the reforestation programmes in the ecozone. His guidance made it easier for HET’s journey through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recognition of Himalayan Ecotourism
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 !