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Be a responsible traveller, support a genuine effort to reforest the Himalayas


As travellers, we love to discover preserved natural environment and meet the local communities around the globe.
As responsible travellers, we want to protect these environments and communities from the effects of climate change and from the adverse effects of mass tourism.

At Himalayan Ecotourism, we offer any traveller to become responsible by offsetting their travel carbon emissions trhough the support of a beautiful community program.
We are implementing a large scale reforestation project that not only regenerate the Himalayan ecosystems and sequestrate atmospheric carbon, but also help the local communities to prosper by restoring a healthy forest environment.

Together we will assess the carbon emissions of any of your travel and we will let you know how to offset them by regenerating and protecting your own plot of land in the Himalayas.

Contact us and become a responsible traveller.




A community-based reforestation program


Conservation of the environment and welfare of the local communities is at the heart of Himalayan Ecotourism's mission.
Since our inception in 2014, we are using ecotourism as an instrument to promote sustainable development in the Himalayas. Our community-based social enterprise is a unique award-winning business model.

In 2019, our local collaborators, the cooperative members decided to launch a tree plantation project in the barren lands of the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). This has shown us that our social enterprise model works well as it ultimately led to a situation where the locals became responsible and confident enough to initiate a regeneration project by themselves.
Read more about it here.
We obviously supported their initiative by dedicating a substantial part of our profits to the project.

As the covid-19 pandemic spread over the world, we were left with no visitor, and hence, a zero income 2020 season.
Fortunately, thanks to private donations, we were able to continue implementing the project.
As tourism is the main source of funds for our social and conservation project, and as tourism will be down for an unknown period of time, we were forced to find alternate sources of income for our social enterprise.
By protecting and regenerating the Himalayan forests suffering from fast deterioration processes, not only we contribute to the long term welfare of the local community but we also sequestrate huge amounts of atmospheric carbon.

Therefore, we decided that sequestration of carbon will be the alternate source of revenue to support our efforts to work for sustainable development in the Himalayas.

In short

Are you concerned about our planet ? You can be a zero carbon traveller by supporting our reforestation and community program in the Himalayas.





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The reforested area

We are reforesting barren lands in the ecozone of the Great Himalayan National Park.

Become a zero carbon traveller


Travelling is an important part of life. It creates opportunities to enjoy different landscapes, meet different cultures and to learn from the local communities who have different ways of life.
That is what a real traveller is : someone in search of his/her own path of life in the natural and cultural diversity that this planet has to offer.

But should it be at the planet’s expense ? Not for the responsible travellers !

Himalayan Ecotourism offers anyone who is travelling with us or with any of our partners to offset their travel carbon emissions.
You wish to be a zero carbon traveller. This is how we do it.
Three factors have to be known :

    The total carbon dioxide emitted during your air and overland transports.
    The required area to be managed for sequestrating the equivalent of your carbon emission over a period of 30 years.
    The cost for managing this area as a carbon sink (and as a community beneficial natural ecosystem) for the next 30 years.

The offset of your estimated carbon emissions is then converted into an amount of money that is charged to you on the top of your tour package.
Hence you become a zero carbon traveller.



About the reforestation project


About one third of cooperative members live in a badly deteriorated area near the village Pekhri in the ecozone of the GHNP.
The members themselves decided that they should start the regeneration project in that particular area.
Two square kilometres have been marked out as the initial project area.

We divided the area into four different categories of lands where we work for different objectives with different strategies. These categories of land help us to optimize the efficiency of the project.
To devise these categories we took the following parameters into consideration :

    Local ecology benefits (no more forest fires, plantation of indigenous species, erosion, habitat for wildlife, etc.)
    Community benefits (Fuelwood, fruit trees, fodder, dedicated land for grazing, non-timber forest produces, local climate, etc.)
    Long-term carbon sequestration

The different categories are :

   1. Village forest. Adjacent the village areas. Fenced and protected from forest fires. Planted with nursery grown trees for fruits, fodder and other benefits for the villagers.
   2. Silvopastoral land. Within 15 minutes walking distance from the villages. No fence, but protected from forest fires. Fast growing trees for fodder and fuelwood. The ground level is maintained for allowing good grasses to grow (grazing).
   3. Assisted natural regeneration land. Further from the villages. No fence, but protected from forest fires. Direct seeding of indigenous tree species. No grazing allowed. This category is mostly to enhance the quality of the natural ecosystems.
   4. The remaining area is only protected from forest fires. Hence the naturally sequestrated carbon is kept into the ground. controlled grazing allowed.

When the management of the first 2 square kilometres will be funded, the same programme will be replicated near the villages of other cooperative members.

Video about our reforestation project, Tirthan valley

Planting trees

The first phase of our tree plantation. We are now into plantation at a much larger scale.





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Carbon offset certification


The Kyoto protocol in 1992 has marked the beginning of the international carbon market which allows big polluters to purchase carbon units to lesser polluting countries or companies.
The moneys of the carbon market are usually used to support green technologies or carbon sequestration projects, mostly in developing countries.

One needs to be certified by specific agencies to enter the carbon market. The problem is that these certifications are not at easy reach for smaller organizations like ours.
The certification process is extremely costly, and it takes several years to complete all the required formalities.

Therefore, in the context of the Covid-19, and our urgent need to diversify our activities, we decided not to wait for such certification and to make our own self-certified carbon sequestration programme.
We have already been awarded for the fairness and the transparency of our enterprise, and so we will continue working for our “zero-carbon” programme by nurturing the same ethical values.

Each contributor to our programme receives a certificate that mentions the name of the contributor, date and amount of carbon units purchased, the precise reference (with geo-tagging) of the plot of land that is managed for the carbon sequestration.
The mapping of the project area showing the implementation progress will made publicly available.

Moreover, videos, photos and articles by various individuals will be released regularly as evidence of the work being implemented.
An expert from the carbon market sector will regularly assess the program. His report will be made available to anyone.

This set of solid evidences allows us to issue our own carbon offset certification called “Be a zero carbon traveller”.

Become a member of family of responsible traveller. Join the movement by neutralizing your carbon emissions.



Videos about of reforestation and protection

Video about our reforestation project, Tirthan valley

Planting trees

The first phase of our tree plantation. We are now into plantation at a much larger scale.

Our documentary to create a community movement against forest fires

To wake, Buddhi

Our documentary to create a community movement against forest fires




Photos of the work being done. (updated in July 2020)

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Project area

Our current project area is around 2 square kms of barren land.

reforestation program in the Himalayas

Breafing

Some of our cooperative members discussing the next plan in their village.

reforestation program in the Himalayas

By the villagers

Everything is being implemented by our cooperative members, local experts.

reforestation program in the Himalayas

Employment

Thanks to the project, the locals have a source of income despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Local authorities

The director of the Great Himalayan National Park supports our project.

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At work

Drone shot of our local members busy in preparing the land for reforestation.




Recognition of Himalayan Ecotourism

Himalayan Ecotourism Awards

Our awards

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 conserve the Himalayas are the main reasons for winning these awards.
Thank you to all our cooperative members, our customers, our friends and well-wishers !