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
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.