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Mountain Shepherds – Leading Community-Backed Tourism In The Garhwal Himalayas

Mountain Shepherds – Leading Community-Backed Tourism In The Garhwal Himalayas

The Better India Anusha Subramanian | May 9, 2013 Ecologically sustainable wildlife tourism is best handled by local communities and the homestays run by Mountain Shepherds in the villages of Lata and Tolma in the Dhauli Ganga valley in Garhwal illustrate just that. Abutting the wild and pristine Nanda Devi National Park, Mountain Shepherds is […]

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Eco-adventure: Naturism, Travellism, Tourism

Eco-adventure: Naturism, Travellism, Tourism

G. Seetharaman, reporter for India’s leading business magazine, Business Today, recently filed this cover story report: How Mountain Shepherds is helping in improving living standards of the Bhotiya community Business Today JANUARY 6, 2013 When Bipasha Majumder, 38, wanted to go on a trek in Uttarakhand’s Nanda Devi National Park this October, she did not […]

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NANDA DEVI: The second to last trekking

NANDA DEVI: The second to last trekking

In 2011, the now 75-year-old Francisco Po Egea revisited Nanda Devi, 33 years after first visiting the region. This remarkable return voyage, facilitated by Mountain Shepherds, is detailed below. “The mountain is not a bet, its an emotion” – Walter Bonatti Introduction Half-way through the month of October of 1978, when I was treking across the […]

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The Stone Goddess

The Stone Goddess

Trekking route with Mountain Shepherds from Lata through Lata Kharak and Dharansi to Tolma and Suraithota. Pavel Chakraborty Outlook, April 2, 2012 A sun-kissed morning, the second of our Nanda Devi outer sanctuary trek, finds us taking a breather at the edge of a jungle path. Bijju, our guide, expertly points out the Himalayan black […]

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Promoting Uttarakhand culture online

Promoting Uttarakhand culture online

Tribune News Service Dehradun, October 2 Mountain Shepherds Initiatives Private Limited took a giant leap today when it launched an online shopping site, Angwal, where people across the world will be able to purchase literature, music, handicrafts and films, all related to life and culture of Uttarakhand on the Internet. Sunil Kainthola, Director of the […]

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Taming The Mountain

Taming The Mountain

Mountain Shepherds is using adventure tourism to bolster local incomes and create awareness about the difficulties faced by the Bhotiya people. Taneesha Kulshresthra Business Outlook, September 4, 2010 Mission To turn villagers into guides and hospitality providers for tourists, so they get a fair share of profits from tourism. Benefits Villagers have alternative sources of […]

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Gear for the Garhwal 2010

Gear for the Garhwal 2010

Missoula gear drive to begin for mountain guides in India’s Garhwal It’s time to pony up for Gear for the Garhwal. The program benefits indigenous mountain guides in the Garhwal region of northern India. The gear drive is run by Eric Legvold and a University of Montana affiliate program called the Nature-Link Institute, which offers […]

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Clouds over the Goddess Mountain

Clouds over the Goddess Mountain

RANIKHET – From this Himalayan town about 380 kilometers from Delhi, my first view of mystical Nandi Devi was one of those velvet-cloaked, sledge-hammer moments in life that softly stuns the senses and leaves one wordless. Golden early morning sunlight lit the snow-capped 7,800-meter peak, India’s highest, as Nanda Devi glowed with strength, stillness, purity, […]

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Time Covers MS: "Fresh Heights"

Time Covers MS: "Fresh Heights"

In a recent Time Magazine article covering Uttarakhand as an alternative trekking and tourism spot to troubled Tibet and Nepal, Mountain Shepherds was cited as one of the key travel companies. Check it out: Diversions: Fresh Heights By MELISSA BELL TIME Magazine, May 29, 2008 Tibet and Nepal, the long-standing darlings of the Himalayan tourist […]

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Business Today: Backpacking with hill shepherds

Business Today: Backpacking with hill shepherds

Anusha Subramaniam, reporter for India’s leading business magazine, Business Today, recently trekked with Mountain Shepherds and returned with this report: Business Today NOVEMBER 5, 2007 Lata Village, Niti Valley It started off as my much awaited trek in the Garhwal Himalayas and turned into an impressive first-hand account of a small, yet smart, initiative. The […]