c/o Sri Dhan Singh Rana, Director
Mountain Shepherds Initiative, Pvt. Ltd.
Village & Post office Lata (via Joshimath)
Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, India 246443
c/o Sunil Kainthola, Coordinator
Tel: +91.971 931 6777
Mountain Shepherds is now supporting direct Delhi to tour site service. Please contact us for more details.
To reach Lata village, gateway to the NDBR on your own, proceed from Delhi to Hardwar by bus* or train. Hire a taxi or take a bus* from Hardwar to proceed to Joshimath along Highway 58. This partially double lane highway follows the Alaknanda river past Rishikesh and the five holy confluences (panch prayag), reaching Joshimath in approximately eight hours, but it is often wise to budget two days of travel, stopping between Karnaprayag and Pipalkoti before dark.. Lata is a 25-km drive due northeast from Joshimath along the river Dhauli Ganga.
*Note that bus travel can be a challenging experience for those traveling to India for the first time. It is best to arrange alternative transportation.
The Nanda Devi Campaign and Mountain Shepherds Initiative have greatly benefited from past support of the Waitt Family Foundation, Family Care Foundation. More recently, Winterline Foundation and Ford Foundation have provided generous seed funding to assist with training and capacity building.
Many individuals all over the world have also made substantial contributions to the initiative over the past few years. We would like to thank Ellen Furnari, Dr. Kathleen Schroeder, Glenn Conrad, Tenzing Nima, Ralf Griesbaum, Ian Snider, Kent Walker, Khila Bisht, Dr. Harshwanti Bisht, Anup Kumar, Dr. Brij Mohan Sharma, Dr. Dinesh Sati, Bhumesh Bharti, Swagata Kainthola, Pratibha Naithani, Jagmohan Bangani, Shalini Sinha, Sajji Kumar, Bhupendra Singh Negi, Deepak Uniyal, Suresh Subramanian, Satish Negi, Nature Link, ICIMOD, The Garhwal Post, Nav Siddhartha Art Group, and the Uttarakhand Business Center.
We would also like to thank Madan Duklan and Dr. Keith Bosak for their contributions to the cause, and especially Dhan Singh Rana and the people of Lata village for their inspiring struggle to safeguard the heritage of Uttarakhand despite all odds. May the goddess bless them all.
– Rajiv Rawat, Web Coordinator