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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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Janadhaar Film Now Available

Janadhaar Film Now Available

JANADHAAR, a 2012 feature length documentary by Jade Ajani and David Meek about the origins of the Nanda Devi Campaign and Mountain Shepherds, is now available as a download from the Angwal Online Store. Five years in the making, the film was largely shot in 2006, with the graduation of the first batch of guides […]

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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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Introducing the Devi Darshan Lodge

Introducing the Devi Darshan Lodge

Shepherds Lodge Devi Darshan at Auli (Joshimath) is a new 20 bed facility managed by Mountain Shepherds. There are 6 twin beds and 2 four bed rooms in the lodge. There is a small library, games for kids and a community shop to buy woolen products made by Bhotiya women. The lodge has a small […]

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Introducing the Dayara Bugyal Circuit

Introducing the Dayara Bugyal Circuit

The Dayara-Dodital-Darwa Top – Hanumanchatti circuit in Uttarkashi offers a more taxing but equally rewarding wilderness experience. The Bakariya Pass usually remains open between May and mid November. The trek covers three major river valleys in the upper Himalayan region. You approach the trail by driving upstream of river Bhagirathi and take a detour at […]

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Introducing the Dodital-Darwa Top Trek

Introducing the Dodital-Darwa Top Trek

Dodital, a fresh water lake at an elevation of 3085 meters is a popular trekking destination in Uttarakhand Himalayas. Located in the border district of Uttarkashi, the 30 Km trek through dense forested areas and deep valleys concludes at Darwa Top at an elevation of 4200 meters. The trek to Dodital is covered in two […]

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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 […]