What is Ecotourism?


Offering market-linked long-term solutions, ecotourism provides effective economic incentives for conserving and enhancing bio-cultural diversity and helps protect the natural and cultural heritage of our beautiful planet.


By increasing local capacity building and employment opportunities, ecotourism is an effective vehicle for empowering local communities around the world to fight against poverty and to achieve sustainable development.


With an emphasis on enriching personal experiences and environmental awareness through interpretation, ecotourism promotes greater understanding and appreciation for nature, local society, and culture.

The Definition

Ecotourism is defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.” (TIES, 1990)

Principles of Ecotourism

Ecotourism is about uniting conservation, communities, and sustainable travel. This means that those who implement and participate in ecotourism activities should follow the following ecotourism principles:

  • Minimize impact.
  • Build environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
  • Provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
  • Provide direct financial benefits for conservation.
  • Provide financial benefits and empowerment for local people.
  • Raise sensitivity to host countries’ political, environmental, and social climate.

Features Trips & Treks

Birding Tour

Trans Himalayan Birding Tour

Trans Himalayan Birding Tour Introduction Trek Highlights Adventure and Wildlife: Trek in the Indias newest national park-The Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) A pristine, undeveloped area withminimal tourism/trekkers, uncluttered, clean Read more

North India Birding Tour

North India Birding Tour Introduction Great Himalayan Journeys Birding Tour Trek/Tour Highlights Adventure and Wildlife: See Indias oldest national Park and Trek in the Indias newest national park The Great Read more

The Great Himalayan National Park

Angling Trout Tirthan River

Angling Trout Tirthan River Introduction The Tirthan River is a tributary of Beas River with its source in the Tirthan Glacier. The Tirthan glacier is within the limits of Read more

Sainj To Tirthan Valley Trek

Sainj To Tirthan Valley Trek Introduction The Great Himalayan National Park, undoubtedly the most pristine mountain landscape in the Western Himalayas and perhaps the planet. From the Andes to Read more

Jiwanal Trek

Jiwanal Trek Introduction A seven-day, very strenuous, dramatic hike crossing the mountain passes at Kandi Galu (3627m), and Phangchi Galu (4636m). Incredible vistas. Must be in excellent physical condition Read more

Sainj Vally Trek

Tirthan Valley Trek Introduction Bounded to the East by the Himalayan Mountains, the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) forms part of the boundary between four ecological zones: (1) the Read more

Tirthan Valley Trek

Tirthan Valley Trek Introduction An adventure pilgrimage trek to the source of the tirthan river. Trip Details Season: April to October Maximum Altitude: 4500 at Saketi Leadership: Local Leader Read more