Background

Ladakh Eco Trips was established to conserve Wildlife and to promote Community Based Tourism in Ladakh in general and Zanskar region of Ladakh in particular. Ladakh Eco Trips is an initiate of Tashi Tundup who worked with Snow Leopard Conservancy India-Trust for 8 years. After graduating from Jammu University, he was saddened to see that wildlife in the region was on the brink of extinction because of Poaching and also due to overgrazing of pastures. When he returned to Zanskar being aware of the inextricable links between wildlife and its role in the survival   of the local, he formalized a plan to start organizing wildlife and cultural trips to boost the livelihood of the local, introduce travelers to the real Ladakh and preserve the fast dwindling wildlife. Thus was born Ladakh Eco Trips. As a result many travellers were able to experience the magnificence of the native animals of Zanskar including the majestic snow leopard, the rare Ibex, and the elusive wolf.

Renowned National Geographic photographer Steve Winter www.stevewinterphoto.com  and Mr. Dhritiman Mukherjee, www.dhritimanimages.com also helped initially to start Ladakh Eco Trips.

Tashi was part of the administrative team for Mr Steve Winter’s legendary  snow leopard photography with camera trap.

Tashi arranged Dhritiman Mukherjee’s Snow Leopard photography trips in Ladakh, where Dhritiman shoot world’s best snow leopard direct shots so far.

With success of the Zanskar chapter , he received numerous  requests from friends and Ladakh Eco Trip was formed.

In 2008 Ladakh Eco Trips expanded to other regions of Ladakh . It started organizing remote regions of Changthang, where people had the unique experience of living with Changpas in their ancient rebo tents. Wildlife enthusiastic were given chance to spot the elusive creature in Hemis National Park, Sham valley ( Western Ladakh) Changthang wildlife Sanctuary and Nubra Valley.

Ladakh Eco Trips contributes 10% of its income to dedicated fund which goes towards preserving the ecology  and helping the local education, renovation the cultural feature  and garbage management system.