Ladakh’s beautiful scenery is its major attraction,

and local nature guides know where to find signs of snow leopards even if you aren't lucky enough to see one.

Himalayan Homestay Organizations

The Mountain Institute

The Mountain Institute (TMI) is an international conservation and development organization with over a decade of experience in designing and implementing innovative community-based tourism programs in Nepal, India, China and Peru. TMI’s goal is to conserve mountain environments and cultural heritage while improving the livelihoods of mountain people. TMI brings 30 years of field-based experience to address challenges and opportunities facing mountain cultures, communities, and conservation. TMI’s programs operate in the Himalaya, Andes, and Appalachian mountain ranges.

The Mountain Institute
1828 L St, NW Suite 725
Washington D.C. 20036, USA
Tel: +1-202-452-1636, fax: +1-202-452-1635

Snow Leopard Conservancy

The Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) is dedicated to demonstrating innovative, “grass-roots” measures that lead local people to become effective stewards of the endangered snow leopard, prey and its habitat. SLC operates under the Cat Action Treasury (a US-based nonprofit charity), which supports projects of the Cat Specialist Group, World Conservation Union - IUCN.

Ladakh Contact:
Rinchen Wangchuk, IBEX Hotel Complex, Leh 194 101
Tel:+91 (1982) 250953; fax 252735; E-mail:

International Office:
Snow Leopard Conservancy
18030 Comstock Avenue, Sonoma, CA 95476 Phone: +1-707-935-3851; Fax: +1-707-933-9816
Contact: Dr. Rodney Jackson

United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations. UNESCO has 189 member countries.

Specific contact for the Division that supports Himalayan Homestays:

Division of Cultural Heritage
1, rue Miollis, 75015 Paris

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