Leaders In Impact Tourism

GHE is at the forefront of creating a life changing experience for our Travelers and making a life-long impact on the communities



Empower the remotest communities on the earth by leveraging tourism as a driving force for development.



Develop entrepreneurs in the local communities who can scale up their potential through tourism.


Movement Building

Create a movement of change-makers across the globe to build who travel and explore in a sustainable way.

Core Team

We are a group of passionate individuals, whose job is to create a fertile environment for collaborations between the participants and the local communities to enable future growth.


Paras Loomba – Founder

Paras is the founder of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) and has led several leadership expeditions to Himalayas to provide clean energy access to remote himalayan communities. An electrical engineer by profession, Paras merges technology and tourism with an approach to create local entrepreneurial models for remote areas advocating sustainable tourism solutions. Paras is a 2012 International Antarctic Expedition member and part of WTTC’s jury for Tomorrow for Tourism Awards.


Jaideep Bansal – COO

Jaideep Bansal is an IIT Bombay Graduate and has been involved in leading several impact tourism expeditions to remote areas in Himalayas with GHE. Jaideep plays a key role in developing new partnerships to further the work of Impact Tourism and has been instrumental in bringing the narrative of Impact Tourism to the wider arena through articles and as speaker at various forums. He was been featured by WEF among the top leaders inspiring change in the world.


Gaganpreet Singh - Applications Engineering

Gaganpreet is an avid adventurer, marathoner and nature lover. He first came to GHE as a participant in 2015 and since then has been actively working with the communities in the mountains to understand their issues and working on providing them with innovative solutions for generating livelihood opportunities through technology and tourism. He has trekked extensively in the Himalayas, Western Ghats and worked on wildlife conservation in Eastern Ghats of India.


Manjiri Gaikwad - Impact Tourism

Manjiri is a graduate from Monash University, Australia with masters in Sustainable Tourism management. She handles GHE’s CSR projects and manages Rural Tourism initiatives within GHE. An experienced sustainable tourism professional, Manjiri has a strong belief in practicing tourism to bring out change and leave positive footprints. Her experience in Ecotourism in Australia and her work on community-based tourism has enabled her to gain an insight on the impacts of community tourism. Manjiri is also a certified mountaineer from JIM, Phalagam

Gaurav Gaur

Gaurav Gaur - Operations and Strategy

Gaurav is an experienced management professional with over nine years of corporate experience. He first came to GHE as a volunteer in 2017 to get a first-hand experience of what it take to run operations in the most remote regions of India. Gaurav is currently looking after the Operations and Strategy for GHE. He has trekked extensively in the Himalayas and is a passionate blogger, creating learning modules on Youtube as well.


Stanzin Gurmet - Program Manager

Stanzin is a graduate from Jammu University with master’s in political studies. He hails from Ladakh and has 10+ years’ experience in guiding tours and expeditions with multiple expedition companies. Stanzin currently leads and handles all the GHE ground operations in Ladakh. He is an avid adventurer and is passionate about learning new skills and going out of the way to handle on ground operations. Stanzin also leads the on grounds surveys for GHE in Ladakh.



Robert Swan, OBE - Polar Explorer

Robert Swan, OBE is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and environmental leaders. By age 33, Swan became the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, earning his place in history alongside the great explorers and adventurers. Swan’s experiences of the effects of global warming at both Poles only helped to shape and focus his lifetime goal: working towards the preservation of Antarctica as the last great wilderness on earth.


Fiona Jeffery, OBE - African Travel & Tourism Association (ATTA), Chair

Born in Scotland and a graduate of Edinburgh University Fiona Jeffery has had a long and accomplished career working in the travel industry responsible for World Travel Market from 1986-2013 ultimately as Chairman. She launched a responsible tourism drive across the industry globally now World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM. In 1998, Fiona also founded and is Chair of the international water aid charity,Just a Drop. She sits on UNWTO World Committee for Tourism Ethics and was awarded an OBE in 2012 by Her Majesty the Queen for services to travel and tourism.


Dr. Martin Barth - CEO, World Tourism Forum Lucerne

Prof Martin Barth, an Alumni of the prestigious St. Gallen University in Switzerland is the CEO of World Tourism Forum Lucerne (WTFL). WTFL is a leading interactive platform where CEOs, Ministers, Academia, Finance, Start-Ups, Next Generation and Young Talents become a strong community addressing the future challenges of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry and shape a more sustainable future. He is also a professor at the Institute of Tourism, Lucerne where he teaches in strategic management, service marketing and hotel management.


Kumi Kato - Director, Centre for Tourism Research, Wakayama, Japan

Dr. Kumi Kato is professor at the Faculty of Tourism, Wakayama University and Deputy Director of the Center of Tourism Research, Wakayama University, Japan. She is also an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. Her research area includes sustainability and tourism, community resilience and traditional knowledge through Eco humanities perspectives, and ‘slow tourism development’ in relation to pilgrimage routes and walking-based tourism.


Col YP Loomba - Ex-Army Officer

Col. Loomba is a veteran Indian Army Officer and has 35 years of experience in mountain logistics. He has traveled to every remote corner of India and has held various commands positions during his tenure. From commanding a unit of Black Cat Commandos of the Elite National Security Guards (NSG), to leading troops in the high altitudes of the Himalayas, the Colonel has seen adventure in true sense. He continues to maintain his passion for travel and adventure.



Stephanie - Netherlands

Rolf Palgaard

Rolf Palgaard - Denmark


Sonal - India


Graham - South Africa

Rolf Harrington

Rolf Harrington - UK


Varun - USA