Leaders In Impact Tourism

We are 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.


Vishaljeet Singh - Communications

Vishaljeet Singh is a Mechanical Engineer by background but used his time in college to exhibit his innate interest in photography and videography. He has been an active member in organizing TEDx Chandigarh and has also spent time volunteering with Make a Difference NGO. At GHE, Vishal is looking into content creation along with managing operations on the ground. He is passionate about travelling and has also won several awards for his film making skills.


Manjiri Gaikwad - Sustainable 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

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.

Anubhav Jain

Anubhav Jain - Partnerships

Anubhav comes with an experience of working with a community of over 1000 hosts handling close to 3000 homestays. He is experienced in training the hosts on the best practices for hospitality and making the homestays sellable. With such a strong experience, Anubhav believes that there is a huge improvement that can be done in the field of shared economy.



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 - Professor, Faculty of Tourism/Graduate School of Tourism, Wakayama University, Japan

Dr. Kumi Kato is professor at the Faculty of Tourism, Graduate School of Tourism at 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.


Rohant Shyam

Rohant Shyam - India

Rolf Palgaard

Rolf Palgaard - Denmark


Sonal - India


Graham - South Africa

Rolf Harrington

Rolf Harrington - UK


Varun - USA