Tourism and sustainability, the commercial trekking industry in the Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Sandhu, Mandi K.
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The present study finds its roots in the 'Sustainable Development of Mountain Environments in India and Canada' project, for the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute supported by the Canadian International Development Agency. The overall purpose of the project was to investigate the sustainability of mountain environments and local socio-cultural systems in a time of rapid economic change in response to commercialization and regional/global economic integration. This study is one of a number of studies conducted for the project. As such, the goal of the following research was to investigate local involvement in the commercial trekking industry as an avenue towards livelihood security. More specifically the objectives of the study were to: (1) Identify formal trekking organizations in the Kullu Valley; (2) Locate the ange of trekking routes staging from the area around the town of Manali; (3) Describe the role of the local population in trekking activities; (4) Determine the proportion of trekking guides indigenous to the Kullu Valley; and (5) Assess the influence of trekking on livelihood security. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)