We believe that a clean, healthy, conscious environment is a way to happy and energetic life. That belief has its roots in a culture which has lived harmoniously and successfully on some of the harshest terrain on the planet in a way which has taken thousands of years to refine
Our vision is to share with you not only the beauty of the place, but also the sustainable philosophy which has helped Zanskar to thrive through the centuries. We are committed to helping the local people, developing eco-friendly tourism practices which will enable the community at large to continue its traditions whilst engaging with new ideas.
Until recently, nothing went to waste in Ladakh and Zanskar: from rags to excrement, everything was recycled and put to further use. Tanzin Norbu, founder of Mountain Tribal Vision and Trek Leader, is keen for people to understand more about the land where he was born through ethical adventuring. He says:
I have been very fortunate in having the opportunity to study in Britain and India and have always wanted to give back something to the communities in Zanskar and Ladakh. I understand from first-hand experience how difficult it is to get a good education in a remote Himalayan valley where winter lasts more than seven months and most schools stay closed for up to eight months of the year. By establishing Mountain Tribal Vision, I hope to build bridges between the international community and the people of my Valley in a sensitive, ethical way which allows for the sharing of ancient wisdom and new sustainable ideas.
We believe that an excellent, modern education which embraces ancient philosophies and histories is key to the future of Zanskar’s next generation and to the integrity of the entire region. Mountain Tribal Vision will donate a percentage of whatever you pay for your trekking adventure to develop educational projects, schools and monastic charities to further this belief and ensure that you too play a vital role in the future of this unique valley.
It does not matter where we are on this planet, we are under the same sun, sky and sharing the same earth. We are connected with each other wherever we are. We would like to share this philosophy with you on your journey through Ladakh and Zanskar with the Tribal Team, making this not just another holiday, but an adventure to enhance the rest of your life.
Tanzin Norbu was born in the Zanskari village of Testa to one of the four families that once held status akin to royalty when Zanskar was an independent Kingdom. He left the village at the age of seven to attend the school in Manali in northern India. He has since attended university in India as well as in UK. After completing his first degree in India, he studied MA in Sustainable Tourism development in London Metropolitan University and MA in Tourism Management in University of Westminster. Since its outset, Tanzin has been involved with the Himalayan Documentary Foundation a collaboration that culminated in the documentary film `Walking in Circles`. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the International Association for Ladakh Studies. In 2011, Tanzin and journalist Paul Howard jointly won the Royal Geographical Society Neville Shulman Challenge prize for a radio schooling project they intend to pilot in Zanskar. Tanzin has also worked as an external consultant on the Royal Geographical Society`s `Hidden Histories` project. He is an adviser for the Lamdon Model School Pipi-ting Zanskar and Druk White Lotus School Leh.
Trained as a Tibetan Herbalist, Tsering Lotus is an expert cook. He grew up in the Dangze village of Zanskar. Along with cooking trekkers an excellent menu, he will be able to describe the qualities of many medicinal plants of the Himalayas.
Born and raised in Lahoul valley next to Zanskar, Tanzin Sarang is an excellent trek organiser with many years walking and climbing experience. His role in Mountain Tribal Vision is to liase with communities during the course of the trek.