To form a voluntary multi-sector alliance of stakeholders and individual contributors dedicated to developing and implementing initiatives supporting the sustainable development of mountain tourism and communities in Gilgit-Baltistan.
High Altitude Sustainability Pakistan (HASP) was established in 2015 to aid in managing the sustainability of adventure tourism and mountain communities in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. It was formed by a group of individuals concerned about unsustainable tourism practices, lack of suitable regulation, and other activities beginning to negatively impact the pristine character of the area and host-communities. Together we hope to contribute to alleviating these trends.
HASP aims to support responsible tourism in the region by affecting the entire ecosystem - the people who work on the glaciers and trails as well as the area itself.
Through our social development activities HASP aims to improve high altitude staff welfare as well support the well-being of their communities. Our goal is to offer vocational training, equipment support, highlight outstanding achievements of high altitude porters, the problems they face and support their prerequisites for a sustainable future. With our environmental conservation initiatives HASP endeavors to impact waste removal, raise awareness on the ecological footprint of adventure tourism and the gaps in the current systems in place to manage this impact.
In order to effectively address these issues we aspire to catalyze, help coordinate and organize joint action on relevant issues bringing together stakeholders including local porter and guide associations, local community representatives, tour operators, local and international NGOs and relevant government departments.
Askoli resident Mohammad Iqbal gives his perspective on the Sustain Baltoro Cleanup expeditions by High Altitude Sustainability and Khupra Care Pakistan.
The Camp Manager at Khubursay stage talks about the impact of the Sustain Baltoro cleanup expeditions on his camp.