Volume 24:

Mountain Tourism and Community Development: Lessons from the Himalayas

 July 10, 2021 @ 

The Himalayas region has a unique environment for mountain tourism. Its development dates back to the middle of the 20th century, popularized after George Mallory’s first climb. Its strategies favor adaptive livelihood for poverty alleviation, social inclusion, and cultural exchange. Developed mostly by local communities and labor resources, it engages Sherpas, Tibetans, or Indians as guides. The host’s participation in tourism is multi-dimensional, not limited to accommodation and catering outlets. The purpose of this panel of experts is to discuss topics related to mountain tourism and to provide experience-based insights and suggestions for sustainable development of small local communities through mountain tourism.

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Li Cheng -  Moderator

Li Cheng

PhD, Professor of Tourism School of Sichuan University and the Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction of Sichuan University-Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Doctoral Tutor. He is currently the Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Tourism Anthropology, member of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), the Chinese director of the Sino-Sri Lanka International Center for Interdisciplinary Culture Heritage & Tourism Research, member of Hengduan Mountains Club (Japan), member of Tourism Geography Committee of China Geographical Society, the director of Academic Committee of Sichuan Tourism Society,the Secretary-General of China Beautiful Rural Area Research Center of Sichuan University. His research interests include Heritage Tourism, Sustainable Tourism and Mountain Tourism. He was the visiting scholar of Waterloo University(Canada),visiting professor of Purdue University (USA), Barcelona University (Spain), and is the Honorary Visiting Professor of Uva Wellassa University(Sri Lanka).

Anu K Lama ​ - Panelist

Anu K Lama

Dr. Anu K Lama is the tourism specialist at the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). She has over 20 years of experience of working in the fields of sustainable tourism development, climate action, and governance at policy, practice and science interface. She is currently engaged in promoting sustainable tourism  in China, India, Bhutan, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan; piloting several climate resilient tourism initiatives – climate resilient tourism entrepreneurship through Tourovation (Tourism + Innovation) Hub, enhancing climate services for building resilient tourism sector in Chitwan, Nepal, and digital aggregation for green tourism in Ladakh and Nepal. She leads the Innovation, Investment and Entrepreneurship Component, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capability for the Hindu Kush Himalaya Initiative and Tourism Pilot, Climate Service Initiative. She also serves as the faculty member of the Himalayan University Consortium Academy and Resource Person of the Thematic Working Group – Mountain Tourism and Cultural Heritage. She is the first Nepalese citizen to receive the Humboldt International Climate Protection Fellowship from Germany.

Yong Liu
Yong Liu - Panelist

Yong Liu

Yong Liu PhD,Professor of Institute of Sports and Leisure, Sichuan Tourism University(SCTU). Dr. Liu is currently the director of the Research Center for Mountain tourism and Leisure Sports Development of SCTU. And he has been engaged in mountain adventure and mountain tourism research in Tibetan mountain range over 30 years. And Dr. Liu is also the only Chinese judge of the world’s highest mountaineering Award “Piolets d’Or “. He was invited as the adventure host of National Geographic Channel of USA in 2019 as well.

Prof. Liu helped Siguniang Park of Tibetan area to establish China’s first mountain tourism service and management standard based on community participation. His research interests including cultural heritage management, development, mountain tourism and impact, Himalayan adventure, high altitude nutrition science

. Nima Namgyal Sherpa2
Nima Namgyal Sherpa - Panelist

Nima Namgyal Sherpa

Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa, Expedition Doctor and Operator,  

is a passionate adventurer, wilderness medicine instructor and outdoor educator besides being a tourism entrepreneur. Born and raised in the Mt. Everest region, he is currently involved in adventure tourism industry by combining his passion and profession. Dr. Sherpa specializes in high altitude medicine, mountain emergency medicine, rescue and mountaineering from Nepal, UK, Italy and USA. He has summitted Mt. Everest, Mt. Manaslu , Mt.Amdablam, Mt. Denali, to name a few. He has participated in more than a dozen expedition and mountain rescue mission.

Dr. Sherpa has received numerous accolades for his contribution in the development of mountaineering and tourism industry from Nepal Government besides being featured in many documentary and articles by local & International media.

Paul Rogers Nepal
Paul Rogers - Panelist

Paul Rogers

Dr Paul Rogers is one of Asia-Pacific’s most experienced tourism for development practitioners. Completed in 1997, his PhD centered on tourism, conservation and development issues in Nepal’s Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) National Park.  He is a long-term expert consultant with the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, the World Bank, ADB and numerous other international organisations, he has worked extensively in Nepal, Bhutan, Laos and the Greater Mekong Region, as well as Myanmar, North Korea, North-West Africa and Australia. Dr. Rogers is co-founder of Planet Happiness a tourism and big data project of the non-profit, the Happiness Alliance.  Inspired by several assignments in Bhutan, Planet Happiness focuses the attention of all tourism stakeholders on the well-being agenda; to use tourism as a vehicle for development that demonstrably strengthens destination sustainability and the quality of life of host communities.



Volume 24-1


  • Welcome remarks

    Jafar Jafari and Kazem Vafadari - SCoT Curators

  • Introduction

    Li Cheng

  • Presentations by speakers/panelists

    Yong Liu

  • Anu Kumari Lama

  • Nima Namgyal Sherpa

  • Paul Rogers

  • Cultural break

  • Discussion and Q/A

  • Conclusion



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