About us


The Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation was founded by Dr. Sonam Wangchok with a group of local scholars and social workers interested in Himalayan cultural heritage to promote and preserve the Himalayan living history. We believe that at the end of the day, heritage facilitates everyone in the society to understand more about our culture and ourselves. Hence, realizing the importance of safeguarding the cultural heritage of Himalayas, we have registered the Foundation/NGO under the registration of Societies Act VI of 1998 (1941 A.D.), under 5851–S of 2010.

Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation –HCHF is a registered community-based, non-government organization, devoted to promote and conserve indigenous, natural and historic heritage of Himalaya by working directly with the different mountain communities and strengthening and supporting community based institutions. More than anything, we lay great stress on training and workshops that ensures more practical and beneficial outcomes both in terms of learning and preserving the rich cultural heritage of Himalayas.

The main objective of the foundation is to promote and preserve rich Himalayan cultural heritage which includes built, cultural and natural heritages, art and crafts skills, folk traditions, community based management of cultural and natural resources and language and literature. Another important aim is to encourage scientific research and documentation on the impact of climate change on these mountain cultures with the aim of developing sustainable solutions to mitigate these impacts. The HCHF programs are being continued in Ladakh and gradually be expended to other parts of Himalayas.

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