Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA) was initiated by a group of like minded people from varied backgrounds and disciplines in October, 2004.The motivating factor for forming the organization was to promote holistic adventure tourism in the state of Himachal Pradesh, encompassing pertinent issues of sustainable tourism, such as livelihoods, environment conservation, community based tourism etc.
The natural resource base of any given area is the most valuable resource for its ecological as well as economical development. In the modern paradigms of development, tourism has become an activity that addresses the issues of community initiatives for sustainable development. Himachal Pradesh with its unique topography and culture is a great attraction to tourists. What also has to be considered in developing a long term tourism sustainability plan is the economic factors which motivate the local communities in taking the necessary steps to promote adventure based tourism in a consistent, phased manner preserving all that which today makes it an important part of the itinerary of the tourist visiting the region.
To promote responsible tourism where the local communities become the direct benefactors of tourism in the state along with the preservation of the ecological and cultural environment, team HASTPA began the process of planning for the promotion of responsible tourism since 2004. Himachal Pradesh has immense potential as an adventure tourism destination. With its huge treasure of Trans Himalayan terrain and the lower foothills of the Himalayas, Himachal Pradesh is a Hikers, Bikers, Kayakers and a rafter’s delight. It is a dream come true for adventure sports aficionados. The state has an extensive network of natural trails, which are best suited for the sport of Mountain Biking and Hiking.
HASTPA adopted the sport of Mountain Biking as its core promotional activity. Himachal Pradesh is a popular destination amongst mountain bikers from around the world. However except for a few regular circuits most interiors of the state have not been visited by tourists. Team HASTPA aims to take tourists to these interiors and pass the benefits to the native communities. On the anvil are to develop trails in the state and in the next five years interconnect the whole state of Himachal Pradesh with these trails.
HASTPA stands committed to the people of Himachal Pradesh to promote sustainable tourism and use Mountain Cycling as a tool to establish it as one of the premier destinations for cycling internationally. Future plans include, developing trails indigenously with the assistance and support of local Panchayats and pass the benefits to MTB HIMACHAL is supported and promoted by Himachal Tourism, the Department of Tourism, Government of Himachal Pradesh. As its long standing commitment to promote adventure sports in the state, the department has gone a long way in staging world class adventure events in the state, like The World cup Paragliding at Billing, India cup Rafting Challenge on the Sutlej, Winter Sports in Manali and many more. HASTPA as an organization is honoured to be associated with the department to holistically promote the sport of Mountain Biking in the state.