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Ecosphere represents the sum of experiential and operational synergy that exists between a team of passionate members of the local community and a few individuals from out of Spiti, that have been facilitating sustainable development and eco livelihoods in the Spiti Valley for close to 2 decades. Let us introduce you to the team that makes Ecosphere what it is...

Ishita is a dynamic social entrepreneur who is one of the co-founders of Ecosphere and Muse (the parent NGO that first started projects in Spiti). Her experience of working at the grassroots and passion for the environment and mountains has been the driving force for both Muse and Ecosphere which enable her to live her philosophy. She was voted as an Mtv Youth Icon in 2008 and has been featured in various magazines and articles as one of India's 50 leading social entrepreneurs. She has been awarded the Real Heroes award by CNN-IBN and is also an Ashoka fellow.
Sonam Angdui, better known as Nono (the title for the king of Spiti), has been one of the pioneers in setting up this enterprise. His love and concern for Spiti brought him back to his homeland after getting an education at Delhi University. He has contributed immensely to the development of the region and his active role and leadership has proven critical for the success of this initiative. A truly humble man and an inherent philanthropist, he likes to be better known as the progressive farmer of Spiti, a statement that can be substantiated by one visit to his farm.
Cherring Norbu, winner of the Mr. Spiti event organised by the Nono in 2001 is a dynamic individual with a vast array of experience in various fields such as tourism, youth affairs, accounting, child care, mountaineering, politics, solar energy, medicinal plants and the list can carry on! He belongs to a family of Amchis (traditional medicinal practitioners) and brings his vast array of local floral knowledge with him. He is the Manager for the Spiti operations and its life-force. Almost everyone in Spiti knows him and vice versa. Most of us jokingly call Ecosphere as Norbusphere. 
Chhering Bodh - the joker in the pack, well, his humour is the lifeline for moments of dull pauses in the office. He is a jack of all and an intimidating mountaineer. He can get to any heights with minimum fuss. He is also the multi tasking all in one man of Ecosphere. A certified guide, he has done his mountaineering courses from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi (a premier mountaineering institute in the country). He is also qualified in giving first aid. A funny, informative and resourceful guide.
Takpa Tenzin, is a man of many talents and yet the one thing that stands out in him above everything is his immense kindness and generosity. He is one of our leading tour guides and an indispensible part of everything at Ecosphere especially our programs on health care and animal welfare. He is a trained mountaineer with immense knowledge on Spiti's flora & fauna. He will move mountains to get you to spot the elusive snow leopard and climb mountains at a speed that can only compare to that of a mountain goat. Words will always fall short to describe Takpa. Everyone that meets him falls in love with irrespective of age and gender.
Kunga Jorden, hailing from the highest village in Asia, Komic - lives true to his village. He is always high on life and is the comic of Ecosphere ! Apart from his entertaining ways he is one of our most knowledgeable tour guides, trained in mountaineering and first aid.
Chhering Angchuk, aka Milkha Singh lives true to his name with the speed at which he comes in and out of the Ecosphere office. He is usually busy leading our trips but is a man of multiple skills from masonry, guiding, cooking and is one of the best snooker players in the valley.
Gatuk, the man of the moment. His passion is driving and everything mechanical. Quiet and intense, the Ecosphere jeep and bike are his most beloved passions caring for them like one would care for their own child! He is the man to show you the valley and if your lucky you will get to drive with him. He is one of the safest rides in the valley.
Neema Tandup, is our expert local chef at Ecosphere's multi-cuisine fusion restaurant, Taste of Spiti in Kaza. A shy person that takes a bit of time to open up, Neema expresses himself through the delicious food he cooks. Extremely hardworking and dedicated, he manages the show at Taste of Spiti day in and day out without even the slightest hint of a murmur.
Lobzang, aka Lobstar aka Akshay is the life and soul of Sol Café. He manages the show here single handedly and does an amazing job of it. Lobstar is a born star and exudes style and charisma like none other we have yet met in the Spiti valley. If you happen to volunteer at our volunteer run café, be assured you will have one of the most entertaining and memorable times possible.
Nawang, aka Bob is our little touch of Bob Marley in Spiti. He can be found at the Taste of Spiti serving and making you a delicious cup of some Spiti Butter Tea or Barley Balls. He's swag, hard working and a gem from within once you get to know him.
Gatuk Zambal, aka Uday. One can hardly get a word out of Uday but give him some time and words of wisdom flow from him. He hails from the village of Demul and like the folk of the highland villages he is extremely hardworking and sincere. He manages the Ecosphere run Osel Rooms without a glitch.
Deepak Santosh, is Ecosphere's newest resource and a crucial link to the outside world. He is somone who is stuck in the corporate life, but wants to be amidst the woods and the mountains. If given some free time, he would choose to travel to a national park nearby rather than partying or hanging around in the shopping malls in cities. He loves traveling to lesser known places and meeting new people. If your travelling with us, he will go out of his way to help you plan your Spiti Sojourn.
The Team Gone By

Parikshat (2002-03) was one of the founder members of Muse and it was his vision and love for Spiti that inspired him to establish the NGO Muse and work in this region. The team lost Parikshat unfortunately in a car accident while he was returning from Spiti in the winters of 2003.

Sonam Jorgyes (2002), for being with us and getting us started in the initial stages.

Gautam (2005), a man with a keen eye and also with the words to go with it. A passionate photographer, his contributions to Ecosphere’s travel initiatives are invaluable. Thanks for the pics G and the vision for Ecosphere. This website owes it to you.

Jasrriet (2006-07), a development professional from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences is a master of innovation and storehouse of energy. Her short but intense period with Ecosphere was one of rapid movements and gave Ecosphere a completely fresh and different perspective. She still continues to be one of our biggest supporters and assets.

Angchuk Dorje alias Amar Singh(2002-07), a native of the Spiti valley and one of the first locals to get involved with the initiatives of Ecosphere.

Lotey Zangbo alias Kalu(2002-06), a hard working individual who was involved in the management and set up of the Seabuckthorn processing units.

Schichot alias Raj Kumar(2006-08), was involved in the energy projects of Ecosphere. Although his stay was short it was definitely fruitful.

Bhutit (2002-08), – another one of the locals who supported the cause of the organisation in the initial years. Her involvement in the seabuckthorn initiative was critical for its initial success.

Namgyal Dolma (2004-06) – the Rangrik nomo (girl from Rangrik village, famous for its pretty girls!!) thanks for keeping the office up and running efficiently.

Freya - Fatema Rehman (2008) – The biker girl from Bangalore. She brought in a new lease of interesting perspectives to Ecosphere and made her time fruitful and meaningful both for Ecosphere and herself. The summer of 2008 in Spiti will remember her fondly.

Yakuta Poonawala (2009) – A graduate in filming and a keen trekker, Yakuta spent 6 months with Ecosphere and worked on furthering Ecosphere’s responsible travel objectives.

Sonam Lotey (2007-10) - with his youthful vigour and infectious smile was a great asset to the Ecosphere team both in the office and in the field where he managed our solar passive housing projects.

Chhering Angdui (2008-13) - alias Anjaan, was one of our first truly trained tour guides, trained by us in mountaineering, English and as a naturalist. He moved on to start his own homestay and we wish him well.

Angdui (2009-14) –managed our office and shop before he went on to get trained as a multi-cuisine chef at Taste of Spiti, which he ran single-handedly for a few years.

Sunil (2002-14) - began his love affair with the Spiti Valley in 1995 when he and a friend reached Spiti on the back of a truck totally by chance. This chance visit to Spiti eventually culminated in the formation of Muse and Ecosphere of which he is a co-founder. He moved on to follow his passions for the mountain environments, its people and their mutual needs.

Nawang (2015-16) – was trained to run the sol café and ran it for 2 years before he went on to start his own café at Komic – he now runs what could possibly be the highest café in the world. If you liked the Sol Café, do go visit him too for a taste of Sol at Komic.

Shubhda (2015-18) – was our crucial link to the outside world and managed all our internet operations without a glitch. Such passion and talent offcourse meant she got into one of the premier MBA institutes of the world. She is now following her passion for travel, social enterprises and sustainability.