Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation

About Us

The promotion and preservation activities include built, cultural and natural heritage, 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 of the impact of climate change on these mountain cultures. This knowledge, we believe, will propel the development of sustainable solutions to mitigate its degradation. The HCHF programs are carried out in Ladakh and other regions of the Himalayas.

Aims and Objectives

  • Preserving the unique culture & heritage of Ladakh and other regions of the Himalayas
  • Strengthening & supporting community-based institutions
  • Promoting Scientific Research & Documentation
  • Reviving endangered & dying knowledge & skill
  • Advancing the legacy of folk traditions, local language & literature
  • Disseminating information on various facets of cultural and natural heritage
  • Promoting community-based management of cultural & natural resources
  • Safeguarding cultural artifacts & antiques
  • Promoting sustainable tourism


  • Restored 30+ stupas across various villages in Ladakh
  • Successfully completed 4 major Ancient Wall Painting Conservation Projects in Sumda Chun Stupa (Leh), Takkhung Khawoche (Cave Temple, Leh), Chomophu Temple (Nubra) and Bodh Kharbu Monastary (Kargil)
  • Revived Traditional Sport, Songs & Dances, and Cuisine by organizing various Heritage Festivals
  • For the various activities of HCHF, Dr Sonam Wangchok (Founder HCHF) was appreciated on various occasions by UNESCO, LAHDC (Leh), the International Festival of Buddhist Heritage (2015) etc.
  • Works of HCHF have regularly been presented & appreciated at various National & International forums
  • Successfully conducted Heritage¬† Education & Community Awareness Programs in various schools, colleges and among various village & monastic communities
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