Global Himalayan Expedition

9th - 21st August 2015

Stories

Shama Amalean

IAE 2014 Alumni & Retail Merchandising Manager, New York
Joining hands in an unknown land to bring electricity to the beautiful people of Sumdha Chenmo was an extraordinary experience; one which not only cultivated strong friendships but also showcased the power of the human spirit when we come together to achieve greater good.

Rikke Maria Eriksen

Psychologist, Abu Dhabi, UAE
“To live is to travel” the famous writer and Dane H.C. Andersen said, and I couldn’t agree more with him. It describes perfectly the feeling I had during and after this unique and extraordinaire experience. It was challenging, fun, rewarding, amazing. Up there in the mountains you feel totally free and alive, a vivid and life enhancing experience without a doubt. It was tough, it was magical, it was a real adventure. The people we met on our way live a simple, uncomplicated life often battling with the elements and harsh landscape they are surrounded by and still they surrounded us with a warmth and a welcome that amazed. The times I shared with my fellow adventurers can never be taken away or forgotten.

Esther Wong

IAE 2013 Alumni, HongKong
Very seldom are we given the opportunity to make a measurable impact in the world. To be part of a team that helped to set up solar grids in the village of Sumda Chenmo, and seeing the pure joy on the villagers' faces when we turned on the lights for the first time, is something I will never forget.

Rolf F. Palgaard

Chief Operating Officer – Capana Group
GHE was for me an opportunity to bring back focus, dedication and a broader perspective to my life – it was extremely enriching and inspirational to see-, live with- and change the lives of the people in Sumda Chenmo. I can urge anyone who feels they want to do more with their life, to take the leap and join the cause of “improving sustainability worldwide” and GHE is the perfect place to start this journey.

Archi Verma

Consultant, Qualitative Research, TNS Dubai
The journey you undertake with GHE, is a journey unlike any other.  As you are thrown against the bare and stark backdrop of the Himalayas, you learn to overcome your fears, challenge your limits and appreciate the beauty around you. In between conquering peaks and battling cold and sun, you befriend kindred spirits, and unite with those who were once strangers, to bring ‘light’ to a shared dream (Sumda Chenmo) !

Ritu Menon

Marketing Professional, Mumbai
An experience of a lifetime that brought so much peace and happiness ...it was the mountains, the experience of connecting and learning from people from diverse cultures, varied age groups ....and above all, the feeling of having been able to contribute to make a difference to the lives of the people of Sumdo Chenmo. It was an honour to be part of the great and memorable moment on the evening of August 18,2014 when Sumdo Chenmo saw light for the first time ...You needed to be there !

Stephanie Wolcott

Associate Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
..every step was worth it to experience such pristine, overwhelming beauty. Added to that, we had the pleasure to gift solar lanterns to each of the villagers at Sumda Chenmo, a village of six houses and a two-day walk from anywhere..

Joost Notenboom

Senior Associate KPMG Climate Change & Sustainability Services | Co-Founder Cycle for Water
What impressed even more than the breathtaking backdrop of the Himalaya, the kindness and openness of its people, and the skill and energy of the GHE team – was the coming together of kindred spirits from across the world to connect, bond, and leave behind a positive legacy of their presence at Mahabodhi. Teamwork is what makes the dream work!

Michiel Roodenburg

Senior Associate KPMG Infrastructure Advisory | Co-Founder Cycle for Water
What I personally really like about GHE, is the fact it combines physical exercise with mental challenges, which are then wrapped in a lot of fun. As an Infrastructure professional, I am always looking to build bridges. It felt so fulfilling when we, as a team, were able to put something tangible on the ground; The E-Base. Yes, you will sweat. Yes, you will be in pain. Yes, you will smile!

Laura Burling

Search Director, MediaCom New York
Those 5 days trekking and camping are some of the best days of my life.  It really gave me some time to step away from every day life and think about focusing on what's important, what I want out of life and how I can make more of a difference in the lives of others

Ongoing Initiatives

Third Pole E-Base

Built in the Mahabodhi School campus in Leh, the E-Base is a fully equipped digital classroom, connected to the outside world with Wimax. It's an initiative focused on helping the children of Ladakh take on the world.

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Upcoming Initiatives

The Clean Himalayan Journey

This August, the team of Global Himalayan Expedition is going to embark on a clean energy journey in an Electric Powered Vehicle (EPV). The journey would stretch from Delhi to Leh, passing through the beautiful valleys of Srinagar, and the treacherous passes of Zojila and Kargil

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