Yougar Electrification Expedition

Bring light to the holy village of Yougar

today 09 Aug 2019 to 22 Aug 2019

access_time 14 Days

Grade : 2

? Grade 1 : Easy
Grade 2 : Moderate
Grade 3 : Challenging
Grade 4 : Hard

place Ladakh, India

Available Slots : 14/20

Expedition Costing :

The Expedition cost will include

1. Cost of Solar Panels and Batteries 

2. Participation Logistic Fee

The exact cost will be shared upon selection only. 

Brief :

The village of Yougar is set against the holiest place in the valley of Zanskar, the 2500 year old cave monastery of Phugtal. It is said that the earliest monks used to stay in the village for mediation looking at the Phugtal monastery. The village is home to 8 households and the entire village is located on a mountain slope. This is going to be one meditative experience that will transcend across electrification and spirituality. 

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Trip Highlights :

  • Bring Solar energy to the holy village of Yougar
  • An adventurous trek into the valley ending with a summit of a mountain pass. 
  • Connect with a cultural heritage and an authentic local experience 
  • A special prayer for the team at the 2500 year old cave monastery of Phugtal
  • Crossing the Drang-Drung glacier, the largest glacier of the region
  • A once in a lifetime experience with 15-20 amazing travellers from all over the world

Overall Expedition Journey :

  • 5 Days by Vehicular Journey
    • Leh To Padum
    • Sarchu to Leh
  • Total Car Distance One Way – 400 Kms
  • 3 Days of trekking in the valley
    • Total Trek distance: 29 Kms
  • 4 Nights of Homestays and Camping in Villages
  • Average Altitude of Journey – 13200 ft 
  • Highest Mountain Pass During journey- 15300 Ft

Route Map :

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Itinerary Details :

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Leh, Acclimatize
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    You will fly into Leh from New Delhi. Bounded by two of the world’s mightiest mountain ranges, the Himalayas and the Karakoram, Leh lies at an altitude of 12000 ft. You will be received at the airport by the GHE team leaders and welcomed with the traditional Ladakhi silk scarf “Khatak”. You will then be transferred to your hotel where you will be stationed for the next two days. The remainder of the arrival day is for you to relax or explore the local market and the Leh city. 

  2. Day 2 Acclimatize and Cultural Immersion in Leh
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    Today begins with a visit to the Leh City and a learning experience on the background of the ancient heritage. We will take a tour of the Old City and visit a Monastery, where we shall get in touch with the ancient religion of Buddhism and its ideologies

  3. Day 3 Mountain Biking (Optional) and Leh to Kargil
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    Biking on the dirt trails of Ladakh, surrounded by beautiful landscapes and powered by the will to keep paddling forward, you will indulge in an experience which cannot be matched in any way. It will be perfect opportunity to unwind your body and soak in the terrain at a leisure pace. 
    Biking Distance – 30 Kms 
    We will then get into vehicles and move towards the town of Kargil where we will be staying for the night. 

  4. Day 4 Kargil to Rangdum
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    From Kargil, we will move onwards and leave behind the tar roads to travel on dirt road for more than 250 Kilometers. The going will be slow, but the conditions of the road will be overcome by the beautiful sights of snow capped mountains and glacier river streams. We will reach the open valley of Rangdum and camp at the foothills of the Rangdum Monastery which was electrified by GHE in 2017

  5. Day 5 Rangdum to Padum
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    From Rangdum, we begin our journey as we enter the Zanskar valley and cross multiple villages along the way in our vehicles. The journey is going to be long and along with way we will cross the famous Drang Dung Glacier, the biggest of the valley.  Our destination will be the town of Padum which will be the last place where we can get some supplies and phone signal

  6. Day 6 Padum to Yougar, Solar Electrification Work
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    From Padum, we will continue in vehicle till Anmu which marks our entry to the beautiful valley of Lungnak in Zanskar. The trek route will be along the glacial streams surrounded by mountains all around us, a treat for the photography and nature lovers. We continue to walk along the valley crossing multiple villages that GHE has electrified before reaching our destination village at Yougar The villagers will be greeting us with Chang and Khataks and thank us for our efforts to electrify their villages. Once you settle down in the village, we will form teams and begin our survey work of electrification.     

  7. Day 7 Yougar Village Electrification
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    Once you settle down in the village, we will form teams and begin our survey work of electrification. The day is going to be long, but you will be supported by the villagers, be prepared for an overwhelming experience. You Carry the solar panels to the roof top and set the panels while understanding the practicalities of where the sun rises and sets in different seasons. 

  8. Day 8 Yougar Village Electrified
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    Today is going to be a very special day. Our team will bring light to this centuries old remotest village, ending eons of darkness that it was immersed in for ages. After breakfast, the Team shall get started to set up the solar panels and do the final touches. The installed grid will then be inaugurated by the villagers in the evening after which we shall have a celebratory dinner with the villagers, and not to forget, the tasting of the famous local Chang! 

  9. Day 9 Yougar to Padum
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    After celebrating with the villagers, it is time to pack our bags and begin our trek back up the valley. The trek route will be along the glacial streams surrounded by mountains all around us, a treat for the photography and nature lovers. We continue to walk along the valley crossing multiple villages before reaching the last motorable point. From here, we shall get loaded back on our minibus and move towards the destination village of Padum, where we shall be staying in a hotel for the night

  10. Day 10 Padum to Rangdum
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    Today will be a long day on dirt road as we move from the small town of Padum to the monastery of Rangdum. The Monastery was electrified by GHE in 2016. We will be staying in camps near the monastery. We will be crossing the famous Drang Drung Glacier along the route and will be stopping multiple times along the way for you to take pictures, since this part of the journey is the most scenic as well.

  11. Day 11 Rangdum to Kargil
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    The day with the most amazing and expansive scenery is the journey from Rangdum to Kargil. Winding roads, open valleys, closed mountains, coloured rocks, there is nothing that this route doesn’t offer in terms of the spectacular views. We begin our day by offering a special prayer at the Rangdum Monastery with the head monk offering his blessings to the team and for the work we are doing. We will be shown around the monastery and its old heritage. After the prayers, we will get on the road and head towards the town of Kargil. Once we reach Kargil, we will check-into the hotels and finally you will get a much deserved hot water shower

  12. Day 12 Kargil to Leh
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    The day with the most amazing and expansive scenery is the journey from Kargil to Leh. Winding roads, open valleys, closed mountains, coloured rocks, there is nothing that this route doesn’t offer in terms of the spectacular views. It will be a 6 hour ride from Kargil to Leh and we will check into hotels once we reach Leh and connect back with our families. 

  13. Day 13 Leh, Experience Sharing and Shopping
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    Today is going to be a day of reflection. We will take a trip down the memory lane and visit the Hall of Fame to pay tribute to the brave Indian Army Soldiers. Post that, the team will have time to go to the market and buy souveniors for their loved ones. In the evening, our team will reflect back on the journey and share their experiences sitting around a bonfire. 

  14. Day 14 Departures
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     “The mighty mountains beckoned and we answered the call“
    It’s time to say our farewell all around and make our way back to the airport with the GHE Team Leaders who will assure your safe departure! 

Inclusions :

  • Airport Transfers in Leh
  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner all days
  • All accommodations including hotels, homestays and camping on shared basis
  • All local transportation including coaches and taxis
  • All meals as per itinerary (excluding drinks)
  • Boiled clean drinking water in Village 
  • Mountain Bikes included

Exclusions :

  • Flight tickets to and fro Leh
  • Visa Fees 
  • Travel Insurance 

Important Notes

  • There are a couple of days of long travel in the Bus on mountain roads. However the jaw-dropping scenery should take away the fatigue of bus travel 
  • Since we will be at an average altitude of 13000 feet or 3500m, it will help if you are at good fitness level overall. Also smoking and drinking is prohibited.
  • The weather can be very unpredictable in the mountains. Kindly refer to the instructions in the Expedition essentials document you will find on this page.
  • The homestay in the village will have very basic facilities, you will being staying with the local community and experience life from their point of view. 

Physical Rating: 2 (Moderate)

The trek will be long and overall the expedition will be moderate. We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel. Walking daily and cycling along with doing brisk walks or climbing long staircases with a small backpack is good preparation to enable you to enjoy the trekking to its fullest.

Arrival and Departure Details

The expedition shall begin from the city of Leh in India, and will also end in the city of Leh. 

The Expedition begins on 9th August and ends on 22nd August. This implies that you are to arrive in Leh on 9th August and can depart from Leh on 22nd August. 

Please note that due to the high altitude, we Include the days of acclimatization in the overall expedition itinerary. You don’t need to come early for acclimatization.  In case you would like to extend your trip beyond the expedition dates, please feel free to do so at your own discretion and cost. 

Itinerary

Kindly note that even though we have conducted many successful expeditions, we need to be mindful of the conditions we are in and there may be a chance that we have to change the itinerary or the village we electrify due to inclement weather or local conditions. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. You can be rest assured that we will take full care of the impact experience that you get despite the modification in plans.  

Health and Safety

We trust that when you join us for the trip, you are in an overall good physical condition and not suffering from any medical conditions. Due to the remoteness of the areas, there are very limited or no medical hospitals at times.

Please make sure that you have read through the itinerary carefully and assessed your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, GHE reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

You should also consult your doctor for any health risk associated with altitude, including asthma, high blood pressure, heart or lung disease. Any kind of exercise which gets you fitter before this trip is advisable, as it will enable you to enjoy the region more. 

We recommend that you carry your personal first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. We do have a certified medic on each expedition but they can administer only medicines for general ailments such as diarrhoea, motion sickness or basic high altitude symptoms. 

Food and dietary requirements

On our expeditions, we ensure that the food that you get in the hotels or during the camping or inside the village is unique but at the same time, simple and basic as possible for everyone to eat while also taking care of your gastronomic appetite. Enjoy the local food in the villages but in case you don’t find the appetite for it, we will be having something for you in our menu as well. In case you have any dietary requirements, please inform us beforehand so that we can carry appropriate food for you on the expedition.

Money during the Expedition

Since the trip is already paid for in advance, you can carry some cash to buy souvenirs or to buy some local food. While some areas do have card machines where you can swipe your debit or credit card, in some areas only local currency in cash works. 

Tipping is a basic expectation of all the expedition staff and the hotels that we engage during the expedition. However, we do not encourage tipping directly. We collect the entire tip amount from all our participants and then distribute it fairly in front of the travellers to the expedition staff and any other people from whom we have taken any services during the course of the expedition. We recommend a minimum amount of at least INR2000 per participant for the purpose of tipping. 

Also please note that we try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to at least $300 or equivalent with you in case of any emergencies. 

Phone and internet access

In majority of the cases, we will be travelling to remote communities where there will be no access to any cellular or internet connectivity. Once you land in Leh, we will inform you on the exact number of days that we will be in zero connectivity and you can inform the same to your family and friends so that they don’t have a reason to worry. Our

Expedition Leaders will be able to inform our office staff about your whereabouts on a daily basis and our staff will be sending a collective email to your loved ones updating them about the status of the team.

The most memorable part of our expeditions according to the travellers is being disconnected from the rest of the world and building true meaningful relations with the communities and with the fellow travellers.

Expedition Leader

GHE Impact Expeditions are led by some of the most dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to the cause of leveraging tourism as a force for good while making the trip as smooth as possible for you. 

The Expedition Leader will provide you information on the places you will be travelling to while also offering their insights into the local communities. We request you to follow the Expedition Leaders instructions as they are trained into conducting expeditions and working with the local communities to maximize the impact

Some Rules

The expeditions get together a diverse set of people from all over the world who come together with the common mission of electrifying the remote communities. Please be mindful of the diversity of the group and do not engage in any bias or groupism during the expedition. Use the opportunity to understand various cultures and the experiences that all the participants have from their lives. 

Use of Alcohol, smoking and possession of any drugs is absolutely not acceptable on our expeditions. In the village, you will be served local beer which is allowed since that is a mark of respect from the villagers to us, but consume responsibly and adhere to the instructions from the Expedition Leader. 

By joining our expeditions, you agree to adhere to the instructions mentioned by the Expedition Leader and in case you are found to misbehave in any manner, the Expedition Leader has the right to remove you from the expedition and there shall be no refund. 

Need any Help?

For general enquiries or questions about your booking, please contact us at http://www.ghe.co.in/help/contact-us

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Carbon Offset :

The expedition to electrify the village of Yougar will offset 46 Tons of Carbon from the environment by replacing 960 Litres of kerosene through setup of 4 Solar microgrids. 

Our estimates suggest that the entire 14 days expedition Carbon footprint, including carbon generated during camping, hotel stay and through the participants return flight tickets, will be around 44 Tons. 

Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!

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