Ladakh Electrification Expedition

Holistic development of a remote Ladakhi village

today 22 Jun 2019 to 30 Jun 2019

access_time 9 Days

Grade : 2

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

place Ladakh, India

Available Slots : 4/12

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 :

Home to the most unique heritage and centuries old culture, the valley of Skurbuchan is home to the village of Skambordho. The village is located at the extreme corner of the valley and is surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides with multiple glacial river streams running through the village. Home to more than 20 households, the villagers are known for their warmth and hospitality. Live with the villagers and become a part of their history as you setup Solar Energy for the village. 

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Trip Highlights :

  • Electrify the biggest village in the Skurbuchan valley of Ladakh
  • Experience a centuries old culture and heritage 
  • A short trek through the beautiful Himalayan mountains 
  • A special prayer for the team at a very old monastery in Skurbuchan
  • A lifetime experience with 15-20 amazing travellers from all over the world

Overall Expedition Journey :

  • 2 Day by Vehicular Journey
    • Leh To Shaskam
    • Shaskam to Leh
  • Total Car Distance One Way – 150 Kms
  • 1 Hour of trekking into a beautiful valley
    • One side trekking distance – 3 Kms
  • 2 Nights of Homestays in Villages
  • Average Altitude of Journey – 11500 ft 
  • Highest Mountain Pass During journey- 13200 Ft

Route Map :

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Itinerary Details :

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Leh, Acclimatize
    Arrive in Leh, Acclimatize_Day 1

    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
    Acclimatize and Cultural Immersion_Day 2

    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 back to Leh
    Mountain Biking (Optional) and back to Leh_Day 3

    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 some of the innovation centres and pay the students a visit to understand the impact of innovation on the learning abilities of the students. We shall come back to Leh for the night
     

  4. Day 4 Leh to Skambordho
    Leh to Skambordho_Day 4

    From Leh, we will move onwards towards the valley of Skurbuchan which will be a ride of couple of hours before finally reaching the end of the motorable road. 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. Once we reach the end of the road, its a short trek to the village that will finally bring us to our destination, the village of Skambordho. The villagers will be greeting us in the traditional ceremony with Chang and Khataks, an experience to be soaked in. Once you settle down in the village, we will form teams and begin our survey work of electrification.

  5. Day 5 Skambordho Village
    Skambordho Village_Day 5

    You will be working as small teams and begin the work of electrification of the village. The day is going to be long, but you will be supported by GHE Engineers and the villagers. Be prepared for an overwhelming experience, as you enter the rooms of the villagers and discuss with them on where they want the light bulbs to be put up. 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. 

  6. Day 6 Skambordho Electrified
    Skambordho Electrified_Day 6

    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! 

  7. Day 7 Skambordho to Leh
    Skambordho to Leh_Day 7

    After celebrating with the villagers, it is time to pack our bags and begin our trek back down the valley, moving towards our parked buses. Once we get into the bus, we will begin our long journey back to Leh and enjoy the beautiful vastness of the valley. We shall reach Leh by early evening. 

  8. Day 8 Leh: Experience Sharing and Shopping
    Leh: Experience Sharing and Shopping_Day 8

    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. 

  9. Day 9 Departures
    Departures_Day 9

     “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)

We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the months before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise. Doing mountain walks or climbing long staircases with a pack is good preparation. Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow 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 22nd June and ends on 30th June. This implies that you are to arrive in Leh on 22nd June and can depart from Leh on 30th June. 

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 https://www.ghe.co.in/Help/Contact-Us/

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Carbon Offset :

The expedition to electrify the village of Skambordho will offset 161 Tons of Carbon from the environment by replacing 3360 Litres of kerosene through setup of 21 Solar microgrids. 

Our estimates suggest that the entire 9 days expedition Carbon footprint, including carbon generated during camping, hotel stay and through the participants return flight tickets, will be around 48 Tons. 

Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!

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