Himalayan Impact Expedition

Join us on a journey of adventure, sustainability and impact

today Dates : 01 Oct 2022 to 12 Oct 2022

access_time Duration : 12 Days

Grade : 2

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

place Location : Ladakh,India

Available Slots : 12/18

Brief :

The Himalayan Impact Expedition is a unique experience that will feature participants from across the world who have the mountains in their heart. The expedition will span across multiple days of bonding with the team followed by a trek in the Ladakh valley to a remote village still living in darkness. But this time, your visit will bring a remarkable change to the lives of the villagers by bringing light through Solar Energy. 

The Expedition participants are selected through an interview process to curate a group that is unique. A typical group can comprise of members from across the globe with very interesting backgrounds that truly add to the overall expedition experience. 

The financing of the Solar Grid that is setup as part of the expedition is done by the participants as part of the expedition cost. The expedition fee will include your contribution to the cost of the Solar Panels and Batteries for electrification of village along with all your ground logistics, food and accommodation. The expedition cost will be shared once you apply. 

Trip Highlights

  • Multiple days of trekking into the remote valley of Ladakh
  • Create a sustainable impact through setup of Solar Energy
  • Get together with changemakers from across the globe.
  • Meditation in the biggest monastery of Ladakh
  • Learn the basics of creating positive change. 
  • An impact experience that is going to stay for a lifetime. 

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Itinerary Details :

  1. Day 1 Arrival in Leh, Acclimatize
    Arrival 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 Cultural Immersion and Team Bonding
    Cultural Immersion and Team Bonding_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. In the evening, we shall hear from each participant their story and what brings them to the expedition. 

  3. Day 3 Mountain Biking (Optional) and Travel to Kargil
    Mountain Biking (Optional) and Travel to Kargil_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 

    Post the Mountain Biking, we will head to the town of Kargil which will be a 6 hour ride from Leh. 

  4. Day 4 Bonding and Travel to Padum
    Bonding and Travel to Padum_Day 4

    From Kargil, we will move onwards and leave behind the tar roads to travel on dirt 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. We will reach the open valley of Rangdum and have lunch at the foothills of the Rangdum Monastery which was electrified by GHE in 2017. 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

  5. Day 5 Traditional Welcome to Village
    Traditional Welcome to Village_Day 5

    We will continue our journey for a few hours and then begin the trek along the glacial streams surrounded by mountains all around us, a treat for the photography and nature lovers. As we walk along the valley, we will be crossing multiple glacial streams and the local wildlife before finally reaching the village. 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

  6. Day 6 Community Overview and Solar Electrification
    Community Overview and Solar Electrification_Day 6

    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. 

  7. Day 7 Village Electrified!
    Village Electrified!_Day 7

    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! 

  8. Day 8 Shared Narratives and Trekking Back
    Shared Narratives and Trekking Back_Day 8

    After celebrating with the villagers, it is time to pack our bags and begin our trek up the valley, moving back towards the town of Padum. We will be moving towards the basecamp and the day will be slightly hard as the trek will be on an uphill gradient but the breathtaking views of the valley and the mountains will be an experience worth it. After 3 hours of trekking, we shall get into the vehicles and reach back to the town of Padum, where we shall rest and share stories of our experience. 

  9. Day 9 Padum to Rangdum
    Padum to Rangdum_Day 9

    The day with the most amazing and expansive scenery is the journey in the valley. 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 in the vans and we shall be sharing stories of our personal journeys and get to know our fellow travelers, creating a life-long bond with a shared common vision of creating impact as travelers. We will reach the open valley of Rangdum and camp at the foothills of the Rangdum Monastery.

  10. Day 10 Rangdum to Kargil
    Rangdum to Kargil_Day 10

    Today will be a long day on dirt road as we move from Padum to the town of Kargil. We will be crossing many glaciere 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. Once we reach Kargil, we will check-into the hotels and finally you will get a much deserved hot water shower

  11. Day 11 Kargil to Leh, Reflections and Souveniors
    Kargil to Leh, Reflections and Souveniors_Day 11

    The day with the most amazing and expansive scenery is the journey from Kargil to Leh. 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. Today is going to be a day of reflection. Towards the afternoon, 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. 

  12. Day 12 Departures
    Departures_Day 12

     “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 from Leh
  • Visa Fees 
  • Travel Insurance 

Carbon Offset :

The expedition to electrify the village will offset 57 Tons of Carbon from the environment by replacing 1200 Litres of kerosene through setup of 6 Solar microgrids. 
Our estimates suggest that the entire 12 days expedition Carbon footprint, including carbon generated during camping, hotel stay and through the participants return flight tickets, will be around 47 Tons. 
Overall Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!

Expedition Essentials :

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. 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. 

Additional Details 

You can read all the expedition essentials in the document shared below. In case of any questions, please contact us at https://www.ghe.co.in/Help/Contact-Us/

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Hear from our Alumni

Paulina - Chile "Coming from South America, I was able to relate to the remoteness of the communities and the challenges faced by them. This was the most beautiful and satisfying experiences for me as a Traveler. Never could I have imagined that I would be able to bring light to someone while taking part on an adventure trek."
Staffan - Sweden "This expedition has been one of the most positive influential experience of my life. Being out there in the remoteness and interacting with the locals gave me a sense of purpose. I was deeply moved on the issue of energy access for remote communities and hope to apply my learnings in this direction. "
Mark Appiah
Mark Appiah - Ghana "I come from Ghana in Africa and I have seen the problems faced by the local communities. The expedition exceeded all my expectations. I have never been so happy when I saw the Happy faces of the villagers seeing light for the first time. I am thankful to GHE for such a professionally conducted expedition. "
Jose Carlos
Jose Carlos - Peru "The expedition with GHE was one of the most life changing experiences I have had so far. I am motivated now to also start a similar initiative in my country."
Ashley - USA "Joining hands in an unknown land to bring electricity to the beautiful people of a remote village 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."
Archi - India "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, as you unite with those who were once strangers, to bring ‘light’ to a shared dream"
Rolf - Denmark "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 and change the lives of the people in the village. I can urge anyone who feels they want to do more with their life, to take the leap and join the cause of “Impact Tourism"
Ute Marke - Germany "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 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."

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