Himalayan Impact Expedition

Create a tangible social change for the local communities

today 13 Sep 2019 to 23 Sep 2019

access_time 11 Days

Grade : 3

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

place Ladakh,India

Available Slots : 8/14

Expedition Costing :

The expedition costs $2600 USD and will include

1. Your contribution to the cost of the Solar Panels and Batteries for electrification of village

2. All your ground logistics, food, accommodation, camping and permits 

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 vallley 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. Soak in the hospitality of the villagers and leave behind a legacy of your visit as you truly empower the communities .

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Trip Highlights

  • Connect with a cultural heritage and an authentic local experience 
  • Multiple days of trekking into the remote valley of Ladakh
  • Create a life long impact on the communities through Solar Energy
  • An unforgettable experience with participants from across the globe.
  • Meditation in the biggest monastery of Ladakh
  • Give back to the Himalayas and the local communities

Route Map :

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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 Local Changemakers
    Mountain Biking (Optional) and Local Changemakers_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 

    The evening will involve meeting some of the local changemakers of the region and interacting with them about thei challenges and opportunities. 

  4. Day 4 Bonding and Trekking
    Bonding and Trekking_Day 4

    Today we shall begin our trek and will move into the famous national park. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the Blue Sheep, the Ladakhi Urial and the Great Tibetan Sheep in action. It will be a long day trek to the village that will finally bring us to our destination. Enroute we shall cross many villages which GHE has electrified over the course. Don’t be surprised if the villagers welcome you with open arms and make you sit down for a cup of tea and snacks along the way.

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

    We will continue 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 Leh city. 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 national park from the top of the mountains will be an experience worth it. After 5-6 hours of trekking, we shall camp and share stories of the electrification and the villagers with our fellow travelers.

  9. Day 9 Winding down the Valley
    Winding down the Valley_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 4-5 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. Once we reach Leh, we will check-into the hotels and finally you will get a much deserved hot water shower

  10. Day 10 Reflections and Sharing of Thoughts
    Reflections and Sharing of Thoughts_Day 10

    Today is going to be a day of reflection. We will take a trip down the memory lane and visit the Kargil war Memorial in Drass 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. 

  11. Day 11 Departures
    Departures_Day 11

     “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 
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. The Expedition begins on 20th Sept and ends on 30th Sept. This implies that you are to arrive in Leh on 20th Sept and can depart from Leh on 30th Sept. 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 will offset 115 Tons of Carbon from the environment by replacing 2400 Litres of kerosene through setup of 15 Solar microgrids. 
Our estimates suggest that the entire 10 days expedition Carbon footprint, including carbon generated during camping, hotel stay and through the participants return flight tickets, will be around 51 Tons. 
Overall Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!

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Testimonials

Paulina
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
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
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
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
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
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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