Climate Action Expedition

A journey to the Himalayan frontiers to explore impact solutions

today Dates : 04 Sep 2021 to 17 Sep 2021

access_time Duration : 14 Days

Grade : 3

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

place Location : Ladakh, India

Available Slots : 07/18

Brief :

Travel with a group of changemakers from across the world to the remote valley of the Indian Himalayas and learn first-hand the impact of climate change on the Indigenous Communities. The expedition will span across witnessing the second largest glacier of Ladakh and bringing Solar Energy to a remote Himalayan village. Organic farming, zero waste and recycling are among the many sustainable practices that you will be learning from the communities.

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 a passion and interest for sustainable development and climate action.  

The financing of the Solar Grid that is setup to make the expedition carbon negative 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

  • Understand and witness the Impact of Climate Change  
  • Travel to the Second Largest Glacier of Ladakh - Drang Drung
  • Connect with the Indigenous Himalayan Communities  
  • Experience the rich culture cultural and heritage of Ladakh
  • Multiple days of trekking into the remote valleys
  • Provide solar energy to a remote Himalayan village

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Route Map :

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Itinerary Details :

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Leh, Acclimatize and Story Night Session
    Arrive in Leh, Acclimatize and Story Night Session_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 and get to know your fellow participants through the informal story night sessions. 

  2. Day 2 Cultural Immersion in Leh, Meeting with Local Entrepreneurs
    Cultural Immersion in Leh, Meeting with Local Entrepreneurs_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 meet with the GHE Entrepreneurs who will share their inspiring stories on running a successful social enterprise in the Himalayas 

  3. Day 3 Mountain Biking (Optional) and Leh to Kargil
    Mountain Biking (Optional) and Leh 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 
    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, Interaction with Communities
    Kargil to Rangdum, Interaction with Communities_Day 4

    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. There will be an interaction with the community living in this most harsh region that is cut off for 7 months in a year

  5. Day 5 Rangdum to Padum, Crossing the Glacier
    Rangdum to Padum, Crossing the Glacier_Day 5

    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. Here we shall talk more about how the glaciers have been receding in the past years, and give you an insight into how our actions at homes are impacting communities in the Himalayas. 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 Welcome to the Village
    Welcome to the Village_Day 6

    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. 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 Solar Electrification of the Village
    Solar Electrification of the Village_Day 7

    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. 

  8. Day 8 Sustainability in Action, Village Electrified
    Sustainability in Action, Village Electrified_Day 8

    Today is going to be a very special day. Our team will bring light to this centuries old village using Solar electricity. 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 Long Trek Day and Reflections
    Long Trek Day and Reflections_Day 9

    After celebrating with the villagers, it is time to pack our bags and begin our trek back up the 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 final campsite where we shall be camping for the night.

  10. Day 10 Trek to Base Camp, Serendipity
    Trek to Base Camp, Serendipity_Day 10

    The day is going to be tough as the trek will be on an uphill gradient but the breathtaking views of the valley and the villages from the top of the mountains will be an experience worth it. After 5-6 hours of trekking, we shall camp at Lakhang and share stories of the electrification and the villagers with our fellow travelers. 

  11. Day 11 Climbing the Mountain Pass at 16000 feet
    Climbing the Mountain Pass at 16000 feet_Day 11

    When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. Every participant will be tested to the limit as we ascend the mighty Shinku La pass at 15000 feet. The trek will be hard but you will see how the team keeps marching forward as one solid unit, motivating  and helping each other through the trek. Once you reach the top of mountain pass, the views give you a feel that you are on the top of the Himalayas. We shall get into the buses waiting for us at the pass and reach the campsite of Sarchu. 

  12. Day 12 Back to Leh, Rest and Refresh
    Back to Leh, Rest and Refresh_Day 12

    The day with the most amazing and expansive scenery is the journey from Sarchu 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 10 hour ride in the buses 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

  13. Day 13 Leh Market Visit, Reflections and Commitments
    Leh Market Visit, Reflections and Commitments_Day 13

    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. Each participant will share their actions once they go back and the impact they envision for the local communities. 

  14. Day 14 Departures
    Departures_Day 14

     “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 the village 
  • Mountain Bikes included

Exclusions :

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

Carbon Offset :

The expedition to electrify the village will offset 119 Tons of Carbon from the environment by replacing 1600 Litres of kerosene through setup of 10 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 55 Tons. 

Overall Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!

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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: 3 (Challenging)

The trek will be long and overall the expedition will be tough, specially in the last part. 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.

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
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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