Climate Action Expedition

Come be a part of the Solution!

today 01 Jul 2020 to 14 Jul 2020

access_time 14 Days

Grade : 3

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

place Ladakh, India

Available Slots : 18

$3200 USD

Expedition Costing :

Your Expedition costs $3200 USD includes

- Contribution to the cost of the Solar Panels and Batteries for Electrification of the village

- Costs related to your ground logistics, food, accommodation, camping and permits etc

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, Bringing Solar Energy to a remote Himalayan village and interact with the local communities of Zanskar. Organic farming, zero waste and recycling are among the many sustainable practices that you will be learning from the communities. Overall the expedition will be a climate positive expedition with a negative carbon footprint as we will displace kerosene with Solar Energy through electrification of the village. 

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Trip Highlights

  • Understand and witness the Impact of Climate Change on Himalayas 
  • Travel to the Second Largest Glacier of Ladakh - Drang Drung
  • Connect with the Indigenous Himalayan Communities  
  • Experience their cultural heritage and an authentic local experience 
  • Multiple days of trekking into the remote valley of Zanskar
  • Create a life long impact on the communities by provdiing them with Solar Energy

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 
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.

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. 

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 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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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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