Climate Action Expedition 2024

An International Impact Expedition

today Dates : 13 Jul 2024 to 26 Jul 2024

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 : 16

USD 3200

Brief :

Join a team of 20 leaders from across the globe on a journey of sustainability and impact in the Indian Himalayas. You will be part of an amazing group of participants who will trek to the remotest village in the Himalayas to bring access to clean and renewable energy for the local communities. Soak in the hospitality of the villagers and leave behind a legacy of your visit as you truly empower the communities. A perfect mix of Adventure with Impact. 

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 Water Heaters that are 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 Water Heaters for electrification of village along with all your ground logistics, food and accommodation.

Trip Highlights

  • Multiple days of community immersion in Ladakh
  • Create an impact with Solar Water Heaters
  • Partner with fellow travelers from across the globe.
  • Give back to the Himalayas and the local communities
  • Discover yourself in the remoteness of the mountains
  • A mix of Adventure, Sustainability and Impact

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Itinerary Details :

  1. Day 1 Arrive in Leh
    Arrive in Leh_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 3500m. 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 understand the culture and History of Ladakh

  2. Day 2 Leh City and Sight seeing
    Leh City and Sight seeing_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 Leh Fort and the Old City, followed by a visit to the Leh market to purchase any gear or special needs if any. Leh has a rich history of trade during silk route times and is located on the bank of Indus river where Indus valley civilization thrived. We will also visit the Shanti Stupa from where you can get a panoramic view of the City of Leh.

  3. Day 3 Leh to Padum
    Leh to  Padum_Day 3

    Today is the day when we will leave Leh and only to return after 10 days of having experienced Himalayan Wilderness, culture and trekked across the hidden valleys of Ladakh – The Zanskar. The journey will takes us through the remote Trans SinggeLa Valley and will a drive for about 9 hours from Leh to reach Padum through a newly cut road. As we pass through the beautiful villages of Photoksar and Lingshed, we will witness some amazing landscapes and will cross the Zanskar river before entering the valley of Padum. Tonight we will rest in  the  Hotel Potala of Padum.

  4. Day 4 Padum to Phugtal
    Padum to Phugtal_Day 4

    After surviving a 10-hour journey from Leh, today we will take it easy and start late from Padum as our campsite at Phugtal Monastery which is 3 hours car ride away from Padum and then a 2 hours trek to the monastery from the village Cha. We will do a bit of shopping at Padum and buy any essentials for the trek to Shade. We will leave for Cha and drive along the Tsarap Chu river that comes from the Phugtal Valley. From Cha our team will trek to Phutgal Monastery where we will camp for the night. 

  5. Day 5 Phugtal to Thaktak
    Phugtal to Thaktak_Day 5

    Today will be on one of the longest day of trekking. We will start early and will start a steep ascent through the Phugtal monastery and then trek next to the Tsarap Chu river for another 5 hours before entering the valley on the left. It will take another 2.5 hrs to arrive at Thaktak campsite. Thaktak is a lovely campsite with a few trees. Overnight campsite at Takthak along the river bed and good night rest after a long trek from Phugtal.

  6. Day 6 Thaktak to Shade
    Thaktak to Shade_Day 6

    Today again you will walk along the valley and see different landscapes. Another four-hour day with a river crossing, you will turn left to enter the beautiful shade village greeted with artificial gate made up of rocks. After 15 minutes’ walk, you will arrive at Shade village. Shade village was Solar electrified by GHE in 2017.  We will be welcomed by the villagers with traditional barley beer. Shade is a very isolated village in Ladakh. During this season villagers are busy in harvesting, collecting their potatoes, collecting the grass for animals. Overnight camp at Shade village

  7. Day 7 Impact Project at Shade
    Impact Project at Shade_Day 7

    Today is the Expedition Impact Day and the team will install the Solar water heaters in the village, which is currently the most pressing need of the villagers of Shade as boiling the water in winters is very tough affair and uses a lot of firewood. The temperature during winters falls well below zero degree Celsius in this region, so the requirement of hot water is natural and pertaining. Apart from the environment, this step of Solar Water heater installation will provide benefits to the community on a long term. 

  8. Day 8 Shade to Phugtal
    Shade to Phugtal_Day 8

    Today will be a long trek day today and we will start our trek early from village Shade and will be trekking for 7-8 hours to reach the village of Yougar. Entire trek route is alongside the river Tsarap chu that finally merges into Zanskar. The famous Phugtal monastery is located on the opposite the village Yougar and can be reached by crossing the bridge across the Tsarap Chu River. We will stay overnight in the local homestays in the village of Yougar

  9. Day 9 Phugtal to Padum
    Phugtal to Padum_Day 9

    Today, we visit a 2500-year-old Buddhist monastery known for its architecture and heritage. The structure is built around a cave which is believed to be associated with many scholars of the ancient times. Both the monastery & village Yougar were electrified by GHE in 2016 & 2018 respectively. After visiting the monastery, we will trek for 2.5 hours to Cha village where our vehicles will be waiting for us. We will then drive to the town of Padum, where we will be staying for the night.  The trekking part of the expedition is over & now we will be driving back the next 2 days to Leh.

  10. Day 10 Phe to Rangdum
    Phe to Rangdum_Day 10

    It is time to head back to Leh after having travelled nine days in the Himalayan wilderness. The journey is going to be long and along the way we will cross Penzi La and the famous Drang Dung Glacier, the biggest glacier of the Zanskar. The glacier is known for its peculiar river shape and the effect of climate change is quite visible as it has receded considerably over the years. Our destination for the night will be the village of Rangdum, which will be the last village in the Zanskar before we head into Kargil region. Overnight at Rangdum Swiss Tents at 14000 ft

  11. Day 11 Rangdum to Lamayuru
    Rangdum to Lamayuru_Day 11

    Next morning, we begin our journey from Rangdum to Lamayuru and soon we will enter the Sankhoo valley and cross multiple villages along the way in our vehicles. The journey will take us through the town of Kargil, infamously known for the Kargil war that took place between India and Pakistan in 1999. On the way to Lamayuru, we will pass through the 8th century Buddha statue at Mulbek and finally after 5 hours we will reach Lamayuru known for its Moonland feature. We will be driving on the National Highway One. Overnight at Hotel Moonland

  12. Day 12 Lamayuru To Leh
    Lamayuru To Leh_Day 12

    Today the team will undertake the last leg of travel from Lamayuru to Leh by road, a journey of 250 kms. In the morning, the team will attend a morning prayer at the Lamayuru Gonpa and post breakfast the Moonland Hotel , we head for the 4 hours journey to Leh. On the way to Leh, we will pass through Alchi village where the team will stop for the amazing Local Ladakhi Lunch at the award-winning restaurant  - The Alchi Kitchen. Finally, overnight in the Hotel in Leh after 12 days and time for a well-deserved shower

  13. Day 13 Leh & Reflection Day
    Leh & Reflection Day_Day 13

    Today will be a leisure and reflection day for the team to visit the Leh market and pick up souvenirs, including Pashmina, Apricot based food products and other local handicrafts. In the evening, we will have a debrief on how the Expedition experience was for everyone and what can be the next steps for development of the communities that has been impacted by our expedition members. After dinner at a roof top restaurant, we will head to the hotel for our final expedition night

  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. It's been an adventurous and impactful Climate Action Expedition 2024. 

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 

Carbon Offset :

The expedition to bring Solar Water Heaters to the village will offset 150 Tons of Carbon from the environment  through setup of 15 Water Heaters
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 53 Tons. 
Overall Your trip to the Himalayas will be Carbon Negative!


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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