Essential Information

The Expedition begins on August 17th and ends on August 25th. This implies that participants are to arrive in Leh on August 17th and depart from Leh on August 25th.

Please note that due to the high altitude, there are days of acclimatization include in the expedition itinerary. Participants do not need to arrive early for acclimatization. Participants are free to extend their trip beyond the expedition dates at their own discretion and cost.

Kindly note that even though GHE has conducted many successful expeditions, there is a slight chance of changes made to the itinerary or the village to electrify due to inclement weather or local conditions. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. Be assured students will received the best experience despite any modification in plans.

Visa Information

Citizens from the following countries are prohibited from entering the Indian Himalayan Region (Ladakh) and are therefore unable to apply for this expedition:

– China
– Pakistan
– Hong Kong
– Taiwan
– Sri Lanka
– Bangladesh
– Myanmar

Health and Safety

We trust that when you join the expedition, you are in overall good physical condition and are not suffering from any medical conditions. Due to the remoteness of the areas, there are very limited to no medical hospitals at times.

Please make sure that you have read through the itinerary carefully and assessed your ability to cope with the style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of the 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.

It is recommend that you carry a personal first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements as they may not be easily obtained at the locations on this trip. There will be a certified medic on each expedition but they can administer only medicines for general ailments such as diarrhea, motion sickness or basic high altitude symptoms.

Food and Dietary Requirements

The meals provided during the expedition (at the hotels, camping, in the village) are unique but also simple to accommodate all palates. Participants are encouraged to enjoy the local food served in the villages. Other options will be provided at request. All  dietary restrictions should be indicated in the application form.

Currency Requirements

All meals, accommodation and on the ground transportation are included. Participants can carry cash to purchase souvenirs or local food not included in the meals provided. While some areas do have card machines that allow use of credit cards, there are some areas that only accept cash in the local currency.

Tipping to expedition staff and hotels is encouraged. An average amount of INR2000 per participant is recommended.

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

Participants will be traveling to remote communities where there will be no access to any cellular or internet connectivity. Upon landing in Leh, participants will be informed of the exact number of days where they will be in locations with zero connectivity so they can inform family and friends. Expedition Leaders will be able to inform our office staff about the team’s whereabouts on a daily basis.

Expedition Leader

The Global Himalayan Expedition will be led by dedicated and passionate individuals who are committed to the cause of leveraging tourism as a force for good, while ensuring a smooth trip for all student groups.

The Expedition Leader will provide participants with information on the locations while also offering their insights into the local communities. Participants are requested to follow the Expedition Leaders’ instructions as they are trained to conduct expeditions and work with the local communities to maximize impact.

Rules

The Global Himalayan Expedition will convene a diverse group of students from different universities across the world with a common mission of enhancing their leadership skills to electrify remote communities. Students should be mindful and respectful of the diversity of the group during the expedition. Use this opportunity to understand and learn about the various cultures and experiences from the participants in your group.

Use of Alcohol, smoking and possession of any drugs is absolutely prohibited on the expedition. In the village, students will be served local beer, which is allowed since that is a mark of respect from the villagers to the group, but students must consume responsibly and adhere to the instructions from the Expedition Leader.

By joining the Global Himalayan Expedition, students agree to adhere to the instructions mentioned by the Expedition Leader.  In case of any misconduct, the Expedition Leader has the right to remove you from the expedition.