The next Global Himalayan Expedition will be August 17 – 25, 2019.
Day 1: Building, Binding and Bonding
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 acclimatize.
Building: Relations with fellow participants
Students will participate in networking Getting to know fellow participants
Binding: Understanding and accepting diversity
Creating a safe space for sharing & learning
Bonding: Over a shared vision & common goals
Including everyone towards the mission
Day 2: Multi-Stakeholder Approach
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 Monastery, where we shall get in touch with the ancient religion of Buddhism and its ideologies.
Understanding local context
Know the region and the culture
Meeting Local Stakeholders
Importance of Stakeholder Engagement
Building trust and creating sustainable models
Circular Economies in practice
Day 3: Trust and Teamwork
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 prepare yourself physically for the challenging trek they would be encountering in a few days time.
Knowing the strengths & opportunities
Challenging your own limits
Learning to adapt to diverse environments
Day 4: Respect the Past
We will be offering a special morning prayer at the famous Monastery, praying for the long life of the grid and blessings for all the participants. After the prayers, we shall begin our trek to the village and camp midway.
Understanding the local context
Learn what matters to the communities
Empathy and Emotional Intelligence
Immersion into the cultural aspect
Importance of Civilizations
Insight into the ancient sustainable lifestyles
Day 5: Impact of your Actions
This is the most beautiful time of the expedition, when you are out there surrounded by mountains, trekking towards the village. We will cross passes, glacial water streams and be in the lap of nature. We are greeted by the villagers with traditional ceremony and Khataks and rest for the night.
Climate Change and its Impact
Experience first-hand Climate Change impact
Taking accountability of buddy on the trek
Peer to Peer Learning
Fostering deeper bonds
Day 6: Innovation & Creative Leadership
We begin the day with the team divided into groups, and each group taking a part of the village to begin the electrification work. Experience the way the local people live in their homes, and see their faces lighten up when you install the bulbs and bulb holders into their rooms.
Interacting & understanding community needs
Innovation on the go
Creative ideas for setting up the Solar Grids
Learning by Doing
Understanding and deploying renewable energy
Day 7: Celebrating Success
Today is going to be a very special day. The team will bring light to the remote Himalayan 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, wire the rooms and lay out the battery packs. The installed grid will then be inaugurated by the head monk of the monastery, post which we shall have a celebratory dinner, and not to forget, the tasting of the famous local Chang!
Building sustainable infrastructure
Integrating sustainability in social impact
Identifying your purpose
Find your inspiration and what excites you
Creating win-win scenarios
Understanding the importance of success
Day 8: Reflect and Consolidate
Time to head back to the civilization. The team will trek back to the motorable road. The trek time will be approx. 2 hours. The afternoon will be a leisure day for the team to visit the Leh market and pick up souvenirs, including Pashmina, Apricot based food products and other local handicrafts.
Personal and Professional development
Understanding the on-ground Impact
Scaling the impact
Align on how to scale the impact created