Summer 2015 Indian Himalayas Expedition

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Program Description

Experience the unique culture of the villages of the Himalayas. Ladakh is a truly spectacular place with a unique climate supports some rare wildlife including snow leopards, chiru, yaks and migratory Himalayan bird species. With altitudes reaching over 7500m, this city is a landscape of extremes, nestled between the world’s mightiest mountain ranges. As you ascend higher, you will leave behind the bustle of local markets and monasteries and experience a sense of isolation and remote silence which has remained almost unbroken since the days when adventurous traders travelled through these parts on the ancient silk routes.

Take part in gathering scientific data whilst documenting your extraordinary experience through photography and adventure film-making.

Prior expedition projects in mountainous environments have included:
-Glaciology: Studying the impact of aspect and meteorology on ablation rates, using data from our weather station. Surveying glacial landforms and reconstructing the glacial history of the area. Re-taking old photographs and calculating glacier retreat rates.
-Anthropology: Studying the impact of tourism and development on the local population of Ladakh.
-Geology/Geomorphology: Measuring and recording geomorphological features and producing maps of the area.
-Physiology: Measuring the effect of acute mountain sickness (AMS) at ascending altitudes in adolescents and the rate and efficiency of acclimatisation.
-Botany: Studying alpine flora and the effect of altitude and aspect on the distribution and numbers of plants.

We have our 3 or 5 week option, but also our 6-week Trainee Leader programme that aims to assist you in the initial stages of your transition from ambitious adventurer to professional expedition leader as, over the 9 month course of the programme, you gain relevant qualifications, develop practical expedition leadership skills and acquire invaluable in-field experience.

Inquire to find out more about this incredible opportunity!


-John Muir Award for environmental awareness & conservation
-Take part in the Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
-Document your expedition through exciting media projects
-Investigate the dynamic glacial and geomorphological history
-Collect data from our weather station; the 3rd highest in the world!
-Developing specialist mountaineering and trekking skills
-Learn to live and travel at high altitude
-Reach altitudes of up to 6000m
-Trek among some of India’s most spectacular high peaks

What`s Included

This price includes everything except flights and kit.

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Ladakh, India

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Program Details

British Exploring Society
  • India: Ladakh
School type:
Adventure Travel, Cultural Exploration
2-4 weeks, 5-8 weeks
American, Asian, Australian, Canadian, European, Kiwi, South African, Worldwide
£2,700 or £3,400 (3 or 5 weeks)

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