Indian Himalayas 2017

Join us on our Himalayas expedition for your chance to experience high-altitude trekking, stunning peaks, carry out valuable Scientific fieldwork and much more. Visiting isolated peaks and valleys blanketed by wild flower meadows and home to rare wildlife including the elusive snow leopard, Tibetan antelope and herds of yak. Explorers on the five-week expedition, if conditions allow, will also have opportunities to access glaciers and snow fields while learning exciting technical mountaineering skills.

Our Indian Himalayas expedition gives you the opportunity trek in the world’s highest mountain range, experience the traditional culture of the region and take part in a wide range of scientific fieldwork from carrying out lake surveys to measuring glacial retreat levels.
Take a look at the itinerary here.

All of expeditions are designed to take you out of your comfort zone in a challenging yet safe environment, with a real focus on the skills and personal development you will gain from the experience.

Don’t forget that you can also earn up to £1000 towards an expedition through our Explorer Miles volunteering initiative. Explorer Miles is British Exploring’s unique scheme that rewards you for making a difference in your local community through taking part in social action or volunteering projects.

Applications for 2017 are now closed. Applications for our 2018 expedition are however open, you can find out more by clicking the below button. 

Apply 2018 


What's involved

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

Expedition breakdown

Cost: £2,700 or £3.400 (+ £910 flights and kit)
Duration: 3 or 5 weeks, Main party departs 24th July 2017. 3 week return 15th August 2017. 5 week return 29th August 2017
Location: Ladakh region of Indian Himalaya
Age Range: 16-25
Mandatory Briefing Weekend: 2017 weekend 7/8/9th April
Debriefing: Early November 2017
Visa: Indian Visa required for British passport holders
Vaccinations: Some required

This 'A Day in the Life of' video has been created by Claire Bond, one of the explorers who took part in our 2016 Summer expedition.

Chief leader 2016 - Bruce Manning

Our Chief Leaders are instrumental in delivering the amazing expeditions we are known for at British Exploring and we are proud to work with exceptional leaders who have the ability to inspire, motivate, encourage and develop our explorers.

Bruce has been leading British Exploring expeditions for a number of years, joining us in 2006 and 2007 as a Chief Mountaineer and Logistics Support in Svalbard, through to the Falklands and South Georgia in 2008, Namibia (2013/2014) and most recently the Himalayas in 2015 as our Deputy Chief Leader.
Find out more about Bruce here. 

Visit our Trainee Leader Programme page to find out about becoming a leader yourself.

Harriet, Himalayas 2016

The expedition has been a life changing adventure that I definitely didn't expect, with some incredible memories and some amazing people that won’t ever be forgotten.

The expeditions that you go on are created around what you want to do as a fire. Nothing is set in stone. You choose where you want to go when you get to base camp, what you want to do, how many days you want to go out for. You decide as a fire not just the leaders telling you.

Read more explorer feedback on our testimonial page.

Claire, Himalayas 2016

A challenging, exhausting, and exhilarating expedition where we saw golden eagles, collected data, played about with cameras, and summited mountains.

The expedition was special because it took a group of like-minded adventurous people into the wild where we could challenge ourselves and support each other towards extreme goals. This created a special community.