With altitudes reaching over 7500m, Ladakh is a landscape of extremes, nestled between the world’s mightiest mountain ranges. This is a truly spectacular place. The unique climate supports some rare wildlife including snow leopards, chiru, yaks and migratory Himalayan bird species. Experience the unique culture of the villages of the Himalayas. 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.
Plus you will take part in gathering scientific data whilst documenting your extraordinary experience through photography and adventure film-making.
Previous expedition projects in mountainous environments have included:
- Botany: Studying alpine flora and the effect of altitude and aspect on the distribution and numbers of plants.
- Physiology: Measuring the effect of acute mountain sickness (AMS) at ascending altitudes in adolescents and the rate and efficiency of acclimatisation.
- Geology/Geomorphology: Measuring and recording geomorphological features and producing maps of the area.
- Anthropology: Studying the impact of tourism and development on the local population of Ladakh.
- 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.