Indian Himalaya

This expedition will wake you up to high-altitude trekking, as you explore the isolated peaks, wild-flower meadows and unique culture of the region.

By day, you’ll learn technical mountaineering skills, take part in important scientific fieldwork, such as collecting data from the third highest weather station in the world and document your experience through exciting creative media projects. If conditions allow, you’ll also have the chance cross glaciers and snow fields that few snow boots have ever crossed before.

By night, you’ll exchange campfire stories of spotting rare wildlife such as Tibetan antelope and yak - and maybe even the elusive snow leopard - before bedding down in our cosy-but-basic camp.

All of our expeditions are designed to take you out of your comfort zone (there will be tough climbs as well as unforgettable highs), but they are led by experts with an awe-inspiring level of knowledge - and a 100% commitment to keeping you safe.

The vast majority of young people return with a wealth of new-found practical skills, new friends-for-life and a real sense of personal development – all of which can have tangible benefits for the future.


What's involved

• Trek soaring peaks 
• Learn to live at high altitude
• Develop specialist mountaineering skills
• Enjoy a diverse programme of scientific study and research
• Take part in creative media projects to document your expedition 
• Develop life skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, organisation and leadership
• The opportunity for DofE participants to complete the residential section of their Duke of Edinburgh's Award
• Work towards completing your John Muir Award (Explorer Level) for environmental awareness and conservation

Facts and figures

Age: 16-25 
Dates: 5 weeks - 24th-28th July 2020 (TBC)
Location: Ladakh region of Indian Himalaya
Briefing: April 17-19th April 2020 (this is essential)
Visa: Indian Visa required for British passport holders
Vaccinations: Some needed, details given nearer the time
Cost: £4,200 (excluding flights)

‘Five weeks in the Zara Valley has been an experience of a lifetime. Trekking to the highest peaks, battling altitude, the crisp ice as we scaled the glaciers… What an incredible adventure. I am not only taking away memories, I am taking home a wider appreciation for the environment.’ Jennie, Himalaya 2017

‘Wow! What an expedition. This has undoubtedly been the best 5 weeks of my life… summiting peaks, listening to the Dali Lama and going on glaciers. I have found all the Science really interesting and have learnt so much about the world and myself. I would recommend this to all young people as it really has been amazing.’ Katherine, Himalaya 2017