Indian Himalaya

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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.

  • Closed for 2020
  • 11 Places Available
  • Age 16-25
  • £4,200 (excluding flights)
  • Ladakh region of Indian Himalaya
  • Indian Visa required for British passport holders
  • Some vaccinations are needed (further details given nearer the time)

This has undoubtedly been the best 5 weeks of my life

Katherine - Himalaya Explorer

What's Included?

  • British Exploring Society Expedition Certificate
  • John Muir Explorer Award Certificate
  • Support with your Duke of Edinburgh Award (residential only)
  • Participation in Next Steps
  • Lifetime membership of British Exploring Society
  • Support to continue your development journey after expedition

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.
  • You’ll 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 your John Muir Award (Explorer Level) for environmental awareness and conservation.

Join us. You are about to change your life

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It doesn't matter where your starting point is; you'll return with more confidence in your own abilities; greater resilience, determination and courage - and a sense of self-belief that will stay with you for life.

‘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

Jennie - Himalaya Explorer

I loved every minute of what was a life changing experience with some amazing people. I feel I learnt valuable skills and am now in a position to go on to do an awful lot more than I would otherwise have been able to.

Isaac - Himalaya Explorer

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.

Harriet - Himalaya Explorer

Wow! What an expedition. This has undoubtedly been the best 5 weeks of my life. Some of the best moments have been summiting peaks, listening to the Dali Lama and going on 2 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 Explorer

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