India North expeditions

India North at a glance

Population: 1.2 billion

Pre-departure

Terrain: Mountain, altitude and desert

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Ideas for your students' expedition to India North

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to India North.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:

Trekking

Hampta Pass and Chandra Tal

14 days

This option is perfect for teams seeking a real challenge. Based in the north, the team will trek as high as 5,100m and experience wild camping throughout.

14 days

Trekking

Lamayuru to Mangyu

6 - 7 days

Trek through remote and stunning landscape, reaching a breathtaking altitude of 4,850m. You will trek through barren gorges, over high passes, descend steep pathways and marvel at diverse and beautiful scenery.

6 - 7 days

Project

Naggar Government Primary School, Himalayas

In 2012, we sent a team to the Naggar Government Primary School in the Himalayas, to help decorate the classroom walls and paint an educational mural that would create a better learning environment for students and work as an interactive learning tool. 

Acclimatisation

Acclimatise in Manali

2 days

Let yourself adjust to the sights, sounds and smells of India and become accustomed to the different pace of life.

2 days

Rest & Relaxation

White water rafting

Enjoy an exhilarating raft ride down the Indus River on 2/+3 grade river.

Trekking

Kaza Kafnu

12 days

Starting from the barren, dramatic Spiti Valley, heading over a pass of 4900m, past Buddhist monasteries perched on rocks, you finish up descending into lush Kafnu and on to Shimla.

12 days

In-Country Agents

Sid Anand (pictured with wife Bhavna) is the Director of Blaze A Trail Adventures in Uttarakhand, specialising in tours in India. Sid has been working for World Challenge since 2008. He has extensive experience in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas, including wilderness regions, camping, motorbiking, overland journeys and trekking in Bhutan. He speaks English, Hindi, Nepalese, as well as the local Kumaoni language.
 
Rup, Colin and Bob are our ICAs based in Manali while teams are on expedition. Between them they have travelled extensively in India, Thailand, Burma, Sumatra, Nepal, Malaysia, Singapore, to name just a few.
 
Dawa has been the ICA for India Lakdakh for over eight years. Past teams have appreciated his friendly and helpful manner. He's always going the extra mile for teams.

Factfile

Languages spoken: There is no official “Indian” language; Hindi is spoken by about 20% of the population and English is widely spoken; 18 languages are recognised by the constitution, with more than 1600 additional minor languages and dialects.
 
In the north: Ladakhi, Purik, Balti, English and Tibetan are widely spoken.
 
Time zone: GMT +5.30
 
Interesting fact: The left hand is considered unclean in India and is never used for eating!

Project types

Teams carry out project work in local villages in the Kullu Valley. This usually takes the form of maintenance work in schools, painting murals, fixing buildings or general odd jobs with plenty of opportunity for interaction with local villagers and children.

Acclimatisation

Acclimatise in Leh

2 days

Leh is nestled in the Himalayas and sits at a breathtaking 3,505m above sea level. The hill areas around Leh give excellent opportunities for day treks and allow you to get used to the altitude in preparation for your main trek.

2 days

Get up close and personal with India's elephants and have a go at elephant riding.

Project

Shey School, Ladakh

Shey School is a village school about 18km outside of Leh. The Planning Manager visited in 2010 and since then, many teams have successfully completed projects here. Last year, the school requested our help to revamp the bare playground with new equipment and educational murals for the children.

Project statistics

In 2014, 31 teams are going to 11 project sites in North India to help build classrooms, renovate buildings, interact with local children and improve facilities for village communities. 

Trekking

Markha Valley

11 - 12 days 

The Markha Valley trek is ideal for those wanting typical Ladakhi moonscape vistas and yak pasture. This route offers you the challenge of crossing 5,000m-high mountain passes and the chance to experience wild camping.

11 - 12 days 

Rest & Relaxation

Visit the Taj Mahal

No visit to India would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra. The monument is most beautiful at sunrise and sunset when the white-domed marble mausoleum glows pink and orange.

Take an elephant ride up to the red-sandstone Amber Fort in Jaipur which was once a military fort, later a palace. The building has 20m-high walls stretching over 2.5km and still has some military uses today.

The Indian Himalaya are a stunning location for trekking and wild camping, a real off the beaten track experience. 
Pippa, our India North Expedition Planning Manager

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expedition for your students

Mountain, altitude and desert