Travelling to Ladakh has been on my bucket list for a decade. Now when I'm finally doing it, I want to do it right. It's more than a vacation, it's a mission.
As a group of enthusiastic changemakers from across the world, we'll bring clean energy to one of the most remote parts of Himalayas - Tyokma village in Ladakh.
The light bulb has been commercially available since 1880. But 139 years later, Tyokma village is still reliant on toxic kerosene oil lamps. Being at an altitude of over 13000ft, they have no access to electricity grid. When the sun goes down, it practically marks the end of their day.
Through this Climate Action Expedition we'll setup solar panels for the entire village and educate them on upkeep of the equipment so they have control over the light in their lives.
Trip date: 1-July to 14-July 2019
With 6+ days of road travel and 3 days of high altitude trekking, it's a physically demanding endeavor for me, but I'm really excited to do it because:
1. I have never before been to a place that doesn't exist on Google Maps - try googling Tyokma village
2. This trip will be net carbon negative - our air and bus travel would be more than offset by the 14 solar microgrids we setup, replacing 2160 litres of kerosene as per estimates by Global Himalayan Expedition
3. We'll be trekking through the most breathtaking views on earth
4. I always bring souvenirs back from places I visit; this is the first time I'll leave something behind, something meaningful
I'm fund raising for this trip not just to cover part of my expenses for the adventure, but to also create awareness of the beautiful ways in which we can make an impact while discovering new places.
The funds raised will cover
- Solar panels and batteries
- My logistical expenses - tents/ homestays, bus travel, meals
(It does not include any air tickets or other personal expenses)
Please support me in my journey to discovering travel that creates value. Or even better, join me :)
This trip is organised by Global Himalayan Expeditions - a social impact travel enterprise investing in infrastructure to reduce carbon-emitting sources and provide clean energy access to the remote communities of Himalayas with the help of travelers.