NOLS Himalaya Cultural Expedition

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guy climbing a snowy mountain
guy climbing a snowy mountain


This once-in-a-lifetime expedition blends wilderness travel with academic, cultural learning and experience through this unique perspective into India. You will begin with an 18-day hike in the Kumaon region of the Indian Himalaya, building fundamental outdoor skills while interacting with local villagers and nomadic shepherds, building on your conversational Hindi. You’ll backpack on trade routes that historically lead into Tibet. Off the standard tourist track, you’ll have the opportunity to study and observe ways of life similar to hundreds of years ago.
You will spend the last eight days in a homestay setting with an in-depth focus on culture and environmental studies. During the first half of each day, you will split time in a classroom and walking nearby hills gaining an in depth knowledge of geo-political issues and the natural world from experienced faculty members with personal knowledge of the region. In the afternoons, you will move to your respective homestay sites.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport
( BOM )
Kempegowda International Airport
( BLR )

India is well known for the rapid growth that they have been experiencing. The economic growth and substantial changes to the infrastructure have made it possible for many cities to grow as travel destinations. Exploring India is inexpensive but rich in culture with big ticket attractions like the Taj Mahal to the taken-for-granted geography of the mountains, deserts, and beaches.

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NOLS is a nonprofit global wilderness school that will help you step forward boldly as a leader. We believe that anyone can be a leader; it's our role to provide the environment and training to help you discover your full potential. We do that in...