Clinging to the far western flank of the Tibetan plateau, Ladakh is among the least populated, wildest and most remote regions within the Himalaya. Ladakh, or Little Tibet, is a land where jagged peaks and desolate windswept expanses have preserved cultural traditions while buttressing the Ladakhi people from the economic boom and rapid development occurring throughout the Indian subcontinent.
The North India course is a window into diverse Himalayan cultures and landscapes, as the region adapts to both challenging environmental and political climates.
- Multi-day high-altitude treks over rough terrain and high passes (trekking peaks and passes are non-technical).
- Examine issues of resource management and witness innovative responses to climate change, tourism, health, and globalization.
- Spend time on a campus with Ladakhi youth helping to facilitate their English classes, and participate in the daily campus work hour tending their fields, caring for livestock, and working on building projects.
- Introduction to Buddhist philosophy and visits to monasteries across Ladakh.
- 3-5 days of homestays in a Ladakhi village, and one homestay trek