North India: Roof of the World High School Summer Program

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About Program

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.

Program Highlights
  • 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

New: Fall and Spring Domestic Gap Semesters

We are excited to announce two North American Gap Semesters - the Rio Grande Semester: Stories of Culture, Identity, & Environment Along the Southern Border and the Colorado River Basin Semester: Sustainable Relationships with Land and Water in the Western United States.

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Summer North India

This was my second Where There Be Dragons summer course in the Himalaya--and I was far from disappointed. Having previously spent a summer in Nepal, I thought the two trips may be too similar, and feared being bored on the trip. This was not the case, as both courses were uniquely led and approached from vastly different angles.

Similar to every Dragons instructor I've met, my three instructors were a dynamic force to be reckoned with, and offered unconditional support, prompted intellectual/physical challenges, and had an astute ability to gauge safety of the group throughout our month in North India.

If you are a student looking to immerse yourself in a new culture, spend time exploring the most breathtaking landscape, familiarize yourself with Tibetan Buddhism, gain outdoor skills (camping/mountaineering/trekking), experience living with a family in a country thousands of miles from home, or simply embark on an amazing adventure, I couldn't recommend this course more.

Full disclosure: This course is trekking-intensive, which should not be overlooked by prospective students. Though this was a major draw to me, some found it challenging--but all got through with smiles! :)

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Questions & Answers

Hey Christopher! I am glad you are interested in this program. This course begins on June 28th and ends on July 28th. Students must be able to commit to the entire 4 weeks of the course. Let me know if you have any other questions! You can call our office at 303.413.0822 or email Best, Dragons Admin