New Delhi/Leh: With the aim of connecting the local Ladakhi culture with the world, and to empower creation of a window for future explorers to research on the environment of the Ladakh landscape, the world's third Education Base has been set up in Ladakh with the flagging off a unique Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) today.
Bringing together a team of sustainability experts, climate change and explorers from across 6 nations, Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) is laden with equipment and supplies for the 11 day Himalayan challenge ahead.
This inaugural edition of the Global Himalayan Expedition focuses on the holistic Himalayan experience, stretching across pure adventure, cultural connect with the local communities, and activities focused on local sustainability.
The expedition also aims to connect the world thought leaders and sustainability experts to the region which is a perfect example of sustainable living in the Himalayas.
The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) revolves around three different modes of negotiating the terrain – biking, trekking and rafting- referred as the Tri-Adventure.
The 2013 inaugural expedition of GHE will be attended by sustainability experts, travellers and explorers from US, UK, UAE, Nepal & Netherlands and will take them through remote villages and setups across the Zanskar Valley.
During the course of the expedition the participants would also be connecting with the local communities and support them through the provision of Special home lighting equipment provided by Luminous.
By creating a foundation based on the three pillars of Sustainable Energy Structure, E-learning Knowledge Centre & Local Acceptance, the World's ‘Third E-Base' located at Mahabodhi in Ladakh will act as a bridge between the local Ladakhi community and the outside world.
Inaugurated by the world famous polar explorer, Sir Robert Swan, Order of British Empire (OBE), the first person to have walked to both the poles of Earth, the Third E-Base's concept has been instituted by Sir Swan who prior to this initiative has built two E-bases at the South Pole and Pench Forests in Madhya Pradesh.
The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) is the brainchild of Paras Loomba, an engineer by profession and a sustainability expert and an avid trekker, who post his Antarctica expedition last year conceptualized the expedition in Ladakh this year.
The idea was to bring the world focus to the third Pole and highlight stories of simple people shouldering extraordinary responsibilities, and communities working unknowingly towards saving the planet.