Himalayan Explorers welcomes University of Guelph

Learning’s the order of the day here for the next month as we embark on our service learning programme with the University of Guelph from Ontario, Canada.  This is our first year of partnership with them and we hope there will be many more to come.

The group of fifteen students led by Assistant Professor of Political Science at the university, Andrea Paras, has come to Dharamsala India to learn about giving service in a community abroad. The focus of the students’ course is to examine in a practical way the benefits, challenges and negative impacts of international volunteering. They also look at the ethics of short-term volunteer experiences and how the benefits of these programmes can be maximized for organizations and volunteers, and how more meaningful partnerships can be developed. They will write a paper based on their studies and their subsequent experiences working in an NGO here in Dharamsala.

The students have been placed in a variety of NGOs in the area, ranging from human rights organisations to schools in the slums to animal rescue.  The experience for them will not only benefit their university education, but also give them invaluable human connections that will remain with them all their lives.  The NGOs in turn should benefit from the students’ hard work whilst they are here, and from their findings and observations they will report at the end of the programme.

Apart from the voluntary work, we have a plethora of guest speakers who have kindly agreed to talk with them on a range of topics from women’s issues in India to life as a Tibetan in exile.  Their life experiences and knowledge will enhance the learning experience and help give a wider view of what exactly is going on here in the community.

There will also be time for some relaxation and enjoyment.  Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, local temples and forts and a Himalayan trek are but a few of the activities we have lined up for the students.  They are sure to be happily exhausted by the end.

Stay tuned for updates as the programme progresses and don’t forget to tune in to the students’ reflections here:

India Field School

Guelph group photo Amritsar

Ladakh Motorcycle Tour

The Route:

Ladakh Mountain Tour Map

When you plan a motorcycle tour in the Himalayas, the unpredictable is always there, in fact it enhances the adventure. Having said that, sometimes the unpredictable might turn bad and that is when being prepared and having a trusty team behind you can turn the worst situation around.

We specialise in paying attention to the finer details on every tour and with our golden route for this season want to take you to the most remarkable and hidden spots of Ladakh with our training and support. Our mountain tour is created to let the group enjoy the adrenaline of the riding to the max,without having to worry so much about those practical things because we have your back.

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Let’s start with the incredible feeling of switching off from your everyday life for 14 days! Holding on tight to the handlebars of a 500cc Royal Enfield, you travel into a land that is hard to describe. Only after a while on the road do you realize where you are, what you’ve left behind and the crazy things you are embarking on. Your life is transformed and you start to believe the unbelievable as it passes in front of your eyes.

DCIM102GOPROThe value of the experience is immeasurable and no doubt it’s the mixture of the awesome mountains, the back roads, the heights, and the danger that makes this journey a must-do for every adventure-lover!

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Leaving from the green mountains of the Kangra Valley in Dharamsala, our route takes the road to the holy lake of Tso Pema and its charming town. After this, the North is our destination and we reach Manali, by which time you will be confident and warm enough for what is next. Now everything becomes harder and more amazing. Rohtang pass at 3978mts, is the first and sometimes one of the hardest passes you will cross with unpredictable weather and heavy traffic. We descend then ascend, a day’s rest will take place in the small village of Jispa.

IMG_5631 Now we are into the the great region of Ladakh, crossing from the green valleys of the Bhaga River climbing into the high desert mountain plains of the Rupshu valley. Baralacha Pass at 5890mts provides a challenging experience for even the most seasoned of riders, Nakeela and Lachulung La come after.We climb up to the More plains using the Gata Loops (21 switchbacks) and we end our day’s ride in Tso Kar, the beautiful fluctuating salt lake in Rapshu. From here the panorama is breathtaking. Leh and Lamayuru will unveil the wonderful people, culture, monasteries and architecture of Ladakh. You will feel like you’re on the roof of the world when you conquer Khardung La at 5352mts, discover the amazing Nubra valley and the Diskit monastery, and ride one of the best roads for its natural beauty to the world famous Pangong Lake!

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What are the dates for this tour?

June 28 – July 11

July 25 – August 7

August 26 – Spetember 8

Whats the price of the Tour?

Join one of our tour dates for only 1.25.000 INR! for riders and 1.00.000 INR for pillion passengers!

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What’s included in this price and what’s not? 

Our groups are covered for all transport (including a flight back to Delhi from Leh), all meals and snacks, motorbikes, petrol, repairs, entrances and fees, excellent accommodation in either hotel or luxury tents and professional crew support: captain , assistant, mechanic, first aider and a supporting car for luggage  will come with the group. Personal insurance and alcoholic beverages are not included.IMG_0514

What do I need to have?

What you need for the tour is a valid driver’s license and previous motorbike experience.

Can I make my own route?

Yes we can help you organise your own ride for a minimum group of six riders. Please write to us if you’re planning a road trip with your group.

Don’t miss the unmissable, Join us!