This is a call for expressions of interest for my trip 'walking through the Zanskar valley', funded by the expedition fund.
This will be a month long trip where we travel all the way up to northern India and do a 3 week trek through the Zanskar region. We will see some amazing geological formations, pass through remote villages and visit one of the most isolated monasteries in the world!
This trip is open to anyone that can walk! You don't need to be incredibly fit or experienced to come on this trip. But you must be excited, positive and motivated enough to keep on walking day after day after day!
If you have absolutely no bushwalking experience right now but are interested, you are still welcome to come! But I will expect you to gain at least a little experience before this trip ( I will organise a few training walks for this purpose!).
Equally, if you are very experienced in long distance multi-day bushwalking, I would really appreciate you coming along! Personally I am somewhat of a beginner, and it would be incredibly valuable to have someone more experienced than I on this team. I would love to learn from you!
Funding provided is maximum $500 per person, for up to $3000. I am choosing to take a maximum of 6 people on this trip (I'm not comfortable managing a larger group size, and I think it is better to travel in smaller groups when staying in remote villages).
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE:
Note that we may face issues in relation to the political climate in the region. I am required to come up with a safety plan addressing this before my trip is fully approved of by the exec. I will keep up to date with the political situation in the Jammu&Kashmir/Ladakh region leading up to the trip and make alterations to our plan if things get out of hand. Historically, the Ladakh region (which is where Zanskar is) has been quite peaceful and conflict-free. However, there are problems in the neighboring state of Jammu & Kashmir. My current route plan involves us approaching the start of the trek through Jammu, and passing through towns like srinagar, where some violence has occured in the past. I am seriously considering altering this plan and instead flying straight into Leh Ladakh/ approaching Lamayuru from Leh. I will make more decisions about what to do as time goes on, and will try to consult locals/ other people who will be able to give me good advice on what to do.
Please sign up if you're keen! This is going to be an adventure of a lifetime.
Here's a link to my trip proposal. Please read it!!
*also the dates listed in the trip description are not concrete. All I know is that the trip will occur during the university's winter break of 2020. I Will decide the exact start and end day later on.
* The route I have marked in my proposal is subject to change. I still have a lot of research to do and I will decide the specific route after doing more research and talking to local people. For example, I found out that they are building a road along the trail I marked ( :'( ) so we will definitely have to sort out a detour. (I am currently in the process of reaching out to all my relatives in India to see if they know anyone in Ladakh who can help me out with giving advice!).