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27.05.2013

We’ve been trying our best dear reader, to cause a temperature drop in the city. Reporting news of kulfi walks in Delhi and popsicles in Mumbai and trying to find pretty portable fans that you can take with you on your commute. We even gave you the cold shoulder once last week, but nothing seems to work.

In our continuing effort to make you feel cool, we found Global Himalayan Expedition, who this August are organising an expedition to higher ground, one that involvs trekking, cycling along the Indus, and rafting at a Leh base. Br(rrr)ing it on!

The difficulty level of this expedition is listed as “moderate”, with the trek being “suitable for anyone who loves hill walking and leads a healthy, active lifestyle.” GHE's team, made up of engineers, sustainable technology experts and travel entrepreneurs, advise that you start training four to six weeks prior to the trip, walking for at least 3 kms, three times a week.

Are We There Yeti?

The best thing about this expedition seems to be it's emphasis on interaction with the local community. The team will be setting up an education-base for the Ladakhi community, will conduct rehabilitation efforts in villages affected by the flash floods; and help in the building of an e-base with sustainability experts.

If you go, you'll find yourself negotiating steep slopes full of wild flowers; ending a crazy rafting journey at the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar; and hanging out in village called Chilling. Seriously, it doesn’t get cooler than that. The journey ends at the Khardung La pass with a TED event, where a panel of experts will talk about how they are driving change in Ladakh.

Getting there: Visit http://www.ghe.co.in, fill the registration form here.

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