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Saturday, 10 August, 2013, 14 : 00 PM [IST]

Global Himalayan Expedition to begin tomorrow

World’s third Education Base to be set up in Ladakh during the 11-day experiential trip
The Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), an annual 11-day experiential trip to Ladakh, will commence from August 11, 2013. A team of sustainability experts, climate change and explorers from across six nations including the US, UK, UAE, Nepal and the Netherlands will get together for the GHE. This edition of the GHE focuses on the holistic Himalayan experience and revolves around three different modes of negotiating the terrain—biking, trekking and rafting—and is referred as the Tri-Adventure. The expedition aims to connect the world thought leaders and sustainability experts to the region and to set up world’s third Education Base (E-Base) at Mahabodhi in Ladakh.

The E-Base will act as a bridge between Ladakhi community and the outside world. It will act as a window for local students to connect with global educators and researchers. It will also educate local students on the latest in science, technology and arts and will host visiting faculties to cover relevant topics. For the global community, the E-Base will provide a platform to understand local culture and their sustainable lifestyle and increase its socio-cultural set-up.

Luminous Power Technologies Ltd. will help power up the designated E-base through its solar offerings. The E-Base will serve as a connecting medium for educational, environmental and energy initiatives between the local population and the global audience. Woodland is the Title Sponsor for the third Pole E-Base.
 
The Third Pole E-Base will be inaugurated by world famous polar explorer, Sir Robert Swan, Order of British Empire (OBE). He said, “E-base has been a real support function to our work. This 3rd Pole E-Base will be a multi dimensional base, supporting the local population and acting as a repository for future explorers and sustainability experts. We know that work is happening but we can’t be working in silos. We wanted thought leaders in this domain to come together to a place which is a perfect example for sustainable living. We wish to establish a perfect setting for the world to learn more about climate change and comprehend the need to promote renewable energy, preservation and conservation practices in their areas of operations. 2041 will extend all possible support to this initiative."   

During the course of the expedition the participants would also be connecting with the local communities and support them through special home lighting equipment, which will be provided by Luminious.

Harikirat Singh, Managing Director, Woodland, said, “We are glad to be associated with GHE, which revolves around adventure, youth, and outdoors. Being an outdoor brand, we strongly feel preservation of nature should be a prime concern for all. We have always supported outdoors and adventure sports in the country: be it paragliding, rock climbing or an expedition. Woodland has always focused on the importance of eco-consciousness and has embraced it as one of the key objectives, with a goal to inspire the next generation of adventure enthusiasts and increase their participation in conservation of nature.”

Paras Loomba, the brain child behind the project this year, said, “My journey to the South Pole was a transformational experience which made me realise the need for a sustainable future. As well as raising awareness and establishing a connecting with the local community, GHE is a unique opportunity to carry out a number of scientific tasks in the extreme environment, which will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the true effects of global warming closer to home. We thank all our participants and ou
 
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