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The mountains are calling…

Team India, Instructor

…and we must go! Dear friends and family, We are back from a stimulating week at SECMOL, and about to head out for our trek – the last of our Himalayan adventures before we descend to the plains. Over the next 10 days, our feet will take......Read More

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An update from Kate

Kate Middleton, Participant

Today is our 20th day in India. We have already visited two cities, two villages and one school: Delhi and Leh, Phyang and Tar and the last week at SECMOL. We have eaten roughly 60 delicious Indian meals–and shared endless cups of chai–......Read More

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Yo Mama!

Isabel Kulko, Participant

Monday, September 23th, 2018                              Today we hiked a few miles/kilometers up to Tar Valley, and you know I was mad nervous!! I was the ~La Doctor~, the person who carried the 4,000 lbs. medical bag......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Cats!

Isabel Kulko, Participant

These cats man! They are something else. Besides Delhi, there have been cats in every place we’ve been thus far. Sing this next part to the tune of yellow submarine by the Beatles. *Disclaimer this song in sung to the tune of the first verse and......Read More

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My ama le from Tar

Sam, Participant

Picture of the Week

Walking into the village Tar was a very different experience than what I expected it to be. I never thought that in my wildest dreams I would be so isolated from society and technology. The village was a small 7 house community, but had more character than a city like LA. The people of Tar have very different and special life that they live. They all have their role to play in the community, such as my host mother. My mother away from home was a very small lady with a large personality. She seemed to be the town Matriarch… Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Heading to SECMOL

India I-team, Instructor

Dear friends and family, After saying our goodbyes to our homestay families in Taar village, hiking back down to the road, driving along the Indus River back to Leh, and enjoying a day of rest and wandering around town, we have just arrived at or......Read More

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Our week in a village homestay

Sophie, Dragons Admin

We have just returned back to Leh after a 6 night stay in a village nestled in the Himalayas called Tar. The leaves turn brown and apples are ripe this time of year, but that is pretty much the extent of the similarities to this beautiful village,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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The Importance of Ladakhi Butter Tea

Caroline Livaditis, Participant

I first encountered the unique tradition of Ladakhi butter tea during an early morning puja (prayer) at a local monastery. As the hour long ritual reached its midpoint, the monks poured us all cups of an unfamiliar beverage that I would soon begin......Read More

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Tashi, the Tar Doctor

Marka & Darci, Dragons Admin

Yak of the Week

We sat in the back of Tar Village’s small gompa, watching our amalay, Tashi, bend to the floor in prayer. She came and sat down, laughing and taking selfies with the two of us and Tsewang, who was the amalay of Isabel and Caroline. Tashi and......Read More

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Getting Lost in Leh

Marka, Dragons Admin

After seeing posters for the Ladakh festival over the few days we were in Leh, we rearranged our plan of monastery visits to clear our schedules this afternoon so we could head into town and see archery, polo, and traditional music across the city......Read More

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Dawa, the Ladakhi Guide Dog

Lancelot and Julia, Dragons Admin

Dawa our fierce guide dog was a loyal compatriot. We arrived in Phyang at a family run guest house for Dragon’s orientation and were immediately greeted by her amber and orange fur. Phyang is positioned near Leh, high in the Himalayas in a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

India: Himalayas to the Ganges River

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Back from the rural homestay!

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hi families and friends, This morning, the India group walked a few hours from their village stay back to the road and got transport to come back to the central city of Leh. They are staying in Leh for one night before departing for their stay at......Read More

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All’s well in the village homestay

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hello families and friends, Though the group is in quite a rural location right now, we have just heard from the team and they are really enjoying their time in their village homestay. They have been participating in daily activities with their......Read More

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Heading to the village homestay

Dragons Admin, Instructor

Hi families and friends, We just got a note from team India, stating that they are on the road to their rural homestay in Tar village. While there is no mobile network in the village, the instructors will be walking out to the road to check in with......Read More