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Gratitude

Abbey Ende, Participant

Gratitude possesses the power to bring smiles and joy, yet on this trip I have found that it is really the one way that I am able to begin to give back to the inspirational people I have met in Ladakh. On Trek 2, in the gorgeous Markha Valley, our......Read More

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Bounce Back

Abbey, Participant

Last night ate some beans but tonight I fart in tents yeah Wake up every morning with milk tea I fart in tents yeah Knew that lunch was real when I ate it, low fat yeah You ain’t getting that yeah yeah Last night ate some cake but tonight I......Read More

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Milk Tea in the Mornings

Pia Scharfenberg, Participant

We all have our systems and preferences in the morning on trek: how we pack, how long we lie in our warm sleeping bag before we get up, how we take down our tent, and how prompt we choose to be to breakfast. One thing we all have in common on these......Read More

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On Impermanence

Penelope Thornton, Participant

I am of earth and rock, Wind and sky, River and ocean I am of everything the world Creates and destroys When the wind ceases to blow My last breath will have been drawn When the mountains turn to valleys, My body will return to dust I am of the......Read More

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The Present Moment

Penelope Thornton, Participant

Until we are able to live here, right now, we are incapable of truly living. We’re always planning for the future without enjoying the present. The only thing we will ever experience is the present moment. Ten minutes from now, where will you......Read More

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The end of our trek

Elliott Blom, Participant

When trekking, we are focused on what lies ahead; the next mountain, slope, step, breath. You are focused on the future and instead of looking to the past, you look to ahead for beauty. Often times, people try to escape and forget but as you reach......Read More

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Trek

Jonny Weiss, Participant

Unlike the first trek, on the second trek I felt truly isolated and immersed in nature. The weather we experienced on the trek was very abnormal for Ladakh in the summer. On 6 of the 7 days we got rained or hailed on. On the second day of the trek......Read More

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The End of Trek

Justine Corrigan, Participant

When we reached the top of the pass, we were level with the clouds. I was so grateful to be able to see mountains for miles in either direction. Christy bought us all Snickers bars to eat at the top, and chocolate has never felt more rewarding.......Read More

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Mountain River

Claire Brady, Participant

Driving along the curving mountain roads in the classic Leh taxis on the first day of our second trek, I looked out the window and down the rocky cliff. Hundreds of feet below, the river raged against the dark red mountain canyon. I expressed my......Read More

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To the Italian man next to me on the plane

Elliott Bloom, Participant

Yak of the Week

On my flight home from Newark to Dulles I cried about 15 times, and the poor middle-aged Italian business-man sitting next to me could not understand why the young teen girl near him was sobbing. Didn’t know of a way to ask. So to the......Read More

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Arrived to the US

instructors, Participant

The N. India 4 group arrived back in the US at Newark Airport at 5 am as planned. All students were either picked up or made it to their domestic flights. Christy and instructor team...Read More

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with respect, gratitude, and love

Uttara Pant, Instructor

Yak of the Week

Dear Abbey, Claire B, Claire F, Cleo, Elliott, Finley, Jacob, Jonny, Justine, Penelope, Pia and Sophia, I am sitting and looking out at the poplar trees that surround the Nyanjen Guesthouse in Phyang and using stolen moments at our beautiful......Read More

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How Was India?

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

As our summer in Ladakh comes to an end, we have returned to where it all began in Phyang, a beautiful village outside Leh. As students begin thinking about where it all truly began, at home, with you, we want them to be able to speak about their......Read More

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Update from the Top of the Pass

Jackson Cooper, Dragons Admin

The North India 4 instructor team called me from the top of a mountain pass today – their 7th and last day of the trek. At 17,200 feet, they were at the high point of the trek! The group is doing really well and having a great time. They’ll......Read More