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North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Family

Cheney Ramos, Participant

Family will always go wherever I go… This is for the families and friends who could not be a part of our journey, but have supported and encouraged us to undergo this metamorphic experience. I love you Mom, Dad, Brissa, and Deysee.  Thank you......Read More

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Making Cheese with my Ama-le

Lydia Burnet, Participant

Let me introduce you to my Ama-le, a sweet beautiful woman living in the small village of Taar, Ladakh. She lives alone in a small house equipped with the basics, a tea room/kitchen always sure to be stocked with steaming mint tea and apricot seeds,......Read More

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The Scoop

Students, Participant

As our incredible, month-long journey through the mountains of northern India draws to a bittersweet close, we wish to introduce you to one of the seemingly-minute and vaguely-upsetting yet ultimately integral and fun aspects of our program. A topic......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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Watching Above my Head

Ronan, Participant

It’s been almost 4 weeks since I’ve stayed in Ladakh and I’ve experienced many memorable moments. One of the funniest experiences I’ve had is the countless times I had to watch above my head. This is usually because of the......Read More

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Back from trek!

Instructors, Instructor

Picture of the Week

Jullay from the North India Crew! We just got back from our beautiful Markha Valley trek. It is difficult to express in words or pictures what we just experienced. Spending time in the Markha Valley is a wonderful thing and we hope one day to do it with all of you reading this yak. Even during moments of pain and discomfort during our trek, we didn’t forget to take in the views, wonder at how these mountains came to be and thank whatever and whoever it was that made it possible for us to be there. As we trekked out… Read More

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Off on our second trek!

Instructors, Instructor

Hello all! We are about to leave on our second trek! Our bags are packed and we’re ready to go! Tomorrow we will begin the Markha Trek, a beautiful and challenging route. We will walk from Chilling to Shangsumdo, passing Skiu, Sara, Markha,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

North India: Roof of the World (4-week)

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A winding road of thoughts.

Julia Hallin, Participant

A winding road of thoughts. 02 July, 2019; 21:34 No photograph or combination of words can ever truly describe or explain the seemingly-irrational and unbelievable beauty of Ladakh, India. The nearly perfect counterpart to New Delhi’s humid, hazy,......Read More

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Ladakh Ceilings

Benjamin DeLaCour, Participant

The ceilings in the homestays we’ve stayed at are often quite similar. They’re usually made out of long and heavy poplar logs, with smaller willow saplings perpendicular to them, creating a tight lattice structure. There are variations, though,......Read More

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From Ladakh, with gratitude

N. India, Instructor

Yak of the Week

We have spent the last two weeks forming a “little” family of thirteen on this trip. We imagine if we sat down to list all the people who have been part of our journey so far, the number would be far greater. Perhaps we will do that one day......Read More

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Off to Homestays!

Instructors, Instructor

Hello all! We are back from our beautiful Sham Valley Trek! So happy to have gotten the opportunity to hike through the Ladakhi mountains and visit so many wonderful homestays along the way. After a successful first trek, we are off to our rural......Read More

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Cities and Country Sides

Ronan, Participant

During my time at Ladakh, I read a Ladakhi City mouse and Country mouse, which made me wonder whether which lifestyle I would prefer. From living in cities such as Delhi and Tokyo, I understood what kind of behaviors a person would experience before......Read More

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Leaving for our first trek!

Instructors, Instructor

Jullay from Ladakh! We are so thrilled to finally be here together. We just finished an informative and restful orientation at the Nyanjan Guesthouse in Phyang, a village about forty minutes from the main town, Leh. We got to know each other better,......Read More

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Delhi and Ladakh

Benjamin DeLaCour, Participant

When we walked out of the Delhi airport into the hazy morning air, we were met with a barrage of sounds, smells, and especially heat. It was only 6:00am, but there were rarely more than a few seconds without someone shouting and cars honking. And......Read More