All the adventure freaks have a chance to rejoice and cheer as Global Himalayan Expedition announces its second edition. The journey from Delhi to Leh starts from 10 August.
The 11 days expedition will be covered entirely on an electric powered vehicle (EV). The travel will include all kinds of action like setting-up a micro-grid in a Himalayan village, trekking, cycling and rafting in the mountains, to camping in some of the most picturesque locations in the world.
The journey will be led by Robert Swan, UN Goodwill Ambassador and the first man to have walked to both the poles on earth. The electric vehicle will cover about 1300 kilometers between Delhi and Ladakh passing through Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. Throughout the journey, the expedition team members, will reach out to people and raise awareness about clean energy, electric vehicle and its benefits.
This awareness walk to the team will be a precursor to the Expedition, which would kick-off on the day when the electric vehicle reaches Leh.
Swan said, ‘This year the team wishes to further promote the idea of use of clean energy. We decided to undertake this journey as a display of how clean energy is an effective alternative to traditional fossil fuel based transportation systems. The team aims to show that if an electric vehicle can take on this challenge, then it can very well work anywhere. Once in Leh, the vehicle will be used to transport to help the students and people from the other parts of the city to reach the E-Base, built by the team during last year’s expedition, and work at the facility.’
In addition to the clean Himalayan journey, it will also focus on providing energy access to remote Himalayan regions. The team will also join forces with Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency for identification of villages across remote parts of Ladakh, where it will set up DC Solar Microgrids to provide basic lighting and charging facilities to the community. The region is suitable for yearlong solar energy generation, and can be used to refuel these EVs.