Students take on trek of a lifetime walking mountains and glaciers in India
18 Sep 2018
Over the summer, the Perse Summit 12 team of 40 students travelled to Ladakh, India, for an 18-day expedition.
Students visited a number of local cultural sites including the Central Asian Museum, the Sankar Gompa Buddhist monastery and the Shey Lamdon School in Leh.
After some local sight-seeing, the group embarked on a 10-day trek. The trek included ascents of the ShangLa pass (4,940m) Matho La (4,965m) Yarlas (4,980m) and the Galap glacier (5,160m).
Expedition leader Tom Slader said: “The whole experience was a cultural journey, developing a greater understanding of a different way of life for the people in Ladakh.
The hardships of a 10-day expedition living in such close proximity to others, camping, climbing to an altitude of almost 6,000 metres and long eight-hour trekking days, all tested the endurance of the team.
I will always remember how rewarding it felt seeing all our young people deal so well with the challenges they faced and ultimately coming down the mountain happy and fulfilled having achieved so much.”
Student Gen said: “Words can’t describe how amazing the views were, seeing miles and miles of mountains”, while fellow student Katy felt that it “had been the most challenging yet rewarding experience” of her life.