Orientation – Leh
Ready to jump right into this adventure? You’ll be flying straight into Leh, Ladakh, at 3500 m. With this rapid ascent, we’ll need to spend a total of five days acclimatizing to life at this altitude. We’ll be prioritizing our health over exertion – trust us, this is essential to our journey! But we’ll also start our in-country orientation to prepare ourselves for the whole program!
As soon as our bodies are ready, we’ll be traipsing through the busy streets, interacting with local vendors, practicing our bartering skills, and sampling the many sights, smells, and tastes of Leh. This is a start unlike any other – you’ll be on the roof of the world, on the edge of the map! There’s no doubt that this unique city will be seared into our hearts and minds!
But again, we take acclimatization seriously here at OG. Our bodies need to adjust to this new environment as acclimatizing poorly could mean a much less enjoyable trip. Before we hit the road, expect to plough through a good book enjoying the gentle, calm pace of life that is easily found in a Ladakhi summer. You’ll count the various meanings of the word ‘Jullay’, and be surprised at how much water you’ll have to consume for your body to adapt to altitude. But it won’t be lazy days! Our program leaders will get your brains working while your bodies rest, challenging the group to find the best ways to support each other through the challenges ahead.