The Indus Valley
Having taken the time for our bodies adapt to the lower levels of oxygen at this altitude, it’s time to start exploring the communities and cultures that lie along the Indus river, one of the great Himalayan rivers, and the one which gave India its name. It’s believed that the first humans to come to this part of the world arrived along this river.
We’ll spend our time in nearby villages and towns to improve our understanding of the local Varjana Buddhist culture and how it informs the interactions of local communities. Through Local Futures and the Women’s Alliance, we’ll intimately experience life in a village, and learn a little about traditional and modern agricultural practices in a region where subsistence farming or religious study were the two main occupations just up to 20 years ago.
Our partners will also open our eyes to how rapidly and recently the area has changed due to the explosion in tourism, what this means for the people of the region and their future. Expect home-stays, a visit to a monastery and other important cultural sites, deep discussions with our partners, and hopefully even help with some of the harvest. We will also get up close and personal with one of tributaries of the Indus, all while rafting on the Zanskar!