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The Great Himalayan Traverse: Experiential 100 Day GAP Semester!

Updated: Jun 30, 2022

Innustame is excited to highlight this fantastic opportunity: Coming soon...2023!

  • In collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, Hanifl Centre offers 9 college credits as an option to students who choose to embark on this 100-day semester."

  • 3 – Anthropology and Geography

  • 3 – Risk Management and Leadership

  • 3 – Environmental Health and Biodiversity

"The Great Himalayan Traverse, a 100-day outdoor and environment-based semester in the Himalaya! The semester aims to help students immerse themselves in the culture and natural history of the Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, while learning practical skills such as leadership, teamwork and decision making. By engaging in mountaineering, wilderness first aid and targeted social service, students will gain hands-on experience and insight into environmental degradation, human-wildlife conflict, and conservation within the regions of the Western Himalaya. On the semester, students will spend 70% of time trekking, mountaineering, service learning, while the remainder of the time will be spent engaging with local communities and traveling between locations."

Eligibility: Age: 18 and higher and If you are an individual looking for a GAP opportunity after high school which includes college level credits or a college student looking for an experiential credit-filled experience...this is for you:-)

If you are an individual or are a group of friends looking to travel together...this is for you!

If you are someone who loves nature, trekking, mountains, glorious landscapes, cultural immersion and have always thought about the Himalayas as a distant beauty on a map, now is your chance to be part of the Himalaya!

Travel Highlights include:

  • 2 weeks at Hanifl Centre; Wilderness First Aid certification and training in outdoor living skills

  • 2 weeks in Ladakh; trekking and home stay

  • 1 week in Ladakh - Spiti; trekking over Parang La pass to Kaza

  • 1 week in Spiti (Himachal Pradesh); service work with an NGO

  • 1 week in the Garhwal area of Uttarakhand; Travel, trekking over Bali pass

  • 2 weeks in the Garhwal area of Uttarakhand; mountaineering

  • 1 week in Mussoorie at Hanifl Centre; resting, indoor climbing

  • 2 weeks in the Kumaon area of Uttarakhand; trekking, homestay, wildlife safari

  • 2 weeks of travelling between locations.

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