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Greening the Deserts
Building in the Himalayas

This journey is custom designed for those who wish to make their journeys carbon positive, be part of making a difference at the grassroots level and at the same time having a truly authentic experience of a region that can only be termed unique. Be a part
of our endeavours in the region to assist the local communities to preserve their traditional ways and to adapt to the transition that the region is undergoing.

During this journey you will be assisting the local community
in construction of a improved greenhouse. The volunteers will participate in the actual construction of the green house and are assisted in the same by a qualified mason and a dedicated project co-ordinator from Ecosphere. The construction period is 8 days. The trip is intermixed with work and pleasure. During this trip you will also be visiting some of the highest villages in the world, trekking through highland pastures, going on yak safaris, mountain biking and visiting some ancient monasteries dating back to over a 1000 years. Traditional homestays further enrich the experience by giving one an authentic understanding of the life and culture in a Spitian home.

What makes this trip significant and how does it help?
The green-house project is of special significance in Spiti since the region is devoid of green vegetables. Most of the supply comes from the neighbouring cities of Shimla and Manali which takes 2 days. This excessive transportation makes the vegetables both expensive as well as high in their carbon footprint. Moreover in the 6 month long winters there is no availability of green vegetables as access to the neighbouring regions is cut off. The greenhouses developed by Ecosphere enable locals to cultivate vegetables not only in the summers but also in the winters at temperatures as low as -25 degrees centigrade. These green houses contribute to better health for the locals, reduction in emissions and also in providing them with an additional source of income.

TRIP ESSENTIALS

Category – Volunteer Activity
Duration – 14 Days
Grade – Medium
Mode of Travel – Jeep, Yak safari, mountain biking and Trek
Accommodation – Traditional Homestay , Monastery Guesthouse & Hotel
Season – June till Mid October
Route – Manali – Spiti – Manali