In June 2014 Geological Society and IERT University of Jammu’s conference on Sustainable Resource Development in the Himalayas in Leh brought together scientists from around the world to discuss, with stakeholders, how to develop and sustain the region’s rich and diverse resources. Benefits to local communities, and the nations to which they belong, must be maximised without undue damage to the environment which supports those communities in the long term; something which requires the coming together of modern science and traditional knowledge. His Excellency Shri N. N. Vohra, Governor of Jammu & Kashmir State and Nawang Rigzin Jora, Minister for Urban Development & Urban Local Bodies, both attended the conference and expressed their wish to be closely associated with ongoing developments, including educational programmes. Read more
To celebrate this event, Indus Experiences is organising new, interdisciplinary tours led by John MacGillivray (geologist) and Heather Kelly (ecologist). Each tour will take a holistic approach to exploring the Indian NW area of the Himalayas, looking at geological, ecological and climatological aspects and the influence these have had on the people of who live here.
Underpinning everything is the collision of the Indian subcontinent with Eurasia. This is responsible for the unique geology and topography of the Himalayas which, in turn, affects the climate and ecology. On this tour we will travel from Srinagar to Leh, exploring various geological sites typical of a tectonic collision zone and examining the flora which the environment supports. Many of the plants may be familiar as garden ornamentals but we will also consider their significance as resources for the people of the region, both as foodstuffs and for medicinal purposes.
Natural surroundings influence how people live and work but are also, inevitably, affected by their presence. During the tour you will visit some important cultural and historical sites and see at first hand how the balance of nature and man is played out in this dramatic and-awe inspiring setting.
"For me, the Rocks, Routes & Shoots tour was a unique opportunity to explore the geology and landscapes of the western Himalaya. There were challenges during the earlier part of the tour but with good organisation these were overcome. The drivers were brilliant. I particularly enjoyed the comfort and professional hospitality of the Apricot Tree Hotel in Nurla. Accommodation at the Nomadic Life Camp in Korzag was basic but I think we expected that in such a remote location. It was a pleasure to share ideas with fellow geologists and the tour gave me an insight into the richness of the Buddhist religion."
Geoffrey S Dearn FGS
Valley of Flowers Field Trip to the Himalayas
30 June to 14 July 2018 Led by Heather Kelly & John Macgillivray
Are you a keen walker with a sense of adventure? Would you like to explore the area of the high Himalayas around the Valley of Flowers National Park in Utterakhand? Come with us on this exciting trip. We will see some dramatic geology and visit the headwaters of one of the Ganges’ main tributaries at Badrinath as well as trekking from Ghovindghat to the Valley of Flowers, famous from mountaineer Frank Smythe’s book of the same name. The only way to access the Valley of Flowers is on foot so you need to be comfortable walking distances of up to 14 km per day for four days, whilst carrying your own clothing and personal effects, at altitudes of 3000 to 3500m.
London • Delhi • Rishikesh • Rudraprayag • Govindghat • Badrinath • Govindghat • Ghangharia • Rudraprayag • Rishikesh • Delhi • London
16 Days From £2,675
Geology of Kashmir & Ladakh
03 to 18 August 2019 Led by Dr Danny Clark-Lowes
On this tour we will experience the rich culture of this most northerly state of India, the Himalayan Jammu and Kashmir,contrasting the beauty and charm of the Srinagar valley with the splendour of the Ladakh mountains. Transport will be in comfortable vehicles, on tar and dirt roads through wild valleys and over high passes (going up to 5,000 metres above sea level). We will get the chance to trek in remote valleys, up to a glacier snout and to the suture between the Indian and Asian plates. We will visit Buddhist monasteries and temples perched on remote hillsides. Accommodation in Srinagar will be in period houseboats on Nagin Lake, the prettier of the two famous Srinagar lakes. Elsewhere we will stay in good hotels, locallodges and at a well-appointed camp at Tso Moriri. Here we will be in a Wetland Conservation Reserve with our camp located on the margins of one of India’s largest high altitude lakes, adjacent to outcrops of mineralised Ordovician rocks. This trip is suitable for amateur geologists, those with an interest in learning some geology and those who simply enjoy being in the mountains.
London • Delhi • Srinagar • Khunamah • Sonamarg • Kargil • Nurla• Leh • London
16 Days From £3,350
Annapurna Nepal Field Trip
5 to 19 October 2019 Led by Dr Danny Clark-Lowes
Participants on this trip will study aspects of the geology and geography of the spectacular Himalaya. As well as the primary focus on geology, the history, culture and religious beliefs of the region will also be studied. Our journey will take us along mountain roads and tracks offering splendid views of some of the highest mountains of the Himalaya. We will undertake treks in beautiful valleys, particularly along the Kaligandaki river, where geological exposures are dramatic and the varied flora is abundant. We will come to understand how mountain belts and their associated rock types are created through plate movements. Accommodation will be at good hotels and local lodges. This trip is suitable for amateur geologists, those with an interest in learning some geology and those who simply enjoy being in the mountains.
London • Kathmandu • Pokhara • Tatopani • Ghasa• Kalopani & Kunjo • Jomsom • Kagbeni • Muktinath • Jomsom • Pokhara • Kathmandu • London
15 Days From £3,370