01 Dec 2018 Chairman’s Himalayan Traverse
December 1, 2018 - December 17, 2018
Nepal, Ladakh, Darjeeling, Bhutan
An incredible opportunity to traverse the entire Himalaya, without the commitment to a full trek. This innovative and remarkable journey leads through Ladakh, Nepal, Darjeeling and the ‘Dragon Kingdom’ of Bhutan and will appeal to the Himalayan enthusiast keen to explore beyond the cultural highlights.
Explore the markets and back lanes of Leh, Kathmandu, Darjeeling and Thimpu, and become closer to this incredible region through your experience. From the stark, arid mountains of Ladakh to glimpsing the High Himalaya from the rim of the Kathmandu Valley; from taking in the awesome backdrop of Kanchenjunga out of Darjeeling to savouring the snowclad peaks that form the borderlands of Bhutan and Tibet, you will find unforgettable scenes everywhere.
Peter Hillary and Simon Balderstone will introduce you to the complete spectrum of AHF programs including the Snow Leopard Conservancy in Leh, Ladakh and our Teacher Training & Quality Education program in Kathmandu. In Darjeeling we meet the family of Tenzing Norgay before travelling to Bhutan for a meeting with RENEW, the first NGO in Bhutan dedicated to the development of women and girls and founded by Her Majesty Gyalyum Sangay Choden Wangchuck, Queen Mother of Bhutan and Patron of AHF’s work.
Trek hosts – Peter Hillary and Simon Balderstone
AHF Director Peter Hillary
As the son of Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter is a life-long adventurer having summited Everest twice, traversed the South Pole overland via Shackleton Glacier and managed the first high-altitude traverse of the entire Himalayan range. Peter is an expedition leader, public speaker, leader of philanthropic missions, author and photographer. He is excited to share this trip with AHF supporters.
Simon is a journalist, author, Director of a consultancy company and Adviser to the Olympic movement. He was a former Prime Ministerial adviser, SOCOG Board member, General Manager and a member of the First Australian Everest Expedition in 1984. Simon’s passion for making a difference drives everything he does, and he will share this with you as you take this trip of a lifetime through the amazing Himalaya.