For its 12th expedition, HER Planet Earth proudly announces its Ladakh Adventure, an extraordinary initiative uniting 13 remarkable women from diverse corners of the globe. This mission is dedicated to supporting Snow Leopard Conservation in Ladakh, India. Through a dynamic awareness-raising campaign and a generous donation, the all-female team is set to make a lasting impact on the highly endangered snow leopard and its fragile habitat.
The Ladakh Adventure is more than a quest—it's a commitment to actively engage in biodiversity conservation, ensuring the delicate balance of the ecosystem for various species reliant on its harmonious existence. Furthermore, this thrilling expedition supports initiatives that empower women in Ladakh, fostering sustainable development and creating a positive ripple effect within local communities.
Ladakh, with its unique blend of challenge and significance, has been chosen as the destination for HER Planet Earth's latest adventure. Nestled in the trans-Himalayan region, Ladakh boasts not only breath-taking natural beauty but also a cultural richness that is a fusion of Tibetan Buddhist and Shia Muslim traditions. Known as "Little Tibet," Ladakh offers a spiritually rich destination, making it the perfect backdrop for this exceptional journey.
The Ladakh Adventure is an opportunity for participants to explore this enchanting region, with its medieval monasteries perched on rocky hilltops, charming towns like Leh, and the majestic Indus Valley. Against the backdrop of the region's harsh winter conditions, with temperatures dropping to -20 degrees at night, the adventure serves as a platform for environmental advocacy, empowering women, and fostering a deeper connection between participants and the importance of preserving Ladakh's unique heritage and biodiversity.
The Team's Journey
The 13 women will embark on their adventure in Delhi, where they will be greeted by the vibrant energy of the bustling metropolis. A short flight will then whisk them away to Leh, Ladakh's capital, perched amidst the Kunlun Mountain range and the Great Himalayas. The Grand Dragon Ladakh, their sustainable haven, mirrors the region's commitment to environmental responsibility.
The Ladakh Adventure unfolds as a tapestry of cultural exploration and environmental advocacy, guided by the indomitable spirit of adventure. From the historic monasteries of 'Shey' and 'Thiksey' to the royal history at Stok Palace & Museum, the journey promises a captivating blend of discovery and wonder.
The narrative takes a thrilling turn towards Uley, a picturesque village at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres, where the team will immerse itself in the anticipation of encounters with the majestic snow leopards that roam the region. Each day becomes a chapter of discovery, with the team waking up to breath-taking Ladakh mornings and setting out on trails in search of elusive snow leopards.
The expedition becomes a story of blending with nature, of tracking and understanding the subtle dance between snow leopards, Himalayan foxes, and the myriad of species that call this pristine landscape home. As the expedition draws to a close, the women bid farewell to Uley, their home in this snow-kissed realm, and traverse back to Leh, marking the final chapter of their Ladakh sojourn.
In the heart of Ladakh, the Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust stands as a guardian, tirelessly dedicated to preserving the endangered snow leopard and its habitat through community-based initiatives. Since 2003, this non-profit organization has emerged as one of the most impactful and successful conservation organizations in the Himalayas.
The Ladakh Expedition aligns with the Snow Leopard Conservancy's mission, aiming to empower local women as trackers and activists in the realm of snow leopard conservation. HER Planet Earth is committed to training 15 women as nature guides, creating a profound connection between the roles of local women in society and the overarching cause of preserving the delicate balance of Ladakh's natural ecosystem.
Christine Amour-Levar, Founder of HER Planet Earth, says, "This Ladakh Adventure is not just about exploring a stunning landscape; it's about leaving a lasting legacy. We are empowering women, fostering conservation, and creating a narrative that transcends borders. The participants are not just explorers; they are custodians of Ladakh's delicate ecosystem and advocates for the majestic snow leopards that call it home. This is a journey of purpose, passion, and positive impact."
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About HER Planet Earth
HER Planet Earth is non-profit organisation headquartered in Singapore that aims to empower women to mitigate climate change. One of its core objectives is to inspire more women to become policymakers and agents of change to achieve social and economic equity and a healthy and thriving planet. HER Planet Earth organises challenging, often pioneering, self-funded expeditions around the world to increase awareness on environmental degradation and raise funds for programmes that empower and educate underprivileged women affected by climate change - ultimately helping them build climate change resilience. The organisation partners with nature lovers, environmentalists, scientists, polar explorers, adventurers, women’s rights advocates, corporates, tech entrepreneurs, feminists and charities that have programmes and structures in place dedicated to building a deeper connection between gender equality, genuinely sustainable development, and the protection of the environment.
About Snow Leopard Conservancy
Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust (SLC-IT) is an NGO working in the Trans-Himalayan regions of Ladakh and Spiti for the conservation of the highly endangered snow leopard. Co-founded in 2003 by Mr. Rinchen Wangchuk, a Ladakhi mountaineer and conservationist, SLC-IT has established itself as one of the most productive and successful conservation organizations in the Himalayas. Their programs are meticulously designed to conserve the mountain ecosystems in collaboration with local communities. We focus primarily on building local stewardship through community-based tourism, education, and research in Ladakh, where snow leopards and wolves, once disdained as pests and adversaries because of frequent livestock depredation, are now considered as Ri Gyancha or 'ornaments of the mountains'.
The team of this HER Planet Earth Ladakh 2025 Adventure is formed by 13 intrepid women of diverse nationalities and backgrounds. While they are all incredibly well accomplished in their careers, they are equally passionate about protecting the environment and empowering underprivileged women. Discover their profiles here
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