Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) has announced the second edition of its journey and the launch of the expedition website www.ghe.co.in. What makes this year’s expedition special is the inaugural Clean Himalayan Journey from Delhi to Leh to be covered entirely on an Electric Powered Vehicle (EV), the journey will be led by Robert Swan, OBE. Swan is a UN Goodwill Ambassador and the first man to have walked to both the poles on earth. This will be Swan's second clean journey after his voyage for cleaner energy to Antarctica. The electric vehicle will cover about 1300 kilometers between Delhi and Ladakh passing through Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir. Throughout the journey, the expedition team members will reach out to people and raise awareness about clean energy, electric vehicle and its benefits.
Speaking about this, Swan said, “This year the team wishes to further promote the idea of use of clean energy. We decided to undertake this journey as a display of how clean energy is an effective alternative to traditional fossil fuel based transportation systems. Going through some of the toughest terrains, on one of the highest stretches of roadways in the world, the team wants to show that if an EV can take on this challenge, then it can very well work anywhere. Once in Leh, the EV will be used to transport students and people from the other parts of the city to reach the E-Base, built by the team during last year’s expedition, and work at the facility.”
The GHE team wants this to be the first step in the introduction of more EVs in Ladakh. This would help in reducing the rapidly rising pollution levels in this city, and also will decrease the burden of hauling fossil fuels all the way up the mountains. The region is one of the most suitable regions for year long solar energy generation, and the same can be used to refuel these EVs.
In addition to the clean Himalayan journey, this year the expedition will focus on providing energy access to remote Himalayan regions.
The quest has not ended as this year the GHE team will be involved in setting up a DC Solar Micro Grid in one of the villages already identified as part of the four day long trek. Electrification through centralised grid and power line distribution has not reached many of these sparsely located rural mountain communities