Indian adventure seeks bold riders

  • The Scientific Exploration Society (SES), whose chairman is the renowned explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snel, is looking for capable riders with experience of caring for horses on a day-to-day basis to take part in an expedition to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh in India (7-26 July).

    A team of around 10 individuals will be exploring this harsh and remote high-altitude terrain on horseback while living out under the stars. The team will be visiting some of the regions most remote villages where they will carry out general medical and health care surveys, on the request of the local inhabitants.

    Fiona Place from the SES explains: “We are looking for people who don’t mind roughing it and are willing to become really involved with the team’s work. Some of the team members are not experienced riders and will benefit from being supported by more knowledgeable individuals.”

    The equestrian members of the team will be responsible for overseeing the animals’ general health and well-being during the three-week trek, although the entire team will be well-supported by knowledgeable local guides.

    “We are looking for individuals who are comfortablehandling strange horses and have the necessary skills and knowledge to help less experienced team members with the day-to-day care of their mounts such as catching, tacking-up and feeding,” says Fiona.

    “During the exploration team members can look forward to seeing the region’s animal and plant life at its best, including the beautiful Wild Asses (pictured) which are sometimes found in the area, while enjoy the freedom of being miles from human habitation.”

    The expedition costs around £3,500, which includes international and internal flights, all equipment, support, transport, food and accommodation where necessary and comprehensive insurance.

    If you are interested in taking part in this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience please contact: Fiona Place (tel: 01747 854898) or email: fiona@ses-explore.org.

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