" I have been interacting with Puran and his groups since the time he began bringing them to India. The way he handles this is sensitive…and the two-way street that he has been able to create between the host community and the visitors…is greatly enriching for both. "

Raaja Bhasin, Indian Author


School Expeditions

Independent Travellers

Cultural Experiences in India

Volunteering Projects


Free School Talks
Book Dates for Nov/Dec/Jan

£500 Towards Your School's
North Indian Community Projects



Expedition Leaders – the Sustainable Adventure choice

This isn’t just about offsetting carbon emissions from your flights – although we can do this too! We pride ourselves on helping our Travellers immerse themselves in local customs and ways of living that respect the environment whilst supporting local communities economically and socially.

Our Travellers get great personal satisfaction from the Community Projects - knowing that their visits create long-term benefits in the communities they visit. It’s a chance to gain confidence and to appreciate the daily challenges of living and studying in the Himalayas: these are experiences that cannot be learned in the classroom. Local people welcome us into their communities and everyone, including them, seem to have a lot of fun at the same time!

Our Community Projects are usually between 2 and 5 days and are usually combined with trekking and visits to cultural sights. You choose…


Community Projects Exciting, Fun and Memorable!

Recent school projects have included Cheltenham Ladies College developing computer facilities and library at Neen School near Shimla and Newark Academy, who taught children in a primary school near Thali.


A wide range of sustainable activities with big local benefits

We have organised and run a wide range of projects at schools and within communities. They are well structured and managed and whilst they may be small scale, they often have big benefits in local education, conservation, health, or environmental awareness. Well ahead of trip departure, Expedition Leaders works closely with Travellers and local communities to agree and finalise the Project and then to prepare the equipment, transport and accommodation needed to make it a success.

Past projects have included teaching English; forest preservation; organising folk and dance programmes; connecting villages to water supplies and supporting doctors in providing eye and dental check-ups. Find out more about the range of activities we’ve organised.


Expedition Leaders’ own Charity – ASRA

Established in 1997 by our Founder Director, Puran, we sponsor social advancement and sustainability projects in local communities. Through ASRA, we have been helped transform the lives of local people.

Most recently we funded a 3-year training course for a local student to become an engineer. In 2013 we sponsored a student through to qualify as a teacher.

Expedition Leaders makes a donation into the ASRA charity for Traveller who visits India & the Himalayas with us.