10 things you should know about our Green Villages

1. GHE team provided solar electricity to 10 villages till now

In the following regions of Ladakh : 1 in Zanskar, 1 in Nubra valley, 7 in Markha valley and 1 in Kargil

2. In 2008 there were 13th century old Buddha statues discovered and excavated in the village Sumda Chenmo.

Sumda Chenmo was the first village to receive solar electricity in 2014.

3. Lankerchey Brok, the village in Kargil is the largest village till now to receive solar energy.

The village is very close to PoK border and has a population of 300+.

4. The Techa monastery at village Umlung is at a unique site, as an eagle nest over a cliff.

Umlung received solar electricity in Aug 2015.

5. Rakuru is the only village in Nubra valley that received solar electricity (in 2015).

To reach Rakuru you need to cross the Khardung-La pass at 18000ft+, the highest motorable road on earth.

6. The green village of Shingo is situated in Hemis national park.

Shingo received solar energy in 2015 as part of Global Himalayan Expedition. To reach Shingo you need to trek through the Ganda-La pass at 4980mtrs.

7. GHE team in 2016 did electrification at the Phuktal monastery in Zanskar.

The Phuktal monastery is one of the remotest monastery in Ladakh, owing it's legacy to powerful and renowned scholars and teachers who resided in the cave, around which the monastery has been built.

8. All the green villages have homestay facilities which are of good quality.

After solar electrification, now they offer a great experience of stay.

9. The artisans of Sumda Chenmo make copper handicrafts.

This art is a losing it's lusture as it is limited to few artisans and there is lack of market access.

10. The villagers in green villages sing songs which are atleast 400-500 year old.

Some of the languages do not even have a written transcript