A 20-year-old student is trekking through a former war-zone in the Himalayas with three friends from Cambridge University.
The group fly out to Northern India tomorrow when they will begin a six-week adventure speaking to Zanskar villagers who were forced to relocate closer to the river they need for water.
Henry Miller, who went to Royal Latin School and lives in Padillons Way, Brackley, is studying veterinary medicine and so will play the role of medical officer for the group as they trek in 90ºF heat.
“I’m a little bit worried,” he said. “Especially when we get tired, that’s when the minor things become more serious.
“But it’s just about keeping checks, making sure we’re drinking enough water and I’m sure we’ll be alright.
“It was actually a no-go zone in the 1970s with a war between India and Pakistan but it’s now meant to be a very peaceful place.”
Henry will be joined by geography student Olivia Taylor - who is president of the university’s expeditions society and put the group together for her dissertation - as well as Hannah Davis, 19, who will film a short documentary, and Charlotte Zeally, 20,
Henry said his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award will help but the expedition will be very different to trekking and camping in the UK as they are led by a local guide and a mule carrying their gear.
Henry said his mum is excited for him but concerned about the language barrier in an ‘alien culture’ with minimal satellite phone signals.
“We’ll be looking to touch base back home at least once a week,” Henry said. “Just to say everything is OK, but it will be quite refreshing being away from Facebook and emails.
“My friends think it’s cool and exciting and we want to show that you can have these sorts of adventures and you can organise it all yourself.”