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35 Years of Exploration and Research in the Western Himalayas

For 35 years, Peter van Ham has been exploring the Western Himalayas. Specifically, he has journeyed to regions that had been closed to external access for more than half a decade to research the peoples, environments, and issues across disciplines such as geography, ethnology, archaeology, and art history. Inspired by the tracks of the great Tibetan translator and builder of sanctuaries, Rinchen Zangpo (11th century CE), Peter was the first – and in many places the only person– to document the few surviving temple sites in the Tibetan realm. The temples’ artwork – wall paintings and sculptures – are of great importance, not only for Tibetan culture, but also for the cultures of India, Central and Middle Asia, and people across the world.

Supported by H.H. the Dalai Lama, the Archaeological Survey of India and UNESCO, Peter van Ham has shed new light on one of the most remote places of human heritage. Join The Explorers Club on Monday, April 17th to experience 90 minutes of raw photography, film, and sound from the Western Himalayas. EC-member Peter van Ham will take the audience along on his varied journeys to participate in the cultural legacy of the secluded regions of the Western Himalayas. 



Streaming live here on, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live — Monday, April, 17th at 7:00 pm ET.


This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters, and we are opening a number of tickets to guests.

In-person tickets are $15 for Members, and $30 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm


Peter van Ham

Explorer, author and photographer Peter van Ham, born 1964, hails from Frankfurt/Germany. He has published extensively, internationally, and even bestselling on Himalayan cultures, India and Tibet and curated several exhibitions on the subjects of his research. In spring 2019 he held a highly successful Monday night lecture at headquarters about his exploration and research work among the Naga peoples of Northeast India. From April 20th, 2023, onwards, he will curate an immersive exhibition at Tibet House, New York City, of monumental prints from the photographic documentation he as the only one in 40 years was permitted to furnish of the wall paintings inside the Alchi monastery in Ladakh. Since 2004, he has been chairing the charitable Society for the Preservation and Promotion of Asian Heritage (SPAH) supporting research, documentation, and presentation.

April 17,2023
April 17, 2023
Peter van Ham
Peter van Ham
The Explorers Club
The Explorers Club
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