Ladakh Photo Tour

Use your heart to click photos

About trip

It is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the state and is renowned for its remote mountain landscape and culture.

Destinations

Delhi – Leh – Thiksey & Hemis – Nubra Valley – Pangong Tso – Delhi

Duration

09 nights / 10 days

Ladakh Photo Tour

Ladakh is often called ‘Little Tibet’ and laying north of the main mountain chain it receives little rainfall.  The scenery is stark and dramatic – deep gorges, alluvial fans, contorted strata, and large Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Flat-topped mud-brick houses in oasis-like villages, snow-capped mountains and grand distances.

 

Our trip covers the sights sounds and ancient monasteries of Leh, a trip to beautiful and expansive Nubra Valley across the Gardang La (the highest motorable road in the world at over 18,300 feet) and to the remote landscape and serene landscape of Pangong Tso – the vivid colours of the lake really have to be seen to be believed.

starts £ 1495 per person

Day 00 : Departure from UK

Today you will begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Delhi.

Day 01 : Arrive Leh

Pick up from Leh airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is devoted to acclimatization at leisure at the hotel (though this may seem like a waste of a day, it is very important to acclimatize ourselves to the altitude and rarified air of Ladakh).

 

Overnight: Hotel – Leh (11500 ft).

Day 02 : Leh City Tour

We start our introduction to this unique region with a half day tour of Leh, including visiting, ‘Sankar’, ‘Shanti Stupa’ and ‘Leh Palace’. The level of activity on this day has deliberately been kept low so as to enable our bodies to complete the acclimatisation process.

 

Due to the acclimatisation we wont be having an early start but will be taking pictures in and around Leh of the people and the market place and, later in the afternoon depending on the light, will pick one of the key locations for sunset shots – before and after the sun disappears.  At these latitudes and heights the ‘golden hour’ is nearer to 15 minutes so we need to be organised!

 

Overnight: Hotel – Leh (11500 ft).

Day 03 : Visit Thiksey

We board our vehicle and spend the day visiting two important monasteries of Ladakh – Thiksey for morning prayers and Hemis. Each steeped in culture, history and beauty.  Thiksey in particular gives a really good opportunity for expansive shots of the Indus and shots of the monks praying inside the monastery – good for high ISO and low light making sure we don’t interrupt proceedings or make ourselves too visible.

 

In the afternoon we will set off for the Nubra Valley crossing over the Khardung La pass, the highest motorable pass in the world with spectacular scenery and memorable landscapes and panoramas en route.

 

Overnight:  Camp in the Nubra Valley.

Day 04 and 05 : Visit Nubra Valley

This is the start of two days in the Nubra Valley where we will be taking a variety of shots across the wide expanse of the main valley and the two ‘forks’ branching to the north.  We will be starting early and finishing late (with decent lunch breaks and time to reflect on our images in between!) to make the most of the best light.    There are a number of notable viewpoints where we will be able to make good use of tripods, filters and explore use of panoramic shots to properly capture the expansive views.

 

We will also spend an early morning exploring the sand dunes, lakes and windswept features in Hundar, a gem of a place with resident Bactrian camels for wildlife shots.

 

Overnight: Camp – Nubra Valley

Day 06 : Back to Leh Hotel

On day 6 we head back to Leh for the night in preparation for the drive to Pangong Tso the following day.  We will get more opportunities to explore Leh and its surroundings.

 

Overnight: Hotel – Leh (11500 ft).

Day 07 and 08 : Visit to Pangong Tso

Another dramatic day as we head to Pangong Tso across the Chang La pass – the third highest motorable road in the world – giving more opportunities for panoramic and dramatic views of the high peaks in the Ladakh range.

 

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake (a closed lake with no out flow) that accounts for its famously vivid blue waters under full sun – which create an impressive and iconic shot.

 

Whatever the weather there are opportunities to take some impressive images in such a minimalist but striking environment.  Early mornings by the lake shore with a tripod and long exposures can be particularly rewarding.   Its also a haven for migrating birds so good opportunities for wildlife shots with the telephoto lens

 

The lake itself is a very still and peaceful place and a good spot for quiet reflection.

 

Overnight: Camp – Pangong Tso

Day 09 : Visit to Chang La

Today we head to Leh back over the Chang La with more opportunities for dramatic photographs in the high peaks.  We will get to Leh late afternoon for some an opportunity to catch those last photographs before our farewell dinner and review of the weeks photos.

 

Overnight: Hotel – Leh (11500 ft).

Day 10 : Departure for Delhi

Transfer to Leh airport to catch the flight back to Delhi. 

We have group sizes of a maximum of six to ensure a personalised and enjoyable experience.  The cost of the Photo Safari including accommodation, full board and support (as detailed below) is: £xxxx

 

The above cost includes:

  • Airport transfers at Leh,
  • Accommodation during he trip – either hotel or comfortable purpose built camps as appropriate.
  • All sightseeing trips to monasteries, as mentioned in the itinerary including hiring of vehicles, monastery entrance fees, local guides etc.
  • Procurement of all relevant inner line travel and permits,
  • Cost of organising vehicles,
  • Support staff to carry all camera equipment and accessories
  • Generator powering and charging up electrical devices
  • On location back up of all photos
  • Laptops available for on site processing of images
  • Full board during the days mentioned in the itinerary.

 

The above cost does not include:

  • Hotel in Delhi,
  • Flight from Delhi to Leh and back
  • Insurance
  • Cost incurred due to: 
    • Delay caused by natural occurrence (bad weather, landslides etc) or,
    • Delay caused by illness,
  • Alcoholic beverages,
  • Laundry.

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