Photography Expedition to Ladakh
Single Supplement: ₹17400
Ladakh, the ‘photographer’s pilgrimage’, Even after being a blood freezing zone it spares no one to evade the beauty it encloses.
In Ladakh, the glow of headlamp transforms erupting steam and water into a halo around the head of a geyser. Even at a temperature of -23 degree Celsius, the water is scalding 80 degrees Celsius the boiling point at 4000m above sea level. The Shyok River sprinkles of snow on any sun-starved bend, which brings to life otherwise invisible patterns on the silt and stones that make up its banks. The river itself sets ablaze by the brilliant sunset. The frozen Pangong Tso mimics the Milky Way that arches over it. In the cloudless new moon nights on the Changthang are often bright enough for stars to paint the lake ice. Chiktan’s famous colourful summer hills lie quilted in the snow, their monochrome enhanced by moonlight. Many at times great gusts of steam rise up to greet day break at Chumathang that in season puts on a mighty tones-down display. Every bit of the landscape inspires you to capture its panorama.
The unmatched beauty of this place attracts travellers from all parts of the world. The multi-hued mountains silhouetting at a distance, the clear blue skies with occasional white clouds floating in their vastness and reflecting in the calm blue waters of the lakes. There is no doubt why it is the photographer’s paradise.
Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement points.
During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.
We shall also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.
After the tour:
Each participant will be required to submit 3 of their best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.
DAY 01 (Jul 24) ARRIVE LEH
Arrival at Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize.
Day 02 (Jul 25) Day in Leh
Post breakfast we drive to Sham Valley. Visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill and Confluence of Indus & Zanskaar River. Visit Leh market in the evening. Overnight at Leh.
DAY 03 (Jul 26) Leh– Nubra Valley (120 kms. / 4-5 hours)
Post breakfast we drive to Nubra Valley. The road journey from Leh to Nubra Valley passes over Khardung La(The Highest Motorable Road In The World) at 5,602 Mtrs / 18,390 Ft, around 39 km from Leh. From the pass, one can see all the way south over the Indus valley to seemingly endless peaks and ridges of the Zanskar range, and north to the giants of the Saser massif. Nubra Valley is popularly known as Ldumra or the valley of flowers. It is situated in the north of Ladakh between the Karakoram and Ladakh ranges of the Himalayas. The average altitude of the valley is 10,000 Ft. above sea level. Upon arrival in Nubra we check in at our Camp / Hotel in Hunder for Overnight stay. Dinner and overnight at the Camp.
DAY 04 (Jul 27) Nubra Valley to Turtuk (77 kms / 2 hrs.)
Post Breakfast we depart to the Baltistan Village Turtuk – the last village in India. You will be greeted by Shyok, a turquoise river which snakes through the valley and crosses the Line of Control to enter Pakistan. At the end of this trail, towards the Indian side, is the tiny little hamlet of Turtuk. On arrival, check into the camps. The rest of the day is free at leisure
DAY 05 (Jul 28) Turtuk to Sumoor (98 kms / 2.5 hrs)
Post breakfast leave for Sumoor via Hundar. Sumoor is a small village in Nubra Valley and offeres great landscape and portrait opportunities. Overnight at Leh.
DAY 6 (Jul 29) Sumoor to Pangong Tso (221 kms / 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake. We drive through the raod which usually people do not take but it will an exciting journey to Pangong. After the long and exciting journey, finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the “Indo China Border”. One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.
DAY 7 (Jul 30) Pangong Tso to Leh (221 kms / 6 hrs)
Wake up calls by the migratory birds this morning. Indulge in the walk beside the lake or go for your photography splurge. Arrive at Leh in second half. Evening free. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 08 (Jul 31) Day in Leh
We spend the day in Leh. It will a day of some relaxation and talking about everything including photography. Overnight in Leh.
Day 09 (Aug 01) Leh to Tso Moriri (221 kms / 6 hrs)
We start early after breakfast and move to relatively lesser explored lakes in Ladakh – Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri lake in Changthang region of Ladakh is one of the most beautiful, calm and sacred (for ladakhis) high altitude lakes in India. In fact, it is the largest high altitude lake in India that is entirely in Indian Territory. This beautiful blue pallet lake is about 7 KM wide at its broadest point and about 19 KM long. Being part of the wetland reserve under Ramsar site, it is actual known as Tsomoriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. Overnight at camp.
Day 10 (Aug 02) Tso Moriri to Leh (221 kms / 6 hrs)
After breakfast we leave for Leh. Our return journey will be via another lake Tsokar which is the salt lake. Overnight at Leh.
Day 11 (Aug 03) Check Out and Transfer to Airport
We checkout as per the flight timings and catch our respective flights with fond memories of this exciting tour.
Book for the event
• GST @5%
• Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport with traditional welcome in the Hotel
• Accommodation on twin/ double sharing Basis as per the Itinerary
• Meal Plan-Breakfast & Dinner.
• Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Innova as per the program.
• Ladakh hills development and permit fee
What's not Included
• Any airfare or airport tax
• Lunch on all tour days
• Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
• Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
• The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
• Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
• Medical & Travel insurance
• Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc
• Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks, and/or any factors beyond control.
Events Terms & Conditions
* You are required to fill and sign the Travel Declaration. Kindly download the file available above sign it and in the next step upload the same.
Frequently Asked Questions and Other Important Info
How different are tours and photo tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All of our photo tours are fun with a loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only it makes your experience your experience more focused and fun filled.
Is there lack of oxygen in Ladakh?
Anyone traveling above 10000 Ft will find little difficult to breath normally or do any kind of physical exertion immediately. Its is mainly because of low level of atmospheric oxygen. But low atmospheric oxygen is absolutely not a cause to avoid Ladakh. Within first two days of complete rest you will acclimatize yourself to this low oxygen level and do things normally.
Do we get High Altitude Sickness in Ladakh? what are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
As said above anyone traveling above 10000 ft is liable to get high altitude sickness or commonly known as Acute Mountain Sickness AMS. The most common symptoms of AMS are lack of sleep, loss of appetite, dizziness, irregular breathing, etc. The best way to acclimatize is natural rest for atleast first 36-40 hrs. You can have Diamox (under consultation with your doctor) to minimize the symptoms.
How many people will share my vehicle in while traveling from Manali to Ladakh?
We believe in giving you sufficient space to move around to adjust quickly to situations and shoot with comfort. We will have 4 – 5 people traveling per jeep.
What is the suggested equipment for this tour?
Wide angle lenses like 10-22 or 16-35 are required to capture the beautiful landscapes and cover the majestic grandeur of Ladakh. We always advise to carry a monopod / tripod to shoot spectacular low light scenes. The place can be very dusty which can harm your camera, so we strongly suggest a dust bag to keep your gear protected when not in use. Telephoto lenses like 70-200 or 100-400 are recommended for candid shots of beautiful local people and wildlife there.
I am a rank beginner in photography / I only have a simple point and shoot camera. Can I be a part of this tour?
Oh yes very much! We always encourage every nature and travel enthusiast whether an experienced photographer or not to attend such organized photo tours. Feel free to be a part of this tour and get to take valuable tips home from our skilled team of experts and other participants as well.
How many participants are expected to share a Room?
All participants are accommodated in twin-sharing rooms. Single supplements are charged extra. Please inquire with us about your single supplement charges.