● Long Exposure landscape photography in the barren mountains
● Portrait photography sessions at Guru Tsechu Festival
● Balanced itinerary to cover both landscape and portrait photography
● Covering frozen lakes and mountains
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 (Feb 26) Fly in to Leh Arrival 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.) Arrive in Leh, check-in to the hotel for a day of relaxation and rejuvenation do nothing , stroll around town for some shopping and food later in the day and allow yourself to acclimatize to the thin and cold air…
Day 02 (Feb 27) Local in Leh Visit and explore Thiksey Monastery, Shey Palace and Hemis Monastery. Overnight in Leh
DAY 03 (Feb 28) Leh to Puga and back – This morning after breakfast, proceed for Puga Valley.The Puga valley lies at a distance of about 22 km to the east of the Salt Lake Valley across the Polokonka La pass (5,350 m). It is famous for its borax and sulphur deposits and hot water springs. The deposits, however, are of little commercial value at present due to the inaccessibility of this valley and the short working season. We can create some stunning images with frozen ice and steam in the same frame. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 04 (Feb 29) Khardung La This day will be a highlight of the journey, heading to Khardungla Pass at a height of 18380, it is the highest motorable pass and road in the world. Record of sorts, you will feel a sense of excitement standing at the top and experiencing stunning views all around. On the way back experience Shanti Stupa, a very beautiful and unique stupa majestic in all its white glory and situated at a height towering over the town, it has the the most stunning 360 degree view of Leh. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 05 (March 01) Leh to Pangong Tso and back – A day trip to the amazing Pangong Lake via the 3rd highest motorable pass the might Changla. The lake will be semi frozen and its an experience to click it walking on the frozen surface and the extreme chill in the air. The gulls will be there for company. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 06 (March 02) Leh to Lamayuru and back After breakfast we proceed to Lamayuru Monastery. Lamayuru is roughly 100 km before Leh, right after Fotu la, the highest pass on the Srinagar Leh highway. The roads on Fotu la are in an excellent condition and it is a pleasure to drive through this pass. The topography in some areas resembles that of moonland. We will shoot this lovely place in golden Sunset light. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 07 (March 03) Guru Tsechu Festival After breakfast we leave to witness one of the most colorful festivals in the Stok – Guru Tsechu Festival. This is our last day of action in Ladakh and we end the tour with a liberal dose of people and culture photography. We spend the day here doing phgotography and return to hotel around Sunset. Overnight in Leh.
DAY 08 (March 04) Departure – Transfer to the airport for your flight back home and cherish the memories of this once in a lifetime visit for your lifetime.