● Most Unique itinerary
● Long Exposure landscape shoots at barren mountains
● Portrait photography at Balti village Turtuk
● Option of tour extension to Tso Moriri
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 (Aug 8th) 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 (Aug 9th) Day in Leh
Post breakfast we drive to Sham Valley. Visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill and Confluence of Indus & Zanskaar River. Visit Shanti Stupa in the evening. Overnight at Leh.
DAY 03 (Aug 10th) 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 (Aug 11th) 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 (Aug 12th) Turtuk to Sumur (120 kms / 3 hrs.)
Post breakfast leave for Sumur. We spend the day clicking portraits of people in Sumur and surrounding villages. Overnight at Sumur.
DAY 6 (Aug 13th) Sumur to Pangong Tso (175 kms / 6 hrs)
After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake. The route is beautiful but the raod condition at some spots may be rough but this route helps us save one full day. 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. After the shoot we retire in our camps. Overnight at Camp.
DAY 7 (Aug 14th) Pangong Tso to Leh (224 kms / 5 hrs)
After an early breakfast we leave Pangong Lake for Leh. Its a beautiful drive back to Leh. If light is good, we will make some stops for photography. We drive towards Chang La 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla. Stop at the Changla for a quick photograph session and drive down to Leh through village Sakti. Overnight at Leh.
DAY 08 (Aug 15th) Day in Leh
We start at our pace after the previous hectic day. Leave for Thiksey, Stok and Hemis for unparalleled photo opportunities. Its also a day dedicated to fine tune your photography and composition skills. Head back to Leh after the Sunset shoot.
DAY 9 (Aug 16th) Leh to Tso Moriri
Transfer to the Airport for your flight back home. Those who signed up for extension tour will continue with the 2nd leg of tour.
*** Main Tour Ends ***