About The Listing
Type of Trip : Photo Tours
Level : Medium
Location : Jammu and Kashmir
Duration : 16 Days 15 Nights
Trip Start : Srinagar
Trip End : Manali
Ladakh, the 'photographer's pilgrimage', even after being a blood freezing zone it spares no one to evade the beauty it encloses. The unmatched beauty of this place attracts travelers from all parts of the world. The multi-hued mountains, 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.
Day 01: Arrive Srinagar.
Your first day starts as you fly in to Srinagar. The day includes local sightseeing as day progress you’ll proceed to Sonmarg for overnight stay.
Day 02: Sonmarg to Kargil.
Good morning! Its day two. After breakfast you’ll depart for Kargil followed by an overnight halt.
Day 03: Kargil to Leh.
Rise and shine, after breakfast you will leave for Leh. On the way stop at Lamayuru Monastery and Moonland for photo ops. Tonight overnight stay will be in Leh.
Day 04: Day in Leh.
This day is meant for relaxation and some sightseeing in Leh. Basically spend the day at ease, acclimatize, discuss photography and in evening visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. This large hilltop stupa has brightly colored reliefs on its mid-levels and is topped by a spired white hemisphere (smoking is prohibited here). Your over night halt is scheduled in Leh.
Day 05: Day in Leh.
It’s a beautiful morning in Leh. After breakfast we drive to Stok Palace and explore the beautiful palace. Followed by a visit to Leh market in the evening.
Day 06: 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 motor able road in the world) at 5,602 Meters / 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 you check in at Camp / Hotel in Hunder for overnight stay. In the evening you can walk around the tiny villages to see how the locals live in this part of the world. A visit to a Ladakhi home can be arranged. Your day ends with dinner and over night at camp.
Day 07: Nubra Valley to Turtuk (77 kms / 2 hrs.)
Its day seven after breakfast you depart to the Baltistan Village Turtuk. 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 08: Turtuk to Leh.
Post breakfast you leave for Leh. You’ll be halting at Diskit Gompa on the way to capture the beauty of mammoth statue of Maitreya Budha. Overnight is scheduled in Leh.
Day 09: Leh to Pangong Tso.
After an early breakfast you leave for Pangong Lake. You’ll visit Thiksey Monastery on the way. As you continue moving towards Chang La 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village - Stop at the Changla for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and 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 you check in to your Camp near Pangong Lake. After a long day of exploration its dinner and bed time in your cozy camps.
Day 10: Pangong Tso to Leh.
With beautiful day, its 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 via Stakna, Hemis and Sindhu in second half. Your evening is at your disposal. With a night stay in Leh you put full stop to your day.
Day 11: Leh to Dah Hanu.
Its day eleven as you start early and leave for Aryan village Dah Hanu. You stop at Sham Valley, Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, Magnestic Hill, Confluence of Indus & Zanskaar River on the way. After check in at the camp, you head to the village to explore the beauty of stone age village and indulge in portrait photography sessions. Your overnight halt is scheduled at Aryan Valley camp.
Day 12: Dah Hanu to Leh.
Good morning! As you welcome the sun. It’s time for an early morning photography session at the village, you head to Leh and its sleeping time as you reach.
Day 13: Leh to TsoMoriri.
After an early breakfast you leave for Tso Moriri. On your way you stop over at Chumathang on the way which is famous for its Sulphur springs. 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. Tso Moriri attracts a range of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots and rarely the Tibetan wolves. Spend the evening at this serene wetland. By the end of the day its camping time.
Day 14: Tso Moriri to Sarchu.
After an early breakfast you leave for Sarchu. This journey is picturesque with Tso Kar, Morey Plains, and Pang on the way. You cross Baralacha La (thirst highest motor able pass in the world). When you reach Sarchu by evening it’s time to retire.
Day 15: Sarchu to Manali.
After an early breakfast you leave for Manali – your last destination on your way back. . Loads of photo ops on the way at Jispa, Bharatpur and Suraj Taal. As you check into the hotel, your day ends with a dinner in Manali.
Day 16: Check out time.
It’s your last day of expedition as you spend the day resting or exploring Manali city. With lots of beautiful memories and photographs you check out in the afternoon and depart for Delhi. Tour Ends.
- Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- Breakfast & dinner.
- Return airport and round trip transfers.
- All sightseeing by non-ac Innova.
- Ladakh hills development fee.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Lunch on all tour days.
- Any kind of personal expenses.
- The services of vehicle on leisure days.
- Guide fee, camera fee & any monument entrances.
- Medical & travel insurance.
- Additional costs due to flight cancellation.
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
Terms & Conditions
- Rs 5000 cancellation- if cancelled 61 days prior to start of package.
- 25% cancellation – if cancelled 60- 45 days prior to start of package.
- 50% cancellation - if cancelled 44- 30 days prior to start of package.
- 75% cancellation - if cancelled 29-16 days prior to start of package.
- 100% cancellation – if cancelled 15 days prior to start of package.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. How this tour is different from other photo tours?
Pre Tour Analysis:
Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. The panel which includes Jassi, Amarjeet Maggu and Pankaj will analyze each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. They will also provide individual feedback to the each submitted image and suggest improvement points.
During the Tour:
Based on the analytical data available with them post "Pre Tour Analysis" they 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. They will also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help you 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 analyzed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to the website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.
2. Is there lack of oxygen in Ladakh?
Anyone traveling above 10,000 ft. will find little difficult to breath normally or do any kind of physical exertion immediately. It 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.
3. Do we get high altitude sickness in Ladakh? What are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
As said above anyone traveling above 10,000 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 at least first 36-40 hrs. You can have Diamox (under consultation with your doctor) to minimize the symptoms.
4. 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. It’s always adviceable 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.
5. 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 skilled team of experts and other participants as well.
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