About The Listing
Type of Trip : Photo Tours
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 8 Days 7 Nights
Trip Start : Leh
Trip End : Leh
Explore the hidden wild treasures of the Himalayas with the Nature Wanderers team as they invite you to be a part of the Ladakh expedition where you would be unleashing the wild side of Ladakh. From the exotic black necked cranes and the bar headed geese to the adorable Himalayan Marmots and the Tibetan Wild Asses, Ladakh wildlife is unique to this picturesque habitat. Ofcourse the jaw dropping landscapes and culture is something you can never ignore while witnessing God's own creativity.
Discussion on clicked images.
Day 01: Arrive Leh.
Your first day starts as you fly in to Leh. The day includes local sightseeing visit to Shanti Stupa and Army war memorial – hall of fame. The highlight of the day will be photography training by Shivang Mehta along with a flavor of landscape and culture photography opportunities. You will end day one with an overnight hotel stay in Leh.
Day 02: Visit to Shey Marshes.
Its day two. After breakfast you start your day with a visit to Shey marshes, just 7 kms from Leh, Shey Palace, is a treat to bird-watchers, because of the diversity and quality of birds in the various marshes that adorn the landscape here. Some of the birds seen here are; Black-billed Magpie, Reed Bunting, Mountain Chiffchaff, Humes Whitethroat, Carrion Crow. As day progresses you’ll monasteries like Thiksey, Hemis and the Indus-Zanskar confluence via the Magnetic Hill. The area around Hemis can be explored for some wildlife like rock agamas, chukars. After a hectic it’s time for dinner and much needed rest at your hotel.
Day 03: Leh - TsoKar.
With a new day its new exploration. Today you will start for Tsokar during this drive, you’ll witness some of the highest motorable roads of the world, photography opportunities with the Himalayan marmots and ofcourse the scenic TsoKar lake. Apart from some breathtaking landscapes, TsoKar is also the home to bar headed geese, brahminy ducks, black necked crane and the tibetan wild asses. Previous nature wanders expeditions in this area have yielded some rare records of red foxes, golden eagles and the tibetan wolf. After a day high on exploration you halt day three with a stay in hotel at TsoKar.
Day 04: Photography around TsoKar.
The entire day would be spent for landscape photography, birding and wildlife photography around TsoKar. In case of a cloudless sky, TsoKar is also a dream location to work on star trails and night photography. Nature Wanders escorts would be guiding you during all these advanced photography techniques.
Day 05: Drive from TsoKar to Leh.
Post an early morning breakfast you would be checking out from your TsoKar base camp and head off to Leh to spend the night in Leh.
Day 06: Leh to Pangong Tso.
Driving from Leh you would be crossing the third highest moterable road in the world to reach the scenic Pangong Lake which is the world's largest high altitude lake spanning across a 130km area stretching right up till Tibet and the actual Line of Control with China runs through the massive water body. The lake is also a home for birdlife and wildlife in summers and the whole day will be used to explore the lake extensively from a photography perspective.This is yet again an excellent topography for experiment with night photography which you will be doing under the guidance of Nature Wanders mentors.
Day 07: Photography around Pangong Lake.
Its your last day of tour, so it have to be special. After breakfast you will leave for photography expedition to Pangong Lake. The lake acts as an important breeding ground for a large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Seagulls. With sunset you will start from Pangong Lake to halt at your base camp in Leh.
Day 08: Departure from Leh.
Its day eight. After breakfast With lots of beautiful memories and photographs you check out from Leh. Tour Ends.
- All meals on the trip.
- All local transport by car.
- Trip leader & local guides.
- Any airfare or airport tax.
- Monument entry fee.
- Camera fee.
- Beverages and bottled water.
- Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
Terms & Conditions
- 50% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 30 days prior to the event.
- 30% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 15-30 days of the event.
- No refund if cancellation is done between 0-14 days of the event.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. Please let me know about the terrain of Ladakh. Will it be physically straining?
As a photographer you need to be mentally and physically fit in order to work in a tough terrain in Ladakh. As a normal tourist you may speed off to locations like TsoKar without any halts but as a photographer distances take a longer duration for you would be halting frequently in order to shoot landscapes, birds and the odd wildlife (which you mostly get enroute a destination). Some halts may be stretched for hours if you are shooting a long exposure landscape in a given light condition. Be prepared to come with a photographer's mindset rather than a simple tourist's frame of mind.
Most of the camping locations are basic and the rooms, bedding and facilities are bare minimum. Do not expect a lavish meal everytime for resourcing, as its always a problem with these remote campsites and the service would be to the best of the capabilities. Tit bits like water purifying tablets come in handy during treks or long distance journeys as there may be streches with no pit-stops for water and other basic stuff.
2. What will be the key take aways for me from this photo tour?
A team of highly committed professionals who live their lives out there on the field, the Nature Wanders team has the hands on knowledge from a wildlife and photography perspective to make the most of your wildlife trip. As an amateur photographer, you come back with a better understanding on camera handling and on-field shooting tips as team constantly keeps an eye on your shooting techniques and gives you the necessary onfield guidance to mature to the next level. Even if you have been shooting in the field regularly, the group interactions around photography and wildlife are an enriching experience.
3. I do not posses the adequate equipments to shoot wildlife. Can I still be a part of this photo tour?
Equipments can't restrict you from participating in this photo tour. You can touch base with the Nature Wanders team for possible equipment rental options and they would try to equip you adequately based on the nature of the program you are up for.
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