About The Listing
Type of Trip : Photo Tours
Level : Medium
Location : Leh and Ladakh
Duration : 11 Days 10 Nights
Trip Start : Leh
Trip End : Leh
Ladakh photography tour offers the definitive travel photography experience of fascinating Himalayan region. The unmatched beauty of Ladakh attracts travelers 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.
- Stay in “A” Class hotel in Leh and top camps in other places.
- Perfect balance between Landscape and People Photography with visits to places like Turtuk.
- Daily evening “Gup Shup” sessions where you days work will be previewed by experts.
- Detailed tips on Landscape Photography.
- Session on shooting Star Trails.
- Session on shooting Time Lapse.
- Sessions on Post Processing.
Review of days work
Day 01: 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 the representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize. 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). Overnight stay will be at Leh.
Day 02: Leh.
Post breakfast you’ll drive to Sham Valley. Visit Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, Magnetic Hill and Confluence of Indus & Zanskaar River. Visit Shey Palace and Leh market in the evening. Overnight stay will be at Leh.
Day 03: Leh– Nubra Valley (120 kms. / 4-5 hours).
Post breakfast you’ll 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 check in to the 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. Dinner and overnight stay will be at the Camp.
Day 04: Nubra Valley to Turtuk (77 kms / 2 hours).
Post Breakfast you will 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: Turtuk to Sumur (119 kms / 3 hours).
Post breakfast you will leave for Sumur. Sumur is a quite, peaceful and lesser know village in the Nubara Valley of the Ladakh region in the Trans-Himalayan mountain range. It is frequently visited by backpackers and hikers from all over the world. The village of Sumur is located at an altitude of around 10,827 feet above sea-level. It shelters the most prominent monastery, Samstem Ling Gompa. Overnight stay will be at Sumur.
Day 06: Sumur to Warsi (80 kms / 2 hours).
This is a newly opened village for tourism and makes it a great opportunity for photographers to explore it before tourism ruins it. Its as close as you can get to Siachen. Overnight stay will be at Warsi.
Day 07: Warsi to Leh.
Post breakfast leave for Leh. You’ll stop at Diskit Gompa on the way to capture the beauty of mammoth statue of Maitreya Budha. Overnight stay will be at Leh.
Day 08: Leh to Pangong Tso.
After an early breakfast you’ll leave for Pangong Lake. You’ll be also visiting 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.
Day 09: Pangong.
Today you’ll explore the beauty of Pangong for the whole day and try and capture different moods of Pangong as the angle of light changes during the course of the day. Practice and do night photography between these two days in Pangong depending upon the weather conditions. Overnight stay will be in Pangong.
Day 10: Pangong Tso to Leh.
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 stay will be in Leh.
Day 11: Departure from Leh.
Transfer to the airport for your flight back home. 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. What cloths should I carry?
The peak summer months from mid June to August have a pleasant temperature and therefore single T-shirts or shirts can do. In winters (from November to February), one needs heavy woolen clothes and warm jackets. However, in most parts of the Leh- Ladakh region, there is a drastic fluctuation in the daily temperature. Therefore, tourists should carry woolen clothes and sweaters while packing their bags for the trip.
3. 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.
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 adviced 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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