Photo Expedition: Leh-Manali

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By-Painted Inke

About The Listing

Type of Trip : Photo Tours

Level : Medium

Location : Leh and Ladakh

Duration : 9 Days 8 Nights

Trip Start : Leh

Trip End : Manali


If you are passionate about photography and seek new frontiers to capture exotic and spectacular images, then this Photo Expedition is meant solely for you. Painted Inke brings to you an opportunity to travel through the ancient Silk Route and click some of the most spectacular landscapes and the rich cultural heritage of Leh and the Upper Himalayas. During the expedition you’ll have active experiences and the best photographic opportunities at every destination.

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  • Day 01: Leh City.

    Your first day starts as you fly in to Leh. After check in, the day includes local sightseeing and visit to Shanti Stupa. As the day progress you will have tons of landscape and culture photography opportunities.  You will end day one with an overnight hotel stay in Leh.

    Day 02: Leh- Shey-Thiksey-Hemis.

    After breakfast you will drive from Leh to the Hemis Monastery which is one of the richest and famous monastery of Ladakh for photography, magnificent statue of Guru Padma Sambavhava is the highlight. Next is Thiksay Monastery, this is almost 547 years old and founded by Spon Paldan Sherab who was the nephew of Lama Sherab Zangpo. (A Great Meditator from Vajra Yana Practice and this monastery follows yellow head sects). Later in the day visit to Shey Palace, Sindhu ghat is also on days to do list. After a day of fantastic opportunity of cultural and portrait photography, it’s time to rest in your hotel rooms.

    Day 03: Leh – Nubra Valley.

    After Breakfast drive to Nubra Valley via Khardungla (Highest Motor able road in the World, 18,380 ft) 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. On the way you can also enjoy camel safari on double hump camels. As day progress it will bring a photo opportunity to capture sunset over sand dunes. After dinner you will rest in your camps.

    Day 04: Hunder – Tyakshi – Nubra Valley – Leh.

    After breakfast you drive to Turtuk, which is first time opened for the tourist since 2010, this village was captured by Indians Army in war of 1972 with Pakistan. Enroute you will visit Tyakshi, it is the border which divides India and Pakistan. You’ll be halting at Deskit Monastery (Big Buddha) also known as Diskit Gompa on the way to capture the beauty of mammoth statue of Maitreya Budha. The day is full of good opportunity for some spectacular frames of the landscape of Nubra Valley & and some portrait photography opportunities with locals.

    Day 05: Leh – Pangong Lake (Man Village).

    After breakfast you will drive to Pangong Lake through Changla Pass 17,350 ft, (3rd Highest Motor able road in the world). PangongTso – is a color changing lake, which provide beautiful scenes to photography enthusiasts with sun set on the banks of lake & night photography at lake. Upon arrival you check in to your Camp near Pangong Lake to spend night and capture images of sunrise.

    Day 06: Pangong Lake – Leh.

    After breakfast you will drive back to Leh enroute visit Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace. Overnight stay is scheduled in Leh.

    Day 07: Leh – Nyoma.

    After breakfast you will drive to Nyoma which was opened for the first time for tourist in 2010 for cultural photography. Enroute Chumathang (Hot Spring)  along the Indus River.

    Day 08: Nyoma – Sarchu.

    On day eight you will drive to Sarchu passing Puga, Tsokar Lake, Skyangchu Thang. Lunch will be at Pang, post lunch you will leave for Sarchu by crossing Nakeela and Lachlung La. After a day of exploration you will reach Sarchu by evening.

    Day 09: Sarchu – Manali.

    After the breakfast you will drive through the beautiful scenic of Baralacha La (4845m), & Rohtang Pass, 13050 ft. As the day progresses you will reach Manali by the evening. Trip ends.

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* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 30 May, 2015
Single entry ₹ 45,000 EMI starts* ₹ 3,998
* Extra discount for a group size of 4 or more! Ask Here
Package Options Cost/Person EMI Option
Entry Closes On 30 Jun, 2015
Single entry ₹ 45,000 EMI starts* ₹ 3,998


  • All stays (double/triple sharing from day 1 to day 8).
  • All meals (from day 1 breakfast to day 9 lunch).
  • All transportation (Leh city to Manali).
Doesn’t Includes
  • Any airfare.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Any transportation beyond Manali.
  • Any transportation incase participant decide to abandon the tour due to physical issues.
  • Day 9 night stay in Manali.
  • Costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
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Terms & Conditions

  • Any cancellation after confirmed booking, 10% of the total cost will be charged as cancellation fee.
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Tips, Hints, Precautions

  • 1. Is there lack of oxygen in Leh?

  • 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 Leh. Within first two days of complete rest you will acclimatize yourself to this low oxygen level and do things normally.


  • 2. Do we get High Altitude Sickness in Leh? 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.


  • 3. 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 our skilled team of experts and other participants as well.


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