- A nine day journey through the magical land of Ladakh, with only 3 people per utlility vehicle.
- Sojourn through landscape which is almost surreal, a fascinating blend of nature’s elements.
- Experience the magic of sunset at the Nubra sand dunes, with the camels silhouetted .
- Staying at Pangong and Tsomoriri lakes, capture the beauty of the lakes during different hours of the day.
- Interact with Changpa tribes in their remote settlement.
- Capture the magic of the Milky Way and star trails close to the highest observatory in the world
- Experience the village life of ethnic Ladakhi people, in a village at the border.
- Spend time with the Indian Army at the high passes of Khardungla, Tanglangla, Chnagla .
- Immerse yourself in the spiritually uplifting atmosphere of the ancient monastries.
- Capture the simplicity and rugged beauty of the Ladakhi people
- Drive through the vast , wild beauty of the More plains.
- Learn to make beautiful compositions, time lapse videos, panoramas, long exposures at different locations
- Create sublime images under the guidance of the tour mentor. Review sessions on a periodic basis during the tour for feedback and photography insights.
Day 01. Arrival in Leh. acclimatize, Shanti Stupa and evening visit to the Leh market.
You will arrive at Leh early in the morning after a flight over the majestic Himalayas with 15,000 feet high mountain peaks . We recommend taking the first morning flight and take the right-side window to see the first rays of the sun glistening on the snowy peaks. Sunrise is very early, around 5.30 am in the summer months. Make pictures from inflight of the beautiful landscape.
We will spend the day till post lunch in the hotel, letting the body adjust to the thin air at Leh . Interaction between the team participants and a overview of the tour will happen over lunch. We practice setting up a tour specific whatsapp group prior to the tour for the participants to familiarise with each other, and get photography inputs from the mentor .
In the evening, we will visit Shanti Stupa very close to our hotel, to get a view of the Zanskar ranges, and witness sunset. Our mentor will provide hands on training on capturing the images over the city and sunset over it. You will try your hand at time lapse video here.
Walk through the Leh market late in the evening to get a feel of the town.
Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
Day 02. Leh to Nubra Valley
After an early breakfast, head towards Hunder via the highest point you will encounter on the trip – the Khardungla pass at a dizzying altitude of 18,500 feet. Historically, this pass is on the major caravan route from Leh to Central Asia. Enroute you will see the enchanting peaks of the Zanskar Ranges. Enjoy a hot cup of much needed tea at Khardungla, courtesy the Indian Army. Marvel at the bikers and the people you will see passing by on cycles, admiring them for their hardiness.
Descending from Khardung La , stop enroute to make pictures at the Shyok river, capturing the turbulent waters and the surrounding landscape. Shyok is known as the river of death amongst the locals. Proceed to Nubra, known for its vast valley, lush green landscapes, a gushing river, small rivulets, and the landmark stretch of white-sand dunes . In the evening hours, make dramatic images of the sand dunes with the play of light and shadow, capture the double hump backed camels and their silhouettes in the pools of water amidst the dunes.
Dinner and overnight stay in a comfortable tented accomodation in Hunder.
Day 03. Nubra Valley
After an early breakfast, visit the Diskit monastry to see the huge golden statue of the Jampa Buddha. Make interesting images and make panaromic images of the landscape. Visit quaint,remote villages in the Nubra valley to capture the lives of the locals and of course, the stunning landscapes.
Dinner and overnight in a comfortable tented accomodation in Hunder.
Day 04. Return to Leh from Nubra Valley
After a leisurely breakfast, drive back towards Khardungla, stopping whenever we wish to capture the landscapes we might have missed on the way. Nearing Leh, visit Thikse monastry, the largest and the grandest monastry in Ladakh. Its structure is sometimes compared to the giant Potala Palce in Lhasa . Feel the larger than life presence of the Maitreya Buddha. Capture the lamas in prayer and going about their various activities . The richness and vivid imagery of the Buddhist paintings and sculpture will create stories with your images.
After reaching Leh, stroll through the market area in the evening to capture some candid people photography and also do some shopping if you wish to.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Day 05. Leh to Pangong
After an early breakfast, .we will start a long drive towards Pangong ,driving along the Indus river for a while. We then travel towards the high altitude plateau of the Changthang region, passing through Changla enroute. We will also have the opportunity to capture a different view of the Zanskar range. Descending from Changla, we see a green grassy landscape with fat, cute marmots waddling around and darting in and out of their burrows. We will stop for their pictures in their natural habitat.
We will pass through a valley lush with grass and flowers alongside a stream. Be prepared for the first glimpse of the rich blue waters of Pangong which comes as a surprise. We will reach Pangong late afternoon, with enough time to take beautiful pictures of the lake in its many different hues, exquisitely framed by the snow capped mountains on one side, and bare mountains on the other. We will also spot some birds alongside. The vastness of the lake with only a third of it in Indian territory is overwhelming.
Time permitting and if the skies are clear, we will try our hand at some night sky photography.
Overnight and dinner in a hotel with regular amenities close to the lake.
Day 06. Pangong Lake, and drive to Hanle
Wake up early to capture the lake and its surrounding landscape from a different perspective in the gentle light of the rising sun. After breakfast, we start on our drive to Hanle on a road less travelled, through some small remote villages. Be prepared for a bumpy ride, as the road is only a dirt track at times. This crosses the less frequented Tsagala .This road runs very close to the Indo China border.
The drive into Hanle becomes smooth later on the Loma-Nyoma- Mahe stretch. You will be captivated by the rugged beauty of the surrounding mountains, in different vibrant hues. You will also spot Kiangs, the wild asses alongside. Stop for taking pictures of these beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
We will capture the Milky Way and the star trails at Hanle, with millions of stars in the skies.
Dinner and overnight in a home stay with decent amenities.
Day 07. Drive from Hanle to Tsomoriri.
We wake up early to visit a remote Changpa tribe settlement , and interact with the locals. Climb up the hill where the world’s highest observatory is located to capture the surrounding landscape. After breakfast, we start our journey onwards to Tsomoriri, The landscape with the many hued mountains, the road following the mighty Indus provides enough and more photo ops. We will see the Indus in various moods, from a gentle flow to roaring, rushing waters. Turn off from the main road back to Leh to begin our climb to Tsomoriri.
Reach Tsomoriri late afternoon, and drive around the brackish water lake. Capture stunning shots of the lake with the multi hued mountains in the backdrop during the sunset hours. The untouched purity, isolation and raw beauty of this high altitude lake takes your breath away.It is a protected wetland reserve.
Dinner and overnight in tented camp
Day 08. Tsomoriri to Leh via Tsokar and the More plains
After an early breakfast head towards Tsokar. It is called the white lake, and the smallest and most peaceful in comparison with Tsomoriri and Pangong Tso.It is home to many nomads inhabiting this region. It is also home to a large variety of birds due to the surrounding marshlands.
After taking some evocative images, drive onwards towards the More plains. The sheer vastness and emptiness of the plains with only the road running through the middle will take your breath away. You might spot some wild horses running in the distance. After capturing the beauty of the plains, head towards Leh through the high pass of Tanglangla.
Dinner and overnight in hotel
Day 09. End of tour
A 9 day tour to the cold desert of India finally draws to a close. Early in the morning, we fly out of Leh with images- both in our minds and our photography equipment
Participation fee: Rs 55000/- per person on twin sharing basis.
The tour price includes:
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Transportation during the tour in non-A/C vehicle INNOVA/Xylo.
- Breakfast , Lunch and dinner on all days except day 10.
- Inner line permits, environmental and all entry fees.
- All applicable taxes
The tour price excludes:
- Airfare for travel to and return from Leh
- Any airfare or airport tax
- Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
- Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
- The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
- Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
- Medical & Travel insurance
- Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc
- Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
- P.S: It’s our endeavour to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.
- Rs 15000/- PP at the time of booking the tour
- Rs 25000/- pp on or before 31/05/2018
- Rs 15000/- pp on or before 05/06/2018
Bank details for online payment:
- Account name: FOTOSTUDIO365
- Bank: ICICI Bank Ltd, J.P. Nagar 6th phase branch, 100ft Ring road, Bangalore – 560078.
- Account number:040105002815
- IFSC Code: ICIC0000401
- Account type: Current account.
Terms & Conditions
Participants who have a medical history of blood pressure, heart-related problems or asthma are advised to seek medical advice before enrolling for this Tour.
Fitness to complete the Tour is the only criterion for participation.
FOTOTRAILS, shall not be responsible for injuries, damages, or losses caused to any traveller in connection with terrorist activities, social or labour unrest, mechanical or construction failures or difficulties, diseases, local laws, climatic conditions, abnormal conditions or developments, or any other actions, omissions, or conditions outside the travel partner’s control.
Though at FOTOTRAILS we take extra care in choosing the right team and itinerary to maximize chances of learning but we take no guarantees of the same and should not be held responsible in any way for the same.
All clients travelling with FOTOTRAILS must complete and sign a reservation form and the “Disclaimer” form.
Precautions and Measures
For tourists travelling directly by air to Leh, acclimatization to the high altitude may take time, around 24 hours. Drink plenty of water. Do ask us for preventive care.
Alcohol and tobacco should be completely avoided, as the low level of oxygen makes it very difficult to come out of a hangover and you don’t want to lose the sightseeing time, sitting in a hotel. Tea, which is available in plenty, can be consumed.
Breathlessness due to low level of oxygen is common, so one should carry energy bars to keep boosting the system. Power cuts are very frequent in Leh and Ladakh and tourists are advised to good stock of batteries and a LED torch.
Carry your own water bottles and make sure that you use only double boiled water for drinking. Mineral water too is not sold to avoid the menace of plastic garbage. Many shops are available selling double boiled water and ask the locals for the same. Don’t miss carrying a sanitizer as hygiene can be a concern in Leh and Ladakh.
Plastic is banned in Leh and Ladakh, so instead use biodegradable bags. Take permissions before taking a photograph of any local.
The temperature may vary drastically from one place to another, so it is strongly recommended to carry woolens even when the day is hot when you start.
A short yet important list to carry with you: Sunscreen Lotion, Brimmed Hat, UV and anti-glare Goggles, Windproof jackets, Comfortable shoes, sufficient medicines to take care of daily health problems arising out of high altitude, Rain and Dust Covers for your expensive camera gear.
- 75% of the amount paid will be refunded if cancelled before 15/06/2018.
- 50% of the amount paid will be refunded if cancelled before 05/07/2018.
- No refund if cancelled after 05/07/2018.
How different are tours and photo tours?
Unlike travel agents who plan your holiday based on what is hot in that season with almost no inclination to offer you what you would want to see, Photo Tours are innovative ways to experience a place through the guidance of a professional photographer. All of our photo tours are fun with loads of learning and knowledge sharing. Moreover, since the group consists of photography enthusiasts only it makes your experience your experience more focused and fun filled.
Is there lack of oxygen in Ladakh?
Anyone traveling above 10000 Ft will find little difficult to breath normally or do any kind of physical exertion immediately. Its 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.
Do we get High Altitude Sickness in Ladakh? what are the symptoms and how we get acclimatize?
As said above anyone traveling above 10000 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 atleast first 36-40 hrs. You can have Diamox (under consultation with your doctor) to minimize the symptoms.
How many participants are expected to share a Room?
All participants are accommodated in twin-sharing rooms. Single supplements are charged extra. Please enquire with us about your single supplement charges.
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. We always advise to carry a 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 0R 70-300 are recommended for candid shots of beautiful local people and wildlife there.
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.
Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour. The tour will have a limited number of participants. We recommend booking early, which also helps you get cheaper flight tickets.
Tel: +91-9902708625 / +91-9620203004 Nitin