The mystical magical mountain kingdom of Ladakh

LADAKH, INDIA

Offered by: Umesh Gogna (acclaimed landscape photographer, Sony ambassador, ex-Canon mentor)

$2,500 per person

up to 3 people

13 days

Landscape photography

It is said that every traveler becomes a photographer at ease during their journey through Ladakh. Otherworldly pink deserts, maroon- and orange-tinted mountains, cobalt blue skies, lush greens scattered in pockets, white-washed houses with brightly colored windows and wind-beaten fluttering prayer flags will push your camera battery and memory cards to keep up. Landscape photography is obvious territory here, but human interest, architectural and street photography (although streets are really high mountain passes here) opportunities abound. It’s going back to the basics of light and shadow in Ladakh, and the light at this altitude’s thin and dry air is something else.

Umesh is an expert landscape photographer and educator with years of experience behind him. Get insights and learn from him and make memorable photographs in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. This is a once in a lifetime trip into a remote mountain kingdom in the high Himalayas.

Day 01 22nd Sep 2019
Delhi to Manali (Drive to Manali – Early morning start at 6 am sharp -13 hours drive)
Night stay: Manali

Day 02 23rd Sep 2019
Manali to Jispa (Drive to Jispa – Start after early breakfast at 8 am sharp – 07 hours drive)
Night stay: Jispa

Day 03 24th Sep 2019
Jispa to Leh (Drive to Leh – Start early at 6 am sharp – 12 hours drive)
Night stay: Leh

Day 04 25th Sep 2019
Leh (Relax and acclimatization day – Visit Thiksey & Stakna Monastery, Shanti Stupa at Leh in the evening)
Night stay: Leh

Day 05 26th Sep 2019
Leh to Hunder (Nubra Valley). Drive through Khardung La & Nubra Valley,  evening at sand dunes at Hunder
Night stay: Hunder

Day 06 27th Sep 2019
Hunder to Pangong Tso (Drive to Pangong Tso via Shyok or Wari La )
Night stay: Pangong Tso

Day 07 28th Sep 2019
Pangong Tso to Yaye Tso Camp 01* (Drive to Yaye Tso via Chushul, Loma & Nyoma)
Night stay: Yaye Tso Camp 01*

Day 08 29th Sep 2019
Yaye Tso to TsoKar via Tso Moriri (Drive to Tsokar)
Night stay: TsoKar

Day 09 30th Sep 2019
Tso Kar to Pang – More Plains / Dart Camo 02* ( Drive to Dart & Pang )
Night stay: Dart/Pang – More Plains Camp 02*

Day 10 01st Oct 2019
Pang / Dart to Sarchu ( Drive to Sarchu ) Night Halt at Sarchu Camps

Day 11 02nd Oct 2019
Sarchu to Manali (Drive to Manali )
Night stay: Manali

Day 12 03rd Oct 2019
Manali (Rest day, post-processing & discussion on images )
Night stay: Manali

Day 13 04th Oct 2019
Manali to Delhi (Start Early 5.00AM Sharp – 13 Hours Drive )

Included

  • Accommodation for 12 nights on twin sharing basis in hotels and tents at campsites
  • Tents and mats at campsites
  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout the trip
  • Transportation throughout the expedition in a Scorpio 4WD
  • All inline permits and entry fees
  • Photography sessions, advice, critiques, and image reviews on all days

Not included

  • Insurance – participants are responsible for getting their own medical, travel and liability coverage
  • Sleeping bags and warm clothing
  • Souvenirs and local shopping
  • Additional snacks and beverages
  • 18% GST

Additional information

Pick up and drop off locations
Pick up and drop off at New Delhi airport

Recommended equipment
A DSLR or mirrorless camera, tripod, wide-angle lens (~17/20mm), a telephoto lens (70-200mm), polarizer and neutral density filters

Activity level
High – this tour is physically not very active in terms of hiking, but we will be constantly in altitudes north of 11,000 feet and drive over the Khardungla pass at 18,000 feet twice.

Important Notes
This is a high-altitude tour and proper acclimatization is a must. It is strongly recommended that anybody with prior heart conditions or health issues consult their physican before taking this trip. Medical emergencies will not be easy to deal with in Ladakh, so please take extra steps to ensure you are in adequate physical condition. Please also bring sufficient warm clothing – jackets, socks, gloves, sleeping bag, cap, and sun protection – lotions, sunglasses etc.


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