Day 2: Start our trip from Delhi airport, board our early morning flight to Leh - the district capital of Ladakh. On arrival in Leh, transfer to our hotel. To expedite our acclimatization process, we take things at a relatively slow pace today - following a leisurely lunch, head off to explore the ancient town of Leh and take in its ambience. Photograph the ancient castle from the marketplace, locals selling their wares. Later head off to photograph the peace monument that stands on a hill overlooking Leh; while there, photograph the Leh valley and surrounding mountainscapes. (L, D)
Day 3: Again, a day at a relatively leisure pace to assist with the acclimatization. Post breakfast head to Thiksey monastery - the most photographed monastery in Ladakh. Lunch by the river close to the monastery, then head to the monastery at Hemis. Enroute back to Leh, visit the Stok Palace & museum. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Depart very early in the morning for Lamayuru. Photograph the confluence of the rivers Indus & Zanskar enroute. Lunch at the beautiful monastery at Alchi, reaching Lamayuru by late afternoon to photograph the oldest monastery in Ladakh. Stay in tents or at a guest house either at Lamayuru or Uleytopko. (B, L, D)
Day 5: Morning photography inside Lamayuru. Later, head back towards Leh. Enroute, visit either the monastery at Ridzong (to photograph the cute bunch of pre-teen monks there) or the monastery at Likir. On arrival back in Leh you may just decide to look a bit more presentable by getting rid of that stubble. A bath wouldn't hurt either. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore the bazaar & town on your own. Make sure to call it an early night though, as we will be setting off on a truly breathtaking journey the next day. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Early breakfast, then drive north to begin our ascent up the mighty Khardung-La. We will be on the world's highest motorable road, and will summit the mighty Khardung at a breathtaking (literally - you may experience breathlessness at the summit!) altitude of 5680m (18380 ft) above sea level. We will stop enroute to have our permits checked (a whiff or two of bottled oxygen from the army medical camp there won't hurt either!), make some photographs. You may just feel inspired enough to yell "Ki Ki Soso Lha Gyalo" - the traditional Tibetan yell of exultation and thanks to the gods on summiting a pass, before descending into the Nubra Valley.
Late afternoon photography around the sand dunes of Hunder - expect some great landscape shots here. Don't forget to shoot (with your camera, of course!) the two-humped bactrian camels - descendants of the camels that plied the Old Silk Road to China. The night will be spent in tents or in a guest house either at Hunder or Diskit. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Early morning photography around Hunder. Make believe you're a trader on the Old Silk Route and ride a camel from Hunder to Diskit (cost not included in tour price). If you're up to a bit of walking, visit the monastery at Diskit. Evening photography again at Hunder. Night in tents or in a guest house at Hunder or Diskit (B, L, D)
Day 8: Early morning photography around Hunder & Diskit, then begin to drive back to Leh. On arrival, get rid of that stubble. A bath is advisable - you don't want your roommate holding their breath when around you, do you? (B, L, D)
Day 9: Rise very early and rush to the Hemis monastery. Rest of the day will be spent photographing the festival there. Attended by villagers from all around the region who flock here to view the secret, mystic masked dances performed by the monks, the festival offers a unique opportunity to view and photograph a people and a culture that time forgot. Return back to Leh to spend the night there. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Get up early and dash off to Hemis again to photograph the 2nd day of festivities at the monastery. Return back to Leh in the evening.
Day 11: Depart for Pangong Tso - the largest seawater lake in Asia. Visit the monastery at Chemrey (or Thak Thok) before halting for lunch at a Tibetan guest house. Reach the lake by mid-afternoon, stop "ooohing" & "aaahing" long enough to get your cameras out and start making some memorable landscape photographs. Camp by the lake (or, stay in a guest house) for the night. (B, L, D)
Day 12: The early morning will be spent photographing around the lake. Enroute back to Leh, stop to photograph Asia's largest chorten field. Catch up with any last minute shopping in the bazaar. Farewell dinner at our hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 13: Catch our flight back to Delhi. Our Photography Tour to Ladakh ends on arrival at Delhi airport (B)
Day 1: Arrive and check in at our hotel in Delhi post-noon. Meet up with the rest of the group over Dinner. (D)
June 10 - 22 (approx dates), 2013
Costs: Starting $3650 (twin-sharing, Single Supplement $700)
Ladakh Photography Tour 2013
Ladakh Photography Tour 2013
A few images from our Photography Tours, Workshops & Expeditions to Ladakh, India. More images can be found in the Galleries section of our website. Click on an image to see it larger, use the arrow keys to navigate in this set of images.