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Ladakh 2018

28th August 2018 to 6th September 2018

Tour Itinerary

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

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Pre-tour briefing about the attractions of the tour, safety precautions for the equipment and photographer during the tour, travelling instructions to/from your city to Ladakh etc. These discussions can be made via WhatsApp group, e-mail, telephone after reservation of seat.

Day One [28.08.2018]

Reach Leh Airport in the morning and a vehicle will pick you up and drop you at the pre-booked hotel. The rest of the day will be spent in acclimatization to the high altitude and the low temperatures.
This is essential to get accustomed at such high elevations.

Day Two [29.08.2018]

Leh sightseeing (Pangong side); night stay at Leh
After leisurely breakfast, shoot Shey Palace, Thiksey Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Ranchod School & Stock Palace Museum. Afternoon visit Shanti Stupa.

Day Three [30.08.2018]

Leh to Lamayuru; Overnight stay at Leh
Early morning shoot at Sangam (confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers). Thought the day shoot Magnetic Point and Lamayuru Monastery.

Day Four [31.08.2018]

Leh to Nubra Valley; Overnight in Nubra
Early morning proceed to Nubra Valley via the World’s Highest Motorable road Khardungla Pass. Khardung la Pass (18,380ft above sea level) is not very often that one gets to drive on a road at an altitude of 18,380 feet. That is where Khardungla Pass, meaning the ‘Pass of Lower Castle,’ is located on the way from Leh to the Nubra Valley in Ladakh.
Nubra Valley, popularly called the orchard of Ladakh, offers a graceful view of yellow and pink wild roses in summer and a carpet of wild lavender in the post-monsoon season. Here, the Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachen River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram ranges. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000ft. Between Hundar and Diskit lie several kilometres of sand dunes that form a magnificent foreground to the mountainous landscape. You will definitely be overwhelmed to see the Bactrian Camels (Shaggy double hump Camel) around sand dunes. We will spend the night at Nubra, which is also a great destination to explore night photography and star-trail imagery.

Day Five [01.09.2018]

Nubra to Turtuk. Overnight stay at Nubra
Journey now takes us to what’s known as ‘the last village of India’ – Turtuk. 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. The place offers fantastic portrait
opportunities. Also, you get to see the physical border of India and Pakistan.

Day Six [02.09.2018]

Nubra to Pangong. Overnight stay at Pangong Tso
After breakfast leave for Pangong lake. It’s situated at 14,500 ft, we’ll pass through Changla Pass 17,350 ft and is the 3rd highest motorable road in the world. Enjoy the sunset & the color changing lake at leisure.

Day Seven [03.09.2018]

– Pangong to Leh. Overnight stay at Leh
Early morning enjoy the picturesque view of sun rise on lake. After breakfast head back to Leh, enroute visit Thikse Monastery and Shey Palace.

Day Eight [04.09.2018]

Leh to Tso Moriri and Overnight in Tso Moriri Camp
Driving approximately 225 kilometres south-east of Leh, and to the west of the Changtang Plateau, we arrive at Tso Moriri in about five hours. Based on our experience, the best times to photograph the landscapes there are the evenings and we hope for a great sky forming the backdrop of this picturesque lake. Staying very close to the lake, the group will have virtually unlimited access to photography sites around it.

A nesting area for the highly endangered black-necked crane, Tso Moriri is also a fantastic destination to photograph the bar-headed goose, the Brahminy duck and other wildlife including wild ass and marmots. One of the highlights of Tso Moriri would be to spot the tiny pika and the woolly Hare that feed around here. After a day’s productive photography, we camp overnight in Tso Moriri.

Day Nine [05.09.2018]

Return to Leh via Tso Kar and Overnight in Leh
After an early breakfast on the day, start driving to Leh via Tsokar Lake. On the way, take a halt to visit Puga Geo-Thermal Gas springs, visiting the Nomadic Rebo tents at Polo-kongka pass, and further after the pass, stop by Tsokar Lake – a wetland area. Stop here for photographs. We’ll also visit the monastery of tiny Thukje village. As we are travelling by Tanglang La, we should be able to spend time around this high-altitude pass doing ample landscape photography and also trying to spot lammergeiers and golden eagles. Overnight stay in hotel in Leh.

After shopping in the Leh Market for its famous artefacts, jewellery, paintings and mountain-tourism accessories, we pack up for the photo-tour.

Day Ten [06.09.2018]

Drop to Leh Airport and Departure from Leh
Checking out in the morning, you will be dropped to the airport depending on your flight times to return home with a bagful of great images and stories to share.

Tour Dates

28th August 2018 to 6th September 2018

PLACE

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir, India.

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PARTICIPATION FEES

For Indian Participants

72000 INR - Double Occupancy
89000 INR - Single Occupancy

Foreign Participants

1300 USD - Double Occupancy
1750 USD - Single Occupancy

(Includes accommodation and food)

TOTAL PARTICIPANTS

Maximum 5 participants

TEACHING LANGUAGE

English, Hindi & Bengali

PHONE

+918509333385
+918900702900

Meet Your Mentor

Apratim Saha

Apratim Saha

Apratim feels capturing images that people enjoy to look at and are impressed with is not the only reason that inspired him to take up photography seriously but to give people a reason to care was the main intention for him.
Apratim is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Stock Photography, Getty Images and Stocksy United. He is a Brand Ambassador and mentor for Tamron, Datacolor, Nisi, Godox & Vanguard. He is also a consultant Chiiz Photography Magazine. He has over 30 years of experience, from traditional film to digital photography. He is a commercial photographer specializing in people photography, portraiture, lifestyle & editorial clients. Besides commercial works, Apratim also shoots other subjects that stimulate his visual or emotional sensibilities.