day "Best of Ladakh" trip lives up to its
name, by getting you to all the highlights of Ladakh
- this includes visiting some of the best-known monasteries
in the area, as well as exploring some of the most beautiful
sights of this remote mountainous region.
TRIP OBJECTIVES AND DATES
The emphasis of the trip is on exploring
the wonders of Ladakh - the stunning scenery, the exotic
bird and wildlife and the traditional Buddhist way of
life. The trip includes the famous Manali-Leh drive,
with its breath-taking views and amazing landscapes.
Because heavy snow makes driving in
the region impossible for most of the year, our trips
to Ladakh run only in July and August.
Because Ladakh is at an extremely
high altitude (Leh is at 3200m, and our excursions will
often take us to well over 5,500m), altitude sickness
is a valid and real risk. Also, in order to get to the
best locations, some walking may be required. As such,
we require all participants in our Ladakh trips to carry
appropriate medical insurance, including coverage for
emergency evacuations, if needed. Furthermore, all guests
over the age of 40 will need a medical clearance certificate
from their doctor in order to participate in hiking
You can use everything from a 10mm
fisheye to a 1200mm uberzoom in Ladakh (if only there
was one lens providing this entire range at f2.8 and
pancake, to boot!). Realistically, we'd recommend real
wide angle coverage (atleast 20mm in 35mm terms) for
shooting inside monasteries and such - because light
is low, and flash is not allowed, a fast prime works
really well in such situations. For general scenics,
you willl need everything from wide angle to medium
telephoto (200-300mm). Wildlife in Ladakh is quite shy,
so you will need your longest lens and teleconverters.
We plan our trips in order to ensure
that everyone has access to proper electricity outlets
every couple of days. We also provide a car inverter
that puts out 220V - you can recharge your camera batteries
off that, if needed. However, because cold plays havoc
with battery life, an extra battery or two is always
a good idea.
1: Meet in New
Delhi and fly to Kullu, in Himachal Pradesh. On arrival,
drive to Manali, where we will stay overnight (L, D)
2: Start the 480km expedition to Leh,the capital
of Ladakh, crossing Rohtang Pass, Lahaul Valley and
overnighting en route.
3: Continue to Leh, stopping en route to photograph
the Moray Plains and arriving by early afternoon. Have
hot water shower and rest/acclimatize to the altitude
Day 4: Spend the
day in and around the Leh area, acclimatizing - watch
sunrise over Stakhna monastery, visit Thiksey monastery,
watch the sun set from viewpoint on top of the hill
overlooking Leh valley.
5: Depart for Hunder valley, crossing the world's
highest motorable pass en route. Spend the evening shooting
landscapes over the high-altitude sand dunes of Hunder.
6: More photography around Hunder, including
photographing two-humped Bactrian camels against a backdrop
of snow peaks. Continue onwards to Diksit monastery
and then drive back to Leh. Celebrate with another hot
7: Depart for Pangong Tso, or the rainbow lake,
whose brilliant blue waters provide a wealth of interesting
photo opportunities. Camp by the lakeside at night.
Day 8: After spending
the morning taking photographs around the lake, we will
head back to Leh.
9: Depart for Tso Moriri, in Chumathang valley
- a large lake surrounded by abundant wildlife, including
kiangs, marmots, many species of birds and an occasional
visit from snow leopards. Camp by Tso Moriri.
10: Drive from Tso Moriri to Tso Kar, crossing
a 5,500m pass via a rocky trail. Explore the area around
Tso Kar looking for kiangs, or the Tibetan wild ass,
and black-necked cranes. Camp overnight at Tso Kar.
Day 11: Drive to
Leh, stopping en route at Hemis monastery and arriving
back in Leh by late evening.
12: Catch flight from Leh to Delhi.
This is an outdoors/nature exploration
trip to a very remote destination,where, outside of
Leh, luxury is defined as bucket hot waters! Ladakh
is a destination for people craving to connect to Nature
- and while we provide comfortable accomodation and
tasty (but simple) meals, we are exploring a region
where you can walk for weeks without seeing any sign
of human civilization. Please keep that in mind when
it comes to setting expectations for what qualifies
as "luxury" in the region - and remember:
the photos will truly be memorable!
Prices for the trip will vary, depending
on the number of people in the trip, itinerary, exact
number of days and so on. Generally, the trips run from
$150-$300 per person per day, depending on group size.
Please contact us to develop a custom itinerary for
BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS
To make a booking, please email us
Bookings are not confirmed until we
receive a 20% deposit. We accept payment via wire transfers
or via Paypal. The balance is due 45 days before the
If cancelling before 45 days,
the full sum will be refunded (minus the 3% transaction
fee, if you have paid using a credit card via Paypal).
For cancellations between 15-45 days from the trip date,
we levy a 25% cancellation charge. For cancellations
within 15 days of the trip date, the cancellation charge
is up to 75%.