12-Day Ladakh Photography Workshop
Join us for a 12-day adventure in Ladakh!
A fascinating journey through a region enclosed between the Karakorum and Hmalaya mountain ranges. We will travel to discover the natural scenery and landscapes of incomparable beauty of “Little Tibet”. An itinerary de- signed to allow you to create a photographic reportage of the protagonists of Buddhist spirituality among small villages and forgotten monasteries, traditions, myths and local populations. We will also have the opportunity to photograph the memorable Himalayan landscapes and its starry skies.
This photographic journey through the clouds will conquer your soul.
Highlights of the tour
- Leh, the capital of Ladakh
- Indus Valley
- Buddhist monasteries and monks life
- Lamayuru monastery
- Tso Moriri & Tsokar lakes
- Local life: markets and villages
- Stok, the Royal village of Ladakh
- Heritage houses and their families
August 17-28, 2020 – 4 spots left!
Starting at USD $3,190 (single supplement $600).
Small group: 3-6 Participants.
We believe in quality, personalised tuition, and so our host-to-guest ratio is always 1:6 or better.
3 stars hotel and one 3 stars camp. Remote areas could have basic accommodations.
12-Day Ladakh Workshop Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Leh
This morning you will arrive in Leh, the capital of Ladakh, a small desert town at 11,800ft/3,600m encircled by a vista of Himalayan peaks. After a short drive to the hotel, you’ll have the remainder of the day to relax and acclimatise to the altitude. We’lll meet in the evening for dinner and get to know each other better before the adventure begins tomorrow!
Day 2: Leh/Indus Valley
Our first day of adventuring starts in a leisurely fashion, exploring the traditional mountain architecture of the Indus Valley, taking its name from the river that winds its way through the valley to the north. We’ll visit the most visually stunning of the Indus monasteries in Shey Palace and the imposing Thiksey, where we may have our first opportunity to meet Buddhist monks.We’ll also call in at a secret monastery hidden in the mountains with an incredible lamp room, blackened over time, presenting incredible people opportunities. The evening will be spent at your leisure in Leh.
Day 3: Leh – Lamayuru
After breakfast we’ll drive to Lamayuru village, located in almost-lunar landscapes to the west of Leh (130km/4hrs). The desert mountain vistas are like something from another planet, and there will be plenty of opportunities along the way to stop and indulge in some landscape photography. Lamayuru is home to what we think is one of Ladakh’s most imposing, photogenic monasteries. We’ll have the unique opportunity to spend the night in Lamayuru, something very few tourists do, to really maximise our time with this incredibe example of Ladakhi architecture. We’ll spend the evening relaxing in a local hotel/guest house.
Day 4: Lamayuru – Alchi – Leh
After breakfast we’ll drive back toward Leh, calling in at Alchi, an ancient monastery considered to be one India’s Seven Ancient Wonders. We’ll have a chance to enjoy a local lunch before continuing our drive, winding our way through the mountans to Likir Monastery, home to a copper-gilded Buddha from the 16th century. We’ll have the chance to meet with local monks as well as photograph the temple against a backdrop of desert mountains. We’ll spend the evening in Leh.
Day 5: Leh – Nubra Valley
We’ll begin the morning with a drive to the Nubra Valley, crossing the Khardongla Pass, of the world’s highest motorable passes (complete with the world’s highest coffee shop). We’ll have some chances to stop along the way to photograph shrines and prayer flags in the snow, as well as a host of landscape opportunities. Here we’ll have the chance to witness camel trekking (the double-humped camel is found only in Nubra, so far as India is concerned) against an incredible vista of sand dunes and rocky mountans. We’ll finish the day at the beautiful Hunder Monastery, where we’ll be able to photograph Buddhist novices studying, as well as a huge Seated Buddha facing to the west, glowing in the sun during the day’s last light with a distant mountain monastery behind it.
Day 6: Nubra
After breakfast we’ll drive into another part of the Nubra Valley to Sumur village; here we’ll have the chance to photograph a much greener, oasis village where we can walk around and engage with locals, witness people kneeling before prayer wheels, and explore the unique street photography possibilities presented in a place with no other tourists. We will also call in at the school where we can meet Buddhist novices, and will have the chance to photograph woman in traditional Ladakhi clothing. We’ll spend the night in the village.
Day 7: Nubra – Leh
After a relaxed start to the morning and some breakfast, we’ll drive back to Leh (5-6hrs, inc. lunch stop). Depending on the time of our arrival, we may have the chance to review our images and learn some of the secrets of post-production to help bring the images we’ve captured so far to another level.
Day 8: Leh
We’ll start early to witness morning prayer at Thiksay Monastery. The temple is incredibly photogenic and there are a large number of Buddhist monks living here, giving us a more-or-less guaranteed opportunity to capture images of praying Buddhist novices. After breakfast, we’ll have a chance to rest a little before heading back out for the afternoon. We’ll start with Namgyal Tsemo, a temple built in the 16th century, with its incredible vantage point over the valley below.
Day 9: Leh – Tso Moriri lake
We’ll start the morning with a drive out through the wilderness to Tso Moriri Lake (220km east of Leh). There will be plenty of opportunities to stop to photograph beautiful landsceps along the way. We should arrive at the lake in mid-afternoon, just before the light becomes most photogenic (all going well with the weather). In the evening we’ll travel to the nomad village of Korzok, where we’ll have the chance to see and photograph an entirely different way of life, with people living in small traditional Ladakhi tents. We’ll stay in basic accommodation nearby.
Day 10: Tso Moriri Lake – Tso Kar Lake – Leh
We’ll start the morning with a drive to Tsokar Lake, stopping along the way visit the unique geo-thermal hot springs near Puga. The landscape will change dramatically on the way to the lake, traversing India’s second-highest pass, and then descending into another lunar landscape. The saltwater lake is an unusual sight with unique photographic opportunities. Once done here, we’ll head back to Leh.
Day 11: Leh – Stok, the Royal village of Ladakh
After breakfast, we’ll enjoy some time at a local market. Here we’ll see local sellers, bakers, and a whole host of other people going about their daily business. At lunch time we’ll head to Gyab-Thago Heritage Home in Stok, the Royal Village of Ladakh. Here we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch with a local family before proceeding to photograph the family, many of whom will be wearing traditional clothing, in the incredible old house, now over 200 years old. This is a true local experience. We’ll enjoy our final meal together in Leh in the evening, before saying our farewells.
Day 12: Leh departure
After an early breakfast, transfer to Kushok Bakula terminal for your flight to Delhi. Time to say good bye ladakh.
Inclusions and Exclusions
Accommodation (3-star Hotels and camp tend)
private transport during all the trip
Breakfast and dinners (beverage not included).
Guiding/Tuition from a Western professional photographer; second photographer guide where there are 6 participants or more.
Local tour guide English speaking
Inner line permits and all entry fees
Tso Moriri lake and k-top, wild life fee, Red Cross fee
Round-trip airport pick-up and drop-off
Airfare to and from Leh
Lunches and beverages
Entry visa in India
Extra cost for hotel and transfers incase of flight cancellation and road blocks or any factors beyondcontrol
Medical & Travel Insurance
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
Simply fill out the form on this page to let us know your dates and preferences. We’ll need a USD $300 deposit via Paypal to reserve your dates.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
We understand that plans change, but please consider your deposit a firm commitment. A non-refundable deposit of USD $300 is payable to reserve your spot, with the remaining balance to be paid on or before 45-days prior to the commencement of the tour. Please check with us before making travel arrangements.