Ladakh Photo Expedition – Summer

Ladakh Photo ExpeditionThe Ladakh Photo Expedition with Behzad Larry takes you on a photo tour of the kingdom of Ladakh, nestled in the high Himalayas of India. Capture fantastic images while traveling through scenic mountain villages, the world’s highest passes, ancient Tibetan monasteries, and view stunning wildlife.


June 3 – June 19, 2018
Ladakh, India
Group Size: 6
Spots:  Available
Duration: 17 Days.
This expedition can also be mounted at your convenience, with just 1 person.


$5,590
per person

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Expedition Details

The Ladakh Photography Expedition

Discover the ancient land of Ladakh, at a nexus of crossroads between the Indian Subcontinent and the heart of Central Asia. We invite you to spend some time with us in Ladakh and unlock your creative side. Explore ancient cultural traditions, culinary delights, magnificent mountains, thundering rivers, and the company of like-minded travelers. Bring back stunning pictures and memories for a lifetime.

The Ladakh Photo Expedition with Voygr goes off the beaten path to find vistas, landscapes, and cultural experiences that are out of the ordinary while providing you with an unhurried and comfortable experience. Our  guides are expert photographers, accomplished travelers, and fun companions. They are scholars, mountaineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. You’ll learn about an area’s history, ecology, geology, culture, and more. This informed perspective coupled with our photographic guidance and instruction will help you maximize your time and creativity!

This summer itinerary covers the region around Leh, the beautiful region of Zanskar, and the lake of Tso Kar. If you’re interested in the high-altitude lakes of the Changthang region, such as Tso Moriri and Pangong or Nubra Valley, check out our winter photo expedition itinerary instead. Winter affords surreal landscapes, frozen vistas, and portraits where the locals are dressed in traditional clothes. In the summer, we escape the tourist crowds and head to Zanskar in search of authenticity and solitude. Contact us for a custom plan.

Voygr’s Expert Guides

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Behzad is a professional photographer, historian, and explorer. He is regularly featured in travel publications such as Discover India. As expedition leader, Behzad will work closely with you on your photographic goals and work with you based on your skill level and personal goals.

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Our Head of Himalayan Operations, Abdul Rashid, is a Ladakhi who has organized photography and filming expeditions for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and the BBC. Rashid’s deep connections across the region and two decades of experience as a professional guide make him a world expert on Ladakh.

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Quick Itinerary

June 3. Arrive in Delhi, India Day 1. Free day. Overnight in Delhi. Stay at the Imperial Hotel, one of Asia’s finest heritage hotels. (B)
June 4. Arrive in Leh, India
Day 2. Fly to Leh. Today will be a day for rest and acclimatization to get used to the altitude of 3,200 meters, 10,498 feet. Stay at the Singge Palace hotel (B, L, D)
June 5. Explore Leh Day 3. Today’s an easy day for acclimatization. We’ll explore the nearby monasteries of Thiksey, Stakna, and Matho.  (B, L, D)
June 6. Drive to Kargil Day 4. We’ll set out to the beautiful Suru valley and drive along the twisting Indus river to Kargil.  (B, L, D)
June 7. Drive to Rangdum
Day 5. Head into the incredibly scenic Zanskar region of Ladakh. First stop, the small village of Rangdum (B, L, D)
June 8. Drive to Padum Day 6. Onward to Padum, the capital of Zanskar. We’ll stop for plenty of photographs along the way. (B, L, D)
June 9. Day trip to Karsha Day 7. Today, we’ll attend the ancient monastic festival of Karsha Gustor at the monastery of Karsha. (B, L, D)
June 10.  Drive to  Rangdum Day 8. We’ll head back along the scenic route to Rangdum. (B, L, D)
June 11. Drive to Kargil
Day 9. Say goodbye to the towering mountains of Nun and Kun, and hello again to the familiar. Overnight in Kargil.  (B, L, D)
June 12. Drive to Lamayuru Day 10.  (B, L, D)
June 13. Lamayuru  Day 11.
June 14. Leh Day 12. We’ll head back to Leh while stopping at some scenic sights such as the monasteries of Lamayuru, and Alchi. Overnight in Leh.
June 15. Tso Moriri
Day 13. We’ll set out for the beautiful high-altitude lake of Tso Moriri (B, L, D)
June 16. Tso Moriri
Day 14. Return to Leh and spend your last evening relaxing, shopping, and backing up your hard drive! (B, L, D)
June 17. Drive to Leh
Day 15. Return to Leh and spend your last evening relaxing, shopping, and backing up your hard drive! (B, L, D)
June 18. Depart to Delhi, India Day 16. Fly back to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi. Stay at the Imperial Hotel, one of Asia’s finest heritage hotels. (B)
June 19. Fly out! Day 17. Fly home (B).

Make sure to book your flights no earlier than the evening of the 17th, since flights out of Leh are sometimes cancelled due to bad mountain weather.

B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.

What’s Included in the Tour

  • Behzad J. Larry, Photographer, adventurer, and historian, as your expedition leader.
  • Abdul Rashid as your expert Ladakhi guide
  • Accommodation in the 5 Star world-famous Imperial hotel in Delhi, with breakfast, on twin-sharing. (Single extra.)
  • Accommodation in the A Class Singge Palace Hotel in Leh with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, on twin-sharing.  (Single extra.)
  • Accommodation in guest houses in Zanskar and Kargil with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, on twin-sharing. (Single extra.)
  • All journeys via Tempo Traveler (seats 11 comfortably)
  • Domestic flights between Delhi and Leh (roundtrip)
  • Pre-trip advice and briefing
  • Group medical kit and oxygen cylinder in the vehicle for emergencies.

What’s NOT Included

  • International flights
  • Visa for India
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, beverages, gifts, calls, laundry, snacks, battery charging etc.
  • Gratuities

Please read Voygr’s terms & conditions for further details.

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Full Itinerary

Full Itinerary

Ladakh Photo Expedition

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 1

July 16, 2017. Arrive in Delhi.
Arrive in Delhi
We’ll pick you up at the airport and drive you to your home for the day, Delhi’s famous Imperial Hotel. The Imperial, opened in 1936, is one of the world’s iconic hotels and is steeped in history. It’s architecture is a blend of Victorian, old-Colonial, and Art Deco styles. Relax and enjoy your day in Delhi. Breakfast included. Overnight at the Imperial Hotel.

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 2

July 17, 2017. Arrive in Leh
An early wake-up call today as we catch the morning flight to the Trans-Himalayan town of Leh. Leh straddles the old silk route and was a nexus of important Central Asian trade routes till the late 1950’s. Today the bustling town serves as an entry point to a dozen different types of mountain and high altitude adventures. We’ll check-in to our hotel in Leh, the Singge Palace Hotel, and spend the day at a pace that is slower than normal to properly acclimatize to the high altitude. We recommend reading a book, drinking a few cups of tea, and enjoying the view. Time is the best way to acclimatize. In the evening we’ll have a welcome dinner and trip briefing with the whole crew. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Singge Palace.

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 3

July 18, 2017. Explore Leh
An easy day of sightseeing, landscape photography, and monastic portraits lies ahead of us today. We’ll visit the fourteenth and fifteenth century monasteries of Thiksey, Stakna, and Matho for some stunning views of the Indus valley and an insight into Tibetan Buddhism. In the evening, we’ll visit the Shanti Stupa or Peace Pagoda, built by the Japanese, and get a view of Leh by dusk. Overnight at the Singge Palace. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 4

July 19, 2017. Leh to Kargil
We’ll set out on the scenic highway along the mighty Indus river towards Kargil. Stop at viewpoints along the way and spend the night in Kargil. The Suru valley used to be a gathering point for traders from across Baltistan (now in Pakistan), Ladakh, Tibet, and Zanskar. The area has some beautiful landscapes. Overnight in guest house in Kargil. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 5

July 20, 2017. Kargil to Rangdum
Rangdum is located around halfway between Kargil and Padum. The road there is incredibly scenic, possible one of the most beautiful in the world. We’ll stop midway to explore 2 small lakes, check out the view of the towering peaks of Nun and Kun, and view the Drang-Drung glacier from Pensi La pass. It is one of the largest glaciers in India at almost 23 KM in length! Overnight at guest house in Rangdum. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 6

July 21, 2017. Rangdum to Padum
We’ll cover another 100 or so kilometers to reach Padum by noon. We’ll stop for plenty of photographs along the way on this incredible landscape. The small town of Padum is incredibly disconnected from the rest of India, and will provide some fun opportunities for portraits. We’ll explore the town at your leisure. Overnight in guesthouse. (B, L, D).

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 7

July 22, 2017. Karsha Gustor Monastic Festival
Today, we’ll visit Karsha Monastery, a 16th century Gelugpa monastery located about 6 KM from Padum. The monastery is under the control of the younger brother of the Dalai Lama. Karsha will be crowded with locals who have traveled great distances to see monks perform the sacred Chams masked dances to celebrate the victory of good over evil. There will be tonnes of great photo opportunities. Back to Padum in the evening. Overnight in guesthouse (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 8

July 23, 2017. Padum to Rangdum.
We’ll drive back to Rangdum today. Overnight in guest house in Rangdum. Overnight at guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 9

July 24, 2017. Rangdum to Kargil.
We’ll retrace our drive to Kargil and say goodbye to the Zanskar region today. Overnight in guest house in Kargil.

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 10

July 25, 2017. Kargil to Leh
Today, we’ll set out for Leh. We’ll stop at various points of interest along the way. Our first major stop will be to explore the magnificent geological formations near the 17th century monastery of Lamayuru. The area near the monastery is called the “moonland” because of the crater like depressions formed by the water based erosion over millennia.  We’ll then head to the monastery of Alchi. Alchi Choskhor is a cluster of ancient buildings around the village of Alchi dating as far back as the 10th century CE and with many different architectural styles present. Then we’ll proceed to the sangam, or confluence, of the mighty Indus river with the Zanskar river before proceeding to Leh. Evening free to explore around Leh. Overnight in the Singge Palace Hotel. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 11

July 26, 2017. Leh to Tso Kar
We’ll depart for the small high-altitude lake of Tso Kar. Flanked by lofty mountains, this serene lake and the area around it attract a range of wildlife, including migratory birds, marmots, Tibetan wild asses, and (rarely spotted) Tibetan wolves. Nomadic herders of goats, yaks, and cows live in this lake’s vicinity, too. We’ll spend the day exploring wildlife opportunities and landscape shots. If nomads are around, we’ll also engage them for some portraits. Overnight in camp. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 12

July 27, 2017. Tso Kar to Leh
We’ll depart the Changthang region in the morning and make our way back to Leh, about 6 hours by road. We’ll stop along the way for lunch and whenever good photo opportunities present themselves. Overnight at the Singge Palace. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 13

July 28, 2017. Depart Leh
Fly back to Delhi. Check in to the Imperial. Free day in Delhi. (B)

Ladakh Photo Expedition Day 14

July 29, 2017. Fly home.
Make sure to book your flights no earlier than the evening of the 17th, since flights out of Leh are sometimes cancelled due to bad mountain weather.

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Accommodations

The Imperial Hotel
New Delhi
The Imperial is one of the world’s finest five star hotels. It is steeped in rich history and located in central Delhi. The Imperial houses one of the world’s largest collections of Colonial lithographic art including many original Daniel’s. The Spa at the Imperial is rated highly and will make for a wonderful and relaxing retreat at the end of your adventure.

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The Singge Palace
Leh
The Singge Palace is a luxurious hotel located a few minutes walk from the main market of Leh. The warm hospitality and traditional Ladakhi friendliness of the staff keep you warm and comfortable in the cold Trans Himalayan winter.

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Luxury Camp in Tso Kar
These camps have swiss style tents with carpeted interiors, comfortable beds, and hot water.

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This is a full luxury expedition with 2 guides.

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Packing

So what should you pack on a Photography expedition?

Summer is really nice in Ladakh. Average temperatures in Ladakh in July range from a low of 8º C (46º F) to a high of 32º C (90º F).

When the sun is out, it can get quite warm, though a passing cloud can drop temperatures quickly. The evenings are cool and even chilly. The passes are high enough to require a few layers even in peak summer. Pay layers and you’ll be happy.

Clothing

Outerwear

  • waterproof/breathable jacket
  • fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • synthetic or softshell hiking pants

Base Layer

  • t-shirts
  • long sleeve T-shirt
  • synthetic briefs
  • synthetic sports bra

Accessories

  • wool or fleece hat
  • midweight wool or fleece gloves

Footwear

  • comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots
  • wool or synthetic socks (3)

Extras

  • sun hat
  • bandanna

Photography Equipment

  • Your camera of choice and lenses that cover portraits, wide-angle landscapes, and a telephoto or two for the wildlife.
  • An off-camera flash for portraits.
  • A tripod and remote for astro photography and low-light shots.
  • Plenty of extra batteries, since the cold saps their power.

Personal Equipment

  • Water resistant duffel bag (don’t bring a suitcase as it’s hard to load on a horse)
  • headlamp w/extra batteries
  • Water bottle
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • sunglasses
  • personal medications
  • stuff sacks
  • sunscreen (SPF 50+)
  • lip balm (SPF 50+)

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Right for me?

Is this the right adventure for me?

If you like photography and comfortable traveling, this adventure is ideal for you!

Our photography expeditions prioritize dawn and dusk so you can get the best possible images while on tour. Besides the high-altitude, our these trips are not mentally or physically exhausting. When we’re out shooting, expect to walk about the same as on any guided tour. This trip doesn’t involved any serious trekking or hiking. In the Changthang region, we’ll stay in tents and sleeping when visiting the nomads. Besides that, expect beds and running water everywhere else.

We’ve selected amazing hotels in Delhi and Leh so you can get a relaxing start and end to the trip.

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