Ladakh Photography Expedition- Winter

Silhoutte of a Bactrian camel in Nubra Valley, LadakhThe Ladakh Photography Expedition 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 viewing the stunning wildlife.


March 10 – March 22, 2018
Ladakh, India
Group Size: 8
Spots:  Available
Duration: 14 Days.
This expedition can also be mounted at your convenience, with just 1 person.


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Expedition Details

The Ladakh Photography Expedition

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 Photography 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 winter itinerary covers the region around Leh, the Nubra Valley, the Brokpa tribal villages of Dah and Hanu, and the lakes of Tso Moriri and Tso Kar. If you’re interested in the Zanskar region, check out our summer 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

fbprofile Behzad J. Larry

Behzad is a professional photographer, historian, and explorer. He is regularly featured in travel publication 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.

Rashid_profileAbdul Rashid

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

March 10. Arrive in Delhi, India Day 1. Free day. Overnight in Delhi. Stay at the Imperial Hotel, one of Asia’s finest heritage hotels. (B)
March 11. Arrive in Leh, India
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 Grand Dragon Hotel. (B, L, D)
March 12. Explore Leh Today’s an easy day for acclimatization. We’ll explore the nearby monasteries of Thiksey, Stakna, and Matho.  (B, L, D)
March 13. Drive to Dah We’ll set out to visit the descendants of the armies of Alexander the Great, the Brokpa people in the villages of Dah and Hanu.  (B, L, D)
March 14. Explore Dah & Hanu
Explore the Aryan valley and interact and engage with the Brokpa tribe’s people. Portrait sessions. (B, L, D)
March 15. Return to Leh Explore the monasteries of Lamayuru and Alchi on the way to Leh. Also stop by the confluence of the mighty Indus and Zanskar. (B, L, D)
March 16. Leh to Sumur Cross the mighty Khardung La pass into Nubra valley. Explore landscapes and portraits in Sumur. (B, L, D)
March 17.  Sumur to Turtuk, India Visit the most beautiful village in India. Stop by the sand dunes of Hunder to witness the 2 humped Bactrian camels (B, L, D)
March 18. Turtuk to Leh, India Head back to Leh via Khardung La. Free evening in Leh. (B, L, D)
March 19. Leh to Korzok, India Set out for the beautiful Tso Moriri Lake. Witness amazing landscapes, take pictures of nomads and get lucky with wild life viewing. (B, L, D)
March 20. Korzok to Tso Kar, India Journey to another smaller, but very different high altitude lake of Tso Kar, prized for wildlife  (B, L, D)
March 21. Tso Kar to Leh, India Return to Leh and spend your last evening relaxing, shopping, and backing up your hard drive! (B, L, D)
March 22. Depart to Delhi, India Fly back to Delhi. Overnight in Delhi. Stay at the Imperial Hotel, one of Asia’s finest heritage hotels. (B)
March 23. Fly out! 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.)
  • 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 Photography Expedition

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 1

March 5, 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 Photography Expedition Day 2

March 6, 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 Photography Expedition Day 3

March 7, 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 Photography Expedition Day 4

March 8, 2017. Leh to the Aryan Valley
We’ll set out towards the village of Dah and Hanu in the district of Kargil. Following the Indus as it twists and turns through a series of beautiful gorges, we’ll arrive at our destination in the afternoon. We’ll stop along the picturesque drive for plenty of landscapes. Overnight stay at guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 5

March 9, 2017. Explore the Aryan Valley
While some claim that the Brokpa tribe are descended from remnants of Alexander’s the Great’s army, they are in fact a part of the Dard ethnic group. The members of this community have stunning headgear and decorate their clothes with flowers and plants. The Brokpa of Ladakh are nominally Buddhists. However, they still retain marked traces of their pre-Buddhist animistic religion, Bon-chos. The day will be spent exploring the villages of Dah and Hanu and engaging with the community. There will be portrait sessions throughout the day. Overnight stay at guesthouse. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 6

March 10, 2017. Return to Leh
Today, we’ll set out for Leh. We’ll stop at various points of interest along the way. Our first stop will be 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. It is famous for it’s wall paintings. Then we’ll proceed to the sangam, or confluence, of the mighty Indus river with the Zanskar before proceeding to Leh. Evening free to explore around Leh. Overnight in the Singge Palace (B, L, D).

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 7

March 11, 2017. Leh to Sumur
We’ll set out from Leh and cross the Khardung La pass, on a route considered the highest motorable road in India towards our destination for the night, Sumur village. Sumur lies near the gorgeous Shyok river which enters Nubra in the east from China and exists it in the west into Pakistan. Sumur lies across the river from the village of Hundur, which used to be the capital of the Nubra Valley in the 17th century alongside the Silk Route. Today it’s a small village with the two monasteries of Deskit and Samstanling near it.  We’ll spend the night around Sumur. At night we’ll explore skyscapes and astrophotography. Overnight in luxury camp at Sumur. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 8

March 12, 2017. Sumur to Turtuk
In the morning, we’ll set forth for Turtuk, a remote village of around 4,000 people. Turtuk, located in far corner of the scenic and impressive Nubra Valley, is one of the few Muslim villages in Ladakh. It lies a few kilometers from the ‘line of control’ that separate India and Pakistan. Until 1971, this village was a part of Pakistani Baltistan. Historically, it has shared strong economic and cultural ties with Tibet. The residents speak Balti and some Ladakhi and English.

Enroute to Turtuk, we’ll visit the monastery at Diskit, and photograph the double-humped Bactrian camels that live in the Hunder desert created by the rain-shadow of the Ladakh Range of the Himalayas.

In the day we’ll explore portraits and landscapes. We’ll walk up to Yul village which offers portraits in narrow lanes and amidst old, beautiful buildings. Yul is surrounded by green fields, orchards, a few ancient flour mills that harness the power of streams, and stone carvings. We’ll also visit a few families to explore portraits. Many of our subjects will be dressed in traditional Ladakhi garb.We’ll return to the guest house for lunch. In the evening we’ll visit Pharol village which is more scattered with a view of the Pakistan border and the valley. Overnight in guesthouse. For those interested, we can again try our starscapes, startrails, and other astro photography. Overnight at guest house in Turtuk. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 9

March 13, 2017. Turtuk to Leh
We’ll say goodbye to Turtuk and head back to Leh today. The drive back to Leh will have plenty of opportunities for beautiful landscape photography. We’ll stop again at the top of Khardung La pass for an invigorating cup of tea before descending back down into Leh valley. Evening free in Leh. Overnight at Grand Dragon hotel in Leh. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 10

March 14, 2017. Leh to Korzok, Tso Moriri
Tso Moriri Lake is one of the crown jewels of Ladakh. The high-altitude salt water lake (‘tso’ means lake in Tibetan) is part of the Changthang plateau that extends into Tibet. Tso Moriri lies 220 kms south of Leh and takes about seven hours to reach. Much of the drive down is along the mighty Indus river. The road to Tso Moriri is gorgeous. It offers beautiful views of narrow valleys, small villages, the Chumathang hot springs, and Tsakangkaru Lake, where locals would traditionally make rock salt for trade along the Silk Route. At Tso Moriri, we’ll encounter nomads camped on both sides of the lake. In the evening, we’ll explore Korzok village, the monastery and check out the view point from where we’ll see the 38 kilometer lake surrounded by snow capped peaks such as Chamser, Lungser, and the Mento Ridge group of peaks. Overnight in camp or guesthouse (B, L, D).

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 11

March 15, 2017. Korzok to Tso Kar
The saltwater Tso Moriri Lake, which is about 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) above sea level, will be beautiful at sunrise. We’ll visit some of the nomads in the morning to see how they milk the Pashminas and then depart for the smaller 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. (B, L, D)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 12

March 16, 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 Photography Expedition Day 13

March 17, 2017. Depart Leh
Fly back to Delhi. Check in to the Imperial. Free day in Delhi. (B)

Ladakh Photography Expedition Day 14

March 18, 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 Sumur
In Sumur, we’ll stay at a luxury camp. These camps have swiss style tents with carpeted interiors, comfortable beds, and hot water.

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The Voygr Camps
Hemis National Park
Voygr has one of the largest inventories of tents, sleeping bags, mattress pads, and expeditionary gear in Ladakh. We routinely purchase new gear and sell off our equipment when it begins showing signs of wear and age. Each adventurer will get their own tent (we can do a double tent for couples) sleeping mats, and heavy down sleeping bags. The camps will have kitchen tents, dining tents, and toilet tents. Hot water will be available in the mornings and evenings for washing up.

Ladakh Photography Expedition

This is a full luxury expedition with 3 guides, 2 spotters, 2 cooks, 3 helpers, 10 porters, and 20 horses.

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Packing

So what should you pack on a Photography expedition?

March will be mid-winter and quite cold. Average temperatures in Ladakh in March range from a low of -20º C (-4º F) to a high of 4º C (39º F).

While the cold can be a little biting, it is also what transforms wintertime Ladakh into a magical place. The Bactrian camels will have a full coat of hair, the folks in the villages will be dressed in their traditional winter clothes, and the wildlife will be plentiful and free-ranging in the absence of the summer tourists.

Your Voygr crew will endeavor to keep you warm and well hydrated through the day with hot drinking water, plentiful tea spots, and delicious hot food. Here’s what we suggest you pack to keep your body happy.

Clothing

Outerwear

  • waterproof/breathable jacket
  • waterproof/breathable pants
  • insulated parka (preferably goose-down)
  • fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • synthetic or softshell hiking pants
  • fleece pants

Base Layer

  • expedition-weight long john bottoms
  • expedition-weight long john top
  • midweight long john top
  • midweight long john bottoms
  • long sleeve T-shirt
  • synthetic briefs
  • synthetic sports bra

Accessories

  • wool or fleece hat
  • balaclava
  • midweight wool or fleece gloves
  • waterproof cold weather gloves

Footwear

  • insulated camp booties
  • waterproof hiking boots (insulated is best)
  • wool or synthetic socks (3)
  • liner socks (2)

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 and bulb
  • Water bottle
  • pocket knife or multitool
  • sunglasses
  • personal medications
  • chemical heat packs (if you like them)
  • 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.

March in Ladakh is quite cold. While the sun is out, temperatures remain around freezing or even above freezing. However, as the sun goes down, temperatures plummet and it can get quite cold. Voygr’s got some great sleeping bags and good tents. You’ll be comfortably warm while you’re sleeping, but you’ll still need to be able to cope with the rigors of a winter trip.

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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