A wonderful Ladakh experience, courtesy Voygr....
My son and I spent 12 days with Behzad and team in Ladakh in June-July 2019. I am an experienced hiker and climber, but this was my first trip with a top-class tour company – and the experience was simply, absolutely outstanding!
We were keen to do some hikes and also learn photography. Behzad created a customized itinerary for us to do multiple treks; observe and learn about snow leopard tracking and conservation from the folks who are world-leaders in this field; see the impact of efforts to encourage eco-tourism and preserve the traditional way of village life; and explore varied terrain ranging from Leh to Hemis National Park to the Nubra Valley, ending up with a wonderful trek/jeep safari from Tso Kar to Tso Moriri.
Along the way, Behzad taught us the ins and outs of landscape and portrait photography, and got us to the most wonderful situations (outdoors and indoors) and people to photograph. The type of access Voygr has to experts, geographies, people – I cannot conceive of anyone else being able to offer anything that comes close.
Logistics and equipment were top-notch. I felt a bit guilty about the wonderful style in which we stayed, but hey, you only live once. The camping facilities (complete with a loo-with-a-view tent), the outstanding food that was drummed up seemingly out of nowhere, and the terrific service by the camp staff – all of it made for a memorable experience. I want to single out Sharif for exemplary dedication and service – I don’t have the right words to praise him, he is such an outstanding human being and guide.
We engaged Behzad to be with for all the 12 days, and it was the best decision we made! He is absolutely delightful company – knowledgeable, engaging, with a terrific sense of humor. Rashid joined us for the last 4 days, and we got to know another terrific professional – I am coming back to Ladakh next summer to go climbing with Rashid.
So, all in all, easily one of the best travel experiences I have ever had. We will be back, repeatedly.