Ladakh Photography Tour, Indian Himalaya

13 Day Tour / Price from £1175 PP

24 July - 5 August 2017 - Places available     

Join professional photographer Neil A White on a visual journey through some of the wonders of Ladakh in the Indian Himalaya. This remote part of North India has one of the most unique and beautiful landscapes in the world, where Tibetan Buddhist culture flourishes. It offers distinctive opportunities for those interested in travel and landscape photography.

On this photographic tour Neil will give extensive photography tuition while sharing his expertise, knowledge, and experience enabling you too become a better picture taker in this environment. This includes group and one to one instruction, demonstrations and daily feedback along with reviews of your work in a collaborative, fun and relaxed environment.

The aims are to visually and personally discover this unique landscape and the Ladakh culture through the medium of Photography and enhance your skills as a photographer. This will be achieved through photographic shoots and plenty of practical time along with support in the field. There will also be plenty of time to relax.

The technical aspects of capturing great images will be covered along with how to develop your eye and creatively make pictures your own.

Come and share the adventure together in this visual journey and discover the unique landscape, light and culture of Ladakh through your own eyes.

This tour is made in partnership with Intrepid Travel who organise all bookings, logistics and land arrangements.

Tour Highlights
  • Travel through some of the most unique landscape in the world in the comfort of a mini van
  • Hands on learning by a professional photographer
  • Visit several varied locations with the photographer in mind along with cultural experiences
  • See life of the monks at many at the monasteries including Hemis Thiksy and Lamayuru
  • Sessions to enable to capture stunning pictures of Ladakh and its people
  • Insights into travel, landscape, documentary, portraiture photography practices
  • Constant photographic interaction and assistance in the field and reviews of your work
  • Pangong Lake brilliant turquoise waters
  • Nubra Valley of Flowers
  • Reviews and critiques of your work by a professional photographer throughout the tour
  • Experience the culture of Ladakh

Itinerary

Day 1 – ARRIVE LEH

Arrival at Leh airport, you are met by our local representative and transferred to your accommodation. Today is a rest day, so no activities planned.  In the evening you will be welcomed by your Intrepid tour leader and briefed about the tour -  so now is the time to ask any questions! Afterwards you go for a welcome meal at a local restaurant.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 2 – LEH

After breakfast, Neil will give a photographic briefing of the tour before setting off to explore Leh with your cameras.

In the afternoon visit Shanti Stupa built by Japanese monks to promote world peace. A great view can be seen here of Leh and the landscape. Then visit the monastery Sankar Gompa which has a spire made in gold. We will walk through the market areas in Leh and practice portrait photography. Later we will visit Leh Palace for stunning views and take some landscape pictures. Rest of the day free at leisure.

Optional: Enjoy a Traditional Ladakhi dance show in hotel.

Day 3 – LEH: Shey / Thiksey / Hemis

Early morning visit to the impressive Thiksey Monastery to witness the early morning prayers by the monks. Visit Hemis, which is the most important monastery in Ladakh, then visit Shey Back to Leh and in the evening a group review of your photographs from the day.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 5 – LEH / LAMAYURU / ALCHI

Daylong photo sessions of the monasteries and the life of the monks. This will include those living at the Phyang, Stok and Spituk monasteries. We will also look at how to tell a story with photographs and documentary photography. In the evening we will return to the hotel in Leh.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 6 – ALCHI / LEH

Today we will drive back from Lamayuru and on the way visit one of the most historic monastery called Alchi. After meeting with the head lama of this monastery we will take a pleasant stroll of the village of Alchi. Then continue the drive towards Leh, check in hotel for night stay.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 7 – LEH / DESKIT / HUNDER                                                                  

After breakfast we will start the spectacular drive to the Nubra Valley. Passing over the Khardung-La pass (The highest road in the world at 5,602 Metres). We will stop to take in the views and take landscape pictures. From here we will drive onto the Nubra Valley. We will enjoy camel safari at Deskit, night stay in camps / photography of surreal sand dunes and visit Diskit Monastery.

Over night in homestay with a Lakakhi family.

Day 8 – HUNDER / TURTUK

Arrive at the Balti village of Turtuk. Spend the day photographing the village and landscape. You will have free time to wonder around this wonderful village. Overnight in home-stay where you will enjoy a traditional Balti meal.

Overnight at Homestay

Day 9 – TURTUK / LEH

Today we will drive back to Leh, check in hotel evening free for shopping and other activities.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 10 – LEH / PANGONG

After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake and drive towards Chang La at 5,486 meters where we will see beautiful views. We travel along winding roads passing through villages where we will stop for breaks. We will reach the lake in the afternoon, which is famous for its beautiful blue colour and is 130km long and 7km wide. You will feel close to nature in this beautiful natural location. There will be landscape photographic sessions in afternoon and night photography by the lake.

Overnight at Pangong Retreat Camp or Similar.

Day 11 – PANGONG / LEH

Spend the morning walking along the banks of the lake along with bird watching and explore the village nearby. Later drive back to Leh and enroute we will visit Chemrey Monastery

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 12 – LEH

Spend the day in Leh editing pictures and review/feedback sessions of your work. We will also look at digital workflow and postproduction. Final fairwell dinner.

After the tour each participant can submit 3 of their best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive criticism will be provided. With your agreement a selection and the best pictures will be published on our website, blog and Facebook.

Overnight at Pangong Hotel or Similar.

Day 13 – DEPART LEH

After breakfast and final farewell drop at the airport for flights home.

END OF Tour

Required experience

This tour is for beginners in photography and those with some photographic experience. If you need to chat about this or anything else please feel free to get in touch with Neil anytime.

What you will gain from the workshops

The tour is designed for a beginner in photography and those with some experience. We will begin at the basics of photography enabling you to develop a strong foundation in photographic technique, creativity and composition.

Our aim is to help you grow as a photographer by working with you as part of a group and individually with hands on support, and reviews of your work. Learning within a group will give you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and your passion, which will expand your photographic perspective.

With our guidance we encourage you to discover you own visual voice and focus on what appeals to you photographically whether be landscapes, portraiture, travel or documentary style. We give plenty of demonstrations and photo shoots set, which will be exciting and give you the chance to capture some stunning, images.

Our approach is to keep the itinerary interesting and varied but at the same time not having a huge list of places to visit. Therefore having quality time at locations so as to get the most out of it both photographically and on a personal level. Immersing your self both visually and sensually. The approach is holistic and aims at giving you a real feeling for the pulse of place and the people of Ladakh and share cultural experiences and seeing breath taking natural landscapes.

What is included

  • Photography guidance by professional photographer
  • Tour leader with local knowledge
  • Cover of photography basics
  • Lots of practice and hands on experience with demonstrations
  • Work in groups and individually with assignments set
  • Continual feedback given along with review sessions. One on one and in a group
  • Discover the unique culture of Ladakh

Photographic styles explored

  • Landscape photography
  • Portraiture
  • Action shots
  • Documentary and shooting stories
  • Shooting towns and buildings
  • Photographing food and markets
  • Night photography

Technical aspects covered 

  • Getting familiar with your camera and understanding the different settings
  • Understanding relationship between ISO, F-stops & shutter speeds
  • Exposure control
  • Creative uses of Depth of Field
  • Understanding histograms
  • Menu functions & modes
  • RAW vs jpeg quality 
  • Using manual
  • Understanding natural light
  • Composition / The rule of thirds

Philosophy

Have a safe trip is our first priority.

The itinerary has been designed to take into account the high altitude and the time your body needs to adjust. During the first few days of the tour it is important not to rush and exert yourself during the acclimatization period. 

Ladakh is a magical land with endless photography opportunities; the landscape can seem to get more and more spectacular. There will be quite allot of travelling by SUV-jeep but we will have plenty of stops to take in the landscape and rest. The journey is part of the adventure and we want to make this as memorable and comfortable as possible, even when at times it can seem challenging in such an environment.

You will stay in accommodation, which will always give you a taste of the Ladakhi people and its culture while ensuring your comfort. Please be aware the Himalaya region is a remote land so be prepared for any hardships and take it in a good spirit.

Environmental responsibility

We do our up most to minimize the environmental impact of the tour. This is something, which is very important to us.

When we are out in the field we encourage everyone to travel responsibly and consider these guidelines;

  • Protect the environment – its flora, fauna and landscapes. 
  • We encourage you to use water sparingly particularly, in Ladakh it is a precious asset and expensive commodity. Also, avoid buying plastic bottles of water and use your own bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source of which there are many around
  • River water could also be drinking water, do not contaminate water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free
  • Minimize pollution and carry out litter

 We respect the local customs and people at all times while supporting the local community.


Price and Booking of the Photography Tour

The price is from £1175 / $1673 / €1480 per person

When booking a deposit of £200 is required.

Group size - Maximum 12

Bookings are handled by the Intrepid Travel Private Groups department in the United Kingdom. Your contract is with them, and they will handle all payments. This means that you are protected by their industry bonding. If you purchase a flight for you through them you can be issued with an ATOL certificate. 

To make a booking please fill out the booking form on the link below. This will be forwarded to Intrepid Travel who will contact you directly to take the deposit payment.

  

 

 

What is included

  • All transportation as per the itinerary in a mini jeep
  • All transfers to and from the airport in Leh
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in standard hotels, camps/home stays 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 
  • All applicable govt taxes, fuel, car parking etc 
  • Innerline permits for Nubra & Pangong Lake 
  • Monastery entrance fees
  • Camel rides in Nubra Valley  

What is not included

  • Flights to and from Leh and any other destinations
  • International airport departute tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, tips, personal expenses, drinks, alcohol etc
  • Any extra places to visit outside of the itinerary
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Any medical expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

Please do contact us with any questions you may have.