I first visited Ladakh in the early 90’s to guide one of Ladakh’s highest mountains Stok Kangri 6100 metres. At this time I was fit as a flea and shooting with film! However, capturing the wild landscapes that always blew me away seemed virtually impossible back then; it’s really tricky getting the camera out to be creative whilst puffing uphill with minimum oxygen! Last year I revisited Ladakh to guide the same mountain again and to set up our current photographic expedition. Three things came out of this reccy trip, first, the landscapes were still amazing, second that photographing in remote places is easier with new digital technology and third, Stok Kangri seemed to have grown somewhat!!
On our 2012 Ladakh photographic expedition we all discovered that photographing Ladakh really well is not for the faint hearted, it is a full on adventure at altitude with lots of early morning sunrises, several nights out in very remote areas including four nights in tented accommodation and wild drives over some of the world’s highest road passes; in balance these hardships seemed well worth it as we all came home with some really fine images. Here are a few just to give some idea with lots more to come. We are already excitedly planning next years trip, it’s been extended to allow more time in Lamayuru and two days at the Korzok Gustor festival on the banks of Tso Moriri Lake; it’s going to be a remarkable trip.
Dates 28 June – 13 July 2013. Full details online in a couple of weeks.
(Images: Martin & Geraldine)