Ladakh Expedition – Monasteries, Nomads, Mountains and Festivals
- Lamayuru and Thiksey monasteries
- Changpa Nomads
- Nubra Valley of flowers
- Himalayan snow peaks
- Two humped Bactrian camels and sand dunes
- Cross high mountain passes Warila and Khardungla
- Views of Karakoram
- Korzok Gustor Festival
- Tso Moriri Lake
- Remote cliff top monasteries
- Spectacular flights over Himalayas
- Basgo Fort
- Home-stay beneath Monastery
Our 2016 departure filled very quickly, if you missed this year make sure you book early for 2017. We have added an extra day to allow guests more time at Tso Moriri and the Korzok Gustor.
We are really excited to introduce a continually improving itinerary for our adventurous photographic expedition to Ladakh. We explore the very best that this remote Buddhist country can offer the adventure travel photographer. Ladakh, or “Little Tibet” as it is known is one of the most remote areas of India and it lies to the north of the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau and south of the K2 and the Karakorams. Remaining isolated for centuries to the outside world, Ladakh has a rich cultural and religious heritage that is little changed, it offers photographers stark but stunning scenery, phenomenal mountain ranges and remote valleys, the haunting sound of monks chanting, high altitude turquoise lakes of the Tibetan plateau, rare bird-life, nomadic settlements, centuries old monasteries perched atop craggy cliffs, ancient forts, traditional villages, palaces and humble homes.
We have the opportunity to meet local people from all walks of life, children, monks, the elderly, farmers, shopkeepers; the hospitality of the local people whose homes we visit is unsurpassed, we observe the annual harvest rituals giving a rare insight into their way of life and culture – this a really special photographic journey that has been carefully planned to soak up the very best of this enchanting and memorable land.
This expedition is not for the faint-hearted, it is a full on adventure with several nights out in very remote areas including three nights in tented accommodation (attached bathroom) by the stunning Tso Moriri Lake home of the Changpo nomads. We cross two of the worlds highest road passes.
Staying mostly in family run hotels and eating local produce we are really contributing to the local community. Our contacts with the Changpo Nomads are strong and we are involved in various projects that aim to enhance their health and well being. Participants will be accompanied at all times by a local and very knowledgeable Ladakhi Guide. Be prepared to be totally blown away by this expedition and come home with a deep insight into the Ladakhi way of life with travel images second to none!
For full details please download the PDF trip description
Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Flight to Leh
An early morning flight over the Himalaya to Leh, transfer to hotel for rest acclimatisation and a gentle visit to Shanti Stupa which overlooks the Indus valley. We will be here for sunset.
Day 3: Lamayuru
This morning we leave Leh early to photograph Basgo, Alchi and the amazing ‘moonland landscape’ around Lamayuru.
Day 4-5: Lamayuru
One of the oldest and most dramatic monasteries in Ladakh, Lamayuru perches atop craggy rock walls set in a unique moon like landscape. We explore yak herders summer settlement and Lamayuru village.
Day 6-7: Return to Leh
Return to Leh in the morning to allow 2 relaxing days in Leh
Day 8-10: Tso Moriri & Korzok Gustor Festival
We set off for Tsomoriri Lake, on the way we visit Thiksey Monastery for the monks morning Puja and travel through the remote Rupshu valley well off the tourist trail.
Korzok Gustor Festival
Mystic dances are performed by the Lamas. We have allowed two whole days here to make sure we cover the best events of the festival, we also have the chance to explore this high altitude lake, our friends the Changpo nomads and the spectacular surrounding landscapes.
Day 11: Return to Leh
Return to Leh through Mahe and the Indus Valley
Day 12-14: Nubra Valley
Leaving Leh early we set off for the Nubra Valley crossing the high mountain pass of Khardung La. The Nubra valley is often known as the valley of flowers. We stay in the pretty village of Hundur close to Diskit Monastery. Photographic attractions include, sand dunes, Bactrian Camels, fine landscape, village and monastery life.
Day 15: Homestay Monastery
This is a delightful opportunity to spend a night with local Ladakhi families and Buddhist Monks. This is a superb old monastery, full of character and is very photogenic.
Day 16: Retun to Leh
After sunrise and breakfast we return to Leh for a relaxing day and in the evening a final celebratory meal and image presentation by the guests and tutors.
Day 17: Delhi
Early morning flight from Leh-Delhi. WPH services end here. Participants can proceed to International airport for late afternoon/early evening homeward flights. We can arrange for you to spend a night in a Delhi hotel before an airport transfer the following day.This is not included in the trip price)
- Airport transfers to hotel on Day 1
- 11 nights hotel Leh
- 3 nights tented accommodation with attached bathroom
- 1 night local village homestay
- 1 night hotel Delhi with dinner & breakfast (day 1)
- All meals, in Ladakh
- All transport
- Professional photographic tutor/tuition
- Wild Photography Holiday guide/coordinator
- Local Ladakhi guide
- Entrance fees to monasteries.
- Return Delhi-Leh- Delhi flights
What’s Not included
- International flights
- Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks
- Anything not mentioned above
Taj Mahal extension
Please enquire about a 3-day Taj Mahal extension.
Complete Itinerary and Full Details
The complete itinerary and further details can be found in the trip description PDF It is important that you read the full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday. Better still give us a call and chat to Geraldine who has been travelling to Ladakh since 1991 or Paul Harris who will be leading this expedition in 2016!