Zanskar
Photo Tour

(LANDSCAPE & ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY)

Tour Dates

4th - 11th August, 2024

Duration

7 Nights / 8 Days

Group Size

Min 4 pax | Max 7 pax

Tour Price

Rs.72,000/-

Overview

Ladakh where the sun, moon and stars shines the brightest. Zanskar offers beautiful scenic landscapes and darkest night sky, where the Milkyway is visible to naked eyes. The main highlight of this tour is to cover local heritage, scenic landscapes and nightscapes of Ladakh. 

The visibility of Milkyway totally depends upon the weather conditions, as the weather has become unpredictable in recent years. 

Highlights

01

Star filled Night skies

02.

Off camera flash self portraits

03.

Light painting techniques with Milkyway Photography

04.

Scenic Landscape

05.

Scenic Landscape

06.

A high quality printed guide book

Who Should
Join This Tour?

If you are fascinated by unique landscape, night sky objects and Milkyway this tour is designed for you. This is a mid level photo tour, which covers Landscape and Advance Nightscape photography with advance editing techniques. This tour is the right choice for you if you want to build a strong portfolio of Zanskar-Ladakh terrain.

Even if you are a beginner you can join this tour as we have ‘Personal Pre Tour Support’ which clears all level of difficulties before we begin the tour. Individuals who are not photographers but avid nature-lover can also join our photography Tour to experience nature at its purest form. 

Why
Choose Us?

Personal Support

Pre-Tour

If you are a complete beginner in photography and you want to clear your technical doubts, a personal 1-1 meeting will be arranged via phone call if requested by you. If you still don’t feel confident, then an online video call will be arranged to clear all your doubts and we will make sure you are technically prepared for the tour.

Post-Tour

Ashish Kamble

Tour Mentor

An award-winning photographer and educator based in Mumbai, India. He specialises in off-camera flash portraits and astrophotography. Read more about Ashish on his website.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1:

LEH (11,550 feet)

Our meeting point is Leh Kaushik Bakula Rimponchee Airport, we request you to arrive before 11 am so that your body can acclimatise better. It takes 10-15 mins to reach hotel from the Airport. Check-in at hotel and complete rest for whole day. First pickup slot from airport to hotel will be at 8am and next pickup will be at around 11am.

A brief introduction to Astrophotography will be given to all participants in evening, so that you have clear idea about the methodology to be followed while shooting on field. We will also get accustomed with camera settings required for this photo tour.

Day 2:

SURU VALLEY (9,800 ft)

After a 7-8hrs drive we will reach Suru Valley via Kargil. Suru Valley is a beautiful village surrounded by snow capped mountains with green pastures and trees.

 

Our property has one of the most beautiful view of Nun-Kun mountain peak. After sunset we will get familiar with our camera setup and start Milkyway Photography.

Day 3:

RANGDUM (11998 ft)

After 4-5hrs drive we will reach Rangdum village after crossing beautiful villages like Panikhar and Parkachik.

Rangdum is one of the most beautiful village, which is surrounded by unique and colourful mountains. Rangdum also has grass hammocks which are endemic to this region and they add beautiful textures to our foreground.

Day 4:

PADUM (12,037 ft)

After a 4-5hrs drive we will reach Padum. Before reaching Padum, we will halt at Pensi La Pass twin lakes and Drang Drung glacier for landscape Photography. For night photography we will travel to Zangla, because of the remoteness of this location it offers one of the best night sky.   

Day 5:

GANBO RANGJON (14,800 ft)

After 5-6 hrs drive we will reach Mt. Ganbo Rangjon via Kurgiak Village. We will halt near Purne village which is situated next to beautiful turquoise coloured Tsarap river.

GR is a beautiful monolith which is a sacred mountain to locals. It is one of the most photographed location for Milkyway. We will do night photography under the sacred mountain Mt. Ganbo Rangjon.

Day 6:

TSO KAR (14,860 ft)

After a 7-8hrs drive we will reach Tso Kar after crossing Shinku La pas. We will take very small stops in between, as our priority will be to reach Tsokar on time.

Tso Kar is a wetland which is home to many wildlife species. Because of the remoteness of this location, the visibility of night sky is very clear. Tsokar is surrounded by beautiful snow capped mountains and seasonal salt lake.

Day 7:

LEH (11,550 feet)

After a 5-6hrs drive we will reach Leh market, where we will have lunch and you can explore and shop in Leh Market. After reaching hotel we will start with editing session followed by dinner.

Day 8:

AIRPORT DROP

After breakfast we drop our participants at the airport. We end our tour here and head back to our home with beautiful memories and powerful photos. First airport drop will be at 5am and next airport drop will be at 7am. 

Tour Gallery

Tour Price

Min 4 pax and Max 7 pax

Rs. 72,000/-

* (Private SUV car can be arranged at additional cost)

Inclusions

  • All meals, starting from Day 1 lunch to Day 9 Breakfast
  • All local transportation required during the tour
  • Entry tickets & Inline permit fees
  • Photography mentorship fees
  • Mineral water bottle

Exclusions

  • Additional beverages, snacks etc.
  • Travel from your location to Leh and Leh to your location
  • Anything that is not mentioned in the Inclusion list

Requirements

TOOLS/GEAR REQUIRED BY PARTICIPANTS:

  • DSLR or Mirror less camera
  • Sturdy Tripod
  • Wide angle lens, Telephoto lens (Optional)
  • Wired / Wireless Camera trigger (Optional)
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  • THINGS TO CARRY:
  • Personal hygiene products, personal medicines, lip bam, Vaseline etc.
  • Three layer of winter clothing, gloves, winter cap etc. You can call us to clarify on clothing layers required for this tour.
  • Portable bidet (optional)

Payment Policy

  • Rs 40,000/- needs to be paid to book your seat

  • Rs 32,000/- needs to be paid 15 days prior to the tour starting date

CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • 75% refund of full fees if cancellation is made 45 days prior to the date of the tour.

  • 50% refund of full fees if cancellation is made 30 days prior to the date of the tour.

  • 25% refund of full fees if cancellation is made 20 days prior to the date of the tour.

  • NO refund if cancellation is made 15 days prior to the date of the tour.

Frequently Asked Questions

1) Is the price negotiable?

The tour pricing has been finalised after considering the logistics, thus the pricing is final and not negotiable.

 

2) Is this a luxury Tour?

As our tour will cover some of the most remotest areas of Ladakh, we cannot expect luxury. If you are looking for luxurious tour we won’t recommend this tour as it involves staying in basic Swiss tents for 3 nights. This tour is designed for serious photography enthusiasts who are willing to explore the off beats locations even is harsh conditions. As new roads are constructed all over this region there is possibility of road block or traffic in many areas so we might have to wait on many locations for longer duration than expected.

 

3) What type of food will be served?

We offer Veg and Non-Veg food on our tour, but at times due to non availability of non veg food in remote areas we might serve only veg food.

 

4) What will be our mode of transport?

If the group size is only 4 pax then we travel by Xylo/Scorpio. If there are more than 4 pax then we travel in tempo traveler. A private 4 wheeler can be arranged at an additional cost.

 

5) What about accommodation?

We will be staying in decent hotels, Swiss tents and resort – as for astrophotography we have to travel to remote villages, the stay options are basic but comfortable. Remember Ladakh lies in one of the most remote areas of India, so we cannot expect the same accommodation which we are used to in metropolitan city.

 

6) Does it involve hiking or trekking?

Our vehicle will drive you till the photography spot which doesn’t require any long trekking or hiking. But it might include small hikes to nearby areas to find better composition. We personally don’t recommend individuals to wander alone far from the our hotel. But just incase if you liked some near by location you can do small hike at your own risk, we won’t be involved in any type of additional support in whatsoever circumstances.

 

7) How are the road conditions?

We will travel on tarmac roads to medium water crossing to sand and gravel filled roads. It will be smooth and bumpy ride.

 

8) Can any one join your tour?

This tour covers many scenic spots, so if you are an avid nature-lover and stargazer you will get to experience the nature at its purest form. But the complete tour is designed from photographers perspective, as the priority is photography.

 

9) Is two day acclimatisation required for Zanskar tour?

On second from Leh (11, 483 feet) we will get down at Suru Valley (9,843ft) so it becomes easier to acclimatise in majority of the cases. But just incase if you feel you won’t be able to, then we highly recommend you to arrive one day earlier and acclimatise yourself for two days. 

 

10) Does it really get cold at night?

Even though it rarely snows or rains in August, the temperature in ladakh drops at night. Most of our stay will be close to snow capped mountains thus we highly recommend you to carry 3 layers of warm clothes as it becomes very windy and cold at night. Hand gloves and ear muffs are highly recommended as we will be shooting till late night. 

 

11) Does one needs to be fit to join your tour?

No you don’t have to be fit, as we don’t involve any long hike or trek in this Photo Tour. But yes if you do basic exercise or walking before the tour starts it will benefit you. Most important factor is avoiding alcohol and eating light when you are acclimatising. If you are asthmatic we highly recommend you to consult your doctor before joining our tour.

 

12) The Mentor can communicate in which languages?

Hindi, English and Marathi.

Personal Belongings and Responsibility

  • Participant(s)/Guardians should understand the risks involved in any long journey activities before enrolling.
  • In case of any injury, sickness, accident, death or any other casualty or loss or damage of valuables or luggage or any equipment; organisers, volunteers or experts or any other person involved wholly or partially, either individually or jointly with Indian Photo Expeditions shall not be responsible in any manner for the same and no claims of participants, parents, guardians, relatives or friends of participants will be entertained.
  • In case of any medical emergency while on tour, any expenses for the arrangements, medical treatment, will be solely borne by the participant.
  • If a participant is found trying to make any changes in the existing itinerary or found misbehaving with any one will be asked to leave at his own expense. No refund will be initiated.
  • Incase of road block/traffic or bad weather conditions there will be change in the itinerary which be will made only by the organiser. In such circumstances no refund will be initiated.
  • During the Workshop, the decision of authorised representative of Indian Photo Expeditions shall be final and binding on all participants.
  • Be courteous to your mentor and other participants for hassle free tour experience. If you experience any discomfort please share with the mentor, we will try our level best to solve it if it is in our capacity.
  • The participant should make the payment only once he has gone through all terms and conditions and is willing to abide by them.
SMOKING AND ALCOHOL
  • As it gets very cold at night moderate consumption of alcohol during leisure time is allowed during the tour. We personally recommend to avoid consumption of alcohol as it is a high altitude tour which has its own challenges. Smoking in your leisure time is allowed, but strictly prohibited when on field with other participants or in common room.
  • Possession of illegal drugs, weapons and other illegal substances is strictly prohibited during the tour. If found breaking this Rule, participant will be expelled from the Workshop/Tour and NO REFUND will be provided.

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Adventure Today

P: +(91) 7278 777 666
E: ashishkamblephotography@gmail.com