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A Himalayan adventure, a photography holiday in Ladakh

Dates: 21 June to 1 July 2018.

A 10-day photography holiday in Himalayan mountain landscapes and the unique Tibetan culture of India’s far north, one of Asia’s most exotic and remotest locations.


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The itinerary

The itinerary shown here is currently provisional and is given as an illustration only. All accommodation will be arranged by our travel agent Kipling India Travels, and will consist of 3-5 star accommodation throughout.

Day 1/21 June: Arrival in Delhi. No events are scheduled for this day; what is left of the day after your arrival is set aside for rest and briefing. Accommodation will be at the Pride Plaza Hotel, close to New Delhi’s international airport.

Day 2/22 June: An early morning flight (8am) from Delhi to Leh, capital of Ladakh. Arrival at about 9.30am. The day will be spent exploring the streets, gompas (Tibetan Buddhist temples/monasteries) and other sights of Leh. Late afternoon/early evening we’ll make a visit to Shanti Stupa, a hillside Buddhist shrine recently built on the edge of Leh by a Japanese organisation. Accommodation in Leh will be at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 3/23 June: The morning will be spent at the Hemis Festival, at Hemis Gompa, Ladakh’s largest Buddhist monastery, to the southeast of Leh (see image right). The afternoon will be spent at the spectacular Thiksey Gompa (see image below right). Accommodation will be in Leh at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 4/24 June: We will leave Leh and head out northwards into some of Ladakh’s most rugged terrain, crossing the Khardung La, at 5360 metres (17600ft) one of the world’s highest motorable passes, a place of spectacular mountain views. From there we’ll travel up to the Nubra Valley, a landscape dominated by snow-capped peaks, and a lowland scene that alternates between lush green, irrigated farmland and arid sand dunes where Bactrian camels are a common sight. Accommodation will be in Sumur, one of the Nubra Valley’s main villages, at the wonderfully named Mystique Meadows Earth Home, a high quality camp.

Day 5/25 June: From the Nubra Valley we’ll travel southeast, crossing the Wari La pass, to the farming village of Shakti, to the southeast of Leh, where we’ll be able to explore Takthog Gompa and the ruins of Shakti fortress. Accommodation will be in Shakti at the Shakti Ladakh luxury ‘village’ hotel.

Day 6/26 June: From Shakti we will travel northeast, crossing the Chang La, again one of the world’s highest motorable passes, before dropping down to Pangong Tso, a vast high altitude lake that straddles the border with Chinese Tibet. Again, there are spectacular views from the mountain pass, as well as some wildlife, such as marmots, while the lake - as well as more stunning views - has plenty of bird life. Accommodation will be at the Pangong Inn, close to the lake.

Day 7/27 June: From Pangong we return to Leh, once again crossing the Chang La. Accommodation will be in Leh at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 8/28 June: We will leave Leh again, travelling west along the Indus River, along the way stopping at Lamayuru monastery and Basgo Fort. In the afternoon we will arrive in an area known as Dha Hanu, site of several villages that are home to an Aryan population that is said to have descended from Alexander the Great’s army, and who practise the pre-Buddhist Bon religion. Accommodation will be in Dha Hanu at a luxury camp (TBC).

Day 9/29 June: The morning will be spent exploring the Dha Hanu area, and in the afternoon we will return to Leh, stopping along the way at Alchi monastery and the confluence of the Zanskar and Indus Rivers. Accommodation will be in Leh at the Grand Dragon Hotel.

Day 10/30 June: A late morning flight from Leh back to Delhi, with accommodation provided in New Delhi, close to the international airport at the Pride Plaza Hotel.

Day 11/1 July: Your international flight homewards.


International flights to and from Delhi: Please make your own arrangements to travel from your home area to Delhi. The tour starts and finishes in Delhi.

Pangong Lake. Thiksey monastery, near Leh. Prayer flags on Chang La Pass. Lamayuru monastery. Dancers at Hemis Festival, Hemis monastery, near Leh.

Pangong Lake.

Dancers at Hemis Festival, Hemis monastery, near Leh.

Thiksey monastery, near Leh.

Prayer flags on Chang La Pass.

Lamayuru monastery.

Important health notice

With the exception of the time spent in Delhi, this entire tour takes place at high altitude, in excess of 3000 metres (approx 10,000 ft).

Almost everyone will feel some symptoms initially - headache, dizziness and fatigue are common. The great majority of people will quickly adjust, but serious altitude sickness is a possibility for anyone, regardless of age and general health.

However, high altitude travel is unsafe for anyone with heart or lung complaints. If you suffer from either of these but would like to come on the tour, please consult your doctor and if they consider you fit enough to travel at altitude please ask them to provide you with a letter confirming this.

What the fee for this tour will include:

  1. Nigel’s experience as a professional photographer working in rugged environments, as well as his photographic tuition and guidance.
  2. All accommodation in Delhi and Ladakh.
  3. Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) while in Ladakh. B&B only while in Delhi.
  4. Road transportation within Ladakh in our own vehicles.
  5. Drivers at all times and guide/translator while in Leh.
  6. Admission charges to events and locations.
  7. Permit fees.
  8. Hotel-airport transfers.


What the fee for this tour will not include:

  1. The fee for your India visa.
  2. Transportation between your home and Delhi.
  3. Domestic flight between Delhi and Leh (this will be arranged by our travel agent, but will be charged in addition to the tour fee).
  4. Any costs incurred in your home country.
  5. Any insurance for yourself, your belongings or your camera equipment.
  6. Any personal purchases, such as snacks, drinks, souvenirs, gifts etc.
  7. Tips.
  8. Meals (except breakfast) while in Delhi.

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Booking and payment

It is possible to make a booking through this website, with payment of a non-returnable deposit of £150. Payment will be by BACS bank transfer, PayPal or cheque only.

Please remember that your booking is not confirmed until the deposit has been received by us.

The remainder of the fee will be payable by the end of March 2018.

If you would like to pay in instalments this is fine: please talk to us about this to arrange the instalments and to set up a standing order with your bank.