Details and Pricing:

Tour Highlights:

  • Two Renowned Mentors for the Group
  • Unique Locations
  • Long exposure; Astrophotography; Portrait Photography
  • Hands-On Personalized Guidance
  • Post-Processing Sessions
  • Daily Briefing and Debriefing Sessions
  • 3 Days in Suru Valley and Adjoining Areas
  • 2 Days in Gonbo Rangjon
  • 6 Nights Camp Stay

 

Come join us this summer for an adventure filled tour of the Zanskar Valley. The Zanskar valley is a semi-arid region in Jammu and Kashmir with an average elevation of 12,000 ft. It is considered the hidden gem of Ladakh and is one of its least visited areas of this region.

We have limited seats, and we will handle requests on a first come first serve basis only. Hence, book a spot on the tour at the earliest opportunity.

Tour Structure:

Pre-tour assessmentTour onboardingMid-tour touchpointsPost-tour wrap up

Once you have registered and made the initial deposit, we will send you a short survey questionnaire to ascertain your skills level. We will structure our tour based on your survey answers. The mentors will refer to this feedback to provide you with personalized guidance during the tour.

On our first day at Leh, will have a short group introduction and an onboarding session. This will break-the-ice and allow us to know each other better. We will also introduce you to your mentors and talk a little bit about The Pixel Ventures, its vision, mission and objectives.

During the tour, we will have a daily briefing session at the start of the day and a debriefing session at the end of the day. Such touchpoints will enable us to make just in time changes to meet your expectations and deliver on our promises.

We will also set aside some time for our post-processing workflow sessions.

We will have a group debriefing session at the end of the tour to note lessons learned, gather your feedback, and also to celebrate our trip together.

Day 1: Arrival at Leh

Upon arrival at the Leh airport, you are met by one of our representatives. We then proceed to our pre-booked hotel. 

Leh is at an altitude of 3,524 meters (11,562 ft). Hence, you will need a day or two to acclimatize to the high altitude. Otherwise, you run the risk of having altitude sickness. Therefore, on day 1, you spend most of the day acclimatizing. Later in afternoon, we go to Shanti Stupa and Leh main market for a short photo outing.

Pro tip: Take the window seat on the left side of the plane during your flight to Leh and you can take some amazing shots from the sky. If you’re flying from Delhi, try taking the early morning flight so that you can catch the golden flames of the rising sun wash over the majestic mountain range of the inner and the lesser Himalayas.

Day 2: Leh to Damsna (Suru Valley)

Early morning on day 2, we leave Leh for Suru valley via Kargil, a distance of approximately 220 kms. On the way, we visit Sangam, Lamayuru, and Mulbek. Night halt at movable camps ⛺️ in Damsna. Damsna is about 65 kms from Kargil and is in a valley surrounded by the mountains of the Zanskar range. Today, weather permitting, we will do some astrophotography in the evening.

Day 3: Damsna to Rangdum

On the morning of day 3, we leave Damsna for Rangdum, a distance of approximately 70 km. The trip should take us around 3 hours. On the way, we visit Parkachik, Nun Kun peaks and many other unknown peaks that dot the landscape.

Rangdum is located at the altitude of 12,000 ft. Once there, you can feast your eyes on colourful hills on one side and mighty mountain ranges and glaciers on the other side. There
is also monastery in Rangdum, which looks like a fort atop a hill. Night
halt at movable camps. 
⛺️ 

Day 4: Rangdum to twin lakes Sta Tso and Lang Tso lakes

In the morning of day 4, we leave Rangdum for the twin lakes. We cross Pensi La to reach the lakes. The high altitude pass is around 30 kms from Rangdum. Night halt at movable camps near Sta Tso and Lang Tso lakes⛺️ 

The twin lakes Sta Tso and Lang Tso are at a height of approximately 14500 ft. The lakes are just 200 meters apart and are close to Pensi La Pass. The lakes are famous for their calm, clear water reflecting the snow covered peaks of the Zanskar range. If you are into capturing reflections, then this will be the place for you.

Day 5: Drang-Drung Glacier

Penzila pass to Padum visiting Darang Durung glacier – Dzongkhul/Zongkhul Monastery and Sani lake. Night halt at Hotel.

The Drang-Drung Glacier, alternatively called the Durung Drung Glacier, is a 23 km long glacier and the second largest glacier in Ladakh, the largest being the Siachen Glacier. The glacier is at an elevation of 15,700 ft and is a source of the Stod river. The Drang-Drung Glacier is visible from the Pensi La pass and the view is very picturesque and awe-inspiring. We will be presented with a myriad photography opportunities during the day and the night, as we traverse this route.

Day 6: Gonbo Rangjon/Gumbok Rangan (Day I)

On day 6, we leave Padum for Gonbo Rangjon, visiting Bardan Monastery on the way. The monastery is on a rock cliff beside Tserap river. Gonbo Rangjon is a lofty stand-alone peak in the Kargyak village in Zanskar. The mountain peak is considered holy by the inhabitants of this area. 

Photgraphic opportunities abound in this place. We will spend two days in this place, exploring and photographing the majestic peak and the surrounding landscape. Night halt at movable camps ⛺️ in Gonbo Rangjon.

Day 7: Gonbo Rangjon/Gumbok Rangan (Day II)

On day two of our stay at Ganbo Rangjon, we will continue with our photography adventure, trying out slow-shutter speed photography, astrophotography, star trails, etc. This will be an experience of a lifetime. Night halt at movable camps ⛺️

Day 8: Zangla

On day 8, we leave Gonbo Rangjon for Zangla. Night halt at movable camps ⛺️ in Zangla.

Day 9: Return to Leh

Zangla to Leh via Singay la and Sir Sir la on the way. Night halt at Hotel.

Day 10: Depart from Leh

Day to say bye till we meet again!

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Leh airport for your travel back to your city of origin.
  • ₹10,000 to book your spot on the tour. This amount will be non-refundable 45 days before the tour starts.
  • Remainder of the fee to be paid 60 days before the start of the tour.
N.B.: If we don’t receive the full payment 60 before the start of the tour, then your reservation will stand cancelled and you will forfeit your booking amount, too. In addition, you will be replaced by those who are waitlisted. Of course, we will send you reminders before the payment deadline date.
  • The advance amount/booking amount is non-refundable 45 days prior to the tour start date.
  • 50% of the fee will be forfeited if you cancel 30-15 days before the tour starts.
  • 75% of the fee will be forfeited if you cancel 14-07 days before the tour starts.
  • 100% of the fee will be forfeited if you cancel 06 days or less before the tour starts.
  • We will not be making any refunds in case of a no-show.

NB: The date on which we receive the written request from you expressing your desire to cancel your participation will be the date that is used to calculate the cancellation charges.

  • Mentor’s fee.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
  • Travel in Xylo, Scorpio or similar; 4 people per vehicle.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on all days.
  • Drinking water every day. Please carry your own water bottle to avoid plastic pollution of the environment.
  • Entry fees and inner line permits.
  • Photography mentoring throughout the trip.
  • Advice and guidance throughout the trip.
  • Image evaluation and just-in-time feedback.
  • Post processing session(s).
  • Pulse oximeter to measure oxygen saturation in blood.
  • Wonderful ambience and a friendly group.
  • Fun and smile!
  • Domestic/International airfare.
  • Cost incurred travelling from your city of origin.
  • Travel insurance/personal insurance/medical insurance.
  • Medical expenses/emergency medical expenses.
  • Personal expenses/purchases.
  • Gratuities and tips.
  • Alcohol or alcoholic drinks.
  • Soft drinks/sodas/beverages.
  • Cost of doing laundry.
  • Phone calls.
  • Extra meals.
  • Taxes.
  • Camera fees at monasteries.
  • Entrance fees at monasteries.
  • Costs arising out of any accidents.
  • Additional costs due to trip cancellation, flight cancellation, road closure due to acts of nature, bad weather, flash floods, cloud bursts, or unavoidable catastrophes.
  • Ladakh is in a geopolitically sensitive area. Hence, any additional cost arising from a sudden change in the regions geopolitical situation is excluded from the price.
  • Additional cost due to war, strike, strife, bandh, road blocks, curfew, emergency, or force majeure.
  • Costs arising out of changes to the itinerary because of situations outside of our sphere of influence or control
  • Anything not listed on “What’s Included” list
  • We will try our very best to make this trip one of your most memorable trips; however, we will not be held responsible:
    • if Mother Nature goes rogue on us.
    • for any unforeseen circumstances that has an adverse affect on our tour.
    • for anything outside of our control.
    • if the vehicles we are travelling in experiences a mechanical breakdown.
    • if you fall sick and are unable to continue with the tour.
    • if due to a personal or a family situation you are forced to leave the tour midway. 
  • The intellectual property of the image lies with the person who has taken the picture.
  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on feedback we receive from our contact on site.
  • We also reserve the right to cancel the trip due to low enrolment, natural disaster, adverse weather condition, Force Majeure, or if the ground situation on site demands us, for safety and welfare of our participants, to cancel or shorten the trip.
  • All tour participants will have to sign a Registration and Disclaimer form and also a Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk before the start of the tour.
  • All cancellation requests must be send to us in writing. Refer to the cancellation fees section above to learn more about the deductions that will be calculated based on your request.
  • No refund will be issued if you leave the tour midway.
  • We expect all participants to act as adults and behave properly, decently, and respectfully during the tour (starting right from being on-boarded for the tour till the end of the tour). Any participant who fails to meet this expectation can be expelled/excluded from the remainder of the tour.
  • Participants should be in their best behaviour throughout the tour and not misbehave with anyone. Especially, participants are expected to not misbehave with other participants in the tour, hit on them, flirt with them, or make them in any way shape or form feel uncomfortable. If the matter is brought to our attention, then the person responsible will be booted off the tour.
  • We reserve the right to accept or deny your request to travel with us in the photo tour.
  • We will not be responsible for any lost or misplaced gears or personal artifacts during the tour.
  • We will not be responsible for you missing the tour because of a missed or cancelled flight.
  • No refund will be issued for a no show or if you miss joining us at Leh due to a missed flight or a cancelled flight.
  • All participants are expected to be in good health—mentally, physically, and emotionally. If you will need any special attention during the tour or have special dietary needs and requirements, then, please mention this during the registration process.
  • The entire trip will be recorded/documented using videos/photographs/on-field notes. We will own the intellectual property rights of those artefacts. We reserve the rights to use those artefacts in any way we deem fit—marketing and advertising, commercial or promotional use.
  • We reserve the right to modify the terms and conditions at any time and without prior notice.

Who is eligible for this tour?
Anybody. Let us qualify that statement. Anybody 18 year and above can travel alone. Anybody under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

I am a greenhorn photographer or a hobby photographer. Is this trip for me?
Yes, of course! This photo tour is open to newbie photographers and seasoned pro alike. As a greenhorn, we feel, you will benefit the most learning from the pros. So, please jump in. If you need pointers on getting familiar with the fundamentals of photography, we can help you there, too. Just let us know.

Can I bring my spouse/partner with me? They are not interested in photography.
Yes, you can! Ladakh is a beautiful place and people, photographers and non-photographer, both, get mesmerized by its beauty. So, ask them to join you on this trip, too. What better way to experience Ladakh than being there with your loved ones.

How fit do I need to be a part of this tour?
You need to be fit and healthy irrespective of whether you are going on a photo tour or not. Having said that, high altitude and low oxygen level affect different people differently. A perfectly fit person may be hit with acute mountain sickness if they behave imperfectly. At the same time, a not so fit person can have a “honeymoon” trip if (s)he takes the right precautions. However, we do recommend you visiting your doctor once before the trip for a checkup and advice, especially if you have any chronic illnesses such as heart problem, asthma or hypertension.

What kind of clothings do you recommend for the tour?
They say you can get sunburn and frostbite at the same time in Ladakh. Hence, dress in layers. Instead of wearing many thick wollens, wear a warm inner, a thick T shirt, a fleece jacket in the morning or the night. As it gets warmer during the day, unwrap yourself to cool down. Basically, wear many thin, warm layers or base layers that hug the skin and a few thick outer layers such as jackets, coats, sweaters, scarves, etc. Most importantly, definitely carry a good sunglass and sun cream, at least SPF30.

What kind of equipment do we need for the tour?

  • A crop or a full frame DSLR or a mirrorless camera
  • A wide angle lens (14-24mm, 15-30mm, 10-24mm, etc.)
  • A medium telephoto (24-70mm or similar)
  • A telephoto (70-200mm or similar)
  • 50mm or 85mm portrait lens
  • 2, 4, 6, 10 stop ND filters
  • CPL and Graduated ND (optional) 
  • A good tripod
  • A wireless or a wired remote

 

Here are some best practices to follow while on tour.

  • Don’t be worried about people “stealing” your frame and act imprudently when somebody takes the same shot as you. Frames do not remain unique for long. Another day, another time, another photographer treading the same path as you, independently, will get the same frame as yours. So relax!
    Most importantly, you don’t own your frame anyway. Mother Nature owns it. 🙂
  • Don’t come into someone’s frame or block someone’s frame while (s)he is in the middle of composing a shot.
  • Don’t be rude to anyone. Be nice to everyone on the tour and they will be nice to you.
  • Be nice to the locals. They are really wonderful people. Say Julley and they will respond with a smile.
  • Don’t judge anyone based on how they are composing their shots, or taking their picture, or the number of shots they are taking. We are all unique. We “see” differently.
  • If you find a nice location for a few shots, then don’t be selfish and just shoot and scoot. Share it with the team. Let everyone else get a shot of their own. Sharing is caring. Moreover that is good karma!
  • Don’t get into a fight with the drivers. Be nice to them. They separate us from getting stranded at a remote location and coming back home. Any issue with the driver, bring it to our attention and we will handle it.
  • If you are riding shotgun, i.e., you are sitting in the seat next to the driver’s, then, don’t doze off. It affects the drivers. There are many drivers who get sleepy and even fall asleep while driving if the person next to them falls asleep. If you feel sleepy then switch seats with someone who will not doze off in the front seat.
  • Don’t misbehave with your co-participants, hit on them, flirt with them, or make them in any way shape or form feel uncomfortable. If the matter is brought to our attention, then you will be booted off the tour.
  • Don’t create a situation whereby your life gets in danger. We may not be in a position to help you. A photograph is not worth your precious life.
  • More people die taking selfies in India than any other place in the world. Be careful while taking a selfie.
  • Don’t stray away from the group without informing somebody first. There are many areas in Ladakh where mobile services are not available. Your phone is as good as a brick in those parts.
  • In addition to everything you may carry or are carrying, please carry a smile. Makes a world of difference to you and people around you!
Julley!

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