This tour is organised and led by Steve Davey | The land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, but the tours don't appear on the Intrepid Travel website | The only way to book is through this site!
We have been planning a return to Ladakh for some time, and have made some fantastic changes to our previous itineraries: taking in a different festival, a remote and hidden valley, and ending up in the iconic city of Srinagar in Kashmir.
Ladakh is an fascinating and entrancing region of India. A literally breathtaking high altitude landscape, sandwiched between the Karakoram and Great Himalayan mountain ranges. The religion and culture here is decidedly Tibetan, with incredible Buddhist monasteries everywhere and a vibrant history of forts and palaces.
From New Delhi, we fly into Leh, where we will explore this atmospheric town before heading east to Hemis Gompa, calling in at the Shey and Thiksey Monasteries as we go.
Heading much more off the beaten track, we will summit the fabled Khardung La - hailed as the highest motorable pass in the World - to access the remote Nubra Valley, where we will have the chance to ride Bactrian Camels!
From Nubra, we will reurn to Leh, before heading down west to Lamayuru along the Srinagar-Leh Highway to the remote Zanskar Valley. Enroute we will visit the ancient town of Alchi and the monasteries of Phayang and Likir.
Zanskar is the location for the two day Karsha Gustor festival, which will see masked monks dancing in the ancient courtyard of the monastery, in a ritual which dates back hundreds of years and will attract a number of pilgrims from the surrounding region.
From Zanskar, we will return the Srinagar-Leh Highway and cross the majestic Zoji La pass to Kashmir, and the stunning city of Srinagar. Famous for the Dal Lake, we will spend two nights on a houseboat, exploring the city before the tour ends.
Please note: We are aware of the current issues in Srinagar and the current FCO advice to avoid all but essential travel there. Whilst we are hoping that the situation settles down in time for the trip, we are organising a plan B. This is likely to involve an extra day or so in the Zanskar Valler, and then a scenic return to Leh, before flying to Delhi from Leh Airport.
Either way, safety will be our prime concern, but if we do have to change the itinerary, we will make sure that the alternative will be both suitable and enjoyable. We will give you more details of the potential revisions in the next few weeks.
We have also radically changed our teaching schedules on our trips; and will be setting setting more projects and providing opportunities for more individual image critques as well as our usual series of illustrated talks, group practical sessions and image reviews. Our aim is to help you to learn more about photography, and come back with more fantastic images than you ever thought possible, as well as engaging with this fascinating part of India!
Highlights of this trip
• Monasteries of Ladakh
• Remote Nubra Valley
• Driving Srinagar-Leh Highway
• Zanskar Festival
• Houseboat in Srinagar
• Extensive photographic tuition
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Day 1: Delhi
Day 2: Leh
Day 3: Leh
Day 4: Hemis
Day 5: Nubra
Day 6: Nubra
Day 7: Leh
Day 8: Lamayuru
Day 9: Padum (Zanskar)
Day 10: Padum
Day 11: Padum
Day 12: Sonamarg
Day 13: Srinagar
Day 14: Srinagar
Day 15: Tour ends
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This tour is led by Steve Davey - a professional photographer, whose work appears in publications all over the world. He is the author of the bestselling Unforgettable Places To See Before You Die (BBC Books). Steve recently published Footprint Travel Photography (Footprint Books), which covers everything that you would ever want to know about travelling with a camera. Click for more.
Land arrangements are sub-contracted to Intrepid Travel, who have many years experience in running small group adventures.
Bookings are made through the Intrepid Special Groups Dept. in the UK not the Intrepid website or Stores. Use this link for more information
Start: 12 July 2017
End: 26 July 2017
Price: From £2095 pp
excl. flights, based on
Min 8, max 12 people
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Trip is currently full.
Approx other currencies*:
€ 2501 • US$ 2750
AU$3685 • NZ$3905
Optional single supplement: £395
flight cost £500 - £550
If you have travelled with us before, you will get a 5% discount on the trip price.