Winter Photography Tour
Serious trekkers who want to experience extremely cold temperatures
Experience of any high altitude trek, at least 1 treks of 5,000m/16,400ft.
Sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 30 minutes
Price on Request
+5% GST (Goods and Services Tax)
Leh airport to Leh airport | included transport
Pick up and centrally heated room included
Embark on a remarkable winter journey to the breath taking highlands of Ladakh, where nature reveals its untouched splendour. Witness Ladakh at its purest form, adorned with snow-drenched mountain vistas, frozen lakes, resilient nomads tending to their flocks of sheep and yaks, and vast stretches of snow-covered fields. Immerse yourself in the art of photography amidst the captivating rooftop of India during this guided photography expedition, showcasing the ethereal beauty of a season when the earth is blanketed in a pristine carpet of snow.
This extraordinary tour is part of our highly acclaimed collection of Himalayan photography expeditions, meticulously crafted by experienced mentors well-versed in the art of traversing and capturing the essence of this region. Join us today for an unparalleled and exclusive experience that will leave an indelible mark on your memories.
In winter, the highlands of Ladakh undergo a mesmerizing metamorphosis. The familiar brown mountain slopes are transformed into majestic canvases draped in glistening white snow. The entire earth seems to don a bridal gown, as an infinite expanse of gentle snow blankets the landscape. In this vast wilderness, where solitude reigns, the only companions are the whispering wind and the sound of your own breath, offering a profound sense of tranquillity amidst these extraordinary mountain vistas. Take a moment to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of this remarkable transformation.
In the Changthang Plateau, an ethereal stillness descends upon the landscape as the renowned Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri Lake freeze over. Concealed beneath a thick icy veil, even the rivers flow silently, adorned with captivating patterns of trapped air bubbles. Delicate icicles hang, releasing droplets of water that form a symphony of frozen artistry. The frost-kissed windows of cars display intricate designs, showcasing nature & creativity.
Yet, amidst this frozen tableau, life thrives. Brown grass, entangled in ice, creates intriguing formations. Nomads tend to their sheep and yaks near partially frozen streams, where resilient patches of grass persist, guarded by vigilant dogs watching out for predators. Majestic Kiang, also known as Tibetan Wild Asses, gallop gracefully through the snowy expanse, while birds soar through the skies in search of nourishment.
For photography enthusiasts and mountain admirers, the opportunities are boundless. However, this journey is no easy feat. Winter temperatures plummet to -25°C or lower, and at these altitudes surpassing 11,500 feet, the thin air presents additional challenges.
Thorough preparation and adequate safeguards make this adventure possible. Equipped with top-quality warm clothing from head to toe, traversing these extreme weather conditions becomes feasible. Prioritizing acclimatization is essential, dedicating the first two days of the tour to adjust to the altitude. Mentally and physically prepared, armed with the necessary equipment, you can embark on an exploration of these winter landscapes, experiencing relative comfort amidst the majestic surroundings.
Upon our morning arrival in Ladakh, we will swiftly be transported to cozy hotel rooms to shield ourselves from the chilly weather. This day is dedicated to relaxation and acclimatization, allowing our bodies to adjust to the high altitudes. During the afternoon, our photography mentors will introduce us to the locations we will be exploring throughout our journey. They will also guide us through sessions on capturing the exquisite winter landscapes and rich culture of Ladakh.
Embracing the wintry charm of Ladakh, we embark on an excursion to visit several monasteries located in close proximity to Leh. This outing provides a wonderful opportunity to immerse ourselves in the winter landscapes and climate of the region. As we traverse the enchanting terrain, we will witness the breathtaking sight of the azure Indus River, partially frozen, gracefully meandering through snow-covered mountains. Consider this a mere preview of the awe-inspiring beauty that lies ahead in our journey. In the evening, we will ascend to the elevated Shanti Stupa, located above the town, offering us panoramic vistas of Leh and captivating views of Tsemo Gompa nestled amidst the surrounding mountains. As the sun descends, we will be treated to breathtaking scenery that will leave a lasting impression. We will spend the night in Leh, ready for the adventures that await us in the days ahead.
Get ready for an unforgettable drive as we depart from Leh in the morning, embarking on a remarkable journey towards the frozen Pangong Lake. The drive itself is a breathtaking experience, offering sights that rival the beauty of the lake. As we pass through the lofty Chang La pass, we'll encounter partially frozen streams gently flowing amidst stunning ice fields. The intricate patterns and forms created by the ice will captivate your senses, tempting you to stay and witness their splendor indefinitely. Along the way, we might catch glimpses of local shepherds herding their resilient Pashmina goats in the valleys, seemingly grazing on scarce dried grass remnants from the previous summer.
Our drive continues, capturing these remarkable scenes through our lenses until we reach the renowned Pangong Tso, its surface covered in a layer of pristine ice. This mesmerizing sight will be etched in your memory, but more wonders await.
Overnight stay at Pangong Tso.
Today, we embark on a leisurely drive towards Chumathang, retracing a part of our previous route and following the upstream course of the Indus River. Along the way, we will make frequent stops to capture the reflections of the partially frozen Indus River against the backdrop of majestic mountains. Where the river's surface turns into solid ice, we will witness captivating patterns and formations formed by trapped air bubbles. The night will be spent at the hot springs of Chumathang Village.
Overnight stay at Chumathang.
Our journey takes us deep into the vast high-altitude plateau of Changthang as we head towards Tso Moriri today. Prepare to be awe-struck by an abundance of snow that surpasses anything you've seen before. Driving along a narrow road that cuts through this snowy expanse, it becomes difficult to discern the locations of smaller lakes hidden beneath the thick blanket of snow. After a couple of hours, we arrive at the frozen Tso Moriri. Life goes on as usual in Korzok Village, despite the challenging weather conditions. Children can be seen joyfully playing on the streets, while adults go about their daily routines without any particular aim. With agricultural activities on hold during winter, the villagers enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle. In the evening, we return from Tso Moriri to Chumathang.
Overnight stay at Chumathang.
Today, we venture into another facet of the renowned Changthang plateau as we make our way to the hot springs at Puga. It's quite fascinating to witness hot jets of water emerging from an unbelievably cold setting. Sometimes, a miniature ice mountain forms around the steaming hot water, resembling a tiny volcano! Puga is usually inhabited by semi-nomadic Changpa shepherds during winter. Despite the freezing temperatures, the settlement bustles with activity. Children showcase their flashy bicycles and newly acquired tricks, while the elders go about their daily chores. Prepare to capture magnificent photographs of large herds of Pashmina goats, horses, and cows set against a snowy backdrop. At sunset, the sight of hundreds of sheep being herded back to the settlement amidst the mountainous landscape is truly awe-inspiring.
We spend another night in Chumathang, where we stayed previously.
After breakfast, we drive back to Leh, continuing to photograph the scenic vistas along the way. The evening is free for shopping and reflection upon the days spent amidst the icy mountain landscapes.
Winter in Ladakh.
25% advance (Non Refundable), to be deposited at the time of the booking confirmation.
50% within 7 days from the date of the start of the Tour.
100% within 48 hours from date of starting Tour.
Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay, on account of flight cancellation, ill health, road blockages, uncalled-for-incidences/natural calamities and or any factors beyond control.
Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport by Altitude Adventure's representative & traditional welcome at the Hotel/Guesthouse.
Transportation as per the programme.
All camping arrangements with all meals, crew, ponies for luggage.
Return to the airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by non-ac Vehicle as per the program.
Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas.
Currently applicable taxes and service charges.
Any future taxes / services / costs levied will be charged extra.
Airfare to and from Leh.
Any kind of Personal Expenses or Optional Tours / Extra Meals Ordered.
Tips, Insurance, Laundry, Phone Calls.
The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the tour as per the Itinerary.
Any Kind of Drinks (Alcoholic, Mineral, Aerated).
Any thing not specifically mentioned under the head "Price Includes".
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