After an overnight stay at pangong Tso, ON the Sixth day Early Morning after breakfast, you will leave Pangong tso via Chang-la pass. One the way we visit the Thiksey Monastry and the Druk white lotus school (also known as the Rancho school). Returning to LeH by evening
The tour of Ladakh is a big tour spread across the whole region of Ladakh. The primary types of photography that will be commonly used are Landscape, Astro, Architecture and some amount of character shots, rest the type of photography will solely depend on the photographer and his taste of field.
One Ultra Wide like 8mm, 12mm, 11-16mm, 15-30mm, 16-35 etc.
One common lens like 18-55mm,18-140mm,18-135mm,24-70mm,24-120mm etc.
One prime lens for character shots like 35mm, 50mm, 85mm
[Carry only what you want at the end of the day your perspective with one lens will matter far more than a whole set of gear with utter confusion]
The Ladakh trip is one of a kind for both domestic and foreign tourists. This remote land has a completely different culture and way of living which mesmerizes even the most experienced travellers. The land harbours one the highest motorable road in world as well as the largest fresh water lake so high above the sea level. A night time this is one of the very few places in India where the milky way is clearly visible to the naked eyes.
The trip is a combination of experiencing a slowly loosing way of life of the remote regions of Himalayas as well as the feat of the modern man fighting toe to toe with nature to keep its presence at this barren land.
How was my experience?
Just as mentioned above, our trip was planned on a similar itinerary. Even though we faced a slight delay due to one of our members falling ill, but he recovered well with good care and the helpful locals and administration. For a city dweller like me, who rarely gets the view of the night sky due to excessive pollution, the view of the milky moving across the night sky was something that will go into my book of forever memory.
The groups of Bactrian camels on the sand dunes was an exciting view. As I have never seen the Bactrian camels before and neither expected a desert with camels roaming, so high up in the Himalayas.
The Local fauna around the Pangong Lake was also very new to the me. On our way to Pangong Tso, we successfully spotted a group of Himalayan Marmot(A Giant squirrel like animal). The animal seemed pretty accustomed to humans as they were easily approachable, but ran to their burrows at the slightest of sudden sound.
The overall tour was an experience of a decade for me and my whole point of taking tour groups there is just the proof of how much I want to share my experience with other such enthusiasts.
1) Avoid any kind of junk eating and exercise a lot at least a month prior to the trip: Even though you will see locals running up and down like nothing, don't be fooled by it. The region has a very low pressure and oxygen. For People from the plains, like me, even a small walk of a kilometre may render you tired and out of breath. So keeping a healthy diet and some good excerise will help you enjoy the experience better.
2) Be polite to the local people: The Locals here are very helpful and kind hearted people . And the lack of basic amenities beyond LEH might force you to ask for local help. So keeping a relation with the locals will go a long a way.
3) Carry your prescription medicine: As mentioned the region is still remote with the Indian Army providing most of the logistics, as roads mostly stay closed around the year. So it is likely that you may not be able to find your prescription medicines.
5) Hire your Taxi from a reputable service provider: The roads are tricky with frequent landslides. An experienced driver might save your life. So it's very important that you research about your driver who will take you across Ladakh with safety and security.
7) Be carefull if you are asthmatic: Carry your inhaler and DO NOT strain yourself. Also inform the hosts about your condition so that they can arrange for an oxygen cylinder while crossing the Khardungla Pass. Prevention is always better than cure.
8) Keep your camera aside for a while and enjoy the experience: This goes without saying for any trip. Your senses are more important than your sensor/s.
9) Carry sun-screen and a head gear: In the afternoon the sun light mostly gets very harsh, So it good to carry proper protection from harsh sunlight.
Delhi to Leh is around 600 Kms via flight, which takes around 1 hour to reach.
Leh to Nubra is around 400kms. and takes around 5hrs. via road.
Nubra to pangong is around 170 Kms., But the road is quite difficult with frequent landslides and rivers flowing through the roads. an early morning ride will help you save much of the time and is safer due to low water levels and landslides.
Pangong to Leh is around, 180 kms. via road and takes around 5-6hrs. of drive
NOTE: Due to frequent landslides, it's common for vehichles to take a detour via another road chaning the time and distance mentioned to cover a distance.