Nubra-Ladakh Landscape Photography
Ladakh Landscape Photography

Ladakh Photo Tour 2016

Join Hillary Younger and Rod Thomas and experience Ladakh in India like you have never seen it before.

Tour Overview

Ladakh, the land of many passes, snow clad mountains and arid land is among the highest of the world’s inhabited plateaus. It lies at altitudes ranging from about 2,750 meters at Kargil to 7,672 meters at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. The summer temperatures exceed up to 35 ° C, while in winter they may drop to -40 ° C in some high altitude areas. Ladakh has been the described as ‘Moon Land’, ‘Magic Land’, and ‘Mysterious Land’ for its unique landscape and exquisite culture. One sees no horizon here but only mountain peaks soaring up to 5 to 6 km. In the prehistoric period Ladakh formed a great lake. Even at present the region has some of the largest and most beautiful lakes, Pangong and the Tsomoriri lakes.

Covering an area of approximately 98,000 sq. km with a population of about more than 2 lakhs, it is a repository of myriad cultural and religious influences from Tibet, India and Central Asia.

What better way to see this region than with someone who has been before and experienced, Hillary has been through here and her images speak volumes it will be a real treat to experience this part of the world with one of Australia’s leading landscape photographers.


20 Aug 2016 – 31 Aug 2016


Ladakh, India


$5240 per person

What to bring

  • A DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
  • Spare batteries, there will be a long days with plenty of shooting.
  • A sturdy tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density).
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Wet weather gear & a compact umbrella (rain will not hold us back).
  • Your creative brains.

What to wear

Average daily temperatures at this time of year are around 20 degrees so we recommend the following clothing ideas:

  • Comfortable warm clothing
  • Layering your clothing is best. Temperature can quickly change
  • Good supportive boots. Warm and waterproof would be best

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email

Tour Overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Leh

Arrive in Leh. Late afternoon drive to Shanti Stupa for sunset then return to our motel for dinner. Overnight in Leh @ Eco Poplar Resort.

Day 2 – Leh

Today is spent in and around the sand dunes of Nubra. Nubra is a tri-armed valley located to the north east of Ladakh valley. Diskit the capital of Nubra is about 150 km north from Leh town, the capital of Ladakh district, India. Local scholars say that its original name was Ldumra (the valley of flowers). The Shyok River meets the Nubra or Siachan River to form a large valley that separates the Ladakh and Karakoram Ranges. The Shyok river is a tributary of the Indus river. The average altitude of the valley is about 10,000 ft. i.e. 3048 metres above the sea level. The common way to access this valley is to travel over the Khardung La pass from Leh town. You have the option to go riding on Bactrian camel if you wish as well, but today photographically, will be pretty amazing. Overnight in Nubra

Day 3 – Nubra

On day 3 we’ll start with a sunrise shoot before heading for breakfast. After breakfast we’ll hit the road and head off on the long drive to Te Anau. Again we will be stopping along the way before reaching our next hotel, Distinction Luxmore. Te Anau is a wonderful little town and is the entrance to Fiordland.

Day 4 – Leh

An optional early morning shoot back around the sand dunes or a sleep in for those who choose not to join us. After the shoot, we will have breakfast before heading back to Eco Poplar resort in Leh. Along the way, we can stop to shoot huge barley fields and some of the epic mountain vistas that line this drive. Overnight in Leh @ Eco Poplar Resort.

Day 5 – Tso Moriri

We leave Leh after breakfast and head towards our camp in Tso Moriri. Tso Moriri is a lake in the Ladakhi part of the Changthang Plateau in Jammu and Kashmir in northern India. The lake is at an altitude of 4,522 m (14,836 ft). It is the largest of the high altitude lakes entirely within India and entirely within Ladakh in this Trans-Himalayan biogeographic region. The official name of the land and water reserve here is the Tso Moriri Wetland Conservation Reserve. The lake is fed by springs and snow-melt from neighbouring mountains.

Most water enters the lake in two major stream systems, one entering the lake from the north, the other from the southwest. Both stream systems include extensive marshes where they enter the lake. We will go for an afternoon walk along this amazing lake and find a post for our sunset shoot. Overnight in Tso Moriri.

Day 6 – Tso Kar

Another early start as we leave the camp before the sun comes up to get us into position to shoot the amazing mountain vistas around Tso Moriri catching the first light of the new day. We will then return to our camp, have breakfast and drive toward Tso Kar, our base for tonight. We should have time to visit the Puga Valley area and Black Neck Crane Sanctuary along the way. We will make a decision based on time when we are there. Overnight in Tso Kar.

Day 7 – Zingchen

After breakfast we pack up and drive to Zingchen. We travel through golden hills and mountains, punctuated by thin strips of green deep in the valleys, where the precious glacial meltwater is channelled to irrigate fields of barley and vegetable crops. As we move into Zingchen Valley, the landscape becomes greener, and the Rumbak river flows into the Indus. Zingchen, which means “big field” is a tiny village and it is here we will meet with our ponies and trekking guides. Here we camp in our dome tents beside the river before beginning our trek. Shooting around camp, and village.

Day 8 – Rumbak

We enter Hemis National Park, and trek along a narrow mountain valley beside a small stream flowing down to Zingchen village. This is an area which is home to the famous Snow Leopard, Blue Sheep, Ladakhi Urial (a type of goat), great Tibetan sheep (Arghali), Red Fox, Tibetan Wolf, wild dog (dhole), Lynx, Marmot and Mountain Hare. Here, we begin to slowly ascend until we reach Rumbak, which is famous for spotting Snow Leopards during the winter months.

Overnight camp above the village. Shooting down the valley into the setting sun, from above a small waterfall. Hills of gold and deep claret. Night shooting if the sky is clear. Zingchen, 3,360 m to Rumbak, 3,900m (3 – 4 hours).

Day 9 – Mankarmo

This day begins by ascending gradually but becomes steep near the Stok La pass. At the pass we are rewarded with views of the Indus Valley, and the colourful rocks and formations of the Stok La. The Stok range is visible, with the tallest peak, Stok Kangri at 6,120m. From here we move along the mountain side, undulating gradually until we come to some rustic stone buildings ~ Mankarmo, our overnight camp site. Here we will again be shooting into the setting sun, with a river flowing over colourful rocks, with hills of green, purple and gold. Keep the long lenses ready for the possibility of shooting golden eagles, blue sheep and marmot. Rumbak to Mankarmo, 4,200m via Stok La, 4,900m (5 – 6 hours).

Day 10 – Stok

At Mankarmo we may get up pre-dawn and shoot starry skies as dawn approaches, weather permitting. The last day of the trek starts with easy descents, as we traverse a narrow valley of beautiful rock patterns. The trail undulates up and down until a descent into Stok village. Here we can take time to explore Stok Palace, which is currently a museum. It was built in 1840 for the Ladakhi royal family. At Stok we camp with the ponies for the last time before heading back to Leh. Mankarmo to Stok (3 – 4 hours).

Day 11 – Leh

We leave our ponies behind us and return to the semi real world and drive back to Leh where we will be staying again at Eco Poplar Resort. We will aim to get back early afternoon to give everyone enough time to shower and relax before having a farewell dinner in Leh. ( b,d ) overnight @ Eco Poplar Resort.

Day 12 – Leh

Depart Leh for our home destinations, or spend an extra few days here recovering from what will be an awesome trip.

Included in Ladakh Photo Tour 2016 cost:

Tour organised by Fotoworkshops and led by Rod Thomas and Hilary Younger. All accommodation ( twin share ) on tour : Motel style rooms in Leh, Tented camps in Nubra, Tso Moriri and Tso Kar and camping tents on our hike over Stock La. All tents, meals and luggage will be carried by ponies on the trekking section of this trip.

Not included in Ladakh Photo Tour 2016 cost:

Return international economy airfares. Any increases in airline surcharges, taxes. Tipping on tour. Camera fees. Items of a personal nature e.g. laundry, phone calls, room service etc. Travel insurance – a compulsory condition of booking. Camera or other optional insurances are not included.


Why choose our Landscape Photography Tours?

By picking our landscape photography tours you have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned landscape photographer Glenn Mckimmin, who is also the owner of Australia’s leading print, design and framing gallery, Created for Life. Our pick of locations means depending on your preference, you can capture everything from breath-taking waterfalls, wild bears, quiet and serene sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, volcanoes, diverse and wonderful local people, streetscapes and ancient cultures – the list is endless.

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Fitness Level

All of our Photo Tours require a moderate level of fitness. There are no major walks but where possible we would like our guests to be able to walk for about an hour if needed. Check with your tour guide before leaving and we can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.

Private Guided Tours

If groups are not for you and you would prefer to travel by yourself or with a group of friends and family then we can accommodate your needs by customising a photography tour to suit your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests.

We also offer private one or two day photo tours and workshops in many of our locations. Please or email us for rates and information.

Travel Insurance

Keep in mind travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking any of our Landscape Photography Workshops

How To Book

Once you place your deposit through our secure booking platform your place will be reserved instantly. The team will then be in contact with you to provide you will all the information you will require and confirm your trip details. If you would prefer to make your booking with the team directly, please email