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OPT HUNDER & PANGONG TSO

This unique photography tour will take you through a sensory experience second to none. Starting in Leh with an introduction to photography, the tour ends after a week exploring the alpine dunes of Hunder and the high altitude lake Pangong Tso. We begin our journey with the Ladakh Festival in Leh showcasing the dance and colors of the local culture . Here you will be privileged to see monks, believers, performers and people from all over Ladakh as they participate in this festival, held annually in the city. Moving north, we visit the sand dunes of Hunder and the Monastery at Diskit. We camp and walk through some of the most magnificent scenery and visit the border village of Turtuk. We end the week with the 4350m high altitude lake of Pangong. With almost 60% of the lake in China, it is almost 604 sqkm in size. This great adventure follows in the footsteps of many explorers and is a magical week of discovery, learning and above all, Ladakhi hospitality.

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  • On the high plateau of Ladakh, the maximum daytime temperature low down on our trip (and at Leh) will be around 15°C, with night-time lows below 0°C. At high altitude, the sun has a very strong effect and at the height of the day it will feel hotter than the indicated temperatures. Ladakh is not adversely affected by the monsoon and we can usually expect stable, weather. However, mountains do generate their own weather systems and some rain or wind cannot be ruled out.

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Is this Holiday for you ?

On this holiday we will be constantly at an altitude of more than 3500m. Therefore, it is essential that you acclimatise well in order to make the best of the week. You will be advised by the UFO guide and mentor to rest and keep your body hydrated as much as possible on the first day of arrival. Your oxygen levels will be monitored from time to time to check on the level of acclimatisation. There is fair bit of walking to be done every day, and we would encourage you to do a bit of walking/running and breathing exercises to enjoy this photography expedition to the maximum. There is no level of restrictions and anyone with a camera and a genuine interest in photography are welcome. If you have no camera and no interest in photography, you are welcome nonetheless. We will guide you as to what personal gear and camera equipment you should be carrying to capture the best images at the stunning locations we have for you. The UFO mentor has prepared a curriculum which we will try to follow. However, the UFO mentor can change the curriculum according to his or her perspective as and when the situation may arise.

  • Capture the splendour of the Ladakh Festival
  • Explore the wild plains of the alpine desert of Hunder
  • Witness the beauty of Pangong Lake
  • Practical mentoring in photography

  • Photography Mentor
  • Local Ladakhi guide
  • Leh Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All permits and entrance fees
  • Oxygen tank (for emergency only)
  • All costs are applicable for double occupancy
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Personal camera equipment & gear
  • Flights and airfare
  • Meals will be a mix of local and comfort food. Breakfasts will consist of bread, cheese, honey, jams, fruit, tea and Nescafe alongwith eggs, paranthas,etc. For lunch there will be a variety of momos, thukpas, and other dishes from which we can select, or a full packed lunch. Dinner will usually be a soup followed by lentils, vegetable curry and meat as available. 2 bottles of mineral water will be provided everyday of the trip. Vegetarians can be catered for.
  • A single group transfer will be arranged from Leh Airport to the hotel in Leh. This transfer will meet the arrival of the flights from Delhi at 1030hrs. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel to Leh Airport at 7 am. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 8 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Leh Airport. Should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the UFO office.
  • During this trip the group will spend 7 nights in Leh, Tsokar and Tsomoriri at a tourist hotel. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All accommodations used by UFO adhere to hygiene and comfort norms. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please contact UFO office.
  • At around 8 a.m. breakfast will be under way with the wakeup call at 7 am for that important first cup of tea or coffee. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your day bag which you will be carrying with your essentials for the day. Your camera equipment, a wind cheater or water proof jacket, personal snacks, 2 litres of water packed lunch when provided will probably be the contents of your bag. Most of the travelling will be done on wheels with our taxi taking you from one destination to another every day. However, everyday there will be some amount of walking that will be required to get the best shots on your camera. Lunch will either be at the hotel/camp that we stay in or a local restaurant that we take you to. There will be some days that packed lunch will be given to you. We will also stop for tea every evening at a local shop or hotel/camp at 4 pm as per the itinerary. Dinner is served between 7-8 pm and is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising. After dark, the temperature starts to fall and everyone will soon be tucked up in their beds
  • 9 Days, 8 nights hotel
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Max group size: 10

MEET AT THE GROUP HOTEL IN LEH.

Meet at the group hotel in Leh. A single group transfer at 10.30 am from Leh Airport to the group hotel in Leh is provided. The first day is reserved for acclimatization and you will be advised to rest and drink water as much as possible. In the evening will be a short orientation session where the group gets to know each other as well as discussing camera equipment and itinerary. Lights out after dinner as we will have an early start the next day.



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Get to know your group and equipment

EXPERIENCE LADAKH FESTIVAL AND ACCLIMATIZATION WALKS

We will make an early start after tea and breakfast and head to Leh city center to catch the beginning of the Ladakh Festival. The procession of performers, monks and people is a stunning blend of dance, color and life of the local culture. After we have witnessed the procession we will tour the old Leh city circuit. We will amble through small alleys and lanes behind the city Jama Masjid, with old mud-brick Ladakhi houses with eroded chortens and visit the LAMO Center (Ladakh Arts and Media Organization) residing in a 17th century mansion. You should be ready for quite a bit of walking as that is the best way to witness the life in this ancient city and acclimatize 



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Hotel in Leh
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BLD
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Basics of exposure. Focus on colors and composition

LEAVE FOR HUNDAR, NUBRA VALLEY

We head north to Hundar in the Nubra Valley. Situated in the valley where the Shyok river meets Nubra or Siachen river, Hundar is famous for the its cold desert landscape where sand dunes meet snow capped mountains. We will visit Hundar Monastery in the day and capture the sunset over the dunes. Dont miss out on catching the Bactrian camels that walk about the valley. If the weather is clear, the Mentor can decide to hold a night photography lesson. We will stay the night at Hundar.



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Hotel/Homestay in Hundar
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Basics of exposure.

DAY TRIP TO TURTUK

After early tea and breakfast, we witness the early morning prayers at Diskit Monastery, the oldest Gompa in Nubra Valley. Founded in the 14th century, the monastery belongs to the Gelugpa sect of Tibetan Buddhism and has glorious views of the Nubra Valley on the monastery ceiling. We leave for a 2-3 hour drive to the border village of Turtuk. One of the gateways to Siachen Glacier, it is one of the few places where you can witness the Balti culture. Beyond Turtuk is the Pakistan controlled Gilgit-Baltistan region. We head back to Hundar by the evening to review our photos and get some hot tea and dinner.



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Shutter speed

DRIVE TO PANGONG TSO (High Grassland Lake).

After a filling breakfast, we visit the 32 m tall impressive Maitreya Buddha near the Diskit Monastery. Regarded as the Future Buddha in the Tibetan literature, Maitreya, will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment and teach the pure dharma. We then leave for Pangong Tso while via Shyok village. Situated at about 4350m, Pangong covers an area of almost 604 sqkm and extends between India and China. It is home to many migratory birds and freezes completely in the winter. The lake is in the process of being ratified under the Rumsar convention as a wetland of international importance. We will try and reach the lake by lunch which will give you ample time to explore lake shore and take in the stunning sunset views over the lake.



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Hotel/ Fixed camps in Pangong Tso
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Aperture

DRIVE BACK TO LEH

After morning tea and breakfast, we drive back to Leh. It will take us 5-6 hours to get back to the city but the views on the drive are glorious and will keep you captivated. Evening is at leisure for everyone and we will do a review of the work in the past few days.



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Combining ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed

THIKSEY MONASTERY AND SHEY VILLAGE

We will make an early start after tea and breakfast to catch the morning prayers at Thiksey Monastery. Affiliated to the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism, it is situated on a hill in Thiksey village and is noted for its resemblance to the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. After getting the blessings of the monks, we walk to Shey where a picnic lunch will be waiting for us. After lunch, we rest a bit and visit the Shey Palace and surrounding areas. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own and maybe a small assignment by the Mentor. A fixed time and place will be decided where the group will meet later and then head back to Leh.



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Hotel in Leh
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BLD
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Review

LEH PALACE, TSEMO GOMPA AND SHANTI STUPA

We will visit the old markets and the 17th century Leh Palace. We continue to Tsemo Gompa, right next to the Palace and then move on to the busy market streets of Leh. After Lunch we head to Shanti Stupa. You will be given sometime to yourself where you can explore the palace on your own. A fixed time and place will be decided to re- group and then head back to the hotel.



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Hotel in Leh
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BLD
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Field day with assignments

DEPARTURE DAY

After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to the Leh Airport for your onward journey. However, if you would like to extend your visit in Leh to visit the Pangong Tso, Nubra Valley or any other areas, please contact our team of adventure travel consultants.



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