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Photo tour Lakes of Tibet: Pangong lake, Tso Moriri, Tso Kar, Tso Startsapak, Leh-Manali highway.
Day 1, June 26: Delhi - Leh (flight). Adaptation. Exploring Leh.
Day 2, June 27: Leh. Old city. Adaptation day. Sightseeing tour of Old Lech Monastery Namgyal Tsemo, Park of Stupas, Shamkar Gonpa monastery.
Day 3, June 28: Car trip down the river Indus. Buddhist monasteries Phyang, Likir, Basgo.
Day 4, June 29: Leh - Tango Village - Monastery Tangse Gompa - Pangong Lake.
Day 5, June 30: Pangong Tso Lake - Sachukul gonpa- Leh.
Day 6, July 1: Leh. Free day.
Day 7, July 2: Leh - hot springs Chumotang - Lake Tso Moriri.
Day 8, July 3: Lake Tso Moriri. Alpine valley of geysers - Lake Tso Kar.
Day 9, July 4, Lake Tso Kar, Lake Tso Startsapak.
Day 10, July 5: Lake Tso Kar - Leh-Manali Highway (Grand Canyon, forms of weathering) - Lake Tso Kar.
Day 11, July 6: Lake Tso Kar - Rupshu Valley – the Pass Tanglang La- Rumtse (Maroon Gorge).
Day 12, July 7: Village Rumtse - Tiksey Gonpa - White Stupas of Shey Gonpa - Leh.
Day 13, July 8: Free day in Leh. In the afternoon - Spituk Gonpa.
Day 14, July 9: Leh - Delhi (flight).
Excursion in Delhi (on request), in the evening the transfer to the airport and return home.
Reservation for participation in Photo tour Lakes of Tibet occurs when you make an advance to the account of an Indian travel company PROJECT PHOTOTOUR PRIVATE LIMITED of 30% of the tour price - 456 USD.
Advance payment is transferred by participant of photo tour via bank payment systems in any bank to the account of a travel agency Project PhotoTour, details are sent by the administrator after receiving an application for participation in the photo tour.
After you pay the advance payment a receipt confirming the payment is sent to you and confirmation of the booking of your participation in Photo tour Lakes of Tibet, and a contract for the provision of travel services will be sent to you too.
The remaining amount is paid as a participant arrival at the place of the tour, in this case - on arrival at Leh, Ladakh.
1. Moving along the entire route (from the ladder to the ladder of the planes) in comfortable cars.
2. Accommodation in double rooms in hotels, guest houses and campsites along the route of photo tour.
Perhaps the single room, $ 367 co-payment for the entire tour.
3. Information support of the organizers from the beginning to the end of the tour.
4. Tour accompaniment by local English-speaking guides on the route.
5. Registration of permits in the frontier zone in Pangong Tso lake and Tso Moriri.
6. Lecture on introduction to the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
7. Workshop on landscape photography in Ladakh: Features of landscape photography in Little Tibet.
1. Flight to New Delhi Airport from your country of residence and back.
2. Flight Delhi - Leh - Delhi. The estimated cost of the ticket from $ 80 -up to $ 150 (as the earlier ticket is purchased, the cheaper it is costs).
Attention! These tickets are bought immediately after the advance payment for participation in the photo tour:
the Administrator of the Project PhotoTour assists in the purchase of tickets at the lowest cost.
Just keep in mind that as the earlier tickets we buy, the cheaper they are.
3. Entrance fees to the monasteries and monastic buildings, on the order of $ 10 on all the time.
4. The cost of permits in the closed frontier areas - Pangong Tso lake and Tso Moririr, about $ 10-20 for a permit.
The cost of the permits are published on Ladakh tourist center in the beginning of May each year. That is why we do not include these costs in the price of the tour: they will be available in May.
5. Indian visa is $ 60. Issued independently on arrival at the international airport in New Delhi.
The information about tourist visa in India.
6. Meals during the photo tour: about $ 140 for the duration of the trip.
7. Medical Insurance is bought individually by each participant in the place of residence.
8. Anything that is not specified in the paragraph "The price of the photo tour includes".
The photo tour Lakes of Tibet is opened for photographers and travelers from all over the countries in the world, the focus is aimed at modal travel photography.
For participants in the photo tour Lakes of Tibet is recommended to obligatory reading:
Guidelines and rules for travelers in Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti (Little Tibet).
RECORDING FOR PARTICIPATION IN Photo tour LAKES of TIBET before 1 June 2016.
But the booking of photo tour can be stopped before – as soon as collected a group of 8 people.
If you want to go to photo tour Lakes of Tibet, please book your place to attend.
Minimum number of participants in this group - 8 people.
Maximum number of participants in this group - 10 people.
Photo tour has a comfortable level.
In Leh: hotel with hot water, a bathroom and toilet in the room.
Pangong Tso lake: the guest house, with bath and toilet in the room.
In the village Karzok lake Tso Moriri: guesthouse with shared facilities.
Tso Kar lake: comfortable camping, best camping in Ladakh.
In the village Rumtse: guest house with minimal comforts, there is nothing else here.
If you want to ask the questions about the organization and participation in Photo tour LAKES of TIBET, please contact:
+ 91 94 19 274 735 (India) - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager Photo Tours, India.
+ 7 967 037 28 11 (Russia, India) - Maxim Savchenko, the direction of extreme festivals Project photo tour.
il-il-il (or search by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager photo tour.
Brasilia3090 - Nina Lozenko, director of the Project Photo Tours.
email@example.com - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager Photo Tours
firstname.lastname@example.org - Nina Lozenko, director of the Project Photo Tours
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Photo tour on Lakes of Tibet has a team of organizers:
Ilona Kryzhanovskaya: photographer, ethnographer, ethnographic photography, genre photography, subcultural practice, the construction of the myth in photography.
Maxim Savchenko: direction of extreme festivals in Project PhotoTour.
Nina Lozenko: Administrator of Project PhotoTour.
Kristina Tsurkan: photographer and artist, guide of Project PhotoTour.
Pravesh - English speaking guide of Project PhotoTour.
Our local English-speaking guides carriers of ladakhi culture, the team of Project PhotoTour.
Team of drivers-guides along the entire route of photo tour.
In terms of individual preparation for taking pictures on the photo tour Lakes of Tibet we recommend to read the following articles:
View photos of the lake Tso Moriri.
View photos of the lake Tso Kar.
View photos of Lake Pangong Tso.
View photos from our photo tours to Tibet.
July photo tour around the lakes in Little Tibet, 2012.
July 2013: passed and ended July photo tour on the lakes of Little Tibet: Pangong Tso, Tso Kar Tso Moriri.
July 2014: Photos from the tour around Tibetan Lakes, July 2014.
Passed and ended the advertising photo tour Lakes of Tibet-2, 15.08. - 08.26.2013 year.
Passed and ended the advertising photo tour Lake of Tibet-2: Highland Lakes, Valley of Geysers, 17 - 26.08.2014 year.
Sergey Pobegaev: the movie "Ladakh" at the end of the photo tour Tibet Lake, July 2014.
This photo tour around alpine lakes in Little Tibet - has been a hit of seasons 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the objective is the most spectacular and colorful photo tour in Ladakh.
This year we expanded the program of this photo tour, adding a fourth lake - Tso Startsapak and day of shooting on the Leh-Manali Highway - the highest mountainous in the world and amazingly beautiful road.
The main key points of this journey:
1. Four mountain lakes of Ladakh (Little Tibet): Pangong Tso, Tso Kar, Tso Moriri and Tso Startsapak are not just a beautiful place, they are fantastic.
2. Valley of highland Geysers between the lakes Tso Kar and Tso Miriri.
3. The distant alpine village of nomadic shepherds of Ladakhi Chongpa nationality.
4. The Leh-Manali Highway: Grand Canyon, the incredible beauty of the mountain - the path in the heart of stone flower in the literal sense of the word.
5. The ethnographic photography in the Buddhist monasteries of Ladakh.
6. Free photography: tour program is designed so that participants can take pictures in the modal time in the individual mode.
In his photo tour program as much as possible close to the individual journey.
And, the most important:
There will be A LOT OF LAKES!
Day 1, July 26: Delhi - Leh (flight). Adaptation. Exploring Leh.
Arrival at the International Airport of New Delhi (India) from the country of residence.
Apply for the visa, get luggage and moving by free shuttle bus from the international terminal D3 in New Delhi Airport to the domestic terminal D1: bus runs between the terminals every 15 minutes.
It is common practice in our photo tour to Ladakh: flights, where the participants of our tours arrive at the airport in New Delhi, usually arrive in the terminal D3 from 2 to 5 am, and immediately move by shuttle-bus to the terminal D1 and in the morning fly to Leh.
Cheap flights from Delhi to Leh are bought so that the interval of time between the external and domestic flights was at least - 3-4 hours.
Then you check-in in the terminal D1 to Delhi – Leh, flight to Leh takes 1 hour 20 minutes.
A flight Delhi-Leh is a special photo-action, the aircraft flies over the beautiful peaks of the Himalayas.
Photography of air flights Delhi-Leh can be found here:
Homecoming. Live Journal blog of Ilona Kryzhanovskaya.
We returned to Ladakh!
Air flight from Delhi to Leh, Ladakh, April, 2015.
Arriving in Ladakh, plane makes a beautiful turn over the valley (the perfect time to take pictures) and landing at a single airport in valley - Leh.
Arrival to Leh. Immediately at the exit of the Leh airport the guides meet participants with a sign PHOTOTOUR.
Transfer to the hotel, breakfast.
Leh is located at an altitude of 3600 m.
And on the first day it is very important for photo tour participants to pass the correct high-altitude acclimatization: they get instructions on acclimatization, drink plenty of fluids, rest upon arrival at the hotel for the first hours.
After acclimatization rest at the hotel we go for a leisurely walking for adaptation through the narrow streets of the Old Leh: to the center of Leh, Main Market.
We finish the walking in a nice cafe-restaurant Penguin, where will be our first dinner in Leh.
In the evening - a master class in the introduction to the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 2, June 27: Leh: Old Town. Adaptation day. Excursion to the Old Leh: Namgyal Tsenmo monastery, The park of Stupas, Shamkar Gonpa monastery.
Today is the second acclimatization day in Ladakh, and we will spend it in a quiet measured moving: in the morning by cars go up in a Buddhist monastery Namgyal Tsemo, towering above Lech, then - after examining of the monastery, down the stairs go to the park of ancient Buddhist stupas and then go for a leisurely adaptation walk through the narrow streets of the Old Leh: clay houses, Buddhist stupas and prayer wheels.
Buddhist monastery and a fortress Namgyal Tsemo, "red fortress", built in the 16th century by King Tashi Namgyal of Ladakh.
The gompa keeps the three-story statue of Buddha Maitreya. Also Gonpa is famous for its collection of ancient manuscripts and frescoes.
The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa tradition.
Namgyal Tsemo rises, hovers over all Leh and there are a great shooting points of the valley of Ladakh, the average flow of the river Indus.
Leh Old Town is listed by UNESCO as World Heritage .
The walk will finish at the Monastery Gompa Soma, in the central part of the Old Leh.
Then - a break for lunch and rest adaptation.
In the evening - by cars, we'll go to a Buddhist monastery Gompa Shamkar at the evening puja.
Buddhist Monastery Shamkar (Samkar Gompa) - a small ancient monastery of the Gelugpa school, surrounded by tiny monks' chambers.
If we are lucky in Shamkar gompa we will attend at the evening puja.
And, of course, meet with great Dukar.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 3, June 28: Car journey down the river Indus. Buddhist monasteries Phyang, Likir, Basgo.
In the morning we will go by cars to our first study trip to the valley of Ladakh, down the river Indus.
The first landscape photography: Indus Valley, the merger Indus and Zanskar.
Photography in the floodplain of the Hindus, magnificent views of the gorges and Buddhist villages grew up among the rocky mountains, multi-colored fields.
During the day we will visit three Buddhist monastery: Pyang Gonpa, Likir Gonpa and Basgo Gonpa.
Buddhist Monastery Pyang Gompa, Ladakhi Village Pyang: Buddhist monastery located in 15-16 km to the west of Leh in Ladakh, northern India.
It was founded in 1515.
Pyang Gompa is interesting in many ways: from the place where it is - a nice village Pyang with magnificent views of the same name canyon, variety of Gonpas in the monastery: here we see the old Gonpa of the 15th century and the new, just built Gonpa, where all the walls and ceilings affect with the mural paintings in ladakhi luxurious style.
Buddhist Monastery Likir, Likir Gompa was built in the 11th century.
Literally, the name of the Monastery means "surrounded by Nagas" (giant snake-spirits), it is believed that the monastery is entwined with bodies of two Nagas - Nando and Taksako.
According to legend, the fifth king of Ladakh Lachin Gyalpo chose the the place.
At the present time the gompa belongs to the Gelugpa sect and follow the precepts of the Master Tsongkhapa.
Today the monastery is home for about 120 monks and about 30 students.
There is a rich collection of tangkas (Tibetan icons), sculptures and other art objects, the skilled craftsmen working transmitting young people their case.
Likir has a unique location - it is literally dominates the surrounding space and a huge Buddha statue next to it is visible from afar.
Buddhist Monastery Basgo, Basgo Gompa was built in 1680 by Namgyal dynasty rulers, but the town itself Basgo is known since antiquity and was mentioned in Ladakh Chronicles, as a political and cultural center and former capital of Lower Ladakh.
The monastery is famous for its unique frescos of the XVI century and a statue of Buddha.
Basgo Gompa standing on steep cliffs and has an amazing panoramic view of the surroundings.
Panorama of monastery Basgo is clickable to a large size.
In the evening on the way back to Leh we will have a stunningly beautiful evening shooting in the area of the monastery Basgo:
Basgo Gonpa itself dominates the valley and from the roofs of the monastery the valley can be seen at a glance.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 4, June 29: Leh - Village Tango - Gompa monastery Tangse - Pangong Lake.
At 6 o'clock in the morning we go to Pangong Lake.
The road from Leh to Pangong has a length of 125 km and will take about 7-8 hours.
We climb to the pass Chang La (alt. 5360 m), which is named after Sadhu Baba Changle, the temple on the mountain pass was dedicated to him and then we go down to the village Tangste - the next village on the road Leh - Pangong.
Chang-La Pass - the main passage to the plateau Chantang located in the Trans-Himalayas. The nomads of these places are called Changpa or Chang-pa.
Panorama photographed at the track Lech Tangse is clickable to a large size.
Many stops on the way for picture taking, including those for the animalistic: we pass glade with pet Marmots - Himalayan marmots.
Marmots really pet, come very close, literally up to 1 meter and having fun taking pictures.
We pass the village Tangse, not for long delayed in a Buddhist monastery Tangse Gompa: look around monastery and go further to our goal - an evening photography on Pangong Tso Lake.
On this day we stop in one of the guest houses on Lake Pangong.
If we are lucky with the weather, at night we will have a huge shooting of star sky over Pangong.
View photos captured on a lake Pangong Tso, Ladakh, Little Tibet.
Guest house on Lake Pangong.
Day 5, June 30: Pangong Tso Lake - Monastery Sachukul - Leh.
Morning photographing on Pangong lake: we we go to the far end of the lake (about 16 km) by cars up to the barrier, which can pass only local residents of Ladakh.
And from there slowly come back, stopping at all points of the shooting.
Pangong Lake is situated at an altitude of about 4250 m and is located near the border with the former country of Tibet.
The length is 134 km, width - 5 km. The lake belongs to the one third Ladakh (India) and 2/3 to Tibet (Tibetan territories under occupation of China).
A lot of beautiful landscape photography.
At 12.00 we go in the way back to Leh.
Near the village Tangse we turn into the side canyon and visit a Buddhist monastery Sashikul (Sachukul) Gonpa, located in a very unusual place: the Mountain passages surrounding the monastery are bright striped. The Gonpa belongs to the 14th century.
This place is not usually visited by tourists due to its remoteness.
Next, return to Leh by the already known road.
We stop to take pictures of all the interesting places that are lightened in the evening look completely different.
Late afternoon return to Leh.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 6, July 1, Leh. Free day.
Free day in Leh: relax - restore force after a journey to Pangong Tso.
We clean the feathers and equipment, we view the footage, preparing for a trip to the lakes.
Independent walks and photographing in Old Leh.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 7, July 2: Leh - Hot Springs Chumotang - Tso Lake Moriri.
Today we go to the lake Tso Moriri, we will have a beautiful and long road with many stops for photographing landscapes.
On the way we will stop for a lunch in the upper stream of the Indus, near the hot springs Chumotang, where we can take a dip in the hot sulphurous-hydrogen baths, and then drink a fragrant herbal tea.
After lunch we will continue our way and overcome mild Yalung Nyalung Pass (5450 m) and the dusty plateau Rupshu.
On the plateau, we a high probably meet the nomadic peoples Chongar and will stop to take pictures in their mobile villages: here is possible an excellent portrait photography, and genre, and animalistic.
Immediately after the pass will opened Nyaung a view of the lake Tso Moriri, unrestrained and blue, like a precious sapphire eye rimmed in brown banks.
Tso Moriri is a beautiful highland lake in Tibetan India, is 215 km south-east of Leh at an altitude of 4595 meters above the sea.
The maximum length of the lake is 19 km, maximum width - 3 km, maximum depth - 40 m. This is the largest alpine lake in the Trans-Himalayan region within India.
The lake water is salted. Lake is available only in the summer season. Until 1959, the locals were engaged in the extraction of salt (Tsokar, local Ladakhi) from the lake.
There is a monastery Karzok Gompa on the shore of the lake, where we were at this summer festival, and a small village of the same name is spread around the monastery.
In summer, the temperature ranges are from 0 ° to 30 ° C, and in winter from -10 to -40. Only nomadic shepherds Changpa can live here.
View photos captured on the lake Tso Moriri here: Lake Tso Moriri, Little Tibet.
We arrive in the village Karzok, and immediately in order not to lose precious time go for an evening photography on the Lake Tso Moriri.
Available the night photographing the lake Tso Mori and ancient Buddhist stupas from the roof of our guest house.
Guest house on the lake Tso Moriri.
Day 8, July 3: Lake Tso Moriri. Alpine valley of geysers - Tso Kar lake.
At four o'clock in the morning you can attend the morning puja in a Buddhist monastery Karzok Gonpa.
The gentle photographs is possible at puja.
Korzok Gompa is a Buddhist monastery, also called Karzok or Kurzok - Tibetan Buddhist gompa belonging to the school Drukpa Lineage as Karzok ancient village at the lake Tso Moriri.
The monastery Korzok at an altitude of 4595 m has a statue of Sakyamuni Buddha and the gompa is home to about 35 monks.
Before the monastery was the center of the Rupshu valley. As a Druk-pa monastery, he was subordinate to the monastery Hemis Gompa. The gompa is more than 300 years.
The local population believes that the gompa and Lake Tso Moriri - the two holy places.
We hope that we'll get lucky and we find ourselves during our photo tour in stormy weather.
Storms on the lake Tso Moriri are simply wonderful to take pictures.
Photo tour program for the day: 6 am, go for a morning photographing the opposite shore of Tso Moriri and then go to Korzok Fu - summer pastures of the shepherds Chongpa Korzoka.
Go back to the village Korzok, have breakfast and go on a long road to the lake Tso Kar.
We have to go by car about 60 km this day, but we spend on this road about 6-7 hours for several reasons:
1. On the way a lot of interesting places to take pictures waiting for us - from ethnographic photography in the nomad camps of to the macro, amalistic and if the clouds will be correct- landscape photography.
2. Valley of Geysers. Yes, on the way to the Tso Kar and Tso Moriri we will visit the unique alpine valley of geysers, located at an altitude of about 4500 m.
Geysers here are very different - from small, gurgling with a huge bubbles to the hot fountains- geysers height of more than three meters.
The Valley of Geysers in the truest sense of the word - absolutely fabulous place. The climate is changing under the influence of the hot springs and the middle of the high desert of Ladakh suddenly appear green alpine meadows mixed with salt marshes, the hills become of the most vivid colors: yellow - yields crystalline sulfur, among which are hidden transparent amiachnye crystals, brown, green salt crust.
The main thing that we were lucky with the weather, and then take pictures of the Valley of Geysers is endless: the birds that live in a huge amount on the banks of the valley, small gurgling springs for very textured photos, and, of course, geysers, fountains.
It is possible to swim in the sources, and not only possible, but sources believe healing, so do not forget to take a swimwear.
Themselves geysers provide beautiful bright pictures - paintings.
Later in the afternoon we arrive at Tso Kar lake, located in the camp and go to the evening photographing the lake Tso Kar.
Camping at the lake Tso Kar.
Day 9, July 4: Lake Tso Kar, lake Tso Startsapak.
Day of free shooting on lakes Tso Kar and Tso Startsapak: the first part of the day take pictures on the lake Tso Moriri, after lunch we go to the lake Tso Startsapak.
The first part of the day on the lake Tso Kar: By car drive around the lake, looking for the point of shooting, the morning photography, visit Gompa Tso Kar, and finally animalistic photography:
herds of yaks and herds of wild horses that fend for themselves very close to lakeside- You can take pictures of remarkable portraits of the huge Tibetan yaks.
Lake Tso Kar - perhaps the most charming of the lakes of Little Tibet.
The epithet "beautiful" - there is not exactly right, Tso Kar is charming: soft colors, halftones, closed miniature watercolor of mountains surrounding the lake, calm and quiet.
The word "Tso Kar" literally translates as White Lake. It called so because of salt and all of its banks are covered with white deposits of salt.
Lake Tso Kar is located 150 kilometers south-east of Leh in the Rupshu Valley at an altitude of 4700m.
Tso Kar is very naughty and very diverse in all its manifestations: the weather, which can change here every half of an hour, to the landscape - the surface of the water mirrors, reflections, and multi-colored salt marshes and meandering flow channel connecting the different parts of the lake.
View photos taken on lake Tso Kar during our travels here: Tso Kar Lake, Rupshu Valley, Little Tibet.
In the afternoon we go to the lake Tso Startsapak, there is a very good light in the afternoon.
This is our debut: the first time we are taking a group of photographers on the lake Tso Startsapak.
And the story is so surprising: the lake is on the map, but to find the way to it was not easy - the road doesn't exist, it has been ignored for many years.
At first time we visited the lake Tso Startsapak last year and were fascinated by them, just 10 km from the snowy-salted Tso Kar we met up with green, soft and gentle beauty of Tso Startsapak.
On the way we stop to take pictures in the abandoned villages of the nomadic Chongpa.
On the way to the campsite - evening photographing of Tso Kar Lake.
Camping at the Lake Tso Kar.
Day 10, July 5: Lake Tso Kar - Leh-Manali Highway (Grand Canyon, shapes of weathering) - Tso Kar Lake.
Another debut at the photo tour Lakes of Tibet: Lake Tso Kar is in close proximity to the Leh-Manali Highway - the world's most mountainous roads.
Leh-Manali Highway – the road in India connecting Leh and Manali. The road is open from June to mid-October, when the Organization of border roads cleans all the snow from the road.
This road connects Manali and Kullu valley with Lahul, Spiti and Ladakh.
Leh-Manali Highway was built and used by the Indian army to transport military equipment to Pakistan-China borders.
The escalation of conflicts have passed, and today, moving on this beautiful track, we will see that only the soldiers of the Indian Army recently saw and a few of nomads and shepherds.
Between the passes Lachung La and Taglan La this road crosses the Plain Mor: dusty desert alpine valley is incredibly powerful in its pristine beauty.
It is here - in the valley of the Mor we will take pictures today, we meet this day about 100 km amazing stone beauty.
On the road the indescribable views and spectacle are waiting for us : colorful mountains, cliffs and abysses, incredible forms of weathering rocks.
This road is very difficult to describe in words - difficult to find the right words: most of all it looks like a moving inside, deep into the huge stone flower.
Feeling as the stone petals mountains breathes, lives, trembles, surrounded on all sides.
We will pass on the Leh-Manali Highway to the Grand Canyon.
Then - free photography in the Grand Canyon and evening shooting on the way back to the campsite Tso Kar.
Camping at the lake Tso Kar.
Day 11, July 6: Lake Tso Kar – Rupshu Valley - Tanglang La Pass - Rumtse (Maroon canyon).
Optional - morning shooting on the lake Tso Kar and after breakfast, we go to way back to Leh.
We are waiting for a very interesting and rich landscapes and panoramas alpine road.
We climb on the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh - Taglung La (5358 m), and see the height of mountainous dusty valley Rupshu.
Taking pictures in a dusty valley Rupshu and the second highest mountain pass in Ladakh Taglung La.
By the afternoon we go down to an altitude of about 4000 to the small village Rumtse and stop at the guest house.
On foot (there is no road) go on a photo shooting in the village, to the ancient stupas and ancient Gonpa Rumtse.
Place here is very atmospheric: Rumtse village is located at the entrance to the maroon gorge, against which the white stupa and houses of village look stunningly bright.
In the evening - if we are lucky with the sun - we will go by car to take photographs to Maroon Canyon.
Guest-house in Rumtse Village.
Day 12, July 7: Rumtse Village - Tiksey gompa - White stupas of Shey Gonpa - Leh.
Today, we return to Leh.
In the morning - photographing in the village Rumtse and throughout the roads of maroon gorge.
By the afternoon we arrive in a Buddhist monastery Tiksey Gonpa.
The monastery Tiksey is huge - the largest in Ladakh, in fact is a city-monastery, with surrounding villages, surrounded by ancient stupas, houses of lamas and monastery schools.
Tiksey Gonpa consists of twelve levels, and ten temples, towering on the mountain.
At the top there are private apartments of Rinpoche of this Gompa.
There are shrines and houses of monks below the monastery on the mountain slopes.
Now there are about 100 Buddhist monks of the Gelugpa school in Tiksey gompa.
From the roof of the monastery the wonderful panorama of the valley of Ladakh is seen.
Lunch in the monastery Tiksey Gonpa.
After lunch, we walk around the Tiksey Gonpa, inspect the rooms, library, the temple of Protectors.
Tiksey Gonpa is very beautiful and important monastery of Ladakh and did not go in it - it would be very disappointing.
By the way on the walls of Tiksey Gonpa preserved unique ancient frescoes depicting scenes of sacrifice.
After Tiksey Gompa we will continue our way to Leh, and on the way we will have one more stop: in the evening sun we just come to the White Stupas of Shay Gonpa, the place where the great Buddhist teacher Naropa meditated.
White Stupas - this is a huge area, dotted with white stupas of different shapes and sizes.
The space of white stupas is very unusual - here there is a feeling that time has stopped, it is very calm and easy, and it is very beautiful in the evening light.
And here we finish our day of shooting.
Come back to Leh.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 13, July 8: Free day in Leh. In the afternoon - Spituk Gonpa.
The first part of the day - a rest after the tour, we walk along the Leh, buy gifts for relatives and friends, packing.
In the afternoon we go to a Buddhist monastery Spituk Gonpa, the main monastery of Ladakh valley, the monastery, there is the residence of the Teacher of the valley of Ladakh, and Mongolia - Rinpoche Kushok Bakula, whose name has the airport in Leh.
Buddhist monastery Spituk Gompa was founded in the XII century, and its name "Spituk" – "exemplary" was given by Rinchen Zangpo, who was admired by exemplary way of life of local monks.
The monastery was built as a fortress on a high rock.
Originally belonged to the Kadampa tradition, then moved to the Kagyu tradition, from the XV century, gompa belongs to the Gelugpa tradition.
Abbot (Rinpoche) is known for its educational activities and the creation of ladakhi education system.
The monastery is decorated with frescoes, sculptures and tangkas, some of which were brought here from Tibet after the Chinese invasion, there is collection of ancient weapons.
In the assembly hall (dukhang) the throne for the Dalai Lama is set.
After visiting the Spituk Gompa we go down by the high stone staircase in the eastern part of the Gonpa to Spituk village and return to Leh.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 14, July 9: Leh - Delhi (flight).
In the morning transfer to the airport and the flight Leh - New Delhi.
In Delhi, depending on the time of departure, you can either spend time at the international airport in New Delhi, or book a tour around Delhi with a English-speaking guide.
Departure from the international airport of New Delhi.
And finally we offer to view a short film about Ladakh and the high mountain lakes of Ladakh, filmed by member of our photo tour Lakes of Tibet, in July 2014.
Sergey Pobegaev: Ladakh.
ATTENTION PLEASE! READ CAREFULLY:
The marker of this Photo tour in Zanskar is EXTREME.
Most of the time in the photo tourThe Lakes of Tibet we will spend at altitudes of 3500 m and above.
The compulsory condition for participating in photo tour to Tibet is the level of health not below average, lack of chronic diseases, such as:
diseases of the cardiovascular system, asthma, mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions.
And the most important thing: the full awareness - where you are going and willingness for difficulties.
We will try in every way to make this trip as much comfortable as possible for the participants of the photo tour The Lakes of Tibet, but emphasize: we are not going to the resort.
I.e. ideas of comfort in Zanskar in terms of European are absent altogether.
In addition it is assumed that we live not only in hotels but also in local guesthouses and campsites on the Tso Kar Lake.
Therefore, wishing to take part in a large photo tour The Lakes of Tibet should be ready for the objective difficulties of our Photo Tour:
- Intense emotional experience, very saturated photo tour program, a lot of moving, a lot of shooting.
- Non-European level of the quality of housing.
- Poor infrastructure in the region, local perceptions of comfort.
- Possible manifestations of altitude sickness in the first 1-2 days of photo tour.
If you decide to take part in this photo tour The Lakes of Tibet - You need to be internally prepared for the fact that at times it will not be easy, but infinitely interesting.