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Incredible Himalayas 2: Tsam dance in the Chamdei monastery + Tso Moriri lake, Ladakh.
Day 1, November 11: Delhi - Leh (air flight). Adaptation. Leh, walks in the Old Town.
Day 2, November 12: Spituk Monastery. Hindu River Valley, Chelling Gorge, car tour of Ladakh.
Days 3-4, November 13-14: Ladakh: Chamdey Gonpa Monastery. Buddhist Mystery Chamdey Angchok.
Day 5, November 15: Monasteries Matho, Stakna, White stupas of Shay Gonpa.
Day 6, November 16: Leh - Alpine lake Tso-Moriri.
Day 7, November 17: alpine lake Tso-Moriri - Leh.
Day 8, November 18: Old Leh, Leh Palace, Nyangmal Tsemo Gonpa, Soma Gonpa.
Day 9, November 19: Lamayuru Valley. Pass Fotu La. Moon Land.
Day 10, November 20: Flight Leh - Delhi. Homecoming.
A tour of Delhi is available upon request.
For those who wish to extend their stay in India, we can organize a week or two on the beaches of Goa, an Ayurvedic vacation in Kerala, excursions + holidays in Pondicherry.
And at very loyal prices.
The cost of the tour when booking before May 1, 2020 - 1000 USD,
The cost of the tour when booking after May 1, 2020 - 1127 USD.
Reservation of places to participate in the Incredible Himalayas photo tour occurs when a deposit of $ 140 is deposited into the account of the Indian travel company INCREDIBLE HIMALAYA PRIVATE LIMITED.
A security deposit is transferred by a travel participant using payment banking systems in any bank, the details of the current account are sent by the administrator to the participant’s email after receiving an application for participation in the photo tour.
When paying the deposit, a payment receipt is sent to the participant confirming the deposit of money and the reservation of your participation in the trip, as well as an agreement on the provision of travel services for this tour.
The remaining amount is paid by the participant upon arrival at the start of the photo tour, in this case, upon arrival in Leh, Ladakh.
1. Movement along the entire route (from the gangway to the gangway of aircraft) in comfortable cars.
2. Accommodation in double rooms in the best hotel Leha - 5 * (round-the-clock heating), and in a guest house on Lake Tso-Moriri.
Possible accommodation in a single room, surcharge 427 USD for the entire route.
3. Information support by the organizers of the PhotoTour Project from the beginning to the end of the tour.
4. Excursion accompaniment of a local guide.
5. Lecture on ethnographic photography during sacred ceremonies in Buddhist monasteries.
6. Lecture - an introduction to the culture of Tibetan Buddhism based on the Buddhist mystery with the performance of the Tsam Dance.
7. Lecture on landscape photography in autumn Ladakh: features of landscape photography on alpine lakes.
8. Photo guide and lectures: at the request of participants - individual and group viewing of captured photos with commenting.
9. Participation in the Buddhist mystery Chamdey Angchok in the Buddhist monastery Chamdey Gonpa.
10. Registration of permits in the border zone of Lake Tso Moriri.
11. All fees and taxes on the photo tour route.
1. Flight to Delhi airport from the country of residence and back.
Air travel from Europe to Delhi and back is very inexpensive:
These tickets cost about $ 300 round trip.
2. Flight Delhi - Leh - Delhi. Estimated airfare from $ 80 to $ 120.
These tickets are redeemed immediately after making a deposit to participate in the trip:
PhotoTour Project administrators assist tour participants in purchasing these tickets at the lowest cost.
3. Tourist visa to India 25 $, is issued online 14 days before arrival in India.
4. Entrance fees to the monasteries, about $ 10 for the whole time.
5. The cost of permits to the organ of Lake Tso Moriri is about 20 USD.
6. Meals during the photo tour: about $ 140 for the entire trip.
7. Medical insurance: must be issued by each tour participant individually at the place of residence.
8. Tips for drivers and the English-speaking tour guide at the rate of $ 1 per day.
9. Everything that is not indicated in the list "Included in the price of the photo tour".
The tour has age restrictions: from 18 years to 62 years.
You should also not worry about altitude acclimatization:
we are able to carry out acclimatization and, almost all of our tourists, easily tolerate the climate and the heights of Ladakh.
Markers of this photo tour: EXTREME and FOR THE BOLD.
What does this mean?
Most of the photo tour INCREDIBLE HIMALS we will spend at an altitude of 3600 m and above.
Mandatory conditions for participants in the photo tour Incredible Himalayas-2:
health is not below average, the absence of severe chronic diseases:
First of all, the absence of diseases of the cardiovascular system, asthma, mental illness, alcohol and drug addiction.
And most importantly - full awareness - where you are going and readiness for difficulties.
We will try our best to make this trip as comfortable as possible for the participants of the photo tour in Ladakh, but it is worthwhile to understand that we are not going to the resort.
Those. Ladakh comforts are very different from Europe's comforts.
In addition, it is assumed that we will not always live in hotels, but also in an ordinary Tibetan house while visiting the alpine lake Tso Moriri.
Therefore, those who wish to take part in this Tibet photo tour should be prepared for objective difficulties:
- eventful days;
- the quality of housing is not of a European level,
- undeveloped infrastructure of the region,
If you decide to take part in this photo tour, you need to be internally prepared for the fact that at times it will be difficult for you.
But - very interesting.
APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN PHOTO TOUR IS POSSIBLE BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 2020.
But recording in a photo tour can be stopped earlier - as soon as a group of 10 people is typed.
If you want to go to the Incredible Himalayas photo tour, please reserve places for participation in advance.
The minimum number of participants in the group of this photo tour is 10 people.
The maximum number of participants in the group of this photo tour is 10 people.
Ladakh photo tour “Incredible Himalayas” calculated at a comfortable level:
The hotel in Lech will be wonderful, these are real 5 stars:
round-the-clock room heating, hot water, internet, chic apartments, a magnificent restaurant with delicious cuisine.
But the guest house on Lake Tso-Moriri is more than modest: in fact, it is a home station, i.e. Accommodation in an ordinary Tibetan house with our friends.
That is why the “Incredible Himalayas” photo tour has “Extreme” and “For the brave” markers - tourists at this time do not visit the alpine lake Tso Moriri, the conditions will be minimal,
But we will have an incredible opportunity to take pictures on Tso Moriri in November, when almost no one but the locals gets here.
Also, special attention is paid to cars working on a photo tour of Ladakh - we will move very comfortably.
We will stop wherever we want, stops for taking pictures along the photo tour route - on demand.
A lot of time will be devoted to the most diverse types of photography: landscape, genre, portraiture, photography of Buddhist rituals.
For those who want to ask questions about the organization and participation in this photo tour in Tibet, please contact us:
Phones for communication:
+ 91 94 19 274 735 (India) - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager PhotoTour, India.
+ 91 95 96 796 372 (WhatsApp, Vacap) - PhotoTour Project, India.
il-il-il (or search the email address firstname.lastname@example.org) - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Head of the PhotoTour Project.
email@example.com - Ilona Kryzhanovskaya, Project Manager PhotoTour
firstname.lastname@example.org - Nina Lozenko, Director of the PhotoTour Project
email@example.com - Maxim Savchenko, extreme festivals of the PhotoTour Project
A team of organizers works on the Incredible Himalayas photo tour:
Ilona Kryzhanovskaya - Head of the PhotoTour Project, ethnographer, building a myth in photography, professional photographer.
Sonam Rinchen is a partner and co-founder of the PhotoTour Project.
Otzer Rinchen is the head of the team of English-speaking guides of the PhotoTour Project.
Maxim Savchenko - Technical Director of the PhotoTour Project.
Our local Ladakh English-speaking culture guides, PhotoTour Project team.
A team of driver-guides along the entire route of the photo tour.
Most of the photo tour will be accompanied by our beloved friend and Teacher Lama Tserin:
For participants in the photo tour Incredible Himalayas-2, we recommend that you read it,
there are answers to all questions on the conditions of the tour and preparation for it:
Recommendations and rules for photo travelers and travelers in Ladakh, Zanskar and the Spiti Valley (Little Tibet).
Incredible Himalayas - this phrase is the most accurate name for the November photo tour in Ladakh, Little Tibet, India.
Because in a very short time - 10 days - the program of this photo tour contains a magnificent collection of incredible events, fantastic places and landscapes, close contact with the culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
Why is intimate contact?
Because the photo tour is held in a completely non-tourist season: and, most likely, we will be the only travelers who will enjoy watching and photographing the Buddhist sacred ceremony of Chamdey Angchok in the huge Buddhist Monastery-City of Ladakh - Chamdey Gonpa.
It also means that we will be the only photographers in the monastery square and our photographs will be unique, and when photographing, we will not interfere with each other and push around in a dense crowd of photographers, as happens in Ladakh monasteries at the summer Buddhist mysteries with Tsam Dance, and it means - purely from a spatial point of view, let us unfold our creativity and imagination when shooting at full strength.
And also we will fall into two very beautiful places from all points of view - on the high mountain lake Tso Moriri and drive through the entire Lamayuru valley, along the top road to the most beautiful place Moon Land - Lunar Earth.
Typically, photographers visit these places in the summer, and the pictures of Tso Moriri and Lamayuru, captured in November, have never come across.
But it must be very beautiful: the autumn Tso Moriri - in all its autumn power of the water surface of the alpine lake and the beautiful Lamayuru - are still not covered in snow, but already harsh, preparing for winter.
The photo tour is fully consistent with its markers: EXTREME AND FOR THE BOLD, and involves visiting the highlands very distant from Lech, including spending the night in the Changpa nomad house on Lake Tso Moriri.
The trip is so saturated with a wide variety of events that it obviously will not correspond to the time allotted for it: and if only 10 days pass on the calendar, then for photographers they will become Ladakh Eternity).
By the way, it is from such photo tours that personal photo exhibitions are brought).
A lot of all types of photography are planned: landscape and panoramic photography, ethnographic photography, portrait and genre photography.
For beginner photographers, this photo tour is an opportunity to go through a good school of photography in the field.
For curious travelers, whose presence is also welcomed in this Ladakh photo tour, this is an opportunity to get acquainted with the culture of Tibetan Buddhism and, if you wish, start learning to take pictures.
The photos shown in the description of our tour are clickable to a large size, just click on the photo and it will open in a new window.
The description of each day of the tour indicates the total mileage per day and the height of the places visited.
Day 1, November 11: Delhi - Leh (air flight). Adaptation. Leh, walks in the Old City, height 3 600 m.
Arrival at New Delhi International Airport (India) from your country of residence.
We issue an electronic visa, get luggage and go to one of the terminals of local airlines:
D3 is in the same building
D2 - a little further, you need to turn left from the building of the terminal of international airlines and walk 100 m through the tunnel.
This is a common practice on our tours in Ladakh:
flights on which participants of our tours fly to New Delhi airport usually arrive at terminal D3 from 2 to 5 in the morning, immediately go to the departure terminal and fly off to Leh in one of the morning flights.
We take air tickets for the Delhi – Leh flight so that the time margin between external and internal flights is 3-4 hours.
Flight Delhi-Leh, 1 hour 20 minutes.
By the way, the Leh-Delhi flight itself is a stunningly beautiful sight, since we will fly over to the Himalayan Range.
We recommend booking seats on the port side of the aircraft in advance - when landing in Leh, this side is the most shooting.
Including we will fly over Lake Tso Moriri, which we will later arrive in jeeps.
Upon arrival in Ladakh at Leh airport, the participants of the legendary photo tour right at the terminal exit are greeted by a team of organizers with the PHOTO TOUR sign, then we go to our cozy, quiet and most importantly - a warm hotel, we are located, we rest after flights.
The first day in Lech - acclimatization:
we drink tea and coffee, we talk about the photo tour program, in the afternoon we will go for a leisurely adaptation walk in the center of Leh.
In the evening after dinner, our lecture will be held, an introduction to the culture of Tibetan Buddhism in Russian.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 2, November 12: Spituk Monastery. Hindu River Valley, Chelling Gorge, car tour of Ladakh, about 80 km, height 3,600 m.
In the morning we leave for the Buddhist monastery Spituk Gompa - one of the most beautiful monasteries in the Ladakh Valley.
Morning puja (service) at the Spituk Monastery, and then a detailed acquaintance with the Spituk Gompa.
Visit to Kale Temple, or the Temple of the Dharma Protectors of Spituk Monastery.
Blessing pooja for a group in Calais - Temple.
Next we go down the long stairs of Spituk Gonpa to the village of Spituk:
walk around the village, genre photography on the streets of Spituk village.
And at the end of the day, we will go by car down the Indus Valley to the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers.
A little walk through the Chelling Valley.
Return to Leh.
Hotel in Leh.
Days 3-4, November 13-14: Ladakh: Chamdey Monastery. Buddhist Mystery Chamdey Angchok, about 100 km every day, altitude 3 600 - 4 000 m.
Presence and photography at the Chamdei Angchok Buddhist Festival at the Chamdey Gonpa Monastery.
The mystery of Chamdey Angchok is accompanied by Dances of Tsam Lamas of high initiations in ancient ritual masks and costumes and communication of trained monks with spirits through the oracle.
Since the holiday is held around the clock, these two days will be very eventful - events, photography, emotions.
For information: The sacred ritual ritual dance of Tsam is performed by Lamas, dressed in solemn costumes and masks depicting the gods.
In essence, Tsam is a dance-meditation, during which the gods seem to come to life in the minds of not only Lamas, but also pilgrims and are present at the festival with all believers.
In general, we can say that in these two days we will find ourselves in a completely alternative version of our world.
By the way, this photo in Photoshop or another graphics editor was practically not processed, a clean frame.
How to photograph in this way is also one of the points of our lectures on photography during the November photo tour.
We have been visiting Buddhist mysteries with the performance of Tsam Dance since 2010.
And still not used to the fact that these are Masks.
Here the world really changes, the Masks come to life, the world becomes completely different and very strange and essentially correct events occur.
During our trip, we will talk a lot about the culture of living Tibetan Buddhism.
And about the Mysteries - including.
These two days will be filled from morning to evening with absolutely incredible actions and fantastic photography.
It will be all:
the emotional, lively faces of Tibetan grandmothers who come to the mystery in ancient family decorations and national costumes, there will be pujas - with long trumpets and bass Tibetan drums, there will be children - their faces open, and there will be - Tsam Dance - the purest and most honest of all seen us on this planet action.
And the Buddhist monastery Chamdei Gonpa, which in itself is one of the most unique city-monasteries of the Ladakh Valley.
And, of course, on one of these two days, returning from Chamdei Gonpa, we will definitely meet and visit the magnificent Ladakh monastery - Ladakh Patala - the Buddhist monastery Tiksey Gonpa.
In the evenings - lectures, viewing photos, individual counseling.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 5, November 15: Monasteries Matho, Stakna, White stupas of Shay Gonpa. Height is 3 600 m, about 50 km.
Today we will visit two Buddhist monasteries Matho Gonpu and Stakna Gonpu, each of which is unique in its own way even for the Ladakh Valley.
Stakna Monastery (Stakna Gompa) is a small and very beautiful Buddhist monastery of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition.
Stakna Gompa was founded at the end of the 16th century by Bhutanese scientists and Lama Chosce Jamyang Palkar.
The name of Stakna Gompa literally translates as “tiger nose”, and was given to the monastery because it stands on a hill resembling a tiger.
In the gompa is the famous statue of Arya Avalokiteshvara from Kamrup.
About 30 monks live in the monastery.
Stakna Gompa is also interesting in that it is the only monastery in the Ladakh Valley where Bhutanese influence can be traced:
from the atmosphere of the monastery to the frescoes of the 16th century, which decorated the prayer room.
Matho Monastery, Matho Gompa (also Mashale, Masho, Mashro, Matho) is a very unusual monastery, the only monastery of the Sakya-pa tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
The Matho Monastery was built in the first half of the 16th century.
The monastery is famous for its carved wooden decor, thangkas, including mandalas.
Every year, the oracle festival takes place in the monastery, where monks who have gone through lengthy retreats receive the power to predict and, standing on the parapet, blindfolded perform amazing feats in handling swords and knives.
There are two monk oracles constantly living in the monastery, and perhaps we will be able to meet them.
On the way back - evening photography of the ancient snow-white stupas of Shay Gonpa.
There is an incredibly beautiful evening light, including reflected, between the stupas.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 6, November 16: Leh - Alpine lake Tso-Moriri. Altitude 4,800 m, distance of about 250 km.
Today will begin what is why this tour has two markers “EXTREME” and “FOR THE BOLD” - we will go to a long and interesting from a landscape point of view, road to the high mountain lake Tso Moriri.
Tso Moriri, Tsomoriri, Tso Moriri, Tso Moriri - the most beautiful alpine lake in Indian Tibet, is located 215 km southeast of Leh at an altitude of 4595 m above sea level.
The maximum length of the lake is 19 km, the maximum width is 3 km, and the maximum depth is 40 m. It is the largest alpine lake in the trans-Himalayan region within India.
The water in the lake is slightly salty.
For tourists, Lake Tso Moriri is only available during the summer season.
Until 1959, local residents were engaged in the extraction of salt (tsokar, in the local Ladakh) from the lake.
On the shore of the lake is the Karzok Gompa Monastery, where we were on a holiday this summer, and around the monastery there is a small village of the same name.
In summer, the air temperature ranges from 0 ° to 30 ° C, and in winter from −10 to −40.
Changpa nomadic shepherds live here mainly.
It is in the winter Tibetan houses of our friends Changpa that we spend the night on our only night on Tso Moriri.
Why are we going to Tso Moriri in November?
Because Tso Moriri is simply a magical place for photographers: it is a mirror lake, reflecting, in the smallest details, copying reality.
Tso Moriri is a very, stunningly beautiful lake in the summer, and I really want to shoot rare photographs of the November frowning Tso Moriri for world photographers.
Tibetan nomad house Changpa.
Day 7, November 17: alpine lake Tso-Moriri - Leh. Altitude 4,800 m, distance of about 250 km.
Morning landscape photography on Lake Tso Moriri and we set off on the return trip to Leh.
If we are lucky with the weather, then we will definitely drop into the high-mountain valley of geysers and Lake Tso Kar - the places are very fantastic:
Return to Leh:
we relax in our luxurious hotel, clean feathers and equipment, view the captured photos.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 8, November 18: Old Leh, Leh Palace, Nyangmal Tsemo Gonpa, Soma Gonpa, Shanti Stupa. Height is 3 600 m.
This day is dedicated to independent walks along Old Lech and street photography.
In the morning we will go by car to the Namgyal Tsemo Monastery.
The monastery and fortress Namgyal Tsemo, the “red fortress”, was built in the 16th century by King Tashi Namgyal.
The monastery keeps a three-story statue of Buddha-Maitreya. The monastery is also famous for its collection of ancient manuscripts and frescoes.
The monastery belongs to the Gelugpa tradition.
Then we walk down to Old Leh, visiting the Royal Palace of Leh, Gompa Sama, Park Stup on the road.
Independent genre photography on the streets of Old Lech.
We will meet you at the magnificent white Stupa of the World - Shanti Stupa.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 9, November 19: Lamayuru Valley. Pass Fotu La. Moon Land. Altitude 3,000 m, distance about 300 km.
The final day of our Ladakh photo tour will be dedicated to photography in the high valley of Lamayuru.
Early in the morning we will go by car towards the Lamayuru Valley, numerous stops along the road for landscape photography.
We will visit the oldest Bonov Buddhist monastery in Ladakh, Lamayuru Gonpa.
Lamayuru (Jungdrun - SWASTIKA) - the most beautiful valley of Western Tibet, located in the valley of the upper Indus, 127 km. west of Leh.
Lamayuru - Valley of Mystery, Valley of Rebus, Tibetan Looking Glass:
The light here is constantly changing, the light is constantly floating, moving
and with it everything changes - colors, shades, valley pattern, sensations ...
The meanings do not change, they are simply elusive in this continuous fluidity of Space and Time.
Kaleidoscope Valley - take a step to the side and everything is different.
Look the other way, then you turn around - and you don’t know where you are.
I don’t understand how to describe this feeling in words - it’s very similar to when you go through the worlds - as in Amber.
Here, Time is felt in a special way - each step tangibly moves not only through Space, but also through Time: Time here also ceases to be a habitually unnoticed state.
No, there is a real feeling of movement within Time, through - very similar to that which arises when you walk along the road calmly and without purpose.
In the middle of the day we will climb the Fotu La pass (4006 m) and Lamayuru will open before us in full view.
On the way back we will visit and take pictures in the place Moon Land or - Moon Earth.
Return to Leh, fees on the road.
Hotel in Leh.
Day 10, November 20: Flight Leh - Delhi. Homecoming.
In the morning we leave for the airport and fly to Delhi.
And under us - incredibly colorful mountains of Ladakh swim.
Depending on the flight schedule, we spend time at the airport or go on an independent walk around Delhi (things can be left in the locker).
It is also possible to conduct a rich photo tour of Delhi with visits to the trash quarters, the laundress quarter, the rickshaw quarter, Hindu temples - accompanied by a local guide who speaks excellent Russian and has repeatedly accompanied our photo groups in Delhi.
Such a tour is possible by special arrangement with the group and for a fee.
And the mountains of Ladakh - will undoubtedly dream and dream for a very long time).