Ladakh Bird Photography Tour


Ladakh Bird Photography Tour

Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir and its culture and history are closely related to that of Tibet.

Historically, the region included the Baltistan (Baltiyul) valleys (now mostly in Pakistan), the entire upper Indus Valley, the remote Zanskar, Lahaul and Spiti to the south, much of Ngari including the Rudok region and Guge in the east, Aksai Chin in the northeast (extending to the Kun Lun Mountains), and the Nubra Valley to the north over Khardong La in the Ladakh Range. Contemporary Ladakh borders Tibet to the east, the Lahaul and Spiti regions to the south, the Vale of Kashmir, Jammu and Baltiyul regions to the west, and the southwest corner of Xinjiang across the Karakoram Pass in the far north. Ladakh is renowned for its remote mountain beauty and culture.

Travel Itinerary:

Day 1- Pick up from Leh airport and transfer to a guest house, lunch at guest house, afternoon walk to the local market for acclimatization, get permit for Chushul area, night stay on twin sharing basis at guest house. 

Day 2- Morning birding around Sindhu Ghat area and visit to Hemis Monastery, Rancho’s School and Shey Palace after finishing morning birding session. Lunch at Hemis Monastery, afternoon birding at Shey marshes, return to guest house during evening and night stay on twin sharing basis.  

Day 3- Early morning departure for Nubra Valley, bird and landscape photography on way, evening visit to sand dunes, night stay at Hunder 

Day 4- Morning birding around guest house, check out after breakfast and departure for Leh, birding on way, arrival at Leh during evening and night stay at guest house on twin sharing basis.

 Day 5- Early morning departure for Pangong, birding and landscape photography on way, arrival at a camping site at Spangmik, check in and lunch at camp. Afternoon birding around Spangmik, night stay on twin sharing basis in deluxe tents. 

Day 6- Bird and landscape photography during morning hours, check out after early breakfast and departure for Hanle via Chusul, photography on way, night stay in a guest house at Hanle on twin sharing basis. 

Day 7- Whole day wildlife and landscape photography around Hanle, night stay in twin sharing basis. 

Day 8- Departure for Tso Kar after morning birding and breakfast at Hanle, night stay at Tso Kar in a guest house on twin sharing basis. 

Day 9 – Whole day wildlife and landscape photography at Tsokar, night stay at Tsokar 

Day 10- Morning birding around Tso Kar and departure for Leh after breakfast, birding on way to Leh, arrival at Leh during evening and night stay in a guest house on twin sharing basis. 

Day 11- Early morning drop off at Leh airport. Tour Concludes.

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Target Birds Chukar Partridge, Himalayan Snowcock, Tibetan Snowcock, Snow Partridge, Tibetan Partridge, Goosander, Black-necked Crane, Upland Buzzard, Bearded Vulture, Tibetan Snowfinch, Blanford’s Snowfinch Brandt’s Mountain Finch, Twite, Hume’s Groundpecker, Horned Lark, White-throated Dipper, Guldenstadt’s Redstart, Eurasian Magpie, Little Owl, Beautiful Rosefinch, Great Rosefinch, Tibetan Lark, Ibisbill, Wallcreeper, Tibetan Sandgrouse etc.

Target Mammals

Himalayan Marmot, Tibetan Wild Ass, Red Fox, Argali, Bharal, Ladakh Pika, Plateau Pika, Nubra Pika, Woolly Hare, Desert Hare, Stoliczka’s Mountain Vole, Wolf etc.

Tour Cost

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Tour Leader – Mukul Azad

Minimum Group Size

03 + 01 i.e. 03 participants and 01 group leader in one Innova/Xylo/Aria

Tour Cost Inclusions

  • Conveyance charges from Leh airport to Leh airport as per itinerary.
  • All night stays as per itinerary.
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entry fees, guide charges, taxi and driver charges
  • Service of a dedicated professional wildlife photographer and naturalist for the entire tour
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Cost Exclusions

  • Cost of Oxygen Cylinder and masks
  • Travel cost from participant’s home town to Leh airport and back.
  • Any extra food item not included in the meal as per itinerary
  • Any alcoholic beverage
  • Any non-alcoholic beverage not included in the meal as per itinerary
  • Laundry, phone call, etc. personal charges
  • Tips
  • Anything which is not mentioned in “Tour cost includes”
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