This New Ladakh Collection is from my recent September 2011 trip to an amazing high altitude desert in northern India. Ladakh is the birthplace of Buddhism, and is one of the most majestic and colourful places I have ever photographed.

You can buy prints of these images at my Kristian Bogner Photography Store - Ladakh Collection.

Enjoy! –Kristian



Journey Into Ladakh with Kristian Bogner

Join world-class, multi-award winning photographer Kristian Bogner, for this once in a lifetime photographic expedition to Ladakh, India. Ladakh is in the northern most state of India, is home to Buddhism’s birthplace and makes up the highest desert in the world. As such, each day will open up a unique opportunity for you to photograph the ever-changing landscape and sights. Capture monasteries, palaces, monks, nomads, mountain-scapes and so much more.  Whether you’re just starting out, or are a serious photo-adventurer this trip holds great promise for all.

Photo Instruction by world-class Photographer Kristian Bogner

Kristian is committed not only to you having an extraordinary experience but to ensuring that you achieve success with the photographs you take.

Each morning Kristian will prepare you for the day of shooting, and will give you pro tips and tricks on how to succeed in the field.

He will be with you in the field the entire time to answer questions and guide you throughout the day and help you no matter what level you’re at.

Participants will critique, encourage and learn from one another during the evenings.

Small group sizes, full-time private instruction by Kristian Bogner, plus an expert guide attending to your comfort, safety and education on the area makes for an unprecedented level of service, quality and experience.

Group size

Limited to 10 people.


EARLY BIRD PRICING - $6995 Canadian Dollars (including all taxes)

The tour commences in Delhi. Flights (within India), transportation, meals, accommodation, and entrance fees are included in the price.

As an added bonus Kristian will help you choose, finalize and retouch your very best 1 of 1 limited edition [your name here] image and will give you a 24x36 high quality canvas print for your wall - a $500 value and a piece of art that will forever inspire yourself and others!

Additionally you and the entire team will get 2 - one hour conference calls with Kristian Bogner to discuss equipment options, prepare you for the adventure ahead and start teaching you valuable photography techniques that you can practice before the trip.

Kristian is committed to your photography success and providing all the tools you need to get amazing images.  So he is also including a full day admission to one of his Photographic Rockstar Tour events in 2012 (dates yet to be announced).


August 12 - August 22, 2012

Fitness Level

Moderate level of fitness required – not due to strenuous activity but due to high altitude. Any exercising and attention to wellness prior to the trip will benefit participants.


The itinerary is as follows:

August 12th –  Photograph the Taj Mahal

Fly into Delhi by 0300 h. Day trip to Agra (200 km/12 h) to see & behold this beautiful and stunning homage to love: The Taj Mahal. Stay in Delhi.

August 13th – Photograph the Shanti Stupa and the Alchi Monastery

Fly to Leh (3,444 m; 11,300 ft). Visit Shanti Stupa (the Peace Temple) overlooking Leh. Drive down the Lion River Indus – see the Sikh shrine of “Pather Sahib”, confluence of Zanskar & Indus and visit the Alchi Monastery. Stay Nurla (3260 m; 10,400 ft) (90 km/6 h) overlooking the humming Indus.

August 14th – Capture the unique moonscape of Ladakh & Lamayuru Monastery

Drive to Fotu La pass (4,108 m;13,478 ft) - the divide between Muslim Kargil & Buddhist Leh, absorb the breathtaking moonscape of Ladakh; see the 'Buddhist Vatican', Lamayuru Monastery, in its golden landscape environs (65 km/6 h). Stay Nurla.

August 15th – Photograph a small village in the mountains

Visit the beautiful villages of Achinathang (2,902 m; 9,522 ft) and Da in the lower Indus(83 km/7 h). Stay Nurla.

 August 16th – Hike to and photograph an untouched mountain village

Hike to an exotic isolated village in a gorge (up & down 8 km, 1600 ft ascent & descent; 6 h). Stay Nurla.

August 17th –  Shoot the royal palace of Ladakh

Visit Stok Palace & village (18 km) and Thikse Gonpa (23 km). Stay Leh.

August 18th – Cross the highest passable road in the world & capture Diskit Monestary

Drive to Nubra - the Valley of Gardens (3,144 m; 10,315 ft; 150 km/7 h) across the highest pass in the world: Khardungla (5600 m,18,380 ft) on the old Summer Silk route. Visit Khalsar village & Diskit Gonpa standing as a guardian angel of the valley. Go on to Hunder. Ride a Bactrian camel in the dunes on the banks of the Gold River: Shyok. Stay Hunder.

August 19th – Photograph Sumur Gonpa

Visit Sumur Gonpa. Return to Leh.

August 20th – Capture praying Monks at sunrise

Attend prayers in Thikse Gonpa. Drive to Darbuk in the East across Chang La Pass (5425 m, 17800 ft) and onto the remote Shyok village on the Shyok River bend. Absorb the isolation in the Eastern Karakorams on the old Winter Silk route to Sinkiang across the frozen Shyok. Go on to the beautiful Pangong Tso Lake  (64 x 3-6 km, 4267 m) shared between the Chinese & the Indians (185 km/ 7 h). Sight the Bharal (Himalayan Blue Sheep) on cliffs and play with the friendly marmots enroute. Stay Pangong Tso.

August 21st – Photograph the city of Leh

Return to Leh. See the Choglamsher Tibetan Handicrafts Centre enroute. Pick up souvenirs from Leh.

August 22nd – Wrap up

Fly to Delhi. Disperse midday.


What You'll Need:

1.Warm Sleeping Bag (0'C or below at least)
2. Wind/rain proof jacket
3. Hiking/trekking shoes; spare sandals
4. Woolen socks
5. Water Bottle
6. Flash Light (preferably head light) and spare batteries - important
7. Sun Shade/Hat with Brim/woolen hat/gloves
8. A UV multi-purpose scarf
9. Long trousers / long shirts / t-shirts etc.
10. Shorts
11. Swim suit
12. Sunglasses
13. Sunscreen/Sun block above SPF 50
14. Vaseline/Lip Salve
15. Insect Repellent
16. Personal Toiletries - towels/soap etc.
17. Rucksack/duffel bag to carry your baggage
18. Small day pack to carry camera, munchies, packed lunch, water bottle and wind/rain jacket on a walk.
19. Alcohol / cigarettes - not available on the trip. Alcohol should be in the checked in baggage.

Reservation and Cancellation Policy:

A deposit of $2,000 per person is required when registering more than 120 days before the trip, and the balance is due 120 days before the departure date of the trip. When registering within 120 days of the trip departure date, full payment is due at the time of registering. If full payment is not received by the due date, we have the right to cancel your reservation and retain deposit and trip fee per the payment schedule.

If you need to cancel your reservation, we must receive written notice, at which time the following fees apply:
- 120 days or more before departure: 100% of deposit
- 119 to 91 days before departure: 50% of trip fee
- 90 or fewer days before departure: 100% of trip fee

This photo tour and workshop is offered as a complete package. Once the trip commences, we do not provide partial refunds for any cancellation or unused portion or service for any reason.


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