Travel ladakh with the couple who stays in ladakh every year for more than 100 days , They are probably known as pioneers of wildlife photography from this region – with images second to none !
Ladakh lies at the northern extreme of Indian Subcontinent, in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. In terms of birding, as well as culture, Ladakh offers a stark contrast to the rest of the country. Ladakh is the land of high mountain passes, and beautiful barren landscapes surrounded by rugged mountain ranges and dotted with picturesque lakes. It is a land with a rich Tibetan history that influences every aspect of its culture even today, from the beautiful Buddhist monasteries and gompas, to the mouthwatering Tibetan food. You can explore Ladakh landscape and culture of Ladakh with general sightseeing tours, or participate short treks and excursions. We also offer photo tours of the highly photogenic region so you can create your own photographic memories of Ladakh and all it has to offer. As conservation-oriented operators with expert local guides, we offer you customized and fixed travel plans related to a wide variety of tours. You can explore Ladakh landscape and culture of Ladakh with general sightseeing tours, or participate short treks and excursions. We also offer photo tours of the highly photogenic region so you can create your own photographic memories of Ladakh and all it has to offer. During spring and summer, however, we see peak bird activity with a number of local breeding specialities. Dachigam National Park is a must for birdwatchers. The park lists more than 150 bird species, many of which breed here. Among the more notable are Besra, Northern Goshawk, Himalayan and Bearded Vultures, Himalayan Monal, and Tawny Owl, to name a few. Also, mammals like Hangul, Jackal, Langur, Leopard and Yellow-throated Martens are common. Ladakh lies in the rain shadow of Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau, more than 300m above sea level. As you wander into Leh, the capital of Ladakh, expect to see some of the unique species here like Eurasian Magpie. Along the stream in winter look for Solitary Snipe and White-throated Dipper. Other birds found in this region are Red-billed Chough, Robin and Brown Accentors, and Red-fronted Serin.
Ladakh, located on the border between the Pale-arctic and the Indo-Malayan zoogeographic regions and it hosts typical bird species from either side. In addition, characteristic Tibetan birds extend their home ranges well into eastern Ladakh. The dry summer months, again, attract a multitude of breeders and being the last of first accessible place during the spring and autumn migration, it is an important stage for aggregations of birds while crossing the lofty Himalayan range. These diverse ornithological influences make Ladakh a real melting pot of bird movement.Ladakh is still not known as a popular birding paradise. Its vastness, remoteness, and limited accessibility, harsh geographic conditions encouraged few researchers, birders to spend sufficient time on bird studies in its hostile valleys, hills and plains. As per reports from experts there are about 310 different bird species in Ladakh. These birds can be divided in to 4 major groups depending on their respective time of travel, stay, breed and migration.
- Hemis National Park / Hemis High Altitude National Park (12 50 sq. km)
- Changthang Cold Desert Sanctuary (4000 sq. km)
- Kangji Wildlife Sanctuary (250 sq. km)
- Karakoram Sanctuary (4000 sq. km)
- Tongri Sanctuary Zangskar (20 sq. Km)
- Saboo Chukar Reserve (70 sq. km)
- Hanle Plains / Marshes Wetland Conservation Reserve
Wildife and Birding Hotspots in Ladakh:
- Hemis National Park / Rumbak Valley
- Surru Valley in Kargil District
- Rangdum Marshes in Zangskar
- Ulley Village and Ridzong Monastery
- Phey – Spituk Marshes
- Shey-Thiksay Marshes
- Nubra Valley – Deskit, Hundar and Panamik
- Tsokar Lake Basin
- Tsomoriri Lake
- Puga-Sumdo Valley
- Yaya Tso/ Lake
- Nyom- Loma Bend Marshes
- Hanle Basin
- Kalak Tar Tar Plateau.
As in our Photography expedition , we will be travelling around 1200 kms within ladakh , most of the time above 4500 MSL , so at least 3 months of rigorous workout is mandatory, followed by 150 kms of walk / Running before the expedition, Avoid or cut smoking and drinking for at least 1 month before trip , followed by below instructions.
1. There are two different routes to Leh; one from Manali and the other from Srinagar. Manali to Leh trip is around 476 km, whereas Srinagar to Leh is around 434 km. However, the most preferred route is the Manali route, which passes through dangerous terrains and also some of the highest motorable passes in the world. Our advice will be to choose the Srinagar route as you would hit the high terrain gradually rather a quick, steep climb.
2. The best time for bike trips to Ladakh is from mid-May to October. Roads from Srinagar are thrown open from mid-May, whereas the Manali route is opened after May. You can take this road trip only during the autumn and summer season. Or else, you will have to take a flight.
3. You must be prepared to deal with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which will hit you at some point of time. It all depends on your coping mechanism, and how well prepared you are.
4. Remember to keep yourself hydrated. Try drinking 3 to 4 litres of water every day, YOU MIGHT NOT FEEL THIRSTY AT ALL .
5. Try not to switch to your intense yoga mode the moment you reach Leh. Even brisk walking will take a toll on you at such a high altitude. Wait till your body is sufficiently acclimatised.
6. Prepare yourself for the journey well ahead. Work on your endurance and go jogging.
7. After reaching Leh, make sure your Inner Line Permits (ILP) are in order. For this, you need to go to the DC office in Leh and obtain the permits yourself.
8. Don’t be in a rush. Take regular halts and give yourself the sweet time to acclimatise and experience the beauty of the place at a slow pace.
9. Avoid smoking and drinking during the trip.
10. It is advisable to carry more cash with you rather than depending on ATMs.
11. Wear protective biking gear if you want your limbs and head to remain intact in case of any unfortunate incident.
12. Try carrying extra petrol with you, as there are sparse petrol pumps on the stretch.
13. Carry with you an extra puncture kit, accelerator cables, clutch cables, tubes, fuses and air pump.
14. Smiling at strangers will not cost you a dime. Be a responsible tourist and try to be nice to the truck drivers too! Always ask permission for people looking for portfolio shots .
15. Try to keep some days extra in your itinerary after reaching home , It will not be a good idea to visit Leh without a tight schedule.
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