Ladakh & Zanskar by Enfield Motorcycle
I am particularly excited to announce this Photo Adventure. An Enfield Motorcycle trip had been on my list of trips to do for years. This particular, Ladakh by Enfield, has been in the planning stages for over 2 years!
Ladakh, India was closed off to the public for years. During that time the Ladakhi culture and its Tibetan influences were kept isolated and pure. These days anyone can visit Ladakh, but only a few know where to find that bit of culture that has stayed authentic. It has been said by some that Ladakh is more Tibetan than Tibet. Join photographer Matt Brandon along with his wife and adventure partner Alou as they lead you on a photographic motorcycle trip across this isolated region of India known for its monks, monasteries, and mountains. Join us for the magic that is Ladakh. But we are not just sticking to the areas around of Ladakh, we will also be headed into one of the most isolated regions of India called Zanskar!
This trip might not be for everyone. We will be riding at high altitudes for the majority of the time. Ranging from 11,562 ft (3524 m) at Leh to 17,582′ (5,359 m) at Khardung La (pass). This is not a 5-star hotel trip. This is a trip about classic motorcycles, adventure and photo opportunities.
To call Ladakh and Zanskar “photogenic” is an understatement. I won’t go so far as to say that you can’t take a bad photo in this region, but it sure seems like you have to try! 😉 Even still, we have you covered. Matt Brandon with his years of photographic experience will be on hand to look over your shoulder and give you the guidance you might need. We will have teaching times and critiques for those who are wanting it. If you are at a level that doesn’t need that kind of help then you are free to roam. The goal is that this adventure will lead you to some amazing locations and unique cultures. Matt and his team are always available to coach or get out of the way because this is your adventure.
We are sparing no expense on this trip for your safety. Your cost includes rental of a 500cc Royal Enfield, an Enfield mechanic that will travel with the group along with a backup SUV carrying tools & spares, and a guide who is also certified in first aid.
Times indicated includes a reasonable time for stops for Tea, Photography etc. Easy pace time
Day 1: Arrive in Delhi. On arrival, you will be met and greeted by our representative and will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
Day 2: Land in Leh – Rest Day
Day 3: Acclimatization Day – Walking around Leh town
Day 4: Ride over Khardung La ~17,582′ (5,359 m) . The Khardung La is said to be the highest Motorable Road in the world. The take tea at the rooftop of the world and then continue on the way to Hunder and Panamik in the Nubra valley. While in the Nubra valley we will be staying at what is called staying a semi-luxury Camps. You might say, tent camping on steroids. 😉
Day 5: Ride to Pangong Lake : 90 kms : 3 hours. Start after breakfast and be at Pangong by Lunch. The Lake offers great photo opportunities.
Day 6: Ride to Leh : 170 kms : Ride back to Leh after Breakfast over the Chang La ~17586 ft (5,360 m). We visit Hemis Monastery and Shey Palace on the way. 5 to 6 hours
Day 7: Ride to Lamayuru : 130 kms : An early departure to the classic Ladakhi village of Lamayuru while on route we photograph the many villages and towns along the way as well as Nimmu at the Indus river and Zanskar river confluence. We will see and photograph villagers harvesting their barley crops all along the way, to Lamayruru. While at Lamayuru, we will visit the Alchi Monastery. 3 to 4 hours
Day 8: Ride to Kargil over the Fotu La ~13,478 ft (4,108 m) and Namika La ~ 12,139 ft (3,700 m): 100 kms. Leave for Kargil after Breakfast. Walk around Kargil Town and visit the Museum. 2 to 3 hours
Suru Valley / Zanskar
Day 9: Ride to Rangdum from Kargil : 127 kms : Rangdum is the last inhabited Village in the Suru Valley but the population of the Village is mainly Buddhist and culturally and socially closer to the people of the neighboring Zanskar. Enroute we hope to get great views of the Nun Kun Peaks. In Rangdum we visit the Rangdum Gompa. 3 to 4 hours
Day 10: Rangdum to Padam : 103 kms : Form Rangdum we start climbing and cross the Pensi La to enter Zanskar, the Valley of Copper. We stop at the Drang Drung Glacier as it offers a great view of the Glacier coming down.2 to 3 hours
Day 11: Local riding around in Padam & Zangla : 40 kms : We ride around Padam and visit the Sani Gompa and Karsha Monastery. Further, we ride on to Zangal and visit the Zangla Palace. 2 to 3 hours
Day 12: Ride from Padam to Panikhar : 174 kms : We ride back over the Pensi La and we ride all the way to Panikhar. Panikhar itself is an unassuming Village but it offers great views around : 3 to 4 hours
Day 13: Panikhar to Leh : 280 kms : Our last day Ride. Enroute we visit one of the Brokpa Villages and have a look at their culturally distinct lifestyle and appearance. 6 to 7 hours
Day 14: Return from Leh to New Delhi
- Domestic flight from New Delhi to Leh and back
- 500cc Royal Enfield Motorbike
- Petrol (gasoline)
- Breakfast and Dinner
- Airport Transfers
- Services of English speaking local guide
- Certified Royal Enfield mechanic
- Photographic instruction by Matt Brandon
What’s NOT included:
- Any expenses of personal nature like tips, souvenirs, laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, etc…
- Any expenses caused by factors beyond our control like flight cancellation, roadblocks, vehicle malfunction etc…
- Any travel, medical or evacuation insurance. We’ll require you to have travel and cancellation insurance and provide proof of that before the start of the workshop.
- Your international flight to and from New Delhi.
This workshop is open to all levels of photographers. However, participants need to have experience riding a large motorbike. Learning to ride a heavy motorcycle on the roads of Ladakh is not a good idea.