The Lake of the Moon >>> Aug 2013
A Photo Tour cum Workshop to Chandra Tal, Spiti [SOLD OUT]
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This essential Chandra Tal jeep safari is an exploration of the rugged mountain passes and the azure waters of Chandra Tal (The Lake of the Moon) in Spiti. The Trans-Himalayan highlands is one of the most stunning, graphic and rugged regions on the globe. A well preserved unique high altitude ecosystem and an isolation that transcends the barriers of time leaves the traveller spell bound by the magic of the Spitian Landscape.
This trip is intended for photographers at all levels of expertise who want to enhance their photography skills in a way you never thought possible, in terms of composition, photography techniques, etc. There will be basic photography presentations, demonstrations as well as critique of your work. And all this while you interact with fellow photographers in one of the most stunning, graphic and
rugged regions on the planet. For experienced photographers this is an opportunity to spend more time taking stunning photographs and not hunting for locations and bother with the logistics of organising and managing a trip.
This trip is a perfect blend of the myriad aspects of Kullu and trans-Himalayan ecology and geology along with a mix of soft adventure to tickle your senses. In terms of your holiday experience this is a “high density” trip. In order to maximize your experience we will spend lesser time in getting to and away from the various places on the trip. We have taken utmost care in order to design this trip and activities that showcase these amazing aspects of the region. We know that your time is valuable and this trip means a lot to you and our trip design is a testimony to that.
Get the family along with you ! Fun time on the recce trip …
Tour accommodation and facilities …
Pre-tour briefing: 20 Aug 2013
Photo Tour: 24 Aug-1Sep 2013
Post Tour Review: 08 Sep 2013
9D/8N + 2 Pre-tour briefing and Review days.
Please read all details on this page and Detailed Terms and Conditions, Disclaimer / Undertaking in the Registration cum Booking Form.
OTHER / OPTIONAL TOUR LEADERS
The trip begins at Solang Nala 2130m (~7000 ft), a quaint and lush green valley about 11 kms beyond Manali. We shall slowly journey up the Kullu Valley and crossover to Lahaul over the windy and desolate Rohtang Pass 3978m (13,300 ft) and set camp at Chotta Dhara 3517m (11,700 ft) next to the Chandra River, to get acclimatized to the high altitude. We shall continue our journey and start ascending, by a long and winding road, to the top of Kunzam La 4551m (15,170 ft). And then continue our drive to the magnificent and crystal clear Chandra Tal 4270m (14,233 ft). Here we shall spend the next few days exploring the area and take small day hikes. Finally we shall drive back the way we came, over the Rohtang Pass, to the Kullu Valley and stay in Vashisht (2 km from Manali). Here we shall indulge ourselves and take a dip in the natural hot water sulphur spring and explore the sights around Manali.
Detailed Trip Schedule will be sent after the tour booking.
Pre-tour briefing and interaction session:
Post-Tour Presentation and Review:
Presentation of images by the participants and review session by the instructors.
All ground transport, accommodation, meals and workshop presentations and reviews for the trip participants as per details below:
Accommodation: On twin-sharing basis. Single supplement option available. Ask for details.
Meals: All Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as detailed in the itinerary. All meals will be vegetarian. For non-vegetarian meals you will have to order separately on your own, where ever possible.
Workshop Presentations and Reviews (for workshop participants only):
Any and all personal expenses, not limited to:
Trip booking and Final Payment:
A deposit of 50% of the trip price per participant is required at the time of booking. Full payment is due 21 days prior to departure of the trip. Please print the registration cum booking form along the Disclaimer/Undertaking (back to back). After completing the form send it to us along with the trip booking deposit intimation.
Cancellation: On cancellations more than 21 days prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a Rs.1,000 administrative fee. Less than 21 but at least 7 days prior, 50% of trip price is forfeited. Less than 7 days prior to departure, 100% of trip price is forfeited. Notification by phone or email is acceptable, but it has to be followed with a written notice. In the unlikely event we have to cancel a trip, a full refund will be given.
Force Majeure Conditions: In case of cancellation/delay due to Force Majeure conditions, the terms and conditions relation to cancellation charges will not apply and we will not pay any refund.
Itinerary: While IndiPix Images endeavours to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, road or trail conditions, government restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. The trip leader has the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever in his sole judgment conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort or safety of the trip. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this Trip Schedule neither IndiPix Images or its officers or employees can be held responsible for damage or consequential loss arising from any inaccuracy in this Trip Schedule.
General Information for this trip:
Fitness Levels: On most sections of this trip we will be travelling above an altitude of 3300m (11,000 ft), hence it is advisable that travellers with pre-existing problems of the heart, lungs or anemia should consult their doctor before taking this trip. Acute Mountain Sickness (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema) is a major threat for those having serious lung and breathing problems. To minimise the risk of AMS we shall gain altitude gradually and acclimatize to the high altitudes.
Health: It is the responsibility of each trip participant to inform the trip operator of any possible health problems or handicaps upon booking. By forwarding a signed registration cum booking form and trip deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you or other trip participants. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care, emergency evacuation or for special dietary requirements.
Trip Insurance: To allow for any unexpected contingencies, all participants are strongly urged to purchase trip cancellation, interruption, baggage and personal insurance.
Medical Facilities: Manali has a hospital with most basic facilities. There is no medical facility while on the trip. A basic medical kit will be available with the trip leader.
Communication Facilities: Phone – STD, ISD, FAX and Internet facilities are available at Manali only. On all locations beyond Manali no communication facilities are available and there is no mobile connectivity.
Weather: The temperature in various points on this trip varies from extreme cold in the winters to bright and sunny in the summer. Average temperature expected on this trip: Min 12°C, Max 29°C.