Some panoramas made in Ladakh (Indian Himalaya), August 2008
(city of Leh, Buddhist monasteries, Markha valley trek, Stok Kangri ascent).

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In the city of Leh, capital of Ladakh.

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Below Leh palace. Location (uses google maps).

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View of Leh.

India Ladakh panorama flash Leh prayer flags

India Ladakh panorama flash Leh
Cows are everywhere in Leh, even just below the palace.


India Ladakh panorama flash Leh night sky stars
Power failures occur often in Leh. One night I took that opportunity to make a night sky panorama
on the roof of the hotel.





Hemis monastery.

India Ladakh panorama flash Hemis monastery

India Ladakh panorama flash Hemis monastery

India Ladakh panorama flash Hemis monastery




Thikse monastery.

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India Ladakh panorama flash Thikse monastery

India Ladakh panorama flash Thikse monastery




Some images made at a festival at Phyang monastery.


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Markha Valley trek.

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Indus river
The trek started at Spituk, from where we followed the Indus river.


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek
Our luggage was carried by horses (2nd day, somewhere between Jingchan and Yurutse).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Shingo
Mani wall near Shingo (3rd day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Shingo
The tiny village of Shingo (3rd day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Skiu
Horses passing through Skiu (4th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Skiu
Town of Skiu (4th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Skiu gompa

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Skiu gompa
Inside the gompa at Skiu.


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Sku
Between Skiu and Sku.


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek Sku
Sku campsite (4th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek
Somewhere between Sku and Markha (5th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek
Markha campsite (5th day), with ruins of a fortress in the background.


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Valley trek
Inside the ruins at Markha.




India Ladakh panorama flash Markha valley
Landscape near Hankar (6th day). Note rainbow around the sun.

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha valley
Mani wall near Hankar.




India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Hankar

Passing through the village of Hankar (6th day).

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Hankar

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Hankar
Mani wall and local kid in the village of Hankar.




India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Konmaru La
View of the plain of Nimaling. Mountain Kang Yaze (or Yatse) (6400m) is mostly hidded by clouds (8th day).

India Ladakh panorama flash Nimaling
They say that the views are great from the Konmaru La pass, at 5290m (9th day).
But not for us ....





Some animals met during the trek.

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Note the 'swastika' on the horse's collar. In buddhism and hinduism, this is a symbol of good luck or welfare.



India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Chukirmo
Chukirmo campsite (10th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Chukirmo

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Chukirmo
Pillars of erosion near Chukirmo.

India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Chukirmo
Crossing a river near Chukirmo.




India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Sumdo
The trekking group near Sumdo (10th day).


India Ladakh panorama flash Markha Sumdo
Sunset at Sumdo.




India Ladakh panorama flash Shang Valley
Getting wet feet in Shang Valley (trekking to Stok Kangri base camp).


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The horses just arrived at the campsite at Shang Phu.


India Ladakh panorama flash Shang Phu

India Ladakh panorama flash Shang Phu
Sunset at Shang Phu.                         autorotating version


India Ladakh panorama flash Shang Phu
Approaching Stok Kangri (summit in the distance, in clouds).




Climbing Stok Kangri (6140m).

India Ladakh panorama flash Stok Kangri
Sunrise during the climb.

India Ladakh panorama flash Stok Kangri
Approaching the summit (ca. 5900m).

India Ladakh panorama flash Stok Kangri summit top mountain
On the summit of Stok Kangri (6140m). Location (uses google maps).
The massif of Kang Yaze (Yatse) is visible towards the south (just left of the center in the above image), at a distance of ca. 30 km.


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The massif of Nun-Kun (distance 130 km) is just visible in the panorama, and is marked in the third image above.
viewfinderpanoramas.org shows how Nun-Kun looks when viewed from the summit of Stok Kangri (North, South modeled panorama).
The massif of Saser Kangri (100 km) is marked in the fourth image.




Night sky panorama

India Ladakh panorama night sky stars Stok Kangri
Under the stars near base camp of Stok Kangri (4900m). Milky Way is clearly visible.
Can you find The Archer? Big Dipper? Northern Star?
The (full) moon just started to rise during acquisition of the images.

India Ladakh panorama night sky stars Stok Kangri
Annotated version.

This panorama was built from 7 images (6 along horizon, 1 zenith). Each image was acquired 10 times, exposure time 20 seconds
(Nikon D60, 10.5 mm fisheye @ f2.8, ISO 400). A static (non-motorized) setup was used.
Each set of 10 images was registered and stacked with DeepSkyStacker.
The effective exposure time therefore is ca. 200 sec. DeepSkyStacker was also used to correct for hot pixels.
It took ca. 30 minutes to acquire all images, halfway during which the moon started to rise, resulting in uneven illumination of the landscape.
Note that stacking of star-registered images results in blurring of the landscape.



India Ladakh panorama flash Stok

India Ladakh panorama flash Stok

India Ladakh panorama flash Stok
The route between Stok Kangri BC and Stok offers spectacular landscapes.


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