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Tours  »  Photo Tour In Nepal (15) Days

This is not a trekking tour, it is purely for photographers! I love Nepal and love the variety of cultures blended into this compact nation. Hindu temples attract Sadu holy men, Tibetan stupas express Tibetan traditions and Newari villages are still graced by talented artists. This tour explores the people and culture of Nepal, while we explore advanced ideas behind photographic expression. Travel, learn, be inspired. Nepal is magnificent, and this tour seeks to share the most beautiful aspects of it. We do go into the Annapurnas to get close to snow capped mountains - but we don't do trekking!

We schedule this trip annualy for February/March when the air is clear and cool in the mountains - the best time for photographers.

ITINERARY

Day 1-2 | Kathmandu We meet in Kathmandu on the evening of day one to orientate and meet the group. The next day we start early to see the Monkey Temple (Swayambunath) at sunrise and later in the day we visit the Hindu temple and holy men of Pashupatinath. This is a remarkable place of ancient rituals and a unique place to discuss photograph techniques. In the afternoon we head deep into the Thamel district and Kathmandu's Durbar Square. From here we wind our way back to the hotel on foot through the residential part of Thamel where the streets are alive with vendors and buyers. By the end of the day we will have immersed in Kathmandy culture and have a plan for our photographic exploration ahead.

Day 3 | Bhaktapur We spend a night in the city of Bhaktapur, one of the former kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley. "The City of Devotees" still retains its medieval charm and we get a chance to explore the laneways and Newari architecture with afternoon and morning light. The past glory of the Malla rulers are reflected at the towns Durbar Square while traditional industries of pottery and weaving are on show to this day. At dusk and dawn the streets fill with local produce vendors selling their goods to residents, adding an intimate range of subjects for our photography.

Day 4| Bandipur We head west out of the Kathmandu Valley and drive into the hills surrounding Pokhara. Bandipur is a pretty hill-top town at the end of a winding switchback road. The local people are Newari and the craftwork of the residents is evident. We have a boutique hotel for the night and some time in the evening to talk about processing digital images.

Day 5 | Pokhara Pokhara is our base for preparing for the Annapurnas ahead, and we make arrangements to ensure all travellers have snug sleeping bags and a chance to shop for any extra warm clothing and snacks for the mountains. We also get views of the dramatic peaks that surround Pokhara, and the striking slopes of Machupuche,

Days 6-7 | Marpha The day starts earely with a spectacular flight into Jomsom, a village in the Annapurna mountains of Nepal located at 2800m. We spend two nights to the south in the charming town of Marpha to explore a few villages, moraines and scenic locations. These few days also help us to adjust to the mountain air and altitude. The pace is easy for these two days, but there are opportunities for short hikes for those who want to stretch the legs. Accommodation for these two days is clean but simple, taking advantage of some local guesthouses that offer good food and great access to photographic inspiration. Jomsom sits at 2750m of altitude, but our villages to the south are only 2600m high.

Days 8-9 | Kagbeni We head further into the former Mustang Kingdom where the landscape presents ever changing views of the Annapurnas and their peaks. Dhaulagiri and Niligiri present themselves in various facades as we head north from Jomsom. Getting to Kagbeni is a tough day of jeeps, a short hike and some more jeeps. The trail is better suited to mountain trekkers than photographers, so hold onto your pack and enjoy the ride. Once we arrive in Kagbeni we'll have some stunning sunrise opportunities, colourful vistas and a Tibetan monastery to photograph. Kagbeni sits at an altitude of 2750m.

Day 10-11 | Muktinath This is where things get a little tougher. Muktinath is where the jeep trail ends and you have to trek to go any further. It's also at an altitude of 3800m so we have to go easy on the thin air. The jeep ride is about on hour and it's rough and tumble all the way. We spend just one night here so we can explore the sacred temple that attracts both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrams. The most prominent shrine is a Vishnu temple where 108 spouts, fashioned in the shape of cows heads, pour forth water that is considered to be holy. There are great landscape vistas to be enjoyed at sunrise, and also sunset if the skies remain clear.

Days 12 | Jomsom We spend the morning visiting local villages below Muktinath, then return to Jomsom after lunch for a single night with hot showers and hot food. We have a favourite guesthouse here that serves great fresh crushed apple juice, fluffy pancakes and potato & cheese momos. We rest up before flying out very early the next morning, but also plan to get one last chance to shoot the peaks of Nilgiri at dusk and dawn as Jomson provides excellent views of these ranges.

Day 13-14 | Kathmandu We have two short flights back to Kathmandu in the morning, followed by a trip to the old town of Patan in the afternoon. The following day we visit a Newari village for the morning light and finish the day in Boudanath for the evening light.

Day 15 | Departure On the final day we head to the airport at Kathmandu and fly home. Your transfer to the airport is included and we recommend you arrange flights to depart around lunchtime or soon after.

Prices: e-mail Us..

Cost includes:

01. Airport picks and drops by private vehicle

02. Accommodation in at three star hotels with breakfast

03. Accommodation in tea house runs by local people during trek

04. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking including tea/coffee.

05. Sightseeing in UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valle

06 trek guide and porter to carry your luggage

07. Accommodation, food, drinks, salary, insurance, transportation of trek guide and porter

08. Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara airfare

09. All necessary paper works and national park entry permits

10. TIMS Card (Trekker's Information Management System card)

11. All additional government tax

12. Government license holder city guide

13. Local transport.

 

Does not includes:

01. Nepal entry visa fee (U$ 40 for 30 days from date of issue)

02. International air fare

03. Travelers insurance (Compulsory)

04. Lunch and dinner Kathmandu

05. Bar bills, telephone bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)

Tips to guide and porter

07. All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strike etc.

08. Entrance fee of all sightseeing spots in Kathmandu

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