The High Himalayas of Nepal – A Photography Tour

Photographing the snowy mountains, rich cultures and traditions of Nepal. Feb 21 to Mar 1 (9 days), 2015

  • Nepal is a land of snow peaks, sherpas, monasteries and mantras. The landscapes here are made of soaring mountains, fast flowing rivers, emerald lakes and dense forests. The country is also a fascinating blend of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Join us on a photography tour to this land, led by a photographer who comes with three decades of experience traversing these mountains.

  • Tour Date
    Feb 21 to Mar 1, 2015
Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

This photography tour is a unique combination of drives in open landscapes, short & easy walks, exploring villages deep in the mountains and pristine lakes, all keeping photography in mind. Some of the highlights of this tour include

  • Photographing from places that offer possibly some of the best views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
  • Visits to small villages deep in the country, that are steeped in history and culture, set against the mighty snow peaks of the Nepal Himalayas.
  • Visiting and photographing from places that easily offer some of the greatest opportunities for photographing Himalayan landscapes and indigenous cultures.
  • Photographing the religious and heritage sites of Kathmandu and Pokhara, which is a melting pot of races and languages.
  • Visit to sights specifically chosen keeping photography opportunities in mind.
  • Expert help and advice with photographing culture and landscapes of Nepal with in-depth discussions on concepts, practical assistance and constant reviews.
  • Constant interaction and assistance on field by photography experts with an experience of travelling in the country.
  • Insights to nuances of travel and outdoor photography during the tour
  • Image reviews by photography experts

This tour is conducted in association with South Col Expeditions, veterans of travelling in Nepal Himalayas.

Dates & Itinerary

Dates & Itinerary

February 21 to March 1, 2015

  • Day 01 – Feb 21 – Saturday – Arrive at Kathmandu before 4pm. The tour begins with briefing and photography sessions at 5.30pm. Stay at Kathmandu.
  • Day 02 – Feb 22 – Sunday – Photographing the sights of Kathmandu.
  • Day 03 – Feb 23 – Monday – Six hour drive to Pokhara, stopping along the way for photography opportunities.
  • Day 04 – Feb 24 – Tuesday – Photography at Phewa Lake, mountain ranges and the sights of Pokhara, and later, the brilliant views from Sarangkot. Night at Sarangkot.
  • Day 05 – Feb 25 – Wednesday – After an early morning landscape photography outing, leave for Ghandrung Village. The village is an hour’s drive followed by a 90 minute walk in the hills. Overnight at Ghandrung.
  • Day 06 – Feb 26 – Thursday – Photography in Ghandrung Village and the mountains around.
  • Day 07 – Feb 27 – Friday – Leave for Pokhara after breakfast. Photography around Pokhara in the evening.
  • Day 08 – Feb 28 – Saturday – Drive or fly to Kathmandu. Free day in Kathmandu.
  • Day 09 – Mar 01 – Saturday – Check out after breakfast.
Is This Tour For You?

Is This Tour For You?

This tour is for everyone who loves to explore the exotic and beautiful landscapes deep in the Himalayas. We will be travelling to beautiful places in Nepal Himalayas to see and photograph some brilliant landscapes in the region.

The tour is designed to help participants learn the nuances of making beautiful photographs of the mountain scenery and the culture. Note that the participants are not required to be experts in photography or carry professional equipment. Beginners and newbies as well as serious photographers benefit through our personalized attention to photography sessions and on field assistance. Non photographers interested in exploring Nepal Himalayas are welcome too.

Can I bring my non-photographer partner with me?

Yes, you can. We visit many beautiful places in Nepal and having a good time during the trip is as much on the agenda as photography is. Your partner will enjoy the journey with the group. Please note that we do not offer a separate non-photographer pricing.

I am not a keen photographer. But I want to visit Nepal with your group. Can I still join?

Yes. We visit many beautiful places in the region, and having a good time during the trip is as much on the agenda as photography is.

Is there a lot of walking/trekking involved?

No and Yes. This is not a trekking tour or trek-intensive tour, but there are a few places that we walk to. Reaching Ghandrung Village on Day 05 is a one to two hour walk, which is the longest hike in this tour. There are no strenuous, long distance walks or full-day hikes. We believe that most people in reasonably good health should not have any problems with most of the activities during the tour. Speak to us if you have any doubts.

Also refer to our photography tours faq for more information.

Tour Cost

Tour Cost

Rs.54,300 per person.

The cost includes

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis. Single occupancy option is available at an additional cost.
  • Ground transport on all days of the tour
  • Breakfast on all days
  • Lunch and Dinner included in Sarangkot and Ghandrung villages
  • Permits and all entry fees
  • Photography sessions, expert advice and assistance, image reviews and critiques on all days

The cost does not include

  • Travel to Kathmandu and return travel from Kathmandu to your location.
  • Lunch and dinner in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
  • Additional food or beverages ordered.
  • Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on Day 8. Please note that we provide road transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu. For those who wish to avail a flight on this day, we can facilitate this at an additional cost.

Please note that the itinerary is subject to favourable weather and road conditions. In case of bad weather and inaccessibility to a destination, we will do our best to make alternate plans. The cost of the tour or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavourable conditions anytime during the tour days.

Accommodation

Accommodation will be in comfortable hotels on the days we are staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In Sarangkot and Ghandrung we will be staying at simple home-stays which do not include en-suite bathrooms.

Your Photography Experts

Your Photography Experts

Sujoy Das

Sujoy Das Sujoy Das is a well-known photographer and writer specializing in the Nepal Himalayas. He is the author of ‘Lonely Planet Nepal for the Indian Traveller’. He has been trekking and photographing in the Nepal Himalaya now for more than thirty years.

His photographs and essays have been featured in leading magazines worldwide like The Washington Post, Lonely Planet, The Outdoor Journal, Lifeforce Magazine, APA Guides, Outlook Traveller, India Today Travel Plus, Frontline, The Telegraph, Times of India Crest, India Magazine, Frontline, The Hindu Business Line etc. He leads treks and under the banner of South Col Expeditions. He is also the joint author and photographer of Sikkim – A Travellers Guide. He has held solo exhibitions of his work in Delhi and Kolkata. For more information on Sujoy and his art please visit www.sujoydas.com.

Arun Bhat (optional second tour leader)

(Please note: Sujoy Das will be the primary photography mentor and tour leader for this tour. Presence of a second tour leader is not assured).

arun-bhat.jpg Accomplished travel and landscape photographer Arun Bhat’s works have been used by publications in India and across the world. He is a professional photographer who has extensively travelled across India, creating some of the finest imagery of India’s landscapes and has spent years capturing the essence of India’s cultural diversity. Having travelled the country many times over and being used to waking up at 5am in bitter cold winter days, he has seen and captured finest landscapes all the way from Himalayas to the peninsular India and has mastered the art of travel, outdoor and landscape photography.

Arun has spent several months of travelling in the mountain regions across the Himalayas, exploring and photographing the varied landscapes. His in-depth knowledge of the hills will come handy throughout the tour as he helps you photograph the region’s hills and water bodies. People who have travelled with Arun on tours never forget to mention his friendly approach and a willingness to be available to everyone all the time through the tour.

Some of his very popular travel images were photographed in the Himalayas. You can view some of his works at www.paintedstork.com

Detailed Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01. Arrival and Orientation.

Participants arrive in Kathmandu today. Please plan your arrival before 4pm. We will meet at the hotel around 5pm for an orientation session and discussion on our plans for the tour. We will also troubleshoot all questions–related to photography as well as Nepal–which you may have in this evening session.

A lot of evenings through the tour will be spent discussing photography or on image critique sessions.

Day 02. Kathmandu

Dawn at Swayambhunath – the monkey temple, a fascinating chaotic mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture. While we are here we photograph the pilgrims from all walks of life praying, meditating or watching the sunrise, shops and tea sellers–lot of colour and atmospheric images.

We return to the hotel for breakfast around 9 am once the light starts to get harsh. Later, after lunch, we head out to Bodhnath, which hosts the largest Buddhist stupa in all of Asia. We stay on until sunset here to photograph the life around stupa. Tibetan monks walk around streets draped with prayer flags, butter lamps are lit at small temples around the stupas and we photograph some of the artisans such as tangkha painters and metal workers around the square.

Day 03. Drive to Pokhara

We leave Kathmandu early in the morning for the six hour drive to Pokhara. We follow Trisuli River valley and will have plenty of time to stop along the way for photo-opportunities. Rest of the day is free in Pokhara to settle in.

Day 04. Pokhara and Sarangkot.

We leave at dawn to visit Peace Pagoda, where we can photograph the splendid views of the Pokhara valley, Phewa Lake and the mountains all in one frame! Later, after breakfast, we can wander around Phewa Lake with our cameras and also go on a boat trip.

After lunch, we leave Sarangkot, which is about one hour drive from Pokhara. Sarangkot has great views of the peaks, Pokhara lake and town below – there are good opportunities for night or dusk photography here as well.

Day 05. Sarangkot to Ghandrung.

We start the day photographing the sunrise over the Himalayan Peaks from Sarangkot. Post breakfast, we leave for the village of Ghandrung. The vehicle road ends at Kimche, and then we walk along a well trodden path to the village photographing along the way. This is a hike that takes about ninety minutes. Much of your bags will be carried by our porters, while you take your day pack with the camera. Today, we will be sleeping in this small hamlet at a village house, enjoying our days away from the cities.

Ghandrung is a picturesque village with excellent view of Nepal Himalayas. Photography opportunities are plenty, of the high mountains as well as the village itself.

Day 06. Ghandrung Village and around.

We take a walk around the village in the morning before breakfast, making good use of the early morning light and photographing the mountains with the village as a backdrop along with the villagers at work. There are interesting patterns and shapes in the little lanes of the village. After breakfast, we take a short one hour hike to to a viewpoint to shoot the peaks and forest-life on the way. Post lunch, after some free time, we will spend the day shooting around the village as well as some landscapes.

Day 07. Ghandrung to Pokhara.

We start our walk down to Kimche in the morning and then head back to Pokhara in time for lunch. We have an evening in Pokhara, and if time permits, we will make a visit to the unspoilt Begnas Tal, rarely visited by tourists.

Day 08. Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We make the leisurely drive back to Kathmandu. Optionally, if you prefer to see the Nepal Himalayan Ranges from the sky, you may opt to take a flight back instead of the road. We will have a relatively free afternoon and evening, part of which will be spent going through the photographs made over the week.

Day 08. Departure.

Check out after breakfast.


Registration Details


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email: register@darter.in

Tel: 9880006460 (Arun) / 97400 83260 (Shreeram)

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