Nepal Photo Tour

During our Nepal Photo tour, we will go to the Himalayan highs.

Immerse yourself in the art of photography while exploring the culture of Kathmandu Valley and the majestic mountains of the Annapurnas. As well we have a nice mixture of Wildlife included.

Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya between China and India, it has retained it’s essentially agrarian and medieval character. Its wondrous history and geography are still the defining aspects of everyday life.

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Nepal Photo tour

Itinerary for Nepal Photo Tour

Mountains, Rivers, and Jungles in Nepal

Day 1 –  Arrival in Kathmandu.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our representative, assist and transfer to the hotel. At the hotel’s lobby, welcome refreshments will be served and room check-in assistance provided. Shortly afterward there will be a tour briefing at the hotel’s lobby. Evening: Welcome dinner at Nepali restaurant featuring cultural program.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2 – Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City

After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu Durbar Square) – an ancient Durbar (palace) with its numerous old palaces, temples and pagodas, the Temple of Living Goddess “Kumari”, and the Kasthamandap Temple, which is believed to be constructed from the wood of a single tree from which Kathmandu derives its name. In addition, also visit the Boudhanath Stupa – an ancient colossal stupa and the center of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and the Pashupatinath Temple- the Temple of Lord Shiva situated on the bank of the holy Bagmati River.

After lunch drive up to the Swayambhunath Stupa situated atop a hill from where you could get a bird’s eye view of Kathmandu Valley. The Swayambhunath Stupa is also known as the “Monkey Temple”!!

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3 – Drive to Chitwan National Park (Chitwan)

After breakfast, start for 5 hrs. (196kms.) scenic drive to Chitwan National Park, Chitwan via Prithwi Highway. En route stop at Khataudi (raft starting point) where there will be a short briefing followed by some demonstrations related to rafting. Shortly afterward, commence exciting white water rafting in the Trishuli River for about 4 hrs till we reach Kurintar (raft ending point). Initially, we begin with small rapids and soon catch up with bigger ones.

After rafting, continue to drive to the Chitwan National Park, which is 70 kilometers from Kurintar and connected by the Prithwi Highway. Upon arrival meet by naturalist representatives from the jungle lodge followed by tour briefing. In the evening, the well-stocked bar caters to the needs of the thirsty and a hearty meal of continental or Nepalese cuisine will be served around the campfire.

Overnight at a jungle lodge in Chitwan.

Day 4 – Full-day jungle activities

Early wakeup call and proceed for an elephant ride or a jungle walk, to view the wildlife in their early repose. This is the best time of the day to see the animals as we silently brush through dewy tall elephant grass (18-20 ft. tall), a habitat for rhinos, tigers, and other wild animals. Spend 2-3 hrs. in the jungle, then return to the camp for breakfast. Shortly afterward, visit the elephant stables to get firsthand knowledge on elephants from senior naturalists. Here one can witness the rare scene of elephants at a bath. In the afternoon after a hearty lunch at the camp, the afternoon is free for the much-deserved mid-afternoon siesta or a visit to the library for general in formations on the National park. In the late afternoon, there is a choice to participate in the programs offered at the camp, which includes Canoe rides/ floats or an escorted nature walk and bird watching excursion.

Overnight at a jungle lodge in Chitwan.

Day 5 – Drive to Pokhara (186 km. / 4 Hrs.)

After breakfast, start 4 hours scenic drive to Pokhara – nestled in the tranquil valley (827m) on the laps of the mighty Annapurna Himalaya Range. Pokhara is also known as vacationer’s paradise. In the afternoon (time permitting), proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pokhara City, which includes the Davis Falls, the Seti Gorge, the Bindabashini Temple, and the Tibetan Refugee Camp. Eve: Sunset boat rides at Phewa Lake.

Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 6 – Drive from Pokhara to Phedi and Start trek to Dhampus. (1700 m.)

After breakfast, drive from Pokhara to Phedi (trek starting point) for 30 minutes, whereupon commence trek to Dhampus (1700m). The trek starts immediately with a steep climb through mixed forests and takes about an hour to arrive at the Mina Lodge, which marks the end of the steep path and arrival at Dhampus Plateau. From here the incline is much easier as the trail continues to climb steadily in a more forested area and after about two hours we arrive at the first check post at the entrance to Dhampus Village with a maze of houses and alleyways of stonewalls. There are magnificent views of the mountains from west to east of the Annapurna South (7,219m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Mardi Himal (5,587 m), and Macchapucchare (6,993m) to the north. Trek Duration – 3 hrs.

Dinner and overnight at Dhampus.

Day 7 – Trek to Landrung. (1646m.)

After breakfast, visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project office to register and continue on the trek. After leaving the village, we continue on the trail going down a fairly gentle slope cut into steps in the middle of the forest and then a short climb brings us to the settlement of Pothana (2,000m) after an hour with magnificent views of the western Himalayas. The path from here slowly ascends until it reaches the locality of Bichok Deorali (2,149m) located at the crest of the ridge. From here, the trail descends slowly but gets steeper until it meets the Modi Khola Valley first and then the village of the Bheri Khola, which is a convenient place to stop for lunch. After lunch, cross a small suspension bridge as the path follows the ridge of a hill for an hour to the settlement of Tolka (1,895m). Then cross the hamlets of Tolka Naga and Tolka Medi Gara before again going down gently towards the village of Landrung on a trail where the forest gives way to vast expanses of terraced cultivation covering the surrounding hills. Trek Duration – 5 hrs.

Dinner and overnight at Landrung.

Day 8 – Trek to Ghandrung. (1951m.)

After breakfast, trek towards, Modi Khola and cross the river. Stopover for lunch after crossing the river. It takes about 2 & ½ hours to reach the lunch point. After lunch, it is an uphill climb for about an hour a half till we reach a settlement called Kimrung Danda. We take a short rest here. From here Ghandrung is one hour away and the trail is more or less flat. Ghandrung is the largest Gurung village in Nepal where the sons and the male member of the local community have sacrificed their lives to serve the Gurkha Armies and Security Forces around the world. The brave and chivalrous Gurkhas have earned themselves the reputation as the most loyal and indomitable soldiers in the world! The afternoon is free for rest or optional activities such as a visit to the Annapurna Conservation Museum and a tea break at the home of a renowned Gurkha soldier who may show you his Victoria Cross won during the First or Second World War. In the evening the local Gurung womenfolk will join the campers for a village get together to show their talents in singing and dancing. Guests are welcome to join in. A contribution to the dancing group may be necessary. Trek duration – 6 hrs.

Dinner and overnight at Ghandrung.

Day 9 – Trek down to Naya Pul and Drive back to Pokhara (884 m).

After breakfast, descend steeply on flagstone steps and leave the village entrance to descend through forests and landslide areas. The trail is downhill for most of the way for about two hours till Shyauli Bazaar, a village of about scattered 10–15 houses above the Modi Khola. Continue to descend gently, walking on riverbanks and passing terraced fields for about one and a half hours and arrive at the police check post at Birethanti (1050 m), a big booming village. We stop at a scenic spot for lunch. After lunch, it is a further 30 minutes to Naya Pul. Trek duration – 4 Hrs. Upon arrival in Naya Pul, meet our rep and get into the waiting vehicles for 1 and ½-hour’s drive to Pokhara. The rest of the day is free for a much deserved rest.

Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10: Fly back to Kathmandu 

After breakfast, proceed to Pokhara’s Domestic Airport, to board the 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu. Kathmandu arrived and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon we can wander around in Thamel.

Eve: Group farewell dinner.

Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 11: Final departure from Nepal

Check out from the hotel and meet Himalayan Holidays representative and transfer to Tribhuvan International

Airport, Kathmandu for final departure.

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Dates:

November 7-17, 2020

Duration:

11 Days / 10 nights

Photographic themes:

Landscape, nature, culture, people, Himalaya-mountains

Places:

Kathmandu

Chitwan National Park

Pokhara

Phedi

Dhampus

Landrung

Ghandrung

Naya Pul

included:

  • All arrival, departure transfers, sightseeing, and drives in a private vehicle with a/c accompanied by English speaking tour guide.
  • 1-day river rafting
  • elephant safari,
  • jungle activities such as nature walk, bird watching, canoe safari, Jeep Drive, etc.
  • Annapurna Conservation Project fees and permits
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour.
  • Accommodations:
  • Kathmandu (3nights)
  • Chitwan (2nights)
  •  Pokhara  (2nights)
  •  Trekking Tea House (3 nights)

Not included:

  • International airfare from your home to Kathmandu
  • purchases such as souvenirs, clothing, etc.
  • Tips

Getting there:

You will organize your own travel to and from Kathmandu, Nepal.

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Photography Instructor for the Nepal Photo tour

Tim Vollmer

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Tim has devoted his life to photography. Photography has been his long-held hobby and great passion. Tim has always felt drawn to the power and beauty he finds in nature. Tim has been leading photo tours and workshops in Iceland and many different countries over the years. He has had the world as his workplace. He is Photographing everything from the dramatic landscape in Iceland, to the native people in the remote corners of the world and the culture that is unique to each country.

His journeys have taken him around the world in pursuit of memorable travel experiences and the creation of compelling images. His work has been featured in international publications. His images and stories are shared on various internet outlets. As a driven artist, professional, entrepreneur, and adventurer, Tim is eager to share his passion, knowledge in photography, and travel through the tours he designed on his own, or through his partnership with professional photographers from around the globe. Tim and his family lived 11 years in Iceland. Now they are based in the Czech Republic.

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