Nepal, November 2020
Landscape Photography Workshop
An Italy Photo Workshops' Tour
designed in collaboration with Tim Vollmer Photography.
Mountains, Rivers, and Jungles in Nepal
You’ll be expertly guided by Tim and myself, two pros with many years of experience in professionally organizing and leading photo workshops in Italy and elsewhere in the world.
As it always happens with our group workshops, everything is included, so just pack up your gear and get ready for an unforgettable photo adventure in the Himalayas!
- Eleven Days Landscape Photography Workshop -
Nepal - November 7th - 17th, 2020
• Full time in the field guidance and instructions from two professional landscape and travel photographer with more than ten years of experience in international photography tours and workshops.
• An All-Inclusive treatment: hotel rooms and all meals are included in the price.
• A small group size ensuring the necessary tutors' attention for each guest;
• Public transportation granted for the length of the tour, for your best comfort and maximum flexibility
• Inspiration, fun and a great time!
Need to Know
Nepal: Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Pokhara, Phedi, Dhampus, Landrung, Ghandrung, Naya Pul
November 7th - 17th, 2020
Double Occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
4'950 EUR double room, 450 EUR single room supplement
Medium, a few but long (multiple hours) hikes with important elevation gain in the mountains
Required: DSLR or mirrorless camera, 28-120 mm zoom lens, tripod
Open to any photographer interested in landscape and travel photography, whether a beginner or a pro
Limited to maximum 12 guests
• In the field full time photo tutoring and instructions
• All arrival and 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
• 10 overnights in hotel, accommodations: Kathmandu (3nights), Chitwan (2nights), Pokhara (2nights), Trekking Tea House (3 nights)
What's Not Included
• international air travel tickets
• cancellation and travel insurance
• Everything not specifically listed as included
A deposit of 35% of the total amount will be required to hold your space in this workshop. The balance will be due not later than 120 days before the start of the tour. You will be provided by email with instructions on how to make the payments.
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Day 1, November 7th, 2020 - Arrival in Kathmandu
Plan your flight in order to arrive in Kathmandu not later than noon.
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 hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2, November 8th, 2020 - Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City
After breakfast, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City. It includes 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 hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3, November 9th, 2020 - Transfer to Chitwan National Park (Chitwan)
After breakfast, start 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 with 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 drive to the Chitwan National Park, which is 70 kilometers from Kurintar and connected by the Prithwi Highway. Upon arrival meet by naturalists 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, November 10th, 2020 - 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.
After a hearty lunch at 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, November 11th, 2020 - Transfer to Pokhara
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, November 12th, 2020 - Transfer from Pokhara to Phedi and Start trek to Dhampus
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 slopes are 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, November 13th, 2020 - Trek to Landrung
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, November 14th, 2020 - Trek to Ghandrung
After breakfast, trek towards Modi Khola and across the river. Stop over 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 for 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, November 15th, 2020 - Trek down to Naya Pul and Drive back to Pokhara
After breakfast, descend steeply on flagstone steps and leave the village entrance to descend through forests and landslide area. 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 hour 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. Rest of the day is free for much deserved rest.
Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10, November 16th, 2020 - Fly back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, proceed to Pokhara’s Domestic Airport, to board the 30 minutes scenic flight to Kathmandu. Kathmandu arrival and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we can wander around in Thamel.
Eve: Group farewell dinner.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 11, November 17th, 2020 - Final departure from Nepal
Check out from the hotel and meet Himalayan Holidays representative and transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu for final departure.
• Dslr or mirrorless camera
• Enough storage cards for at least 128 GB
• A zoom lens covering at least the 28/120 mm range on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors
• Camera user's manual
Recommended additional/optional items
• A very sturdy tripod with panoramic head
• Wide angle to normal zoom lens, at least 24/70 mm on a full frame sensor, the equivalent on cropped sensors. Ideally one 16/35 mm and a 28/70 mm
• Long tele zoom lens - 70/200mm is enough, 300mm is recommended
• Enough storage cards for at least 512 GB
• Extra Camera batteries
• Photography backpacks come in handy to protect the equipment if it rains and to facilitate transfers from a shooting location to another
• polarizer filter
• a set of Graduated ND filters, at least a 2 and a 3 stops (it is ideal to have all the range from 1 to 4 stops)
• ND filters for long exposures, ideally one 10 stops and one 6 stop
• remote (or cable) switch
Clothes and Accessories
November is one of the best period for visiting Nepal as everywhere is lush green after the heavy Monsoon rains in summer. Daytime's temperature remain quite warm in many parts of Nepal, though it can be cold at night, especially towards the end of the month. Expect abotut 15-20 degress Celsius in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There is usually no rainfall throughout the country in this period.
Weather in a mountain environment though is unpredictable by definition. We can literally experience a whole set of different conditions in the same day, ranging from pristine, clear blue skies and mild temperatures down to rain/snow showers and strong and chilly cold winds. Even in the relatively mild November.
So, for the mountains, a full set of warm clothes is recommended, including but not limited to:
- trekking shoes or mountain boots
- wind/rain proof jacket
- pile pullovers
- sun glasses
- Head lamps and batteries
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