Creative Photography Gentle Trek – Nepal

$3900 per person twin share

The leisurely sightseeing and gentle trekking itinerary allows time in the evenings for working on your photos. Even if you have never edited a photo before, you can learn how to enhance your already sensational photos. We will share and discuss photos, culminating in a slideshow of trip favorites on our final night after the group dinner.

About the photographer on the tour:

Hi I’m Llewelyn and I have a passion for travel and photographing my adventures! I’m also a teacher. I’ve often wondered why I come home with thousands of photos. The simple reason is because, with digital technology, I can. But when I really thought about it, I realised that I see my travel THROUGH my lens. It’s my extra pair of eyes!

And through my lens it’s important for me to capture the essence of a place – the detail, colour, textures and patterns that will be true reminders of the magic of a place. 

Now I was a purist for a long time-never editing any photos-until someone showed me the difference that a few small tweaks can make. A great photo can become a stunner in no time at all!

On this tour, let me help YOU find the essence of Nepal with your camera lens, look for and capture fascinating shots using more original perspectives and then get you hooked on editing!

Tour Dates

 December 7 – December 19, 2022                               

 

Please email jim@focustours.com.au for payment options

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance

What is included in this tour?

Items that are included in the cost of tour price

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All breakfasts, transportation, hotels and airport transfers

What is not included in this tour?

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price

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International airfares, Nepali visa and guide tips.

Deserts, drinks and snacks 

Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu

Arrive KTM. Settle into accommodation at Kathmandu Guest House

Inclusions:

  • Airport pick up by local staff

Day 2. Kathmandu

Depart early morning to Monkey Temple. Return for breakfast at hotel.

Walk to Kathmandu Durbar Square area to wander through….

Bazaar walk / Asan Tole / Freak Street

We visit any one of the six streets that converge on this ceremonial marketplace. Meander amongst the abundance of wares, steal a stunning shot of mountains of colourful fabric festooned upon temple steps, get amidst the hustle and bustle of the constant trading and bartering. Remember to look UP to discover little shuttered windows and ancient architecture. As people poke their heads out, maybe to survey the scene below or to hang out their washing, a little wave is often permission enough to take a photo.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Day tour

Day 3. Kathmandu

Thamel Wakes Up – A morning photography walk

Experience the friendliness of the Nepalese people as we take an early morning walk through ancient narrow streets, catching special photographic moments as the community begins its day. Rituals and offerings, children off to school, merchants preparing their shops, market stalls…..every day is different.  Ordinary people doing ordinary things can make for extraordinary travel photos!

Return to hotel for breakfast. Free morning.

After lunch we drive to Pashupathinath. Hindu cremation place on the holy Bagmati river. Observe ancient rituals associated cremation in this atmospheric location. 

Golden Hour (sunset) at Boudanath Stupa.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Day tour

Day 4. Pokhara

 

After breakfast departure. Drive through the picturesque Kathmandu valley to the delightful Lakeside town of Pokhara. The trip takes approximately 7 hours subject to traffic. 

Check into our hotel and freshen up

Golden Hour orientation tour around Lakeside late afternoon

There is nothing more tranquil than Phewa Lake at sunset. Its pond-like qualities create the most beautiful reflective photographs I have ever taken. And the little coloured boats offer picture postcard shots at every turn. Try your hand at some action shots as locals’ paddle by, or just kick back and take it all in.

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Transportation in private van to Pokhara (Lakeside)
  • Orientation around Lakeside

Day 5. Pokhara

Lakeside and Sarangkot (depending on weather)

Enjoy a different view of the Lake as the mist lifts gently off the water, and the lake comes alive with activity. Another chance for those beautiful reflective shots that would make for a beautiful canvas memento of your trip. Finish off with a stroll along the foreshore and maybe a coffee at one of the many cafes, while drinking in the lake view.

Followed by (subject to weather)

Swirling, twirling colours greet us on arrival at Sarangkot, home of paragliding in Pokhara. What’s not to photograph as tourists and experts alike drop off the side of the cliff, the colours of the rainbow drifting down the valley, with the snow-capped mountains as a backdrop!! Simply stunning! Remember to enjoy a hot lemon, ginger and honey tea from the cafe – it’s a Nepalese speciality!

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Day tour

Day 6 . Trek day 1. Gauchok 1200m

Our gentle trek begins with a 1 hour drive to the head of the trekking trail. 

From here we walk through the light jungle for approximately three hours with gentle undulation.

We arrive at the delightful village of Ghauckok with plenty of time to settle in and capture the sights through our camera lens

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Dinner

  • Transportation to trekking route

Day 7. Trek day 2. Gauchok 1200m

Today is a rest day to explore this delightful village. This village is quite spread out and is known for its dairy farming. Capture village life as it has been throughout the ages.

After breakfast we enjoy a 2 hour (return) walk through the fields to a delightful waterfall and return for lunch

After lunch another two hour (return) walk is optional or you may wish to relax and enjoy the village and take time to capture the village through your lens

Day 8. Trek day 3. Pothana 2000m

After breakfast we jump in our vehicle to get driven one hour to our next trail head.

From here we have a steep ascent to Australia Camp. Straight walking would take approximately 2 hours but we have all day to do it. This allows time to capture the environment through our lenses and take time to enjoy the views.

We stop for lunch at Australia Camp and then finish with a gentle half hour to Pothana whre we stay the night

Day 9. Trek day 4. Astam 1200m

Today we follow the ridgeline to the charming village of Astam.. It’s a gentle 4 hour walk downwards with a half an hour uphill at the end. Panoramic Himalayan views regularly pop out as we make our way along an easy track. Capture village views along the way and a campfire at night!

Day 10. Trek day 5. Astam 1200m

Today is a rest day and we get to enjoy life in a traditional Nepali Village with the comforts of a delightful guest house. Examine the organic gardening practices! Do some yoga, birdwatching or simply read a book in delightful surroundings. Photo opportunities abound!

Day 11. Pokhara

This morning you can roam the village for last minute village snaps.

After lunch we have an easy walk downhill for 1.5 hours. Meet our vehicle and drive back to lakeside (1hour) 

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

Day 12. Pokhara

Free morning. Afternoon boat ride to Damside to capture the reflection of the mountains in the lake. You’ve seen it in the posters but not with your flair! Taxi to the Peace Stupa for sunset and night shoot.

Final group dinner and slide show in Lakeside

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Boat ride

  • Taxi

  • Group dinner (two courses. Not including drinks).

Day 13. Kathmandu

Reluctantly depart Pokhara

Have an amazing flight back to Kathmandu and capture the Himalayas from the air! 

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast

  • Flight to Kathmandu

  • Airport / hotel transfers

Day 14. Depart Kathmandu

Departure Kathmandu

Inclusions:

  • Breakfast if in Kathmandu

  • Airport transfer

This trek is run by Prana treks who limits the weight carried by porters to approximately half the legal weight in Nepal. Prana treks has run at least 6 treks for Focus Tours over 6 years, use licenced guides and insure their staff.

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