Deep Jungles and Himalayan Giants Photo Tour

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Hotel

Meals

Breakfast

Trip Grade

Easy

Maximun Altitude

4876m

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeing, Trekking and Cultural Photography

Overview

Let your lens live the magic of Nepal

Nepal is best known for Everest and the incomparable Himalaya ranges. It also has rugged valleys that connect the snow-capped giants from the north with the tropical jungles in the south. As it slowly shuffles into the modern era, this small, deeply spiritual enclave, still grabs on tightly to its colorful, ancient history and culture while showing off its natural grandeur with a tremendous variety of eco-systems. Nepal is truly a photographer’s dream-come-true land. Our experience has been nothing short of ecstasy as we walk anywhere making photos of anything we like and no one really cares as they go about their business. Most Nepalis are as interested in you as you may be in them and they are not bothered if you want to take their photo, as long as you politely ask first.

Our journey begins and ends in the capital city of Kathmandu which has a nice mix of international air carriers providing multiple daily flights. Our goal is to put you at the right place so you can make great images and have time to review and improve your photographic vision and technique throughout the trip while we take care of the logistics. In this photo tour we explore the chaotic streets of Kathmandu and its many religious temples as well as little villages where time really is in no hurry; and Nature is always there when we talk about Nepal. This specially designed trip offers endless photo chances – no exaggeration!

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. After checking in and a brief rest, you head to Thamel neighborhood to see the hustle and bustle of which Kathmandu is known for. This will provide you endless photo options for street photography! You have a group dinner in the evening at a local restaurant.

After breakfast, you drive towards Swayambhunath also known as Monkey Temple. The site lying on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu valley is a sacred Buddhist destination. The maroon robed monks enchanting the holy prayers and the mega statues of Buddha indulged in different sects is a great opportunity to take hold of the practices of rich Buddhist culture. This prehistoric site is also popular for its gigantic Stupa. After finishing the tour of Swayambhunath you drive to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for the insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been on a spiritual journey. Bouddhanath is the largest dome shaped Stupa of the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best.

After an early breakfast you depart to the airport for a 30-minute flight to Chitwan National Park (world heritage site) in the south-central part of Nepal, near the border with India. Upon reaching, you have another 30-minute vehicle transfer to your lodge, from where you head to the elephant breeding center to see these majestic animals and observe their lifestyle. After lunch, you head to the crocodile breeding center to see them being raised to re-populate their dwindling numbers and disperse them over various regions where they have a chance for survival.

An early departure is necessary for jeep safari. The drive is far from 'smooth' but there are plenty of photo ops. Traveling through dense wooded area offers you a great chance to spot endangered animals. You are only taking 3 people per jeep (plus the driver) so each person has ample room to photograph from all angles. You finish the afternoon with a canoe paddle down the Rapti River where you can see crocodiles, birds and a great variety of wildlife. Then after, you return to the lodge via jeep. You have an option of going on a hike with a birder/naturalist instead of the canoe ride. Afterward you also have the opportunity to see the elephants getting a bath.

Today you fly/drive to Pokhara. Many people consider Pokhara the most beautiful part of Nepal and so do you . The city is within the easy view of the giant Annapurna massif where 3 out of the 10 tallest peaks in the world - Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I and Manaslu - are situated within 30 miles from the city, as the crow flies. In the evening you move towards World Peace Stupa from where you get the view of the Annapurna massif and the whole Himalaya Range. Without a doubt the view is hard to beat! The photo ops from here are endless, whether you are shooting the mountains, Lake Phewa or are in the forest below. You hike down for about 45 minutes and catch a boat and return to our hotel.

You drive north from Pokhara to Nayapul for an hour and half. After reaching Nayapul you take a local vehicle and drive to Kimche for another half an hour. From the end of the road you begin your trek up towards the Himalayas to see how people live in these steep and rugged mountains. You slowly ascend the stone steps that wind from one village to another. (Lunch en route) There are photo ops everywhere so keep a sharp eye out for anything that catches your attention. Your route meanders through open fields, dense rhododendron forest and pine forest as you take to the trail often paved with stones as you pass through quaint villages. It's sometimes hard to comprehend how the Nepali people manage to live on these steep and imposing mountains as they effortlessly scramble easily from a crop field to another, hop over a stone wall and race up a few hundred steps to gather or chop some wood. Since your porters are carrying your gear you only need to worry about a small day pack so you can concentrate on making photos along the way. The trek is about 5-6 hours at a steady pace and you will arrive in Tadapani in the afternoon. After some rest, you will have dinner. Overnight at a typical Nepali teahouse.

Today will be the longest trekking day of the trip as you will be on the trail for about 7 hours. So, you need to depart early, but need to keep a steady pace as slow and steady is the way while making photos along the way. (Lunch en route) On the way, you also visit Gurung Hill, a small hillock from where you can have the terrific views of the range. Continuing the trekking through the rhododendron forests, which look amazing during March-late April; you will reach at the hill-top village of Ghorepani with stellar views of the Annapurna Massif right in front of your eyes. The village is one of the biggest villages of the whole trekking and offers you beautiful views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri range etc. You should arrive in the later afternoon, just before dinner. Tomorrow is an early start (before sunrise) in order to hike about an hour to Poon Hill for the sunrise, so going to bed early is recommended! Overnight at a typical Nepali teahouse

You get up very early as you need an hour to hike up to Poon Hill so you can be there before sunrise. The trail is easy so all one needs to do is walk a steady pace and before you know it, you'll be on top looking at Annapurna rising above your head! There is an observation tower here if you want to get an eagle's view of the region. The sunrise view you will have here is truly one of its kind! There are other lots of views to enjoy and photograph here before you head down to have breakfast in Ghorepani. You continue going down and head to the village of Hile, about 5 hours down the hill. As always, there are lots of photo ops along the way so keep an eye out for them. (Lunch en route) You will arrive in Hile in the late afternoon. After reaching Hile you take a local vehicle to Nayapul and a private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara. You will check-in once again in one of the hotels in Pokhara and relax rest of the evening.

After a much-deserved sleep in the luxury accommodation you depart to the airport in the morning and fly to Kathmandu. Upon arrival you will head east to Bhaktapur, one of Nepal's oldest and most exotic cities, and listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal and stone artwork. You will have lunch here. After that, you continue east to Nagarkot, a town located on the top of a large 'hill' where you will get stunning views of the Langtang Range and even Mt. Everest. The view of sunset and sunrise from this location is breath-taking!

You will be ready for the sunrise (weather-willing) and hopefully get the stunning views from our hotel with little effort. You drive down the hill and head to Kathmandu where you will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the three medieval palace squares of Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square is a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that dates back to 12th - 18th centuries. At the square, you will find Hanumandhoka Palace Museum, Taleju Temple, Kumari Ghar (House of the Living Goddess), Kasthamandap and other temples and buildings as old as the city itself.

You start the day with a visit to Pashupatinath, one of the most revered Hindu sites in Nepal. Pashupatinath Temple is dedicated to Hindu deity Lord Shiva, the supreme most God of Hindu. Here you can witness cremation ritual at ‘Aryaghat’, the cremation area of the temple. Then you drive to Patan, one of the three medieval cities in Kathmandu. Patan is a destination for connoisseurs of fine arts. You take a tour of the Patan Durbar Square - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the square is the Patan Museum (originally a Malla palace), Krishna Mandir- a stone temple of Lord Krishna with its 21 spires and bas-relief art depicting scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana epics, Royal Bath or 'Tushahity' and surrounding Hindu and Buddhist temples. You return to Kathmandu and the rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy Kathmandu at your own pace. Farewell dinner together at an appointed time

The morning is free for you to enjoy some last-minute shopping, packing and relaxing before we take you to the airport for your flight back home.

General Information

TOUR GUIDE

We have a team of highly experienced and multilingual guides (guides who can speak your language – major languages only). They are professionally trained and are thoroughly versed about nature, culture and history of each place in this itinerary.

 

TOUR AVAILABILITY

We operate Nepal tours for private team of any size. So you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with other people who have different interests and attitude. Each trip is accompanied by a tour guide and driver(s). Nepal tours of four to eight days in duration are ideal for an extension trip if you have booked any longer trekking holidays in Nepal or tours/treks in Tibet.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan offer a wide range of accommodation facilities, from 5 star luxury hotels to budget-priced guest houses. Top hotels give you high quality services. Explore Himalaya will assist you in hotel reservation.

 

MEAL

Breakfast is included but lunch and dinner are excluded in all our tour costs. You will have breakfast at your hotel. In Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, there are plenty of quality restaurants that serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant costs approximately USD 10-15. Full board option is also available on request.

 

MEETING/AIRPORT TRANSFERS

In all our packaged tours, airport pick-ups and drops are included. You need to pass on your International flight details to us for a “meeting and greeting” service at airport. On arrival you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see someone standing with a placard with either ‘Explore Himalaya’ or your name written on it. Our airport representative or tour officer will greet you and welcome you at the airport. You will then be escorted to your hotel where you will be briefed about your further activities in detail. After your trip is over you will be transferred back to the airport in time to catch your flight back home.

 

VEHICLE

 

We have a fleet of latest model luxury vehicles of all types and sizes, from small two-seater luxury cars to large capacity luxury tourist coaches. 4WD Land cruisers are used in off-road destinations like Jiri and Manang. Size and type of vehicle depend on size of your group. We use two-seater car for 1-2 persons, micro luxury 6-seater van for 3-5 persons, 10 seater van for 6-9 persons and tourist coach or coaster for group size above 10 persons. Our drivers are specially trained to serve in the hospitality industry. The vehicles are checked carefully before assigning them to your service.

 

TIPS

Tips are appreciated by your support team after the completion of your trip. The amount depends on your budget and appreciation of their work. As a suggestion, we advise that you can allocate 5- 10 % of the total tour cost as tips.

 

CLOTHING

Clothing varies with the types of tours and seasons. From April to the end of October, it is warm in Kathmandu, and warmer in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. In Nepal clothing for traveling purpose should be comfortable and light. You can also wear longer shorts provided that it is weather- friendly. From the months of November to the end of March, days are usually warm and evenings are cool. Put on your summer clothes during the day time but in the evening and night it is advisable to carry a light jacket. Winter season starts from December to February. One must be equipped with sufficient winter wears like jackets, sweaters, trousers etc. to stay protected from the cold. In accordance to Nepali weather you can have your clothes well-packed in your luggage or you can also purchase clothes of your choice and needs from the clothing stores in Nepal.

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • Lodge trek with guide, accommodation & porters only (Standard rooms on twin sharing)
    • All meals during Annapurna trek only (except for GAP trek package)
    • English speaking local expert guide, porters (2 members= 1 porter: 15 kg only per member)
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System fees (TIMS)
    • Trek transfers as per the itinerary
    • 4 nights Hotel accommodations in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast                            
    • 2 nights Hotel accommodation in Pokhara on twin sharing with breakfast.
    • 2 nights 3 days tour package in Chitwan with all meals and jungle activities on twin sharing
    • 1 night Hotel accommodation in Nagarkot on twin sharing with breakfast
    • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara with English speaking local guide
    • Entrance fees to monuments as per the itinerary
    • Domestic Airfares: Kathmandu/ Pokhara/ Kathmandu
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicle
    • Insurance for all staff & porters
    • Equipment & clothing for all staff & porters
    • First aid kit bag (carried by guide)

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal visa fees
    • Any other airfares and airport taxes
    • All Lunch and Dinner (except in Chitwan)
    • Personal expenses (like, communication, laundry, bar bills, internet, camera/mobile battery recharge, hot water/shower on trek, extra meals, snacks while walking etc.)
    • Tips for guide, porters, drivers, local staff etc.
    • Personal Insurance and Medical Insurance
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/rescue due to any unforeseen reasons
    • Any other services other than mentioned under “Price Includes”

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: > 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) > 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost > 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost > Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

DISCLAIMER

The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement.  If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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