Photography Holiday Nepal Chitwan Kathmandu  स्वागतम्

Few places on earth fascinate and capture the imagination more than Nepal. This vibrant, breathtaking country offers a rich canvas on which to further develop your passion for photography – on our 10-day Nepal Photography Holiday.

With daytime temperatures averaging 26c, its the perfect time of year to escape to the Himalayas and immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes of Pokhara and Kathmandu – taking time to shoot portraits of returning Everest sherpas, go trekking with a Gurkha, explore the myriad medieval streets of Thamel, plus tour the lush forests of Chitwan National Park, capturing tigers, leopards and rare dolphins.

Experience unforgettable nights in authentic Nepali hideaways, mountainview retreats and boutique, luxury hotels, using every imaginable mode of transport, from elephant to rickshaws to good old-fashioned hiking boots.

Nepal is a colorful jumble of pagoda-topped temples, ornate religious monuments, carved wooden Newari architecture, chaotic streets, and majestic mountains. The country is home to ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is bursting at the seams with cultural and natural wonders. A few monuments are still under repair, but their stories of rival kingdoms, mythical deities, and spiritual devotion are unchanged.

The Kathmandu Valley includes the ancient cities of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, each with its own Durbar Square of courtyards, royal palaces, and temples from the 12th to 18th centuries. Dotted around this cultural collage are superlative religious sites— like Boudhnath, a giant white dome that is Nepal’s largest stupa and center of Tibetan Buddhism. Nestled in a lush valley northwest of Kathmandu, Pokhara lulls with lakeside charm and a jagged, snowcapped Annapurna backdrop. Further south, the steamy subtropics of southern Nepal cradle Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that’s home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, and 556 species of reptiles and amphibians.

The best thing about Nepal is there’s always another adventure.

All our material is hand-crafted from years of professional photography for top brands, magazines and galleries – and as far away as possible from the monthly magazine ‘tip’. We don’t ever tell you the ‘5 best ways of …’ doing something;  instead we find your way – our small groups allows us to teach each of you independently, at your own pace.

Whether you are an absolute beginner or seasoned shooter, we use a mix of visual examples, 1-to-1 teaching and mentoring, and regular, detailed reviews, to push your work to levels you never thought you could reach.

From 2017, each trip we offer has completely different material – across all skill levels – so if you’re coming with us again, it’s all new. If you’re just starting out, we’ll get you fully to speed, manually using your camera quickly with confidence, and then some. We spend only a fraction of the holiday on the technical (actually its pretty simple when you know how), the rest learning the art of taking great photographs. It’s the most interesting bit, after all.

On your Creative Escape to Nepal, you’ll

  • Craft dusk vistas of Boudhnath stupa, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet
  • Attend a private portrait shoot of the Kumari, a living goddess in the ancient royal city of Patan – not available to tourists
  • Shoot the endless ranges of the snowcapped Himalayas, from 20,000 feet
  • Snap tigers from the back of a 4×4 Landrover in Chitwan National Park
  • Try out intimate portraits of the Tharu tribe, in the local long house
  • Capture the Annapurna region, from a walk designed for Prince Charles
  • Photograph Gurkhas and Everest summiteers on private shoots
  • Document the incredible architecture of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur
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Highlights.

Itinerary.

Fresh off the overnight flight, we’ll whisk you over to our luxe bolthole minutes from the airport – The Hyatt Regency – and chance to have welcome drinkies with the team who’ll be escorting you on your 10-day Nepal Photography Holiday.

After a restful nights sleep, we’ll dive right into the basics of photography, getting you up to speed with that tricky looking (but not really when you know how) digital SLR, then take you to the magical Boudhnath stupa, steps from the hotel.

Here, we’ll take the first of many spectacular shots (supported at all times by our attentive tutors), then get a private blessing in a 16th century temple overlooking the stupa, before sunset cocktails with a dramatic view of the Himalayas.

Next morning, we’re up early to take an optional mountain flight over the snowcapped Himalayas – chance to fly directly over Everest in planes with oversized windows; the views are out of this world. Back at base, we’ll have a look through some of the most famous images taken in Nepal, and analyse some of the styles so we can try out for ourselves.

We’ll also equip you with a handful of techniques to make your images really stand out, then head to the medieval city of Patan, enjoying a lunch at a local family house. We’ll then tour the ornate streets of this city, getting 1-on-1 guidance from our pros, before a private photoshoot with the Kumari, a living goddess, normally not available tourists. Later, we’ll review our images poolside under the stars; our team giving you individual feedback on your best of the day.

More spectacular views today as we head south to Royal Chitwan National Park, which covers almost a 1000 sq. kilometres of lowland Nepal. We’re here to safari – where our team will give you step-by-step guidance on the techniques of shooting killer wildlife photography. The park is one of the last refuges of the endangered one-horn Rhino, and there are sizable populations of tigers, leopards and rare Gangetic dolphins. Up early to catch the morning rays, we’ll load our kit onto our own personal elephant and take a tour through sal forest, water marshes and rippling grasslands to hunt some shots.

Later, we’ll head out in 4×4 Landrovers to explore deeper into the jungle; chance to shoot some Tigers. Later, we’ll visit the Tharu – people of the forest indigenous to the region. We’ll have drinks in a Badaghar – ‘the long house’ – chance to meet –and shoot – an ancient community first hand. Later, we’ll review our best images of the day under myriad shooting stars (we counted 40 last time!).

Today, we head north to spectacular Pokhara, to our boutique retreat with picture perfect mountain views, and a millpond calm lake on which to observe them – all in glorious sunshine. Here we’ll reveal the techniques of amazing landscape photography – running through the masters who’ve defined the genre, then deconstructing what makes a landscape great. Armed with these new found skills, we’ll take a trip the Peace Pagoda, the perfect spot to shoot the afternoon light over the Annapurna range, before taking a private row boat across the lake and our own private outdoor BBQ.

Next morning, we’ll climb up to Sarangkot, capturing the sunrise over the Himalayas – panoramic views are quite spectacular from here. Back in Pokhara, we’l meet up for lunch with some Gurkhas, fearsome Nepalese warriors with incredible tales to tell. You’ll even get chance to have a private photoshoot by the lake afterwards.

Later, we’ll have tea at the exclusive Tiger Mountain resort, then take the easy Royal Trek, designed for Prince Charles, where we’ll get incredible sunset views of the Annapurna region. Great pictures are guaranteed.

Next morning, we’ll say farewell to unique Pokhara and board our flight back to Kathmandu, and explore the ancient royal district, trying out some street photography in the myriad backstreets. We’ll meet up with some former Everest Summiteers over lunch, then a private portrait photoshoot with them – before capturing the ancient atmosphere of this timeless city as light falls. Later, we’ll review our images as a group, and get individual feedback on your emerging style and skills.

On our final full day in Nepal, we’ll prepare you to shoot your final piece of work, in the magical city of Bhaktapur. We’ll give you 1-on-1 feedback, then help you design, prepare and shoot a final group of killer images for review in our pop-up exhibition later that night. The rest of the day is yours to explore the intricate and beautiful streets of this kingdom – come evening, we’ll dine outside in our final night celebration dinner, presenting our collection of images, then celebrate in style in Babar Mahal, where only the most well-to-do Nepalese hang out.

Next morning, we’ll have our final 1-on-1’s, where our tutors will give you personal feedback on your style and where to next take your photography, before boarding the plane back home, reflecting on the gentle beauty of Nepal – as close as you can get to heaven.

Details.

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13 – 22 October, 2017
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16 – 25 February, 2018
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12 – 21 October, 2018
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10 days. 9 nights. Starts and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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£2195 sharing / £2675 single

Price includes 
10 days, 9 nights accommodation at the listed hotels
10 full days tuition from our UK-based professional photographer
Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Elephant & Jeep safaris in Chitwan National Park, with guide
Private photoshoots with the Kumari, Gurkhas & Everest Summiteers
All transfers to and from the airport
All transportation to shooting locations
All entrance fees to parks, monuments and temples
Boat ride on Phewa Lake
Multiple 1-on-1 tuition sessions

Price excludes international flights, Everest flight, lunch and dinner.

 

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There are no direct flights into Kathamandu. Fly into Dubai, Doha or Delhi, perfect for a few days explore – then it’s a short hop from there. Prices start at around £500.

"Quite simply one of the best things I have ever done."


Paul Goodhead, Nepal 2016