- Will Himalayan Tours have information sessions before the trip?
We will be offering information sessions at the studio of Parallax Photography in St.Kilda East prior to our inaugural trip on April the 10th 2017. For details on these information sessions please register here or see our Facebook Page.
- What will you need to bring along on the tour?
You will need
- your camera, preferably one that shoots Raw photos.
- If you have a laptop computer this is the best way to learn how to adjust your photographs and get the best out of the images. The software you will need is Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. These are industry standard applications that Professionals use. More information can be found here http://www.adobe.com/au/creativecloud/photography.html. If you do not have a computer there will be a spare laptop that can be shared amongst the group with the Adobe software installed.
If you need to purchase camera equipment before the trip we offer advice at the information sessions. David photographs with Canon equipment and is more experienced with this brand but this should not be a barrier if you use another camera system.
- What do I need to secure my place in the tour?You need to make a non refundable deposit of $300.00 to secure your place in the tour.
- I am only learning in photography, is this tour for me?
Absolutely! This is an include trip that will cater for all photography levels and abilities. All participants will learn in a non-competitive and supportive environment.
- What will I learn about the culture of Nepal?
Nepal, much like Australia, is home to diverse cultural, ethnic and religious groups. However, its diversity is its uniqueness and its unity. One would find Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, etc., all co-existing in harmony in this tiny country. Above all, Nepal is a country that epitomizes hospitality for many people across the globe and this, you will find, during this trip.
- What will the food be like?
The daily staple of Nepalese diet is Dal (pulses soup), Bhat (rice), Tarkari (vegetable) & Achar (pickles). However, at many places in the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, you will find eateries that cater to diverse sets of palates.
- What insurance will I need to go on this trip?
You would require travel and medical insurance.
- What level of fitness will I need to go on this trip?
Although the trip is not a rigorous trekking trip, there may be places reachable only by a hiking. You will need to be fit enough so that you are able to travel a few hours on foot.
- How much free time will I have?
You will have some free time every day to rest and recover. On most days there is a schedule (listed in the itinerary page). Tour guides will be happy to provide general information
- Do I need a visa to travel Nepal?
All foreign nationals except Indian, need visa to enter Nepal. To apply for a visa, you will need a valid passport, two passport sized photographs and AUD $ 65 for 15 days. You can view further information at http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/content/tourist-visa.html
- Where do I apply to get my Visa?
The best way to apply for visa is through the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your country. The other option is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal. We would recommend that you apply for visa from immigration offices in Australia itself. We will assist you in any way during the process.
- What kind of accommodations can I expect?
Accommodation ranges from 3 to 4 star Hotels. All hotels with be clean, secure and comfortable. Accomodation is based on a twin share arrangement. Single room accomodation is available but will incur a small premium. Please contact for pricing information.
- Can I charge batteries and other electronic devices during a trek?
Yes, in most places. The charge is AUS $2 – $3.00
- Is it ok to take photographs of people of Villages?
Yes, but it is best (and polite) to ask permission before taking photographs.
- What about gratuities?
Your staff/ porter/guide should not 'ask you' for anything. However, at the end of your trip if he/she has done a good job and you feel a gratuity is warranted, then by all means give him/her something. It will be greatly appreciated.
- Can Himalayan Photography Tour arrange flight tickets?
Yes, we can arrange all domestic and international flight tickets.
- What do I bring?
When you book your trip we will provide you with a complete list of the essential items that you will need for that trip.
- About the Payment
- Is a deposit required to secure my place in the trip
A registration fee of AU$ 300 is non-refundable fee to secure your place on the trip. Full payment is required Three weeks before the departure date for any trip. Please confirm with us that a place is available prior to booking.
- How do I pay my deposit?
We accept Bank cheque / EFT / Visa or Master Card / Cash. Please contact us directly to arrange payment. Visa Card payment will incur a small credit card surcharge.
If for any eventuality, you are unable to join us in the trip, a full refund will be made except for the amount of AU$ 300 registration charge. However, such refund will only be made for someone with a valid reason like health issues. This refund will need to be applied for in writing and must be at least 21 days before the tour departure date. If sufficient numbers are not achieved for the trip a full refund of any monies will be provided.
The tour is run on the belief that everyone on the trip will behave in a responsible and decent manner.
- YOUR PERSONAL BELONGINGS
Himalayan Photography Tour will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damages to your personal belongings at any time.