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Our 2018 tour arrives in Nepal on 15/5/2018 and leaves Kathmandu on 26/5/2018

The total cost is $4900 and a $300.00 deposit is required to secure your place. Everything on the itinerary is included. International airfares are not included, these are typically $900 return with Thai or Malaysian airfares from Australia.

The country of Nepal, ensconced in deep valleys and soaring hills, protected by the majestic Himalayas and blessed with incredible diversity of culture, traditions, natural beauty and wildlife, has been a country that has fascinated photographers for decades. Himalayan Photography Tours takes to you to some of the less traveled destinations to find the most spectacular scenery and people and capture, in your camera, the essence of this country that has captured the hearts of thousands of people over decades of travel.

Travel with us on this wonderful journey to tiny villages, to soaring hills, to smiling welcomes and to festivals that can bring a smile to the saddest face. A tiny country but filled with so much heart, spirit and strength, you can hardly come away without feeling the warmth of the welcome.


Day 01:

Our travelers will be welcomed with garlands as per tradition at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu and will be transferred to the hotel. Garlands are significant in Nepali culture as they represent auspiciousness. Thus, one can see garlands in most temples as well as being used in auspicious occasions like weddings. Our travelers will have the afternoon to freshen up or catch up on their sleep.

Day 02:

Morning: Half-day tour of Kathmandu city.

For the second day, the tour will take clients to visit the 17th Century Durbar complex and Hanuman Dhoka, temple of Kumari, the living goddess, Narayan Mandir, Shiva-Paravati temple, great Bell and Drum, Seto Bhairav, Kal Bhairav and Taleju Temple. Later proceed to Swoyambhunath, also known as the Monkey temple, one of the oldest Buddhist Stupas overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley.

Evening: Continue for a sightseeing tour of Patan City Durbar Square.

The second half of the day will take clients to visit Patan, the old Newar city to see the historic Durbar Square, the Golden Gate, the sky piercing temple of Taleju and the statue of Yogendra Malla, Krishna Mandir, Sati Temple, Hiranya Varna Mahabihar (the golden temple), Mahabouddha with views of old carved wooden windows through the streets, curio shops and bazaars. Later on, clients can visit the Tibetan handicraft center and see Tibetan Refugees settlement and their works-in-progress, the process of knitting, weaving of woolen carpets, etc.

At the end of the day, our travelers will be taken back to the hotel. They can choose between a quiet evening at the hotel with dinner and drinks or venture out for some fun. Thamel is the hub for night life in Kathmandu and the hotel is situated in the heart of it all.

Day 03:

Our travelers will find themselves on their way to Chitwan (158 km, approx. 05-06 hours’ drive) after breakfast. Chitwan is one of the few remaining undisturbed vestiges of the ‘Terai’ region, which formerly extended over the foothills of India and Nepal. It is particularly rich in flora and fauna. The last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros reside in the natural reserves of Chitwan, which is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal tiger.

Optional Activities En-route:

  • Rafting from Charaundi to Kuringhat: 03-04 hours rafting followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
  • Visit Manakamana temple by cable car.

Day 04:

A full day of jungle activities will be the highlight of this day including Elephant Safari, Nature walk, canoeing, etc. Jungle activities may vary according to the season and the policy of the resort.

Day 05:

After Breakfast clients will be driven to Pokhara. The rare combinations of snow clad peaks and snow fed lakes and rivers has helped make the valley of Pokhara a sought after destination for national and foreign tourists, and it is also one of the most picturesque natural attractions in the kingdom. A must for all visitors to Pokhara valley is the Phewa Lake. Our clients will be taken for an hour long boating tour of Phewa lake. Afterwards, a relaxed evening at the Lakeside with dinner and evening activities of individual choosing will help recharge our travelers for the following day.

The Lakeside is known for its bars, its night activities and live music.

Day 06:

After breakfast, clients will be driven to Kade, about an hour’s drive followed by a trek to Australian camp (2 hrs walk approx). The camp is located around 1500m above sea level and from here, clients can have excellent panoramic views of Mt. Fishtail and the southern face of Mt. Annapurna. Lunch will be on the way.

Dinner & Overnight at the Australian camp at a local lodge on AP plan.

Day 07:

Breakfast will be provided at the Lodge followed by a trek to Dhampus from Australian Camp (2-2.5 hrs walk approx). Travelers will be able to explore the Gurung village of Dhampus. Dhampus is small ethnic Gurung village situated North-West of the beautiful valley of Pokhara. It is one of the shortest, yet most classic hiking areas in Annapurna Region.

This hiking trail leads you through remote areas of Nepal but with fascinating views of unspoiled and unexplored nature. The hike is slightly off the beaten track but rewarding with magnificent views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges.

Dinner & Overnight at local lodge in Dhampus on MAP plan.

Day 08:

After breakfast, our photographers will be picked up at Dhampus & driven back to Pokhara where they can indulge in a sightseeing tour of the City including Gupteshwor cave, Davi’s Falls, Tibetan refugee camp, Peace Stupa, etc.

The evening will again be kept free for fun activities.

Day 09:

Early risers will be taken for a drive to Sarangkot to view the sunrise over the Himalayas. Enthusiasts of paragliding* can also tick this fun activity off their to-do list and paraglide off a high cliff!

Clients will be taken back to the hotel for breakfast from where the tour will proceed to Kathmandu (Approx 210 KM, 6-7 hours’ drive) where they will be able to rest after the travel or take the remaining of the day to roam around the city by themselves.

Day 10:

Clients can enjoy breakfast at the hotel after which, the tour will drive to Bhaktapur, a city steeped in culture. Bhaktapur was originally called Bhadgaon, and was a Newar city founded in the 9th century. The Palace Square at Bhaktapur is a peaceful and lovingly preserved piece of history.

Clients will be taken to visit the ancient gateway, Durbar Square the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, the famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola constructed in Pagoda style, Batshala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatreya temple, Pujari Math and the Palace of 55 windows.

After Bhaktapur, clients will be taken to the temple of Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site followed by a trip to Boudhanath, a Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Non-Hindus are not allowed to go inside the temple proper of Pashupatinath. However, the temple is surrounded by many smaller temples and shrines as well as the Bagmati River which would offer many interesting pictures and glimpses of life that are a photographer’s treasures.

Later our photographers will be taken to visit Bouddhanath, the 2500 years old Buddhist stupa in the Valley built in 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their activities, as per legend. Clients will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going around the Stupa spinning the prayer wheels. This shrine, as well as other Buddhist holy places, brings a feeling of peacefulness and spirituality. It may be a wonderful take-away for our travelers.

We would try to make your evening a memorable one with farewell dinner at a local restaurant with live cultural show.

Clients can spend the night at Hotel or go out for some night time photography. You will need to be careful not to get lost though, as Kathmandu is a labyrinth of small streets.

Day 11:

Clients will be free till the time for departure for any activities. We suggest a morning spa treatment for those who are interested or a shopping spree because no place in Nepal is as eclectic and interesting as Thamel !!!

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