This is not a trek - it is a photography tour in Nepal conducted jointly with Darter - specialists in photo tours and workshops.

darter logoDarter Photography is delighted to work with South Col Expeditions, specialists in Nepal Himalayas on an incredible photo-journey in Nepal Himalayas!

Nepal is a land of snow peaks, sherpas, monasteries and mantras. The landscapes here are made of soaring mountains, fast flowing rivers, emerald lakes and dense forests. The country is also a fascinating blend of Hindu and Buddhist culture. Join us on a photography tour to this incredible land, led by celebrated photographer Sujoy Das who comes with three decades of experience traversing these mountains.

This photography tour is a unique combination of drives in open landscapes, short & easy walks, exploring places deep in the mountains and pristine lakes, all keeping photography in mind. Some of the highlights of this tour include

  • Photographing from places that offer possibly some of the best views of the Annapurna mountain ranges.
  • Visits to small villages deep in the country, that are steeped in history and culture, set against the mighty snow peaks of the Nepal Himalayas.
  • Visiting and photographing from places that easily offer some of the greatest opportunities for photographing Himalayan landscapes and indigenous cultures.
  • Photographing the religious and heritage sites of Kathmandu and Pokhara, which is a melting pot of races and languages.
  • Visit to sights specifically chosen keeping photography opportunities in mind.
  • Expert help and advice with photographing culture and landscapes of Nepal with in-depth discussions on concepts, practical assistance and constant reviews.
  • Constant interaction and assistance on field by photography experts with an experience of travelling in the country.
  • Insights to nuances of travel and outdoor photography during the tour
  • Image reviews by photography experts

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Day 01. Arrival and Orientation.

Participants arrive in Kathmandu today. Please plan your arrival before 4pm. We will meet at the hotel around 5pm for an orientation session and discussion on our plans for the tour. We will also troubleshoot all questions–related to photography as well as Nepal–which you may have in this evening session.

A lot of evenings through the tour will be spent discussing photography or on image critique sessions.

Day 02. Kathmandu

Dawn at Swayambhunath – the monkey temple, a fascinating chaotic mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture. While we are here we photograph the pilgrims from all walks of life praying, meditating or watching the sunrise, shops and tea sellers–lot of colour and atmospheric images.

We return to the hotel for breakfast around 9 am once the light starts to get harsh. Later, after lunch, we head out to Bodhnath, which hosts the largest Buddhist stupa in all of Asia. We stay on until sunset here to photograph the life around stupa. Tibetan monks walk around streets draped with prayer flags, butter lamps are lit at small temples around the stupas and we photograph some of the artisans such as tangkha painters and metal workers around the square.

Day 03. Bhakatpur

We leave after an early breakfast and drive for an hour to the medieval town of Bhatkapur. Here, we photograph in one of the most historic sites of Nepal with brilliant temples and palaces. We stay the night at Bhaktapur so that we can do some photography during dusk and the next day at dawn as well.

Day 04. Drive to Pokhara.

We leave after breakfast for Pokhara by road. We follow Trisuli River valley and will have plenty of time to stop along the way for photo-opportunities. Rest of the day is free in Pokhara to settle in.

Day 05. Pokhara and Naudanda.

We leave at dawn to visit Peace Pagoda, where we can photograph the splendid views of the Pokhara valley, Phewa Lake and the mountains all in one frame! Later, after breakfast, we can wander around Phewa Lake with our cameras and also go on a boat trip.

After lunch, we leave for Naudanda, which is about 90 minutes drive from Pokhara. Naudanda has great views of the peaks, Pokhara lake and town below – there are good opportunities for night or dusk photography here as well.

Day 06. Naudanda and around the village.

We start the day photographing the sunrise over the Himalayan Peaks from Naudanda. Post breakfast, we leave for a walk around the surrounding villages. Photography opportunities are plenty, of the high mountains as well as the village life.

Day 07. Naudanda to Pokhara.

We drive down from Naudanda to Pokhara in the morning. Photographing on the way and reach Pokhara in time for lunch. We have an evening in Pokhara, and if time permits, we will make a visit to the unspoilt Begnas Tal, rarely visited by tourists.

Day 08. Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight.

We fly back to Kathmandu this morning. You will have a leisurely day and some free time in the second half to wander around and explore the town.

Day 08. Departure.

Check out after breakfast.

Registration Details

Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour.

email: register@darter.in

Tel: 9880006460 (Arun) / 97400 83260 (Shreeram)

October 20th to 28th 2018 - You should reach Kathmandu on October 20th and can depart on  October 28th 2018.

Tour price: Rs.68,850 per person.

The cost includes
Accommodation with breakfast on twin sharing basis. Single occupancy option is available at an additional cost.
Ground transport on all days of the tour
Flight from Pokahra to Kathmandu on Day 8.
Permits and all entry fees
Airport pickup on Day 1
Photography sessions, expert advice and assistance, image reviews and critiques on all days

The cost does not include
Travel to Kathmandu and return travel from Kathmandu to your location.
Lunch and dinners.
Additional food or beverages ordered.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to favourable weather and road conditions. In case of bad weather and inaccessibility to a destination, we will do our best to make alternate plans. The cost of the tour or any part of it will not be refunded in the event of unfavourable conditions anytime during the tour days.

Contact us at the email/numbers below to book the tour.

email: register@darter.in

Tel: 9880006460 (Arun) / 97400 83260 (Shreeram)

Is this tour for you?

This tour is for everyone who loves to explore the exotic and beautiful landscapes deep in the Himalayas. We will be travelling to beautiful places in Nepal Himalayas to see and photograph some brilliant landscapes in the region.

The tour is designed to help participants learn the nuances of making beautiful photographs of the mountain scenery and the culture. Note that the participants are not required to be experts in photography or carry professional equipment. Beginners and newbies as well as serious photographers benefit through our personalized attention to photography sessions and on field assistance. Non photographers interested in exploring Nepal Himalayas are welcome too.

Can I bring my non-photographer partner with me?

Yes, you can. We visit many beautiful places in Nepal and having a good time during the trip is as much on the agenda as photography is. Your partner will enjoy the journey with the group. Please note that we do not offer a separate non-photographer pricing.

I am not a keen photographer. But I want to visit Nepal with your group. Can I still join?

Yes. We visit many beautiful places in the region, and having a good time during the trip is as much on the agenda as photography is.

Is there a lot of walking/trekking involved?

Not really! This is not a trekking/hiking tour or trek-intensive tour, but there are a few places that we may be walking around. There are no strenuous, long distance walks or full-day hikes. We believe that most people in reasonably good health should not have any problems with most of the activities during the tour. Speak to us if you have any doubts.

Also refer to our photography tours faq for more information.