Nepal is indeed picture-perfect in every angle. Turn anywhere and you’ll see an interesting view or figure that makes a great subject, framed against the country’s lively cultural vibe and majestic physical terrains. From the hustle and bustle of capital city Kathmandu, to the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas and the interesting lives of the Sherpa people in between, capturing the beauty that is Nepal in camera’s lenses can be a very rewarding feat.
Capture the Beauty of Nepal in this Everest and Gokyo Photography Workshop Tour
Our photography expedition towards Gokyo and Everest hopes to bring out the best of your photography as well as develop a deeper appreciation of the small yet beautiful country of Nepal.
Immerse yourself in the visual wonders of Nepal and experience the one-of-kind friendliness of its people. Capture the colors of its culture and tradition and learn more as you go on this photography tour.
WHAT TO LEARN?
In this photography workshop expedition, you’ll learn photography skills, such as how to capture stunning images and several composition techniques while exploring picturesque places in Nepal. The lectures are delivered during the tour and there will be one-on-one edit-and-critique sessions everyday with our professional photographer-guide.
The topics that will be covered include: capturing unique landscapes or panoramas, how to use your camera to its full potential, proper exposure, taking natural portraits of local life and night photography. We will also teach you how to post-process your images on an iPad.
WHO SHOULD JOIN THE EXPEDITION?
This expedition is designed for amateur photographers of all levels who want to go trekking and interested in improving their photography skills. We focus on helping you acquire and master your skills while you are also exploring a beautiful environment where you’ll have lots of opportunities to capture an enchanting story.
Mosaic representative will meet you upon arrival at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. You get the rest of the day exploring Kathmandu and meeting with your fellows in the photography tour. Rest at your hotel and we will meet you the next day for a more detailed photography tour in Kathmandu.
The day is spent exploring Kathmandu’s heritage sites especially the iconic Boudanath Stupa before sunrise. In the afternoon, the group heads to the Monkey Temple or Swambayunath, which sits top of a hill, giving a 360 degree of the valley below.
We leave early and go to Tenzing-Hillary Airport. The 35-minute flight to Lukla provides the opportunity for you to take aerial shots of the majestic Himalayas. You’ll see the first clear glimpse of the Himalayas while trekking to Phakding then go forward to Khumbu and Ghat Village. We will follow the DudhKosi until we reach Phakding and rest for the night.
Namche Bazaar is nestled on a crescent shaped hill that offers a stunning view of the Everest, along with the Lhotse and the beautiful valleys. The place is teeming with local village life best set against the tranquil backdrop of beautiful rivers and mountains.
Being situated at an elevation of 3440m, trekkers typically spend the day here to acclimatize and prevent altitude sickness. This presents a great opportunity to photograph the rest of what the village has to offer such as the Thamo nunnery and Sherpa Museum. Also make sure to capture the beautiful sights of sunrise and sunset on your camera.
On our way to Phortse Tenga, we will go through Mong La then head downhill. Phortse Tenga is a farming village located at the foot of the mountains. Walking through the dense forest and crossing the Dudh Kosi, we ascend towards the Phortse Village. This is a highly remote offers a picturesque image of a quiet Sherpa village, untouched greenery dotted.
After spending the night at Phortse village, we now begin trekking towards Lhafarma which should take us around 3 hours. Along the way, we will follow the DudhKosi until we arrive at Dole. The ranges of Cholatse and Taboche seem closer now and make the perfect subject for photography. We arrive at the less forested area of the Khumbu village and spend the rest of the day here and retire for the night.
We gear up early today and make our way towards Macchermo, which is just a short 3-hour trek. Following the trail towards the Gokyo Lakes, the trek should give you a good glimpse of the Cho Oyu. Further along the way, we reach the village of Macchermo where other mountains become more visible, such as the Cholatse. The entire village is decorated with beautiful mountain views and an interesting village life of the Sherpa people.
We spend half of the day today trekking Macchermo to the remote but beautiful valley of Gokyo. Gokyo is a must-stop over for trekkers as it offers a splendid view of the Ngozumpa glacier and the towering mountain peaks. The Gokyo lakes are also just as amazing, and a memory of them captured in photos will make up for a moderately challenging trek. Do make sure to stop over at the Buddhist Monastery and take photos of the now clearer views of the Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Makulu and Nuptse.
We begin very early in the day to capture the sunrise against the towering ranges in Gokyo. We then ascend to Gokyo Ri to capture the stunning 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains. Descending from this vantage point, we spend the rest of the day exploring the breathtaking Third Lake.
Instead of retracing the trail towards Lukla, we begin to trek towards Nha, a less popular trail for trekkers but most commonly used by the local Sherpa people. We still have a good view of Gokyo Valley and Ngozumpa Glacier from this perspective.
We begin to descend towards Namche Bazaar after spending the night at Phortse and stop over Kumjung Village. Apart from still the outstanding views of the Sherpa villages and surrounding ranges, the Hillary School, 500 year old nunnery and Syangboche should make interesting subjects as well.
We continue to make our way to Lukla first thing on the morning. We stop over at Phakding to partake a delicious lunch then take our time enjoying the views as we move towards Lukla.
We will fly back to Kathmandu in the morning, weather permitting, after spending the night at Lukla. You get a free day today to explore Kathmandu more and enjoy some time with your fellows on the photography tour.
We have made arrangements to transfer you from your hotel to the Kathmandu Airport where you will depart towards your home country or next destination.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
You’ll have to prepare for the following:
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: MODERATE TO ADVENTUROUS
This expedition does not require special trekking skills and the trails are easy-moderate. However, since there will extensive trekking involved, you need to have some level of fitness to participate. We recommend that you prepare before the expedition to have stamina to enjoy the activity.
We will send you a comprehensive list of gears needed for this workshop upon registration.
FLIGHT KATHMANDU – LUKLA – KATHMANDU
This is a 35-minute flight that takes us to the heart of the Himalayas. While flight delays rarely happen here, they do happen. So, to save yourself from trouble in cancelling or rescheduling your international flights home, we suggest that you schedule those flights in 2-3 days after the expedition in case of delays on your flight from Lukla to Kathmandu.
As mentioned in Cost Inclusion/Exclusion tab, personal insurance is not included in this package. We highly recommend all participants to have personal insurance policy or insurance for their special camera as well as traveler’s insurance for Nepal trekking and extraction. You must also understand that medical care is extremely limited in the areas covered in this expedition and understand that you are traveling at your own risk.
Choose to join the expedition during the post monsoon season or at the start of the dry season. During the post monsoon season, you can get to enjoy clear skies, sunshine, warm days and cool nights. The highlights of this season are excellent weather for trekking and stunning mountain views with a clear sky backdrop.
The start of the dry season, between October and November, is a great time to trek and join the photography expedition. This time offers green and lush countryside and beautiful Himalayan panorama. Regardless of the time you choose to join the expedition though, there will always be lots of picture-taking opportunities during this voyage.
This tour is guided by photographer ARIEL ESTULIN. If you have any questions, you can directly email him.