What happens when you put together a professional photographer who loves landscapes, amazing skies, sunrises, sunsets and fabulous architecture with Incredible Nepal? A Photography Tour with the most amazing opportunities to capture landscapes, people, architecture, wildlife and more.
Our inaugural Photography Tour has just finished up in Kathmandu and boy, did we have an adventure or three.
Although it was my umpteenth visit to Nepal, it was Andrea Robinson’s (of Photo Tour Experts) first trip to the mighty Himalayas. With a small group (we were just 5), it was more like a reccy trip to explore the best places and times to get the best photo opportunities.
We had lots of early mornings, to be somewhere special for dawn and the fast appearance of sunrise, and made sure we were somewhere fabulous for sunset every day. Although the clouds hung around for the most part of the tour (the monsoon was late leaving the Himalayas this year) and we didn’t get many mountain views, Andrea was thrilled as cloudy, moody, stormy skies are her favourite.
We got to photograph some fabulous market scenes in Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, and Bandipur. The palace and temple architecture in the Kathmandu Valley and Nuwakot was remarkable, and the people everywhere was so friendly and photogenic. We had amazing lakes, rivers and waterfalls (thanks monsoon!) and some fabulous rural scenes – those classic verdant rice paddy terraces. However, the knockout majestic landscape of Mustang, the vast scale of the brown hills and towering mountains interspersed with the green wheat fields hugging the valley breaking up the shades of browns and beiges, this amazing place, no photo can really capture. We certainly tried though!
And of course, apart from taking loads of photos, we got to do some really cool fun adventurous stuff. Nepal is famous of course for hiking and trekking. Whilst this is not a trekking trip, we had some great optional walks – from 30 minute dawn hikes to full day treks and leisurely village strolls. We had a half day’s white water rafting. That was so much fun. Although it was too early in the season, we didn’t get to see too much wildlife as the park wasn’t open for jeep safaris, but in Chitwan National Park we got to ride elephants, ride in dug-out canoes and visit the beautiful 20,000 lakes. We visited villages and met many beautiful, gentle people, and finally, the amazing palaces, temples, stupas and monasteries of this deeply spiritual land were filled with a remarkably powerful energy that couldn’t be denied.
If you’re interested in joining us on this Photography tour next year (12-27 October 2014) – and why on earth wouldn’t you be – register your spot now. We also plan to run a trekking photography tour directly after this trip with just 6 people, so if you really want to get up amongst the mountains, then this may be more your style. An itinerary and prices will be available soon, so check the website, or watch your inbox for newsletter updates.
Here are some more images to whet your appetite…