18 Day Adventurous Photo Trek – Private Group Tour
INSTRUCTOR: Peter West Carey
GROUP SIZE: 8 guests maximum
AIRPORT: Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)
DATES: Custom 14- 21 Day Itinerary and Dates
COST: Prices start at $3950 (see below)
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Strenuous but fun with 3-6 hours of hiking each day. Maximum elevation 17,575′.
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Nepal is an enchanting country full of the dynamic scenes any photographer would desire. From the windswept, chiseled peaks of the Himalayas to the non-stop bustle of Kathmandu, you will experience the country in all its vibrant colors on this 17 day action-packed tour.
We’ll spend two weeks trekking the Himalayas in the Khumbu/Everest Region where you’ll spy a half dozen of the tallest peaks on earth. Our Sherpa guides revel in hosting guests to their unique corner of the world and it shows in their hospitality, knowledge and true love for the land they call home.
Your subject matter for this Photo Trek will include landscapes, astrophotography, street photography, religion, wildlife, Nature, travel portraits and much more. The scenery will leave you breathless and the memories will truly last a lifetime.
Sample 18 Day Itinerary
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 – Explore Kathmandu’s cultural and religious highlights
Day 3 – Fly to Lukla to begin your trek! An easy first day on the trail with many photo ops of a gorgeous river valley before overnighting in Phakding (altitude 8563’/2610m).
Day 4 – Today we arrive in Namche Bazaar (11,305’/3446m), the trading hub of the region.
Day 5 – We will be taking a day hike today to help our body slowly acclimate to the higher altitude. Thame is our destination, up a side valley lightly traveled by trekkers in the region. Return to Namche for overnight.
Day 6 – A little higher today up to the village Khumjung, where the views of Ama Dablam, Cholatse, Kangtega and more could easily fill a memory card.
Day 7 – Dole is our destination today, up a V-shaped valley flanked by towering peaks.
Day 8 – We’re more than halfway to our destination when we reach Machermo, nestled into a hanging valley surrounded by rock and ice.
Day 9 – Along the shore of the third Sacred Lake is Gokyo and its commanding views of Cho Oyu, the 6th tallest mountain in teh world right at our doorstep.
Day 10 – Our goal today is to catch sunrise over Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu and other 8000m Himalayan peaks from the top of Gokyo Ri. This is our high point for the trek at 17,545’/5347m. A panorama artist could spend their whole life soaking up the breath-taking views.
Day 11 – It’s time to head down valley, but on the opposite side as our approach so we are treated to changing views with every footfall. Thore (14,337’/4370m)
Day 12 – Today we reach Pengboche (13,057’/3890m), dominated by views of Ama Dablam and a one of the oldest Buddhist Monasteries in Nepal.
Day 13 – Tengboche (12,730’/3880m) sits on a promontory with views in every direction. It’s a perfect place to stargaze and if the weather is willing, we will capture some incredible night shots.
Day 14 – We start our return in earnest today, stopping at Namche Bazaar or Monjo (9220’/2810m) for one last night amongst the giants.
Day 15 – Back at Lukla (9186’/2800m), where this amazing trek began, we celebrate out accomplishments and swap stories with other travelers.
Day 16 – Leaving the Himalayas, this early morning sees us on a quick flight back to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu (4593’/1400m) to squeeze in a few more sites , including Boudhanath Stupa, before our farewell dinner.
Day 17 – Buffer Day – A buffer day in the Himalayas allows us flexability to adapt to group and environmental abilities. To be used at any point in the trek that it makes sense to spend extra time exploring.
Day 18 – It’s time to head home or possibly on one of our Tour Extensions!
- All lodging and meals in Kathmandu and during trek
- Professional photography instruction to your skill level
- Airport pickup and drop off
- Flights to and from Lukla for the Trek
- Trekking permit and fees
- Sightseeing entrance fees and transportation in Kathmandu
- Luggage valets and porters/yaks to transport overnight gear
- Insurance for local staff
What’s Not Included
- Flights to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal Entry Visa fee ($40 for 30 days)
Sample 18 Day Tour Cost
Deposit: $200 – This deposit secures your spot on the tour and is refundable in accordance with our Cancelation Policy. It is applied to your total tour cost.
Tour Cost with Double Occupancy and 6 guests: $4500 USD
Tour Extensions: Various prices based on activities. See Tour Extensions section below.
At Far Horizon we like to reward those who know what they want and put their faith in our operations. That’s why we employ a sliding scale for our tours with the largest discounts early on, ramping up to full price closer to the day of departure. You will find the full details of price discounts below.
Is This The Right Photo Tour For Me?
Are you the type of photographer who likes a little adventure in their life but doesn’t go actively seeking danger? Do you enjoy exploring destinations few will ever see? What about a mix of culture and nature subjects?
Then this is the tour for you!
An ideal tour guest will be an active individual but does not need to be running sub 4-minute miles. Being physically fit helps make the trip more enjoyable and by fit I mean you can walk 4 miles without much problem. We take a slow pace (as photographers we used to being last when sightseeing anyway!) so the trek is more about stamina and mental fortitude.
All skill levels of photography are welcome and we shape our instruction to meet your needs. Some guests show up having just bought a camera and need all the basics while others have experience but want to take it up a notch in an area rich in subject matter. Our groups are kept small (6 guest maximum) just for this reason; so everyone can achieve their photographic goals and gain knowledge in a world-class setting.
If you have further questions, send us an email or fill out our contact form. You can also give us a call at 818-284-6142 or Skype Explore.Inspire.Educate and we’d be glad to answer any and all questions about our tours.
While this trek does not require the ropes and techniques of mountaineering, it is a strenuous endeavor. We spend 3-5 hours each day hiking from location to location but we only carry our daypacks with camera gear, water, snacks and windbreaker. Our overnight gear is carried by porters or yaks from teahouse to teahouse, leaving us with just the essentials on our backs.
Elevation gain is kept to a moderate and safe level (see Day 3’s acclimatization hike) because this trek is all about the photography. Our pace is often slow so don’t equate the time on trail as equal in distance to what you walk at home. We spend a lot of time each day stopping when the light makes for beautiful imagery and while we have a destination each day, our true goal is to soak in the mountains and create memorable photos.
We stay in teahouses during the trek and while we have padded bunks in private rooms on which to lay our sleeping bags, they are not in the same class as a fine Tempurpedic bed.
Tour Extension Options
Chitwan National Park 3 Day – $600/guest
Lumbini 3 Day – $500/guest
Pokhara 3 Day – $600/guest
Bhutan Multi-day – Inquire
Tour Fine Print
Booking a tour and your deposit:
To book a Far Horizon Photo Tour to Nepal a $200 deposit per person is required. Once the initial deposit is made, the balance can be paid in increments, if desired. A final invoice will be sent to you, by email, shortly before the due date. Reservations are taken on a first come first serve basis and we do not hold your spot until your deposit has been received. A tour registration form will be sent to you upon receipt of your deposit and it needs to be completed and submitted. Deposit can be paid by check, credit card, PayPal, Apple Pay, Venmo, Zelle or cashier’s check.
Our mailing address is:
Far Horizon Photo Tours
18960 Ventura Blvd #42
Tarzana, CA 91356
Full tour payment is due 45 days before the start of the tour. Rates are based on tariffs, U.S. exchange rates, hotel rates and vendor fees at the time of tour reservation. Our tour rates are subject to change due to unpredictability of costs, exchange rates, and tariffs. Once you book your tour and submit your deposit (or full payment if paying less than 45 days prior to departure date) the price of your tour will not change.
Cancellation Policy and Charges:
We are committed to running our tours and ask that our guests be committed to them as well. But we realize Covid -19 is causing havoc with planning.
If you cancel your booking, it will result in the following refunds:
More than 45 days prior to departure: 100% of deposit and any amounts paid.
Less than 45 days before departure: : 100% refund for Covid-19 related reasons (like testing positive, or the airlines canceling flights, or your country or Nepal shutting its borders). Otherwise, no refund, but amount can be applied to future travel.
This policy is only in effect for the 2022 tour season. We are trying to strike a balance between the need to secure facilities before the trip begins and the uncertainty we are all experiencing as time marches on.
Tour Interruption/Cancellation Protection Insurance and Traveler’s Insurance:
All traveler’s are required to purchase and show proof of traveler’s insurance which covers overseas illness, trip interruption/cancellation protection, and emergency evacuation. You may also wish to purchase flight protection insurance. We can suggest Insure My Trip as a reputable option for such insurance.
- Three days spent exploring Kathamndu’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other cultural highlights
- 13-19 days trekking and exploring the Khumbu/Everest Region of Nepal’s Himalayas
- Individualized Professional photography guidance suited to your skill level
- See Mount Everest and four other peaks soaring over 8000m
- Up close and personal interaction with Nepali and Sherpa locals, some of the most welcoming cultures anywhere
- Hike 17,545’/5347m Gokyo Ri for a sunrise you will never forget
- Visit Buddhist and Hindu Monasteries and Temples steeped in tradition and ceremony
- Explore the Kathmandu Vaslley’s many cultural highlights, such as: Swayambhnuth, Boudhanath, Dunbar Square and more
- Night photography opportunities with more stars than you can possibly count
- The freshest air and bluest skies you have ever witnessed
- Life-changing scenery and experiences in the Himalayas
- Carry only your camera and a small day pack during the trek. Everything else is taken care of for you by our luggage valets.