Wildlife, Temples & Vistas Photo Tour – Nepal

Wildlife, Temples & Vistas Photo Tour

INSTRUCTOR: Peter West Carey
GROUP SIZE: 8 guests maximum
AIRPORT: Tribhuvan International Airport – Kathmandu, Nepal (KTM)
DATES: Feb 20 – March 5, 2022 – 14 Days
COST: Prices start at $3500 (see below)
DEPOSIT: $200
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy. Short day walks with an air-conditioned van to transport between sites. (see below)

Combine Nepal with Bhutan Culture, Colors & Countryside Tour for a one month grand exploration of these enchanting countries. Enquire regarding combined tour discount.

Contact: Email info@farhorizonphototours.com
Phone +1-818-284-6142

A small country with a lot to offer any traveler, Nepal is a particular delight for photographers. Our van-based tour is kept small (6 guests maximum) so you will experience an intimate photo adventure through the splendor of new and old Nepal.

Each day will serve up a variety of sights and sounds as you explore temples and teahouses, wildlife and waterfalls, culture, history and mountain-filled vistas. You’ll visit the mountain lakeside town of Pokhara, the birthplace of Buddha in Lumbini, before catching a glimpse of rhinoceroses and a vast array of wildlife in Chitwan National Park.

Your subject matter for this Photo Tour 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu. We’ll pick you up from the airport and get you settled into your hotel. If your jet lag doing okay, we’ll head out for some shooting before our Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 – Watch the sunrise from Swayambhunath Stupa, overlooking Kathmandu before exploring UNESCO World Heritage sites around the Kathmandu Valley (Pashupatinath, Buddhanath, Kathamdu Durbar Square, etc…).

Day 3 – Early morning Himalayan mountain flight to get a bird’s eye view of the world’s tallest peaks (all window seats). Afternoon visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Evening sightseeing in Asan Market near Thamel.

Day 4 – Early morning flight to Pokhara, nestled at the base of the Annapurna Range of the Himalayas. Visits to local attractions including the Peace Stupa, caves, waterfalls and a cultural museum.

Day 5 – Today we attempt to catch the sun rising over the Himalayas with an excursion to Sarangkot. Afterward we have a variety of locations to shoot, including the Seti River Gorge, Barahi temple, and Fewa Lake.

Day 6 – Another chance for sunrise at Fewa Lake before we drive to Palpa for a visit to local villages tucked into the lush, rolling hillsides of central Nepal. It’ll be a good night for some astrophotography if the weather cooperates.

Day 7 – A short drive out of the 4000′ mountains down is Lumbini, the birth place of  Buddha when he was still known as Siddhartha Gautama. History and religion are our subjects today.

Day 8 – Our full day in Lumbini includes temples, pagodas, monuments and monasteries. The city is a confluence of the various Buddhist practices and it shows in the variety of architecture and culture you’ll experience.

Day 9 – We’ll skirt the base of the Nepalese mountains, crossing many wide and scenic rivers on our drive to Chitwan National Park today. There are ample opportunities to stop along the way and stretch our legs on a short walk to experience Nepal off the beaten path.

Day 10Game drives are the plan for today to catch a glimpse of the regal rhinoceroses that call the park home. Open top jeeps make the photography straightforward and fun. With hundreds of birds, the ornithologists among us will be in heaven.

Day 11 – Game drives to increase our chance of seeing tigers and the plethora of birds migrating through the area.

Day 12 – Another game drive in the morning increases our odds of capturing memorable wildlife images before we fly back to Kathmandu and head to Nagarkot, a mile high in the foothills of the Himalayas. The panoramas from here are spellbinding with eight mountain ranges visible.

Day 13 – After a sunrise shoot from 6000′ we’ll head back to our last full day in Kathmandu. This will be a free day to get in last minute shopping or to explore new areas of the sprawling capital with your camera.

Day 14 – It’s time to head home or possibly on one of our Tour Extensions!

What’s Included

  • Professional photography instruction to your skill level
  • All lodging and meals in 3-5 star accommodations
  • Private van and driver
  • Three domestic flights
  • Airport pickup and drop off
  • All sightseeing entrance fees
  • Local guide
  • Wifi at all hotels
  • Insurance for local staff

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to and from Kathmandu
  • Nepal Entry Visa fee ($40 for 30 days)
  • Laundry
  • Alcohol
  • Souvenirs

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: $4000 USD

Single Supplement: $700 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.

Sign up Before           Cost

December 1, 2020    $3500

May 1, 2021                $3750

March 8, 2022           $4000

Is This The Right Photo Tour For Me?

If you enjoy a mix of subject matter and locations, with the comforts of hotels and an air-conditioned private van each day, this tour is for you!

You will be walking each day to explore local attractions, but this tour does not include overnight hikes like our other Nepal tour. This tour is intended to be accessible to most any traveler with a spirit of adventure and comfortable walking shoes. As the trip is van-based with a few flights between locations, you can travel light and focus on your photography.

We take care of planning locations, hotels, transport (flights, vans, tuk-tuks, jeeps), routes, meals. You take care of getting the shots you want without any worries.

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.

Activity Level

The activity level for this tour is rated as Easy-Moderate. There is so much to see in Nepal and not all of it is available from the comfort of an air-conditioned van.

We’ll take time to walk the local markets and explore backstreets away from crowds. We’ll also have a few photo safari excursions in Chitwan National Park in open-top jeeps for a sense of adventure.

Other activities will include temple visits, short hikes (15-45 minutes) with ample time to explore on your own if you have extra energy each day.

Tour Extension Options

Trek the Himalayas (5-25 days) – Inquire

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.

Highlights

  • 14 days exploring Nepal’s many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and other cultural highlights
  • Individualized Professional photography guidance suited to your skill level
  • Witness Mount Everest’s majesty during a flight-seeing tour
  • Up close and personal interaction with Nepali locals, some of the most welcoming cultures anywhere
  • Nightly opportunities to share images and receive encouraging critiques (laptops welcome)
  • Experience the birth place of Buddha
  • Wildlife safari with wild rhinoceroses and hundreds of birds
  • Visit Buddhist and Hindu Monasteries and Temples steeped in tradition and ceremony
  • Explore the Kathmandu Valley’s many cultural highlights, such as: Swayambhnuth, Boudhanath, Dunbar Square and more
  • Night photography opportunities with more stars than you can possibly count
  • Forested hillsides with towering, snow-capped peaks
  • Life-changing scenery and experiences
  • Carry only your camera and a small day pack during the day. Everything else is taken care of for you and kept secure between hotels.