Photography tour for keen interested photographers to give them an insightful tour to various places of Historic, Cultural & Religious importance of Nepal with the view of beautiful landscape of Himalaya. In this tour program you can visit Kathmandu Valley which includes the major highlight places of Kathmandu. There are around 50 temples in the vicinity including the temple Taleju Bhawani which was brought from Indian continent by Mallas with them in around 9th Century. Patan Durbar Square another palace complex, Swoyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple and others.
Nagarkot is a village located about 25 miles east of Kathmandu, Nepal. It is located on the northeastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley at an elevation close to 6,800 feet above sea level. It is one of the most scenic spots in the region, renowned for its sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayas.
Trekking to Ghorepaani Poon Hill.
Ghorepani trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region with a shorter trek. This place is rich of hidden treasure of Nepalese culture and tradition. During the trek the trail passes through world’s famous ‘the Gorkha warrior’ clan the Gurung and Magar’s charming village, dense rhododendron (Nepalese national flower), Oak forest full of birds, green hills and patchwork valleys. Just about every angle is a tantalizing glimpse of Mt. Fishtail (6,993m,) Annapurna (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167) range on the initial part of the tour is breathtaking. On an excursion to Pun Hill one can observe the entire mountain ranges; covering red and pink rays of the Sun in full bloom at the Sunset and Sunrise. Rewarding treks that can be enjoyed by every lover of nature in ghorepani poon hill trekking.
Welcome to the Himalayan country of Nepal! Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport one of Community Trek representatives will be there to welcome you before taking you to your hotel in Kathmandu.
After breakfast, a private vehicle will take you to Swayambhunath. Commonly known as The Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath lies 7 meters above the valley. Capturing the Buddhist monks chanting prayers throughout the long series of staircases to the main temple is advised to start this leg of the tour. The entire area depicts Buddha and his several mudras. Thereafter, we will drive to Boudhanath, which is one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world! Boudhanath offers a tremendous opportunity to capture the authentic Tibetan culture through a lens. Later in the day, head towards the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva – Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered the holiest place in Nepal to cremate the departed ones. The series of Shiva Lingas, small temples and the holy saints from India and Nepal signify spirituality. Within the temples there are magnificent shots you will definitely want to capture while you are at Pashupatinath. Thereafter you will drive to the hill station at Nagarkot, which is a short 25km drive from Kathmandu. This area is famous for its views of the sunrise over the Himalayas.
We get up early today to witness and capture the simply stunning sunrise over the Himalayan Range, which includes Mount Everest. From here we will have panoramic views of the valley and the impressive and majestic mountain range. After breakfast in Nagarkot we drive back to Kathmandu. In Kathmandu we visit the seventh UNESCO World Heritage Site of the tour, Kathmandu Durbar Square. Kathmandu Durbar Square, an ancient courtyard is incredible with spectacular craftsmanship that reflects the local inhabitants of yesteryear. The stone paved streets, pagoda style edifices and the religious monuments inclusive of many different deities are exquisitely displayed as far as the eye can see. In the evening you can stroll the streets of Asan and capture the daily activities of the locals. Small vendors selling a variety of trinkets, gregarious shops and busy streets are all full of life.
Early in the morning, Your Trekking guide will meet you at your hotel to pick you up and lead the group to the Tourist bus station (Kantipath).You will drive through scenic foothills, passing along the road at the bank of Trishuli River. You will have nice views of Annapurna, terraces and green hills with many Nepali towns while you reach to Pokhara on the afternoon. You can have sightseeing on the lakeside and boating at Phewa lake. From Kathmandu to Pokhara there are about 206km.You will have your Breakfast and Lunch on the way. If you wish, we can provide you a private vehicle as well, which is much more conformable and offers you more freedom.
After having breakfast an hour drive to Nayapul will follow (50km). Then start your Trek of 20 minutes to Birethati, a prosperous town beside the Modi River. Again heading your Trek to Hille, then trek to Tirkhe Dughga.
After Breakfast start your Trek by crossing a stream (Bhurungdi Khola) on a suspension bridge. Trek to a large Magar Village called Ulleri. Above the village where the trail climbs gently through pastures and cultivated fields, through rhododendron and oak forests then reach to Nangethanti. You can have lunch or short rest . Again Trek to Ghorepani through the forest.
Early wake up morning, then at 4am an hour hike to Poonhill (3195m) with the help of your stick & flash light. Where you will enjoy Panoramic Mountain Views under the beautiful sunrise from your Eye lavel. Then after an hour Trek down to Ghorepani where your breakfast will be awaiting for you start your 6 hrs Trek to Tadapani. Tadapani means, “Far water”. The water supply of this village comes from quite far away. The trail climbs along ridges and through pine and rhododendron forests to Deurali. We will descend to reach Banthanti, before winding our way to Tadapani.
The Trek starts in direction to Ghandruk just after a nice breakfast. After 4hrs descent Trek to Big Gurung Village called Ghandruk. It is one of the most interesting tribal Gurung villages of Nepal, which provides Gorkha soldiers. It has excellent close -up views of Annapurna South, Machhapurchhe and Himachuli. There is an ACAP office that provides information about its different activities.
Today is the last day of this Trek. After a breakfast Trek about 4-5hrs then you will be brought back to Pokhara with private vehicle.
Sunrise and mountain view from Sarangkot hill from 1600m and visit the “World Peace Stupa» Lunch at lakeside and fly to Kathmandu. There will be a farewell dinner in the evening to celebrate the successful completion of our journey.
Your adventure in Nepal comes to an end today! A representative from Community Trek will take you to the airport, approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
ALL ITINERARIES CAN BE CUSTOMIZED AT YOUR REQUEST. CHECK OUT “EXTENSION” FOR SOME SUGGESTIONS.
1) Airport Pick up and drop by car.
2) Kathmandu hotel in twins sharing room with breakfast.
3) Night hotel in NAGARKOT with breakfast.
4) All transport: Kathmandu, NAGARKOT, Pokhara and Pokhara Nayapoo drop and Pickup with Tourist Coach.
5)2 Night hotel in Pokhara.
6)5 days trekking in full board service.
7) Trekking permit, TIMS Card
8)Guide and porter
1) Personal Expenses
2) Tipping (Tips)
4) Dinner and lunch in Kathmandu and Pokhara but last dinner is included.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 KG.
You must bring the following items:
Trekking trousers / pants
Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
Warm and waterproof over gloves or mittens
Headtorch/Headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
Water bottles 1 L.
Sleeping bag 4 or 5 season * (rated down to – 20ºC)
Warm jacket (down)*
Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets
Note: Walking pole, down jacket, sleeping bag, etc available on hire in Kathmandu.
Responsible tourism is something which our company takes very seriously. This is why we recommend you to read the following lines and learn about responsible tourism before your trip.
1. It is advisable to eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables.
2. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.
3. Respect any animals and wildlife you might encounter. Do not feed any animals unless you are specifically given permission, avoid picking flowers no matter how beautiful they may be, do not touch or move fossils, and importantly, don’t stroke dogs – they can be aggressive towards strangers and stray dogs in Nepal may carry rabies.
1. Before you buy souvenirs. Beautiful shahtoosh shawls are woven in the Himalayas from the wool of the Tibetan Antelope, or chiru. The chiru is now endangered as a result of hunting for its precious wool – avoid buying anything made from it.
2. Food & Taboos – once you’ve touched something to your lips, it’s considered polluted for everyone else. If you take a sip from your own, or someone else’s water bottle, try not to let it touch your lips and don’t eat from someone else’s plate or offer anyone food you’ve taken a bite of.
3. Right or Left? Mmm… Right! The left hand is reserved for washing after defecating. You can use it to hold a drink or cutlery while you eat, but don’t wipe your mouth, or pass food with it.
4. Right hand & Manners. To show respect, offer money, food or gifts with both hands, or with the right hand while the left touches the wrist.
5. Keep Calm. The Nepalese are a very calm and contemplative people. You may find yourself in social situations that are completely out of your western comfort zone, but it is important to remember that the locals exercise discretion in expressing their feelings, anger and affection towards each other. If you don’t understand something, ask quietly and be patient.
6. Think before you take pictures. It’s easy to get snap-happy when presented with Nepal’s incredible landscape and lifestyle. Remember, this may be your trip of a lifetime, but it’s their reality, so introduce yourself and ask permission. Whenever possible, it is good idea to ask for a postal address and follow through by sending photographs back to local families.
7. A conservative country. Women should have their legs and shoulders covered and men should wear full-length trousers and tops with long sleeves. The forehead is regarded as the most sacred part of the body and it’s impolite to touch an adult Nepali’s head. Do not stretch your legs in public or point your feet at anyone as feet are considered the lowest and dirtiest part of the body.
8. Girls in Kathmandu and Pokhara do wear shorts or short skirts, but this is new to Nepal and you run the risk of being seen as sexually available if you do the same.
9. Spitting is normal in Nepal and you will see men, women, and children spitting on the street. The same goes for littering. Don’t pull a local up for these behaviours, but don’t join in either.
10. Avoid showing affection in public. Although some younger couples hold hands in public, this is relatively new and it is still frowned upon.
11. Ancient and sacred sites: there are a few protocol that are handy to know and easy to follow: don’t climb on ruins, avoid touching any religious object, and when you walk around monuments and temples, do so in a clockwise direction, that is – keep the monument on your right. It is generally not a problem to enter temples, but take your shoes off when you do and don’t take photos while you’re in there
12. When visiting temples, respect both the place and the people that pray there. Do not throw anything into the fire as it considered sacred and, if for some reason – time of day, particular prayer time – you are not permitted to enter, accept this graciously and ask your guide to ask when might be a better time to come back.
13. Some Hindu temples and their innermost sanctums are usually out of bounds for nonbelievers, who pose the threat of ritual pollution. If you are allowed in, be respectful, take your shoes off before entering and don’t take photos unless you’ve asked permission.
14. Though no one will ever ask, a small donation to temple that you’re visiting will be much appreciated. Donations support the operations of the day. Place your donation on the altar, or if you want to make a specific donation look for a donation box.
15. If you’re granted an audience with a lama at a Buddhist temple or monastery, it’s traditional to present him with a kata: a ceremonial white scarf (usually sold nearby).
16. If you are invited into a private home for a meal, you can bring fruit or sweets, but don’t expect thanks – it is considered offensive to make a fuss in these situations. Take your shoes off when entering, unless shown otherwise. When the food is served you may be expected to eat first, so you won’t be able to follow your host’s lead. Take less than you can eat – asking for seconds is the best compliment you can give. The meal is typically served at the end of a gathering and when the food is finished, everyone leaves.
17. Don’t give pens, money, or sweets to the local people you encounter on visits to villages and it can encourage begging and may be seen to establish a non-equal relationship between tourist and local with tourists being seen as simply ‘givers’ giving to ‘the poor’. Instead, buy local handicrafts directly from villagers and show an interest in their skills. Sweets may seem like an ideal gift for children, but access to dentists is extremely limited to rural dwellers and the last thing you want to give them is tooth decay!
18. Hassle by touts is on the rise in Nepal and it’s likely you’ll get accosted at the airport and in Kathmandu and offered drugs, treks and sex. They’re not as aggressive as in India – ignore them and they’re likely to ignore you. If they don’t, ask politely if they’ll leave you alone – do not be rude, as they’ll take it personally.
19. Dealing with beggars is par for the course in Nepal. Adjust to the pathos quickly – few beggars are bona fide and helping those that are will only encourage those that aren’t. Do not give away medicines either; instead donate them to the destitute at Kathmandu’s Bir Hospital, or at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre in Kathmandu.
20. The litter problem in Nepal is growing and has increased with the wider availability of pre-packaged goods. Keep your waste to a minimum – avoid accepting plastic bags from shops and reuse the ones you have, buy additional food from local markets to avoid packaging, take an empty plastic bag with you on treks, so you can pick up any additional litter you might spot and take particularly harmful waste, such as batteries, back to Kathmandu with you.
21. Marijuana and other ‘recreational’ drugs are widely available in Nepal although totally illegal. If caught in possession, drugs carry huge fines and up to 20 years imprisonment.
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