Nepal Adventure Photography Tour

  • Total Duration:15 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max Elevation:3,800 M
  • Max Group Size:1 - 20 Person
  • Best Time:March - May & Sep - Dec
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  • An in-depth photography tour suitable for anyone keen on photography and Nepal’s diverse landscapes and cultures
  • The tour brings you closer to the mountains, up to the elevation of 3,800m and the experience of vast diverse landscapes, from sweeping panoramic vistas of the Himalayas, Tibetan landscape with extensive grassland, traditional Nepali village with patchwork fields of rice, potatoes, and buckwheat on the valleys to the dense sub-tropical jungles where animals live in their natural habitat  
  • It also gives you marvelous insights into the distinct customs and way of life of Nepal people of various ethnic groups, including Gurungs and Magars in the lower region of the Kali Gandaki, Thakalis in the Jomson area and Lopa in Muktinath and Mustang region
  • The highlight destinations of the tour include the UNESCO heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley, beautiful mountains and lakes in Pokhara, peaceful village of Kagbeni, famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath, well-preserved stone-lined city of Marpha which is also known as the apple capital of Nepal and jungle safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Beautifully captured photos enable you to relive your best memories and share your travel stories with your loved ones
  • Airport transfers – pick-up and drop-off
  • Your accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan with breakfast plan
  • All ground transportation
  • Flight to Jomson
  • National park and heritage sites entry tickets
  • Lunch and Dinner as mentioned in the itineraries
  • An English speaking and experienced photographer
  • Porters service for trekking to Kagbeni and Muktinath
  • Heaven Himalaya T-shirt
  • All applicable government taxes and service charges
  • First Aid Kit
  • Photography Gears and Equipment. Please bring along your own camera body and lens, tripod, memory cards, batteries, charger, Speedlight (optional) for the tour
  • Two meals (dinner) in Kathmandu 
  • International airfare
  • Visa costs
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal refreshment items like cold drinks, snacks, etc.
  • Personal utility items like laundry, telephone expenses, electricity charges, etc.
  • Tips for photographer and porters
  • Other sight-seeing or services other than stated herein

Overview

Photography Tour in Nepal will bring you to all the best photography locations in Nepal. Home to 8 world’s highest peaks and 10 UNESCO heritage sites, Nepal is a dream destination for every photographer. The majestic panoramic view of the Himalayas, diverse wildlife, fascinating culture, and historic ancient citadels are interesting photography subjects that will spark creativity for every enthusiastic photographer. 

Partnering with some local photographers, Heaven Himalaya has designed various photography trips for any keen photographer who would like to capture Nepal’s beauty while getting the chance to improve his / her photography skills and take home with them wonderful pictures and memories. All our photography trips listed in here can be customized based on your schedule and photography interest. Such as street photography, architecture, landscapes, night photography, wildlife, birds, and even macro photography of insects and flowers. All you have to do is just reaching out to us for further discussion. 

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Get into the best photography locations in Nepal.

This Nepal Adventure Photography Tour will bring you to all the best photography locations in Nepal. It also includes the Mustang region’s highlands. It allows you to develop your photography skills further while traveling to all the exotic places in Nepal. You will catch the awe-inspiring sunrise and breathtaking sunset of the Himalayas range. And immerse in the ancient yet alive medieval streets in Kathmandu’s old citadels. Besides, you will witness the spiritual stupas radiating colorful prayer flags. Also you can get close-up shots of local people dressed in traditional costumes, including Hindu Holy Men (Sadhu).

Getting a little higher in the Himalayas, you capture the Milky Way in a Tibetan plateau’s vast moorland with Himalayan peaks. Likewise, you explore the beautiful stoned-lined Marpha village. Lastly, capture amazing shots of tigers,  leopard, single-horned rhinoceros, or even rare freshwater dolphins while taking a safari jeep ride into the lush forests of Chitwan National Park. 

This photography tour in Nepal is suitable for photographers of any level. So from amateurs to experts who use a digital camera can also apply. You will learn and shoot a wide range of photography genres, including portrait, street, landscape, architecture, and wildlife photography. If this tour does not fit in your vacation time frame, we also have another photography trip

 

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A representative from our team will welcome you at the arrival terminal of Kathmandu airport with your nameplate. We will then transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After check-in, we will conduct a briefing on the photography tour, including the itinerary, ice-breaking session with the local photographer who will lead this tour, briefing on people and street photography ethics, and discussing general photography tips. You can relax at the hotel or take a stroll around the vibrant Thamel area in the evening. 

This day starts with an excellent breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, we will head to Swayambhunath, popularly known as the “Monkey Temple.” Swayambhunath is one of Nepal's holiest sites, and the stupa has stood as a hallmark of faith and harmony for centuries for both Buddhists and Hindus. Located on a little hillock in the northwest of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath offers a good vantage point to capture the city's panoramic view. 

Next, we will head to Pashupatinath, famous as Nepal’s most sacred burning ghats and a few of the remaining living cultural heritage sites globally. Built-in the 5th century, Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Lord Shiva. You will witness and capture some Hindu rituals, including puja ceremonies and cremation along the sacred Bagmati River.  

We will break for lunch (included) before proceeding on our tour to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is one of the three old royal palaces of the former Kathmandu Kingdom, and it is Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of Newari traditional architecture. Here, you will capture the beautiful Nepalese architecture of ancient times with local people still worshipping in the shrines.  We will also organize a 30 minutes private photo session with local Nepali dressed in traditional costumes or with Hindu Holy Men (Sadhu) for portrait photography in Durbar Square. 

We will do some street photography at the bustling local vegetables and spice markets in the evening. The local markets are often an integral part of daily life for locals, and it is the best place to capture candid shots. After visiting the market, we will send you back to the hotel. 

Today, we will head to Patan after breakfast at the hotel. We know Patan as the City of Fine Arts, displaying the extraordinary fine wooden and metal works of Newari people. We will explore and capture the rich heritage culture such as the Golden Temple, Durbar Square filled with temples and statues, and Patan Museum.  

We will then adjourn for lunch at the Patan Museum Café or Rooftop Restaurant (included). After lunch, we will visit the ancient and traditional city of Bhaktapur. Among the three medieval old citadels of Kathmandu Valley, Bhaktapur is the most preserved ones. It is known for its cobbled streets, narrow alleys, unique architecture, and storied history. We will look for photo opportunities while exploring the traditional Durbar Square, 55-window palace, Lion Gate, Golden Gate, and other ancient monuments and observing local potters spinning their wheels and drying out their terracotta wares at the Pottery Square. 

We will conclude this day with a walk around the Thamel area, a lively tourist hub, where you can enjoy a walk around old alleys and capture several monuments of significance for the locals. 

Optional: If you like, we can substitute the visit to Patan with Everest Short Flight (45 mins), so you can get a closer look at Mt Everest. However, this is optional depending on flight availability, weather condition and subject to additional cost. 

On this day, we will leave for Bandipur after breakfast. Bandipur is located between Kathmandu and Pokhara, and it is one of Nepal’s most charming towns. A hilltop settlement, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture with beautifully preserved 18th-century architecture if it offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas mountain and Marshyangdi Valley. 

We will have lunch (included) on our way to Bandipur. Upon arrival, we will check-in at guesthouse/boutique hotels. Thereafter, we will take a stroll along the main street of Bandipur and local temples, looking for photo opportunities with the locals. In the late afternoon, we can relax in one of the coffee shops that offer splendid mountain views and take sunset photographs. 

The day ends with dinner (included) and a photography sharing session.  

On this day, we will wake up early and walk 30 minutes to the viewpoint at the Tani Mai Temple to catch the superb early sunrise views. Before sunrise, we will be there to capture the blue hour and first golden sun rays on the sweeping panoramic view of Himalayan peaks and Marshyangdi Valley below. Please bring a tripod for blue hour photography and a jacket to keep yourself warm. After sunrise, we will walk back to the hotel for breakfast and checkout. We will then drive back to Pokhara, check-in the hotel, and have lunch (included). 

Pokhara city is the second-largest city in Nepal. The gateway to trekking in the Annapurna region is beautifully adorned with pristine lakes against a backdrop of the high Himalayas, snow-capped mountains. The reflection of Mt Machhapuchhre (famously known as the Fish Tail Mountain) and Annapurna range on Phewa Lake is an enthralling moment that every photographer would love to capture.  

After exploring David Fall, Gupteshwor Cave, and Seti Gorge for landscape photography and some caving activities. 

After lunch in the evening, we will have dinner (included) and explore Pokhara's tourist town center of Py 06. Fly to Jomsom and Trek to Kagbeni Duration 2-3 hours.

Today, we will leave Pokhara for Jomson after breakfast in the hotel. The flight to Jomson will take approximately 30 minutes and take you over the Kali Gandaki gorge to the town of Jomson. Kali Gandaki gorge is the deepest gorge in the world carved by the Kali Gandaki River that flows from the Tibetan plateau to the Ganges in India. We can enjoy the beautiful aerial view of Pokhara city and spectacular views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Nilgiri, and the entire Annapurna range during the flight journey. As we approach Jomson, we will notice the change in a landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau. 

At the Mustang region's southern edge, Jomsom is the major hub for onward travel to Upper Mustang and Muktinath. Upon arrival, we will meet up with local porters who will help carry our loads, and together, we will hike about 2-3 hours to the peaceful village of Kagbeni. 

Kagbeni is located upstream of Kali Gandaki, on the road to Lo Manthang. It is a medieval village that was once an important center of the Salt Trade Route between Tibetans and Indians. Today, it is a meeting point for traders from Lo Manthang, Manang, and Dolpo.

After lunch and some rest in the guesthouse, we will explore the village.  Kagbeni is immersed with Tibetan influence; hence, we will capture chortens (Buddhist shrines), prayer wheels, and colorful Tibetan flags flapping in the winds.  We will also visit the notable landmark–Red Monastery and take a tour inside. Before evening, we will walk to the vantage point near the end of the village, where there is a lookout point facing towards Lo Manthang and the lands of Upper Mustang for a breathtaking view of Kagbeni village. 

We will overnight at the guesthouse, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. 

After breakfast, we will trek about 3-4 hours to Muktinath together with our porters. Muktinath is a famous pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. To Hindus, Muktinath is a sacred place for salvation as they believe that bathing in the waters here will guarantee salvation after death. 

Upon arrival in Muktinath around noon, we will check-in at the guesthouse, have lunch and rest from the journey. After that, we will visit the famous Vishnu temple where its outer courtyard has 108-bull-faces water sprouts, explore the villages to gain insight into the life and traditions of the Lopa - local people with strong Tibetan roots. 

During August / September (full moon day) each year, one of Nepal’s unique festivals–Yartung will be celebrated in Muktinath and all over the Mustang region. Yartung is a three-day celebration comprising Tibetan style horse racing, drinking, and dancing by local Gurung and Thakali people. The Yartung festival will be an interesting photography subject, especially horse racing. 

Before dusk, we will walk to a vantage point to capture the picturesque sunset view over the Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and Annapurna mountains. 

We will overnight at the guesthouse, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. 

Today, after breakfast at the guesthouse, we will descend to Marpha via a jeep ride of about 2 hours. 

Marpha is a historic town with a well-preserved unique heritage, Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs, and narrow cobblestone alleys. Marpha is also renowned as the “apple capital of Nepal”; it is home to many apple orchards and various food products made from apple, such as dry apple snacks, apple crumble, apple jam, sauce, juice, and most interestingly, apple brandy. 

After our lunch in the guesthouse, we can explore Marpha’s pretty and quaint stoned-lined village, looking out for interesting photography subjects, followed by visits to the monastery, apple orchards, and the Tibetan refugee camp, and the Chhairo Gompa, the first Nyingma monastery to be established in the Mustang district. 

At night, if the weather is good, we can take photographs of the Milky Way (depending on the year) and starry nights. 

We will overnight at the guesthouse, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. 

We will leave Marpha to Taforpani today via a jeep ride of about 4-5 hours. We will descend through the valley, following the Kali Gandaki River to Ghasa, then onto Tatopani. 

Along the way, we can stop and capture some nice landscape photographs and have our lunch. 

Tatopani is famous for its natural hot spring. The hot spring's bubbling water sits in a large serene rock pool, and it resembles a Japanese style hot spring. The hot spring’s water is coveted for having high mineral content and is believed to have healing elements. This is the best place to relax and rejuvenate our body after the long jeep journey. 

We will have a relaxing day overnight at the guesthouse, where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided. 

Today, we will continue our descent to the Pokhara Valley and head towards Sarangkot via a jeep ride of 5-6 hours. 

Lies at 1,600m, Sarangkot is easily accessible from Pokhara and renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayan peaks, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Fish Tail, and Lamjung. It also offers a stunning bird's-eye view of the city of Pokhara and Phewa Lake. 

Dinner will be served at the hotel (included). You can then have an early rest as we will set out very early on the following day. 

We will start this day very early at around 4.00 am. We will walk up (about 15-20 minutes) to the Sarangkot viewpoint to capture the blue-hour before sunrise. When the skies are clear, you will capture amazing night photography of the starry sky against the backdrop of the Himalayas or Phewa Lake. However, do note that you will require a tripod for night photography and a jacket to keep yourself warm. 

Following that, we will chase the dawn and waiting for the morning sun's first rays on the mighty Himalayas. It is truly a mesmerizing moment to see golden sun rays transforming the mountain peaks from snow-white peaks into celestial gold. After sunrise, we will walk back to the hotel for breakfast and rest before checking out. We will then drive back to Pokhara, check-in the hotel, and have lunch. 

After lunch, we shall head to the World Peace Pagoda for a sweeping panoramic view of Pokhara city and Phewa Lake. Upon descending from the World Peace Pagoda, we will go boating at Phewa Lake. The Phewa Lake offers great opportunities for landscape photography with its colorful boats and alluring reflection of the snow-capped Annapurna range. 

The long day will end with dinner (included) in the busy Pokhara town before heading back to the hotel. 

Before breakfast, we will start the day by chasing the sunrise and try out long exposure photography in Phewa Lake. After that, we will go back to the hotel for breakfast, checkout, and head to Chitwan National Park via tourist bus or private car. 

Chitwan National Park is 932 square kilometers of dense forest, marsh, and grassland, home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of reptiles, and amphibians, 126 species of fish, and many more. It offers opportunities to capture the sights of endangered one-horned rhinoceros, Royal Bengal tigers, leopards, gharial crocodiles, and rare freshwater dolphins. It is really a feast for the nature lover and wildlife photographers. 

We will provide lunch either on our way to Chitwan or upon our arrival there. After check-in in the hotel, we will visit the Tharu village for some local people and nature photography.  Thereafter, we will capture the beautiful sunset from the Rapti river bank.

The day will end with a scrumptious dinner (included) and Tharu cultural dance performance at the hotel. 

After breakfast, we will take a jungle walk to experience the wilderness, follow by an adventurous canoe ride in Rapti River. We will watch monkeys playing in the trees, the elephants washing in the pool, and deer grazing the grass as we move along the river. 

 

After lunch, we will further explore the inner jungle via jeep safari to capture exotic wildlife photographs. 

In the evening, we will visit the elephant breeding center or capture a beautiful sunset from the Rapti riverbank before dinner time. After dinner, we will share some general tips on photo-editing skills to further enhance your photos.  

Today, we will go back to Kathmandu via tourist bus. After breakfast, we will board the tourist bus and follow the scenic route along Prithvi Highway back to Kathmandu. On the way, we will stop for lunch (included). Upon arrival, we will send you to the hotel to test and review the photographs you have taken during the trip.  

In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner (included) and conduct a photo-sharing session among the participants. 

We will send you off to the airport three hours before your scheduled flight. We hope you had a great time with us. Thank you, have a safe journey home.

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Reviews

Best Days of My Life

I and my colleagues visited Nepal back in the year 2017. I was not an experienced hiker but anyway chose Annapurna Base Camp Trek with a trekking agency in Nepal. It was like a challenge for me to trek to the 4000 m altitude, but Mr. Ram helped us in every way possible. He was there from the start of our trekking journey in Pokhara to our end days in Kathmandu. Ram kept pushing me forward and even waited for me to catch the other team. He guided me from choosing plain food to meditating. Although I was a victim of altitude sickness and couldn't enjoy the trek to the fullest, I am very grateful to have chosen him.

Annapurna Base Camp is a beautiful place in the Himalayas. The Gurung Village, Poonhill, Pokhara every place was just outstanding.
I have now developed a hiking attitude, and I have been training for the EBC trek now. I can't wait to visit the Himalayas again.

Charlotte Brown,
TrustPilot Indonesia

Perfectly Organized Upper Mustang Trek

All thanks to Mr. Ram for organizing the Upper Mustang, trekking perfectly from beginning to end. I, along with my bunch of friends, had a delightful experience with the Heaven Himalaya team. For us, it is the best trekking agency in Nepal. The guides and porters were very flexible and took care of everything around us.

I recommend everyone to try these young guys to go hiking in Nepal.

Helen Seka,
Google England

Wonderful Trekking Experience

My wife and I visited Upper Mustang and were lucky to have chosen Heaven Himalaya. We had a wonderful experience trekking in Upper Mustang. As soon as we landed in TIA, we were welcomed by Ram. He was very easy and responsive to work with. He explained all the queries we had and gave a brief description of the tour. As we were watching videos and reading blogs about Upper Mustang, we had a lot of expectations about the place and the trekking agency we were working with. We had a private 18-day tour with a porter. And to be honest, we found everything beyond our expectations. The hills, mountains, monasteries were all amazing, especially Lo Manthang is a great place to visit. Our guide was also equally supportive and friendly. The team made our trek more enjoyable. While writing this, it reminded me of the days we had on the trails. Thank You again for the wonderful experience. Best wishes to Jason and Esha. We will definitely love to return and probably do the Everest base camp Trek this time.

Jason Lee,
Google England

Trip of a lifetime- Annapurna Circuit Trek

Heaven Himalaya Team offers a magnificently arranged trekking involvement in Nepal. Ramhari answered instantly to all my messages. They make a solid effort to make your vacation in Nepal an extraordinary one and genuinely went well beyond my desires.

I couldn't remember the name of the guide but my boy, you were more than amazing. I wish you good luck in the days to come.

Everything from pickup to trekking in the mountains was very professional with excellent service.

So, I strongly suggest everyone and will trek with Heaven Himalaya again in the future.

Glorious Experience in EBC Trek

We did an EBC trek with Ram and his team back in April 2019, and it was a glorious experience. Ram is a very knowledgeable, resourceful, and very helpful guide. 2 of us got unwell during the trek, and he was very prompt and took care of us in any way that was available.

We enjoyed our chat and his sense of humor along the trail and at the teahouses. He even got us a special breakfast and pickle salad at Namche Bazaar and always fulfilled the strange request with our dietary needs. EBC trek is amazing. With Ram, it is even more spectacular. Thanks for the amazing trip. Looking forward to island peak climb in the future.

Thein Thein,
Brisbane, Australia

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