All trip prices are based on 8 participants on each trip and reflect a maximum cost. Although 8 is strictly the smallest number to guarantee the trip, they may well run with 5 at my discretion. If there are 9-12 participants on each trip, discretionary benefits in kind or discount will be given to the photographers depending on prevailing circumstances such as currency comparisons. - once this occurs I will re-calculate pricing to the clients benefit. Max number will be 12.
Nepal through the Lens is a collaboration between photographer Ian Wright ARPS, based in Exeter UK and Intrepid Travel of Australia, the internationally recognised adventure travel company who carry 90,000 travellers a year to the most exciting destinations in the world.
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This is a very varied trip in a terrific photographic and cultural context, and offers everything a photograph may want - people, townscapes and architecture, wildlife and nature, village life, birds, and landscapes. Based on an Intrepid Comfort Trip I suggest that you follow the links to see the graet standard of hotel involved - we will constantly interact and stay among local people, visit important places of Buddhist pilgrimage, explore the cobbled streets of tiny mountain towns and go on safari in search of tigers, rhino and deer. From the chaos and colour of Kathmandu to the jungle green of Chitwan National Park, with plenty of delightful hidden gems in between, join an adventure brimming with culture, history and natural beauty. I photographed my ARPS panel in the marvellous medieval town of Bhaktapur and have photographed throughout the Kathmandu Valley. This trip combines those wishing to photograph people, townscapes and architecture, wildlife and nature, village life, birds, and landscapes in other words just about everything a photographer can want.
Day 1 19th Oct Kathmandu.
Arrival into Kathmandu. Group meeting at the Hotel at 18:00 hrs. Overnight in Hotel Shanker.
Day 2 20th Oct Hattiban
Visit Boudhanath & Pashupatinath We will work our way through manic traffic to the peace of the Great Stupa of Tibetan Buddhism at Bodhnath and the nearby Pashupatinath, a holy site of Lord Shiva where the gats host public cremations. the pulse of Kathmandu in the colourful local market. Overnight Hattiban Resort. Meals included: breakfast
Day 3 21st Oct Lakhuri Bhanjyang
After breakfast, hike from Hattiban Resort to Khokana & Bungmati village. Then take vehicle to Patan. After photographing in Patan drive for around 1.5 hours to reach Lakhuri Bhanjyang. Lakhuri Bhanjyang is centered on a traditional Nepali house and overlooking a spectacular vista of the snowcapped mountains presents some breathtaking views. Walks to nearby villages across lush verdant hills and experience the local culture at its best. Overnight Summit Village. Meals included: breakfast
Day 4 22nd Oct Bhaktapur
Drive from Lakhuri Bhanjyang to Bhaktapur (approx. 2.5hrs). Photography Excursion in Bhaktapur. This lovely town, almost a timewarp of temples and backstreets, has all the commotion and colour of long tradition and rich heritage. Visit a Bhaktapur potter in Pottery Square and try your hand at their craft. Walk on cobbled streets and through narrow alleyways to get an insight into the life of the local people. Overnight Bhadgoan Guest House, Bhaktapur
Meals included: breakfast
Day 5 23rd Oct Bhaktapur/Kathmandu
Morning photographing in Bhaktapur - drive back to Kathmandu stopping where and when we see possibilities - for overnight in Hattiban Resort
Meals included: breakfast
Day 6 24th Oct Bandipur
Drive to Bandipur (approx. 4hrs). Lunch at the highway in the Big Fig & walk around Bandipur town. Bandipur is a charming mountain town surrounded by orange orchards, with views to the north over the ever-rising foothills towards Tibet and beyond, and views to the south that hint of the River Ganges through the haze. We will have plenty of time to walk around the town enjoying and photographing the views and immersing yourself in the daily life of the locals.
Meals included: breakfast and lunch Overnight Bandipur Mountain Resort.
Day 7 25th Oct Begnas Lake Resort
Time for another photo session around Bandipur before a mid-afternoon departure for picturesque Begnas Lake (approx. 2 hours). We then reach our hotel by boat (approx. 20 minutes). After settling
in at Begnas Lake Resort we take a stroll along the Sundari Danda ridge. The views of the surrounding hills and that of the twin lakes, Rupa and Begnas, from here are simply awe-inspiring.
Overnight Hotel Begnas Lake Resort. Meals included: breakfast and lunch
Day 8 26th Oct Chitwan
Heading down south to the lowlands, we drive to the Chitwan National Park (approx. 5 hours). Of all the world's remaining jungles, this is one of the most enchanting. In the afternoon we take an elephant-back 'rhino-watch'safari, keeping an eye out for crocodiles, pythons, deer, brilliantly coloured birds and rhinos, even the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger is a possibility with luck on our side. Before dinner enjoy a traditional 'stick dance' performance by the Tharu tribe.
Overnight Chitwan Jungle Lodge. Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 9 27th Oct Jungle Adventure in Chitwan National Park
On the morning of day 9 we take a canoe ride along the Rapti River on the park's boundary, which shelters a quarter of the world's remaining gharial population. This fish eating crocodile has long been hunted for the supposed aphrodisiac qualities of its snout. Later this morning, we also visit the elephant stable to be briefed on this friendly giant. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Overnight: Chitwan Jungle Lodge. To reach the Lodge we drive by jeep off-road and across the river. Built from natural materials, the lodge blends perfectly with its jungle surroundings and offers very comfortable facilities. The individual thatch-roof bungalows are tastefully decorated with private solar-powered hot and cold running showers.Early morning Bird Watching tours, Breakfast Canoeing & Jungle walk, Lunch - Elephant breeding center and village visit by bullock cart.
Day 10 28th Oct Flight to Kathmandu
After breakfast and leisure time, drive to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Photography in Kathmandu - specifics tba. Overnight in Hattiban Resort. Meals included: breakfast
Day 11 29th Oct Kathmandu (or departure for Delhi or home etc)
The India trip begins on 30th October so photographers doing both trips can either spend the day in Kathmandu (recommended) or fly to Delhi a day early. Either way there will be one extra night hotel accommodation budget £40. Those not going to India can choose their activities after the trip officially ends.
Nepalese leader to accompany the group in Nepal Accommodation as listed in the itinerary, all on twinshare basis.
Meals as listed in itinerary. Drinks are not included.
Transport All transfers by private vehicle in Nepal and Bhutan
Elephant, canoe, walking, flight (Bharatpur to Kathmandu) in Nepal
Walking, flight (Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu) in Bhutan
Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur
3 day program at Chitwan Jungle Lodge, including activities such as elephant ride, elephant breeding center visit, jungle walk, canoeing, Tharu village visit and cultural program
Transfers - roundtrip airport to hotel transfers on a individual basis.
International Flights return from London Gatwick or Heathrow to Kathmandu via Delhi approx £600 (I have researched flights and timings through Dial A Flight).
Visa fees each member of the group must carry a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months beyond
the duration of your trip) and have obtained the appropriate visas visa currently $30 on entry possible
need passport photo (also airport tax on leaving about £10).
Other meals not mentioned on the itinerary
Travel insurance (compulsory) - Please also note that comprehensive medical and travel insurance is compulsory for all Intrepid travellers. You will need to give the policy number to your Intrepid leader on Day 1.
Tips, personal telephone charges
Entrance fee during free time