Join me for an unforgettable photography tour of Nepal and Upper Mustang in April 2023. The photo tour will start in Kathmandu before we move to Upper Mustang in northern Nepal. This little-visited area of Nepal has much to offer photographers. From the high mountain peaks of the Anna Purna range which skirt the eastern edge of the area, to villages where it seems that time has remained still since the middle ages, to street photography of the characterful local people.
Only opened to outside visitors since 1992, access to Upper Mustang is heavily controlled. During the first days of our Nepal photography tour the permits required for our entry into the Upper Mustang region will be prepared for us.
Nepal offers many photographic opportunities from the cultures of both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, to the stunning mountain landscapes and the people we will meet during our photography tour.
During April the mornings can be cold in Mustang but the daytime temperature can be a pleasant 20°c or so. The area is also at an altitude of around 4000 metres and we will be monitoring every person to ensure that altitude sickness doesn’t strike.
We will make the very best of the morning and evening light as you will be taken to some of the very best photography locations for sunrise and sunset. Our local guide will also be on hand to help with the street photography that we will encounter.
Our stay in Kathmandu is based in both three and four-star hotel accommodations where the hotels provide us with breakfast in the morning. In Upper Mustang, however, the accommodation is basic but comfortable with western-style facilities.
Transportation during the photography tour will be in the form of 4×4 jeeps when we are in Upper Mustang. The roads are mostly unmade, so the jeeps will help us easily navigate the terrain. The road network is definitely a challenge but your comfort during the photography tour is my priority.
During the Nepal photography tour which encompasses Kathmandu and some of the surrounding towns, we will either be on foot or transport will be provided by our ground agent.
Photography techniques covered during the tour
• Out in the field
• Exposure and understanding of how to get the best out of the light
• Composition techniques to create balanced images
• Lens choice and focal length – typically people head for the wide-angle in a landscape but up in the mountains telephoto lenses are also heavily used
• Panoramic photography – how to best compose the beautiful panoramas we will come across
• Processing; using Adobe Lightroom or Camera Raw to process our images; using luminosity masks in Adobe Photoshop; colour correction; stitching panoramic images
Kathmandu Tribhuvan (KTM) airport is served by a multitude of international flight operators from budget airlines to the more commercial airlines such as Turkish Airlines; Qatar Airlines and Air India. Recommended flights will be posted soon but please do get in touch.
We will all meet at the arrivals lounge at Kathmandu Tribhuvan on 2 April 2023. Our driver will then take us to our first hotel where we will rest ready for the photo tour to start proper.
Getting back to the airport?
Once we know all attendee’s departure flight times we can coordinate drop-offs at Kathmandu Tribhuvan airport.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, you will likely need to apply for a visa before going to Nepal. Only a handful of countries can access the country visa-free or with visa on arrival. It is recommended to apply for your visa online before departure so that the arrival process is quicker.
I am worried about altitude sickness
Altitude sickness occurs above 2500 metres or around 8200 feet. If your journey goes up too quickly, then there is the risk of altitude sickness occurring which is why the itinerary takes us up at a gradual pace. Each day participant’s oxygen levels will be checked to ensure that no one has to be taken back down.
Walking boots are perfect for the countryside and lighter shoes will serve you well in Kathmandu.
What camera kit should I bring?
A wide-angle lens (16-35mm), medium zoom (24-70mm) and a longer zoom (70-300mm) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities but don’t forget the macro lens if you have one. The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide-angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It is best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport-style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day.
Do I need a laptop?
Although not essential, it is a great idea to bring a laptop with you so you can discuss imagery with me and others in the group. It is a great learning experience, so it is highly recommended to bring a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
What computer support do you give?
I try to make a point of tutoring digital photography to all my clients, to help complete the learning process. It helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.