Poon Hill Photo Workshop

• Dates: Apr 13–Apr 22, 2019
• Cost: $1800 USD
• 10 days / 9 nights
• Limit: 8 participants
• Type of trek: Lodge/Teahouse
• Max altitude: 3,200m
• Trek grade: Easy/Moderate

This trip and workshop is organized by Mosaic Adventure

Overview

Poon Hill Photography Trek

Join us on a unique opportunity to experience Nepal through the eyes of professional photographers. Nepal, a land of pristine beauty offers unique opportunities for photographers interested in travel and landscape photography. We explore both a rich local culture and spectacular vistas of the Himalayas.

This trek, at low altitude, has been arranged to allow you to enjoy some of the highest Himalayan peaks as you walk through the foothills of the Annapurna Range, as well as experiencing the Nepali culture and world heritage sites of Kathmandu. From the terraced rice-fields above Pokhara, we walk along easy trails through picturesque Gurung villages and through one of Nepal’s biggest rhododendron forests as we make our way to Poon Hill. The early morning view of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South, from Poon Hill is the highlight of this trek. Short and fairly easy days, this trek is a perfect introduction to Nepal’s mountain treasures.

It is a good starter trek for those not sure of their walking ability, or simply for those who wish to make the most of their stay in Nepal. The trek finishes at the magnificent lake town of Pokhara, where you can relax and enjoy the tranquility of the lake and its backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

This unforgettable experience is perfect for anyone who has limited time or for people who want a short trek in Nepal but don’t want to miss out on the spectacular views.

highlights
  • accompanied by professional photographer
  • small group with personalized attention
  • short hiking days allowing for plenty of photography time
  • daily critique of your photography
  • explore and immerse in both culture and landscapes of Nepal
  • Ascend Pooh Hill for panoramic views of the Annapurna range
  • Tibetan culture at Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Boudhanath Stupa

Full Itinerary

This trip and workshop is run in partnership with:

DAY 1: Arrival in Kathmandu/Sightseeing
Accommodations: hotel.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Mosaic Adventure representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing that evening along with a welcome group dinner. A chance to meet your fellow travelers.


DAY 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Accommodations: hotel.
A full day of sightseeing today! In the morning we’ll visit Swayambhunath, commonly known as the Monkey Temple. From this vantage point the entire Kathmandu valley is visible. Afterwards, we’ll head over to Boudhanath and explore one of the most religious Tibetan sites in Nepal. Finally, in the evening we’ll wander the streets and alleyways as the city comes to life.


DAY 3: Fly to Pokhara
Accommodations: lodge.
We take a short 25-minute flight to Pokhara. On arrival we settle in at our hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring the city with our cameras.


DAY 4: Drive to Nayapul, trek to Tikhedhunga
Accommodations: lodge. Trekking time: 4 hours.
After breakfast we take a short 1.5-hour drive to Nayapul which puts us at the trailhead. From here we walk the gentle trail that follows the Bhurungdi Khola (river) upstream to the village of Tikhedhunga. During the hike we pass many villages, teahouses, green rolling hills and rivers.


DAY 5: Trek to Ghorepani.
Accommodations: lodge. Trekking time: 7 hours.
Leaving Tikhedhunga behind we follow the stone stairways trail to Ghorepani. Originally a horse watering post, Ghorepani has evolved into an important crossroads for tourists and the numerous mule caravans on the Jomsom to Pokhara trip. The views on the trail offer us a glimpse of the towering snow-capped Annapurna range. Most of the day is spent walking in the jungle where Rhododendron flowers bloom during the spring months.


DAY 6: Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadhapani
Accommodations: lodge. Trekking time: 6 hours.
To capture one of the highlights of this trek we depart early in the morning for Poon Hill (3,210m). A 45-minutes walk above Ghorepani brings us to the panorama of peaks – Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu (8,163m) and many more. This is the highlight of the trip and an experience you don’t want to miss. After this unforgettable view, we come back to Ghorepani for breakfast. We then retrace our steps to Ghorepani and continue on to Tadhapani.


DAY 7: Tadhapani to Ghandruk
Accommodations: lodge. Trekking time: 3 hours.
A short walk up the Modi Valley and we arrive at Ghandruk, our destination with spectacular views of Annapurna South (7,219m) and Machhapuchhre (6,997m). We spend the rest of the day exploring the village.


DAY 8: Trek to Nayapul, drive to Pokhara
Accommodations: lodge. Trekking time: 5 hours.
Our final morning of walking starts with the trail dropping down to the Modi Khola. We walk alongside the river passing a number of villages and orange orchards before arriving to Nayapul. From here we drive back to Pokhara arriving late afternoon. We celebrate our last evening together.


DAY 9: Return flight to Kathmandu
Accommodations: Hotel
Flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for you to explore.


DAY 10: Departure
Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu until your next adventure.

FAQS

What’s Included
  • 9 nights hotel / teahouse
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing
  • Flight between Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • airport transfers
  • First night welcome dinner, last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day while on trek and breakfast at the hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Beverages and drinks (tea/coffee, sterilized water)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing lodges/guesthouses
  • Professional English speaking guide and porters
  • Trek permit fees & National Park entrance fees
  • Porters insurance
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
What’s Not Included
  • Lunch and dinner prior to the trek
  • Meals at airport and while in Kathmandu
  • Country entry Visa fees
  • Personal Insurance which covers, medical, emergency evacuation, theft expenses
  • Drinks: both alcoholic and bottled other than sterilized drinking water
  • Personal gear, camera gear and expenses
  • Tips and gratitude provided to staff
what am I going to learn?

This is a photography workshop not a tour, so expect to learn new skills in composition and the art of seeing. Instead of formal lectures, our workshop will be focused on providing you support in the field in helping you develop your photographic technique, skill and voice. Our small group size allows for one-on-one personalized attention at every step of the way. Some of the topics we will cover are: using your camera to its full potential, capturing unique landscapes, proper exposure, panoramas, night photography and natural portraits of local life.

At the end of each day, we sit down with every participant to critique your day’s work and show you how to post-process your images – an important and often overlooked step. This will be done on an iPad.

photography skills

This unforgettable experience is perfect for those who predominantly wish to go trekking but, at the same time, learn and improve their photography skills. For the new photographer, it’s a perfect fit as you learn to master your digital camera and the art of photography. For the more advanced photographer, we’ll focus on capturing the story and experience of being in Nepal rather than a snapshot record of it.

Reserving your spot

Bookings for this workshop are made with Mosaic Adventures. To ensure you have a spot, a workshop deposit is required. Upon payment of your deposit, Mosaic Adventures will send you an information packet including recommendations for camera equipment, clothing and specific travel information for this workshop.

Payment Schedule

To reserve your spot: 35% deposit
Balance is due on arrival in Nepal

Physical Challenge

This workshop is rated as moderate to adventurous. While you don’t need any special skills, aside from walking, you should have some level of fitness to participate. Rest assured, it’s not a race and we will be taking our time, slowly acclimatizing to the altitude. Nevertheless, being fit will help both in stamina and your enjoyment of the workshop.

Equipment

A comprehensive gear list will be sent to registered participants that will outline the personal and photo gear needed for this workshop.

Flight to Pokhara

This is a short 25-minute flight that takes us to Pokhara. While flight delays rarely happen here, they do happen. To save yourself from trouble in cancelling or rescheduling your international flights home, we suggest that you schedule those flights at least 1-2 day after the trek in case of delays on your flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Insurance

All workshop participants must have personal articles policy, homeowner’s policy, or special camera equipment policy, as well as traveler’s insurance that covers Nepal, trekking, and extraction. All participants must understand and sign off that medical care if extremely limited in Nepal and they are traveling and trekking at their own risk.

Photos

 
  • "This workshop was definitely the best part of my six weeks in Nepal. I felt the daily critiques helped me not only take better photos, but also look at my subject in different ways."
    Stephane M.