I specialize in fine art panoramic landscape photography, wildlife photography, and indigenous portraiture from remote locations around the world. A visit to Nepal and a trek in the Himalayas should be a priority on every photographer’s bucket list. Here’s some helpful knowledge for making the most of your Nepalese expedition. For my trip, I carried a Nikon D3s and D800E digital SLR bodies with a Nikon 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G AF-S ED VR, Nikkor AFS 80-400mm f 4.5-5.6 ED VR, and 70-200mm f2.8 G AF-S ED VRII lenses.
Must See Locations
Nepal is riddled with photographic opportunities. You really can’t go wrong paying a visit anywhere in the country. However, there are a few locations worth zeroing in on if you have limited time or knowledge of the area, such as Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park, Himilayas, and Pokhara.
The climate in the Himalayas is constantly changing, particularly at higher altitude. Prepare yourself for all types of weather conditions and layer your clothing. Be sure to wear a warm base layer and carry a waterproof layer with you at all times to protect you and your gear. Gear bags, such as a Gura Gear 26L Bataflae, work extremely well for ease of access and to keep your gear dry. Another tip is to hire a porter (or “Sherpa”) and trek with a walking stick or hiking poles such as those made by Leki. Even individuals in excellent cardiovascular shape have had difficulty in these mountains. Safety always comes first.
Travel with Experienced Guides
I’ve heard many horror stories about adventure seekers attempting to hike the Everest Base Camp Trail alone or without an experienced guide. This is a mistake, which often does not end well for the trekker. While it is true that one path leads up to Everest Base Camp and back, there are many twists and turns that may lead you off course. Trekkers “going it alone” frequently have accidents, get lost, and even disappear to never be found again.
Personally, I recommend Nature Beyond for someone who has a keen interest in photography. Among the other local experts at your disposal at Nature Beyond, Pallab Bhattacharya is an experienced photographer himself with an extensive knowledge of the region that is invaluable. While in the Himalayas, Pallab and his organization also team up with expert mountaineers to lead the trekking portion of the expedition.
A Final Word: Nepal’s Ongoing Earthquake Recovery Effort
The Nepalese people need your help! On April 25, 2015, our photo expedition was caught on the ground in Nepal during a 7.8 magnitude earthquake – the worst to rock the region in over 80 years. In addition to the tragic loss of life, there was widespread devastation to Nepal’s infrastructure.
The Nepalese people continue their battle to recover and rebuild their communities today but require significant assistance. If you would like to help, please donate to a trusted group such as Children and Youth First (“CYF”). CYF is a 501(c) charitable non-profit and non-governmental organization that was established in 2008 by an energetic group of nine like-minded youth volunteers from Kathmandu.