Refine your eye for a better image; improve your photography without being swamped by technical details; Travel with ChinaBase to the amazing and incredible Nepal. The country is filled with beautiful and breathtaking sceneries, ancient temples and buildings, and much more. You will also get guidance and advice on how to get the perfect picture.
Day 1 Dec 2 Sun Fly to Kathmandu
Day 2 Dec 3 Mon Full day sightseeing tour (B/L/D)
Day 3 Dec 4 Tue Full day photo shooting (B)
Day 4 Dec 5 Wed Drive to Dhulikhel, photo shooting (B/L/D)
Day 5 Dec 6 Thu Dhulikhel hiking and photo shooting (B)
Day 6 Dec 7 Fri Departure (B)
Duration: 6 days
Activities level: Moderate
Hotel Accommodation: Yak & Yeti Hotel Kathmandu, Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel
Transport: Air-conditioned vehicle
Meals: 5 hotel breakfasts, 2 Chinese lunches and 2 Chinese dinner
Price: CNY 15900 per person, twin sharing, CNY 19950 p. person single room
Size of group: min 8 persons
Day 1 Dec 4 Fly to Kathmandu (no meal)
Fly to Kathmandu. Meet & greet upon arrival, transfer to hotel.
Briefing about your daily activities. No meals incl. Stay 3 nights in Kathmandu
Day 2 Dec 3 Full day sightseeing tour (B/L/D)
Sightseeing tour incl. Swyambhunath, Kathmandu city and Patan city. Photo walk tour.
Swayambhunath, said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hillock 02 kilometres west of Kathmandu overlooking the valley. The oldest written reference to the stupa dates from the 5th century, but it could have existed much earlier. Moreover, a legend has it that the stupa evolved spontaneously at the time of the Kathmandu valley’s creation. Swayambhunath is famously known as the ‘Monkey Temple’ owing to the presence of a large number of monkeys around the area.
Kathmandu Durbar Square, the durbar square with its arrays of temples, courtyards, monuments and the ancient palaces of the former Nepali Royals is located in Basantapur in the heart of Kathmandu city, the country’s capital. Chief attractions here include Hanuman Dhoka Royal Palace, the magnificent Taleju Temple towering more than 40 meters; Kumari Ghar, the residence of the Living Goddess, Kumari; the temple of Ashok Vinayak dedicated to lord Ganesh (elephant headed deity), and Kal Bhairav, the God of Wrath. There is a giant pagoda of ‘Kasthamandap’, a structure which is said to have been built out of a single tree. The name of the capital ‘Kathmandu’ is said to be actually derived from ‘Kasthamandap’.
Located 5 km southeast of Kathmandu, the Patan city popularly known as ‘the city of artisans’ accommodates a magnificent square housing the palace buildings of the then royals, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples – a display of Newari architecture that had reached its pinnacle during the reign of the Malla kings. It is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, and ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments.
Optional mountain flight: One hour overflight of the Eastern Himalayan Ranges of Nepal where some of the highest peaks in the world including Mt. Everest lie.
Meals: Hotel breakfast, lunch at local restaurant and dinner at hotel
Day 3 Dec 4 Full day photo shooting (B)
After breakfast your day is free in Kathmandu city. Photo walk tour.
Day 4 Dec 5 Drive to Dhulikhel, photo shooting (B/L/D)
Drive to Dhulikhel [1 ½ hrs] en-route visit Panauti, where you will explore lots of ancient buildings and small narrow streets. Photo shooting. Stay 2 nights in Dhulikhel.
Panauti is a quaint and interesting destination in Nepal. It feels as if it has been left exactly the way the founders had built the town. A nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. It is known as a Newari town that is located near the Roshi Khola and Pungamati rivers. Panauti can easily reach from Kathmandu, which is 32km from Panauti, Dhulikhel and Banepa. This fascinating destination in Nepal was also a dowry. King Bhpitendra Malla gave his sister the town of Panauti as a dowry.
As with many villages and towns of Newari, Panauti is also steeped in culture and tradition. Visitors will often find colorful stones, petals and other items that are laid out on the pavement. They are representations of Lakshmi’s footprint, known as the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Locals leave these offerings in the morning to invite and bring Lakshmi to their homes and lives. The most noteworthy attraction in Panauti, is the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple complex, which dates back to the 15th century. The Mahadev temple is surrounded by smaller temples and a number of shrines, but the Indreshwar Mahadev temple steals the show. It is an impressive three-storey structure, which is constructed as a pagoda. The struts that are located on the inside of the temple date back to the 14th century and the carvings in the struts are breathtaking. The intricate and detailed carvings of warriors and other figures are almost life-like. The doors are just as spectacular as the struts, unmatched in craftsmanship and beauty.
Dhulikhel has for many centuries been an important trading centre on the ancient commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Likewise, the Tibetans every year with their flocks of sheep enter into Nepal during Dashain, the greatest Hindu festival. They purchased chilies and other daily necessities in Nepal and return to their homeland. In those days, a whole day walk from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel was comfortable for Tibet trippers with easily available of food and water at Dhulikhel at the evening for overnight stay. Even now, a bird’s eye view from the resorts at Dhulikhel to the landscapes; highway to Tibet and horizons far to the Tibetan borders, clearly exhibits Dhulikhel as the gateway of Tibet. After adjoining with Tibet by motorable road in 1965, Dhulikhel got a face lift and developed as a tourist destination both for Tibet trippers and tourists.
Meals: Hotel breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 5 Dec 6 Dhulikhel hiking and photo shooting (B)
Light hiking in the morning in Dhulikhel. Go around and see the amazing city of Dhulikhel. See the snow-capped mountains all around you. Photo shooting in the rest of the day.
Hiking in Dhulikhel, Dhulikhel is a popular hiking destination near Kathmandu known for its lush and pristine environment in the backdrop of spectacular mountains. Hike to Dhulikhel is an opportunity to admire the glory of Karyolung Himal to the east and Himalchuli to the west. The panoramic views of apex touching snow clad mountains are phenomenon. The temples, monasteries and villages that we pass through on our way is a chance to get acquainted with the unique culture and lifestyle of people in Nepal.
Dhulikhel provides an incomparable view of the Himalayan ranges, more than other tourist places. The proximity to both natural beauty and historic town has added to Dhulikhel’s charm. Altitude ranges from 1600m to 1700m and the place is far from the pollution and crowd. Dhulikhel’s main attractions are the view of rows of snow-capped peaks.
Meal: Breakfast incl. lunch & dinner on your own
Day 6 Dec 7 Kathmandu Departure (B)
Early morning photo shooting, drive back to the Kathmandu airport. Approx. 1.5 hours 30 KM Fly out, end of the trip
Meals: Breakfast incl. lunch & dinner on your own
-Photographic guidance Wang Gangfeng
-Tour leader Christy Chen Moeller
-In & out flight tickets with eco class:
(SHA) CZ3524 11:45-14:20 + CZ3067 19:10-22:15
CZ6068 19:10-22:15 + CZ3586 22:00-00:20+1 (PVG)
-3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel in Kathmandu
-2 nights’ accommodation at Hotel in Dhulikhel
-1 lunch at local restaurant on day 2
-1 lunch at hotel in Dhulikhel on day 4
-2 dinners at hotel in Kathmandu on day 2 and in Dhulikhel on day 4
-All sightseeing tours and transfers as mentioned in the above itinerary by private vehicle (fully air-conditioned).
-Services of local English speaking guide during the tour.
-Entrance fees to monuments as mentioned in the itinerary (subject to change if once revised).
-All currently applicable taxes including service tax
What’s not included:
-Nepal visa fees & immigration assistance.(Arrival visa, approx. USD 25 p.p.)
-Everest Mountain flight: US$ 190.00 per person including airport transfers & taxes (subject to change)
-Meals not mentioned in the above itinerary.
-Any items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls etc.
-The prices do not include: undue escalation in fuel prices, new taxes levies on hotels and transportation services or any hikes in entrance fees. Any large tax hikes and new levies shall be payable extra and shall be billed accordingly with prior notice.
-Any other items not mentioned in the what’s included section.
-Camera fee (if any).