A completely unique experience for photographers who want to really expand their capabilities, learn new techniques, and be part of the Gurkha world.
2017 was a brilliant workshop (with some incredible results!). We headed to East Nepal – some incredible images in the mountains. November 2018 will be just as good. This year we will be heading West (the traditional heartlands of the Gurung people who have traditionally been recrutited into the Brigade of Gurkhas because of their hardy nature and brilliant adaptability). After landing in Kathmandu, we shall head out to one of the remote hill villages and stay amongst these people for 3 days – really taking in the atmosphere and getting to know the people in a totally unique way – this is NOT your normal tourist trip to Nepal. Following that we will head to Pokhara; a vibrant and “happening” town where the Gurkha Welfare Trust has an incredible Welfare Centre. Here, we will see many of those former Gurkhas who still live in the middle hills of Nepal, and meet 26 of the Welfare Pensioners living in the newly built Residential Home. The stories they have are incredible.
“On a personal note – huge thanks for the trip. Excellently organised and led, with just the right balance of teaching, mentoring, encouragement, critique and exploration. The programme worked really well and gave the right blend of opportunities and experiences. I personally learnt loads” Mike Carter
Saraya Cortaville (twice winner of the British Institute of Professional Photographers’ top fellowship for portraits) will again be joining the team heading to Nepal. Her advice and help for participants in 2016 was extremely valuable and hugely appreciated.
The programme will be:
- 10 November – Arrive Kathmandu, stay at the Gurkha Welfare Trust’s Area Welfare Centre (AWC). BBQ dinner.
- 11 November – Travel by vehicle to Gorkha, spiritual home of the Gurkhas. Visit the royal Palace and stay at the AWC.
- 12 November – Travel by vehicle to Barpak – the epicentre of the 2015 Earthquake. Stay for 2 nights Visit and photograph the elderly ex-Gurkhas living in the amazing Residential home.
- 14 November – Drive to Pokhara – Stay at the AWC, and visit Colonel J P Cross OBE (WW2 British Gurkha Officer, now citizen of Nepal). Pokhara programme – lot’s to choose; perhaps paragliding or boating on the Lake.
- 16 November – Drive or Fly to Kathmandu
- 18 November – Either early flight (for those looking to get back on Sunday evening) or day photographing at Pashupatinath
Accommodation is in the Area Welfare Centres (AWC) or local hotels (very basic). The AWCs are immaculate buildings looked after by ex British Army Gurkhas who have retired back in Nepal. The rooms are basic but warm and comfortable and with western loos! We purposefully stay where we do as we are experiencing life in Nepal unlike the usual tourists. But, you will be warm and cosy, and very well fed. The Welfare Centres belong to the Gurkha Welfare Trust; who have permanent staff Living in those areas. It is a wonderful way to visit a country with that access unavailable to normal tourists, and you will be hosted incredibly well.
All camera and photography advice and guidance | All admission fees to places and locations included in the programme | All travel arrangements in Nepal | All food (excludes meals taken privately or alcohol) | All Accommodation (tents & rooms at AWCs) | Access to Welfare Centres | Any porter charges
International flights to Nepal | Visa costs (usually $25 – can be gained on arrival, but better to arrange in the UK before travel) | Personal, Equipment and Travel Insurance | Vaccination charges | Alcoholic drinks | Laundry | Personal expenses | Hotel Extras | Tips (if required)