Current Photo Tours 2017/2018 Schedule

      - New York City Weekend Tour - June 22nd to 25th, 2017

          - Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Tour 100 - July 15th to 29th, 2017

               - Yellowstone Eclipse Photo Tour - August 16th to 24th, 2017

                    - Kenyan & Tanzania Tour - September 12th to 26th, 2017

                        - Sicily Photo Tour - October 3rd to 15th, 2017

                            - Galapagos Islands Photo Tour - Nov 30th to Dec 12th, 2017

                                  - Download our New 2017/2018 Tour Brochure



Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Photo Tour - "Tibet ... Roof of the World"  

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Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Photo Tour -  Epic mountain vistas, grasslands peppered with yaks and alpine lakes as far as the eye can see. Tibet is, without a doubt, one of the most remarkable places to visit in the world.  We will experience the Himalaya and the vivid coloured landscapes, from Kathmandu to Dharmsala and Lhasa to Ladakh. The beauty of this part of the world waits to be capture by the creative eye.  

      I would like to invite you to join us as we photograph and explore Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal and to Celebrate Photo Tour Trekkers 100th tour. What better place to celebrate than on the Roof of World. 

      This will be an epic journey and adventure, I’m looking forward to sharing the wonders of Tibet with you this July and Celebrating our 100th Photo Tour.

                                                                                                                     James Cowie

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Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Itinerary - July 15th to 29th, 2017

Day One: Saturday July 15th, 2017 Evening departure, meet our motor coach at the Staybridge suites in London, and travel to Pearson International Airport for our Cathay Pacific flight to Kathmandu connecting in Hong Kong.

 Day Two: Sunday July 16th, 2017 Welcome to Kathmandu. Upon arrival we will clear customs meet our local guide and transfer to our hotel. Check-in and time to relax after our journey. Overnight Shanker Grand Royal Singi Hotel. (D)

Day Three: Monday July 17th, 2017 Breakfast then set out for our first photo shoot in Kathmandu Valley. This morning we will visit Boudhanath the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The temple is thirty six meters high and is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet. Tibetans walk with prayer wheels in their hands, and the rituals of Tibetans can be observed as the worshippers circle the stupa on their hands and knees. We will carry on to Pashupatinath one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimage destinations in Nepal. Later in the afternoon we will visit Swoyambhunath. The surroundings are covered covered with Hindu temples and monasteries nestled into the landscape of the valley. Kathmandu Durbar Square, the location where kings of Nepal are crowned and their coronations solemnized rounds off our first day. Return to Shanker Grand Royal Singi. (B)(D)

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Day Four: Tuesday July 18th, 2017 Breakfast, transfer to airport then our flight Kathmandu to Lhasa, Tibet. (Lhasa follows mainland China time and its 2.15 hours ahead of Nepal time). Welcome to Tibet at Gonggar Airport - Lhasa, the capital of Tibet’s autonomous region, has a history of more than 1,300 years. It is the political, economic, cultural and transport center of the region. Lhasa covers an area of close to 30,000 square km. It has a downtown of 544 square km and a population of 400,000; 140,000 of its people live in the downtown area. Lhasa is home to the Tibetan, Han, and Hui peoples, as well as many other ethnic groups, but the Tibetan ethnic group makes up 87 percent of the total population. Upon arrival, we will meet our coach and transfer to our hotel. We will have time to do a walking tour of the local streets as we acclimatize to the altitude. The air is extremely pure and the sky is deep blue. It is advisable to drink plenty of water and have a good sleep. Overnight: Brahmaputra Yardin Secret Lhasa Hotel (B)(D)

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Day Five:  Wednesday July 19th, 2017 Breakfast today we will visit Potala Palace and Sera Monastery. The Palace is an architectural wonder and is a Lhasa’ cardinal landmark. It can been seen from all directions and for miles around. Potala was set-up in the seventh century AD during the reign of King Songster Gampo. The Palace is located on Red Hill and covers an area of 41 hectares. At an elevation of more than 3,700m, the Petal occupies an area of more than 360,000m. Its 13-story main building rises 117m. The entire complex, consisting of halls, stupa-tomb halls where the relics of the supreme lamas. Preserved are the shrines, prayer rooms, monks’ dormitories and courtyards are recognized as the world’s highest and largest palace. The palace is made of clay and wood and very fragile. Each day the amount of attendees is limited and our schedule may vary from morning to afternoon depending on the amount of guests permitted to enter. We will also be visiting the Sera Monasteries, they are know as the 3 great monasteries of Tibet. All of them belong to the lineage of Gelugpa started by Je Tsong Khapa in the early 15th century and all are within Lhasa. Contrary to common understanding, these great monasteries are not places of worship and rituals but are in reality monastic universities providing religious education to the monks from age 8 up to 70. We will do the Sera oKra walk offering up many photo opportunities. We will then have opportunity to catch the famous procession (if one is in process) of the monks before returning back to Lhasa. Overnight: Brahmaputra Yardin Secret.  (B)(D)

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Day Six:  Thursday July 20th, 2017 Breakfast then travel to Depung Monastery and surrounding region for landscape photography. The monastery was established near Lhasa in 1416 by Chojey Tashi Palden. The Second Dalai Lama made his residence here in 1494. After lunch we will visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street and markets. The Jokhang Temple is a massive building consisting of three floors and an open roof filled with chapels and chambers. The temple has undergone many renovations and additions since the 7th century. Each day hundreds of pilgrims circle each of the tree circuits. They walk slowly, chanting sacred mantras and spinning their hand-held spinning wheels. Then on to Barkhor street which is a large free market with many stalls selling local specialties. Overnight Brahmaputra Yardin Secret hotel.  (B)(D)

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Day Seven: Friday July 21st, 2017 Breakfast then drive into the valley and visit Samye. Landscapes and Samye, Yambulachy, Taaddruk Monasteries and the tombs of ancient Kings. This is a spectacular region of Tibet and worthy of our days visit. Later in the afternoon drive back to our hotel, with a stop at a local village for a photo shoot enroute to hotel. Overnight Brahmaputra Yardin Secret hotel. (B)(D)

Day Eight: Saturday July 22nd, 2017 Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Lhasa airport to board our flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival we will visit  Bhaktapur City to photograph and experience some of the most spectacular architectural showpieces of the valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal. We will also visit Durbar Square, Lion Gate and Palace of Fifty-five Windows. Overnight Shanker Grand Royal Singi Hotel.  (B)(D)

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Day Nine: Sunday July 23rd, 2017  Breakfast, and transfer to our airport for our flight to Paro. On a clear day the panoramic views of the Himalaya are sensational, including Everest. This is one final approach by aircraft that is particularly exciting as we fly through the Bhutanse foothills and our landing. Upon landing we will be greeted by our Bhutanese guide and transferred to Thimphu, which takes approximately an hour. The capital offers up many photo opportunities and has a very relaxed laid-back feel about it, and so it should as Bhutan lays claim to being the happiest country in the world. Thimphu is relatively small having a population of approximately 90,000 people with tree lined streets. We will opportunity to visit the fortress of Tashichho Dzong and serves as the office of the King, and various ministers. Sangaygang View Point, to finish off our day this is a great view point for photographs of the Thimphu valley. This viewpoint houses the broadcasting studios of Bhutan television. This area also becomes a lover’s lane at night. We will travel to Olathang, and check into our hotel Khangkhu Resort.  (B)(D)

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Day Ten: Monday July 24th, 2017 Breakfast, meet our motor coach and drive towards the northern end of the valley for a nature walk and photography ending up at Cheri Gompa (monastery). This is a beautiful rural walk gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland passing through a small Tibetan village. We will follow the path to Pangri Gompa along the river crossing the cantilevered bridge and on to Cheri Dorji Dhen built in 1620 by the first ruler of Bhutan, who established the first order of monks here. Views from here make for spectacular images. In the afternoon we will drive to the colorful market where people from all walks of life come to sell and purchase goods. Return to our hotel Olathang Khangkhu Resort.  (B)(D)       

Day Eleven: Tuesday July 25th, 2017  Breakfast, check-out then travel from Thimphu to Panache which is approximately 3 hours. En-route we will stop at Dochu La Pass, 10,000 feet 3,048 meters to view and photograph the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan’s highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum with an elevation of 24,770 feet or 7,550 meters. The road then drops through a beautiful forest finally emerging into the highly cultivated Panakha valley. Later in the afternoon we will visit Punakha Dzong and later a hike to Chimi Ihakhang or the temple of Devine Madman. The walk is about 20 minutes taking across rice fields to the tiny settlement of Pana. There are very few monks at the temple, which is surrounded by a row of prayer wheels and beautiful slate carving. This location and time of arrival offers up great photography. Overnight Meri Puensum Damchen Resort. (B)(D)

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Day Twelve:  Wednesday July 26th, 2017 Breakfast, check-out and travel Punakha to Paro which will take approximately 4 hours. Driving west via Dochula pass 3,080 meters and weather permitting we will photograph the Bhutan Himalaya peaks which towers above 7,000 meters. We will also visit one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in the 7th century called Kyoto built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Later in the afternoon we will arrive at our hotel Wangchuk Resort.  (B)(D)

Day Thirteen: Thursday July 27th, 2017 Breakfast. Today our photography begins with a morning hike to Paro Tiger’s nest, this is one of the most highlighted Buddhist temples in the entire Himalayas. Location on the sheer 900m cliff above the floor of Paro valley. The trail to the temple is spectacular offering many views and opportunities to photograph as we walk along the pathways. In the afternoon we will visit the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong which are located 14 km north of Paro town. Durkgyal Dzong means victories fortress and was built in 1644. Mount Jumolhari, sets the backdrop for this location. Returning back to our hotel Wangchuk Resort in late afternoon. (B)(D)

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 Day Fourteen: Friday July 28th, 2017 Breakfast, check-out and transfer to Paro airport for our return flight to Kathmandu. Keep a camera handy as the view of the Himalayan’s is amazing as we pass over Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak. Arriving in Kathmandu, we will meet our motor coach and transfer to our hotel for check-in. After lunch we will head out for one last photo shoot in Kathmandu. Another visit to Patan Durbar Square, the market with opportunity to photograph some of the social life in the region. We will return to our hotel around 4:00 pm for some time to relax and prepare for our journey home. Overnight Shanker Grand Royal Singi Hotel. (B)(D)

Day Fifteen:  Saturday July 29th, 2017 Breakfast, check-out return flight to Hong Kong we connect in Hong Kong to our Cathay Pacific international flight to Toronto. Our flight departs at 5:10 pm arriving in Toronto at 8:25 pm. Clear customs and meet our motor coach for return drive to London arriving approximately 11:00 pm.

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Tibet, is the southwest frontier of China, the larger southern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Ti is directly south of Xinjiang and Qinghai and borders Burma, India, Nepal.  

The temperature range in July is highs of 23C to overnight lows of 10C. There is rain this time of year and mainly occurs at night. Dress for nighttime temperature drops with a warm jacket, sweater and pants. A rain jacket is also a handy item to pack. Other packing extras, a wide brim hat, sunscreen, sun glasses and a pair of cloves gloves for hight altitudes.


 The cost of our Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Photo Tour: $8,675.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy including airfare departing from Pearson International, plus air taxes of $379.82 CAD plus HST $11.47. Single supplement is available of an additional $875.00 CAD.

Cost of your tour Includes:

Round trip airfare from Pearson connecting Hong Kong to Kathmandu via Cathy Pacific

- 4 Internal Flights Kathmandu to Tibet return Kathmandu to Bhutan return

- Motor Coach London to Pearson International Airport - Pick-ups Woodstock, Cambridge

- 12 Nights Accommodations while in Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal

- Breakfast included each day

- Dinner included each day

- Dinner and Cultural Dance Show Tibet and Dinner and Dance Show Nepal

- Admissions as per Itinerary 

- English speaking guide and inland travel permits

- Motor Coach and airport transfers as per our itinerary

- Photo Workshops

-Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie

Excludes:

Items of a personal nature, laundry, phone calls, etc.

- Tibet visa, Nepal visa, Tibet entry fee $40 US (we will be assisting with travel visas)

- Local guide tips and gratuities

- Out of country Travel Insurance

- Alcoholic beverages 

A non refundable payment of $2,500.00 is due at time of booking and balance due 60 days prior to our departure. Carlson Wagonlit Travel recommends the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the country. Health insurance is highly recommended.  You may also redeem RBC points for this tour, and this tour pays RBC points.

Please note your passport expiry date must be valid 6 months past our return date of July 29th 2017.


Click here to Register for our Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Photo Tour

Click here to download our Tibet, Bhutan & Nepal Photo Tour Brochure


If you have any other questions or require booking assistance please contact:

James Cowie at Carlson Wagonlit Travel London
1-866-614-7717 or 519-679-8520 ext 5
or by email jcowie@carlsonwagonlit.com 
Katherine Hirtzel at Carlson Wagonlit Travel London
or by email khirtzel@carlsonwagonlit.com
1-866-614-7717 or 519-679-8520 ext 3
 
Carlson Wagonlit Travel, 224 Central Ave. London, Ont. N6A 1M8
 
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