The backdrop to this photography tour is a small Kingdom nestled in the eastern Himalayas, between Tibet, China, and India, rich in ancient traditions, Buddhist sites, friendly people, and a vast expanse of natural beauty.
Carried from generation to generation, and still in practice today, the cultural heritage in Bhutan is strong and unique. This is a place that has defied globalization and chosen to remain a hidden gem. Very few make it to Bhutan, and even the most seasoned travelers consider a privilege to visit.
The flawless combination of photographic opportunities and a pristine environment is what makes Bhutan a paradise for photographers.
More than a photo tour, this is an authentic expedition to document and photograph the places and culture to one of the few untouched places on earth.
The spirit of this kingdom will spark your awareness and creativity. The natural beauty of Land of the Thunder Dragon will resonate in your heart for years to come through the photographs you will make in this photo tour.
Our Bhutan photo tour is an extraordinary adventure, limited to only eight participants.
Designed to take you to the most stunning locations, this photo tour to Bhutan will guide you to places often overlooked, even for the people that visit here.
Since flights to Paro are limited, our group will gather in Bangkok, and from there, we will fly together to the Paro International Airport in Bhutan.
Our photo adventure will take us east to the remote valley of Tashigang. To avoid back-tracking and save time, we will take a domestic flight there. By heading to Tashigang, first, we will travel only in one direction, west, to our starting point Paro, thereby avoiding long travel times by vehicle. In this manner, we will move only in one direction, rather than both ways, giving us more time for photography than on other similar tours.
We will start our adventure in Paro and fly east to Tashigang; from there, we will explore Tashi Yangtse, Mongar, Gangtey, Trongsa, Bumthang, and of course, Punakha and Thimpu.
During our journey, we will photograph and interact with locals, monks, visit farmhouses, monasteries, and stunning fortresses not to be found anywhere else, all framed by the majestic Himalayan mountain range.
A photo tour and adventure certainly not be missed, with exceptional opportunities to capture images and memories that will last a lifetime.
When: November 27 to December 11, 2022.
Who: Open to all skill levels, non-photographer spouses are welcome.
Group Size: Minimum 4 People, Maximum 8 People.
Where: This photo tour starts and ends in Bangkok, Thailand. Airport Code (BKK).
Fitness Level: Easy to Moderate/Active. Most photo opportunities are within easy walking distances from the vehicle and up to a maximum of 2 miles or so from our parking location. For the most part, the photo tour will feature long days, with a full and active itinerary. You need to be comfortable walking over cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails. Also, we are rating some activities as moderate/active. Potentially in two excursions, we will need to hike a little bit longer with some elevation gain. For example, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery is a 4 mile, roundtrip, with 3,000 feet elevation gain. These hikes are limited to a couple of days, and they are optional. (At Tiger’s Nest, horse and mule transport will be available to transport you to an excellent viewpoint of the monastery. A café is located here for drinks and relaxing.). The average altitude Bhutan is 2,500 meters; we will spend most of the time in the valleys that are way lower than this, however, at times we will reach high passes (while in the vehicle) up to 3,500 meters during our journey. Some days may require early morning departures and later evening returns.
The tour is open to all levels of photographic skills, from beginner to experienced. However, there will be no formal workshops or critiques. We will share knowledge and skills along the way, in the spirit of real adventurers.
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