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Everest Base Camp photography trip April 2013

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fotoVoyager
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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2012 11:45AM
I've been offered an opportunity to help organise a photographic tour to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.

At this stage I'm just seeing if there's enough interest to make it viable - it needs eight people to run and more than fourteen brings the cost down a little bit.

The cost will be around £1500 (that's UK pounds or equivalent) from Kathmandu for 20 days in April 2013. This includes hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, transfers, internal flights to Lukla, shared rooms in teahouse lodges, food on the trek, cooks, guides, porters and an itinerary that focusses on getting pictures at the right times at great locations up and down the Khumbu valley, culminating in a hike up Kala Pattar (5600m) for sunset (and sunrise if you're feeling keen!) shots of Mt. Everest itself as well a walk across the Khumbu glacier to the climber's tent city below the ice fall to meet an Everest expedition at Everest Base Camp.

You cannot beat the Himalayas as a mountain photography location. The air is perfectly clear, there's no light pollution, the stars are too numerous to count, the local people are friendly and the weather is (almost) predictable.

I've been there four times now and it's the only place I return to regularly.

You'll need to be reasonably fit, happy to walk for several hours a day and carry a daypack, along with your camera. The porters will carry everything else and you'll be reunited with your kit each afternoon at camp. It can be cold at night so you'll need a warm sleeping bag and clothes and comfortable hiking boots. Anyone who walks and shoots for pleasure can do it if you take it slowly.

It's a wonderful place to shoot breath-taking landscapes, colourful temples and prayer flags, smiling local people and high altitude mountaineers.

To give you an idea of what you'll be shooting, here's some I prepared earlier:

http://www.istockphoto.com/search/lightbox/7298188

I have no idea whether there are enough photographers here that would like to do this, but I'd though I'd test the waters and see. Reply here, site mail, email or call me if you want to express an interest and we'll see if we can get this party started.

ETA: I forgot to mention, but several people have asked, of course spouses and partners are more than welcome!

(Edited on 2012-12-20 05:14:46 by fotoVoyager)
rajupatil87
Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 1:53AM

Hi


I am Raju Patil from Chennai India


I am interested in this Everest Base Camp Photography trip, i need some tips on my equipment, i have Canon 5D Mark II and lenses


85mm f1.2, 24-70 f2.8 and 100mmf2.8 and i have CPL for 24-70 and Tripod and monopod


Please suggest me any specific lenses and filters required for this trip so that i will be prepared


 


Regards


Raju Patil
fotoVoyager
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Posted Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:26AM
Hi Raju,

sorry it's taken so long to reply, I was out taking pictures!

Your camera equipment and lenses are perfect for shooting in the Himalayas. I use a 24-70 f2.8 as my main lens most of the time, with a 70-200 telephoto to pick out details or shoot peaks that are far away. The air is so clear that there's very little haze or distance softening so you'll want to shoot the snow capped peaks that are many miles away as well as those in front of you. I also carry a 14-24 for star shots at night and maybe inside temples, though it's not essential.

I don't think you'll want to carry your tripod during the day as the light and snow are so bright you can always shoot hand held, but I do use one at dawn, sunset and at night. The porters will transport that for you in your kitbag so you don't have much weight to carry.

I don't use a monopod but I do have a hiking pole that has a tripod thread on the top that could be function as one, but I've never used it yet!

I carry a polariser, neutral density filter and graduated neutral density filter but use them rarely, preferring to expose correctly then post process in Lightroom to achieve the same effect. Work the way in which you're most comfortable so you don't have to think too much about it.

Let me know if you have any other questions, I'm glad to help.

Will
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012 3:52AM
Wow, that sounds incredible.  I am not a landscape photographer in the slightest but this is something I would love to do.  Unfortunatedly I can't attend in April as I have baby 2 arriving then.  Can you tentatively put me down for 2014
fotoVoyager
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Posted Mon Dec 17, 2012 9:09AM

Posted By lostinbids:
Wow, that sounds incredible.  I am not a landscape photographer in the slightest but this is something I would love to do.  Unfortunatedly I can't attend in April as I have baby 2 arriving then.  Can you tentatively put me down for 2014 :-)


That's rather optimistic that you'll be able to leave a one year old in 2014!

Congratulations in advance, kids are much more fun than exploring!
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Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:33AM
Sounds like an amazing Trip.....not sure that I can pull it off for 2013......all I can say is wow, a trek like this is bucket list material for me.
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Posted Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:16PM
Never too late to make your dreams come true...
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 5:42AM
Please put me in the list. Not 100% sure if the timing will be OK but I am very interested.
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 7:53AM
Posted By fotoVoyager:


Posted By lostinbids:
Wow, that sounds incredible.  I am not a landscape photographer in the slightest but this is something I would love to do.  Unfortunatedly I can't attend in April as I have baby 2 arriving then.  Can you tentatively put me down for 2014 :-)



That's rather optimistic that you'll be able to leave a one year old in 2014!

Congratulations in advance, kids are much more fun than exploring!

I like what you said here. I love adventures and travels a lot. That is my dream to visit Everest Base Camp but family first. I love mountains but right now I have two young children and they are amazing fun to be with and I want to spend as much time with them as I can Base Camp needs to wait for me
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:16AM

Posted By funky-data:
Please put me in the list. Not 100% sure if the timing will be OK but I am very interested.


Will do.
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:19AM

Posted By rafalkrakow:
Posted By fotoVoyager:


Posted By lostinbids:
Wow, that sounds incredible.  I am not a landscape photographer in the slightest but this is something I would love to do.  Unfortunatedly I can't attend in April as I have baby 2 arriving then.  Can you tentatively put me down for 2014 :-)



That's rather optimistic that you'll be able to leave a one year old in 2014!

Congratulations in advance, kids are much more fun than exploring!

I like what you said here. I love adventures and travels a lot. That is my dream to visit Everest Base Camp but family first. I love mountains but right now I have two young children and they are amazing fun to be with and I want to spend as much time with them as I can:) Base Camp needs to wait for me :)


I'm waiting for the time I can take my kids with me.

I met a couple of teachers up there a few years ago who had taken their two sons to EBC in the 90's, one of whom was six years old!

Needless to say both sons grew up to be mountaineers.
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:54AM
6 years old - very courageous, I think I will wait a bit longer. 
BTW, I was once close to the EBC, but not quite there In 1999 I was traveling through India and Nepal. We started trek from Kathmandu, went to Jiri, from where we hiked up. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time and had to return. But Himalayas are gorgeous! I definitely have to go back there!
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 10:34AM

Posted By rafalkrakow:
BTW, I was once close to the EBC, but not quite there :) In 1999 I was traveling through India and Nepal. We started trek from Kathmandu, went to Jiri, from where we hiked up. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time and had to return. But Himalayas are gorgeous! I definitely have to go back there!


Ah, the proper route! None of your easy flying in to Lukla and starting halfway up then.

Two years ago I was stuck in Lukla for 5 days when the plane couldn't get in because of low clouds and many people walked out to Jiri. It took 4 days of up and down over ridges according to a climber I was talking to last month.

I took the lazy way out by helicopter.
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Posted Wed Dec 19, 2012 11:45AM
I know. We were students back then, on a really low budget So we couldn't even afford the plane to Lukla. It takes about 4 days to Lukla, up and down, every day, but the views are amazing! 
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:16AM
If anyone wants to see in super high resolution what the view is like from the high point of the trek (or very nearby), GlacierWorks have produced and incredible GigaPixel image:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/9757538/Mount-Everest-in-stunning-two-billion-pixel-image-detail.html

(Edited on 2012-12-20 05:16:48 by fotoVoyager)
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Posted Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:18AM
Spectacular! Thanks.
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Posted Tue Jan 1, 2013 3:35PM
Posted By fotoVoyager:
If anyone wants to see in super high resolution what the view is like from the high point of the trek (or very nearby), GlacierWorks have produced and incredible GigaPixel image:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/nepal/9757538/Mount-Everest-in-stunning-two-billion-pixel-image-detail.html

(Edited on 2012-12-20 05:16:48 by fotoVoyager)

Nice experience to see it this way - wow.
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