We work with photographers and travel to remote locations around the globe to create beautiful portraits and landscapes. One such location is Nepal, and as a photographer, you should visit as well as it is high on every photographer’s bucket list.
What better way to tour this stunning landscape than by bike? There are bike tours all over the world, but you can cycle Nepal on your own for about a hundred dollars. It is fascinating to ride past extremely gorgeous rocky peaks in this Himalayan country as well as amazing delectable fruits. Trekking requires mountain biking skills, including gear, routes and even avoiding intense blizzards. Climbing a Himalayan peak is no easy feat, but don’t let the fact that it is dangerous discourage you from the activity. Trekking has also been reported to boost mental health, so it is possible to conquer your fears and see the beauty that is unspoiled. THE IRIS TOUCH DOWN The longest paved road in the world runs alongside the sacred Harapalashram Glacier near the town of Mélihy, in the central part of the country. This landmark road connects the Indian subcontinent to the Tibetan plateau and takes about 385 miles to complete. Most people start their trekking trip from trekking poles and gaiters, but as you near the end of the road, they stop to allow you to cross the streams below. Don’t be shy, cross the streams and lake Mélihy to see the vibrant green of the lush verdant Tibetan landscape. THE BIG FOUR There are hundreds of lakes in the area and most of them are remote and hidden. Most of us only discover the most important parts of these lakes when we get to the middle of the trekking season. To discover the most stunning lakes, you need to start in Leh, the capital of the country, about 1300 miles away from the scenic lakes. Leh’s landscape is a mix of grassland and hills, so following the signs on the main highway through Leh is your best bet. You will arrive at your destination within an hour of starting. BEAR EATING IN A MEDITERRANEAN CABINET The vast majority of bears in the mountains live in the forests surrounding the glaciers because there is not enough food to sustain the carnivores in the valleys. There are, however, areas where bears do live in the villages that are much closer to the glaciers. Hunting bears will require expensive equipment and knowledge, but it is possible to try your luck with a bear trap made from artificial tree limbs. Bear traps are generally located in remote hills where no one else lives or frequents, so you will have more chances to spot a wild bear in the area.
Ready for your Everest moment? It’s a photo finish. The trek up the tallest mountain in the world takes more than 5,000 hours, from planning and preparation to getting to the top. The views that await the top are awe inspiring, and the summit offers the best vantage points of Nepal’s iconic peaks. But can you hop on a plane and visit? To answer that, we spoke with founder and CEO of Himalayan Photoworlds Sherpa Jigme Sherpa, who here shares seven tips for a trek to the top of Everest: 1. CONSIDER A BIKE If you are contemplating taking the trek, consider how long a bike or scooter can take you to the top. Sherpa recommends a 30-mile long bike ride. Most trails are marked, so you can use Google Earth to find the trailhead and get directions. In addition, finding a tour operator not only provides experience if you don’t complete the full ride, they also connect you with local guides who can answer questions you might have, suggests Sherpa. You can check with trekking companies via their websites to confirm fees and set up guides. 2. BOOKET IN ADVANCE It’s best to book yours in advance, so check with trekking companies to see where they’ll hold your spot in your group. Pro tip: Look for peak tourist season. This is the peak climbing season and you want to be sure you get the greatest prices. 3. CONSIDER TRAINING BEFORE YOU EAT Skipping meals and fast food on the journey to Everest is a big no-no, says Sherpa. Your body and mind require time to digest food and prepare to endure low temperatures and altitude change when you finally arrive at the top. So eat well before you leave home. dress in comfortable clothing and bring plenty of water, says Sherpa. 4. ACCOMPLISH A COPE Everest offers some of the most dangerous mountain terrain. Getting injured on the mountain — or worse, suffering from altitude sickness — can take months to recover from. It’s best to take precautions and apply for permits ahead of time. Make sure to book permits online. Once you have completed all the necessary tourism approvals, you can start the journey safely on the road to Everest. 5. FOLLOW A STEP GOAL Setting goals on a hike or trip is a great way to keep yourself motivated and improving once you get to the top. Having tangible metrics to refer to in the future is a great way to keep you focused. It’s simple to register your goal with the National Mountain Trails Center and upload it to their database.
Although climbing the tallest mountain in the world, Everest, is something most people never consider, the area offers just as much to see and experience if not more. Even if you don’t have a trekking or climbing background, here are a few ideas on how to travel with minimal costs and the possibility of making some new friends along the way. My best advice: Do your research ahead of time. Most of the destinations have pages on their websites where you can input information, such as recommended day hikes and what culture-appropriate activities you can partake in — just be sure to follow the suggestions and itinerary. That being said, there will also be times where you just want some quiet time to yourself, so relax and have some tea or coffee at your hotel’s wifi before packing up your bags and heading out. physiologist/trainer Neil Thomas recommends this before every hike, “20 minutes of walking (or telling the Korean massage girl you’re sorry, and telling the guy at the desk at the reception desk before you leave that you need to wash your hands) counts as 1 metric ton.