Photo Trek into Himalayas from 15-24 June 2007


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hongsien

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I am posting on behalf of my Indian photo friends who are organising a Photo Trek cum Workshop into parts of the Himalayas from 15-24 June 2007.

This promises to be an magnificent trek, the organisers have done this trek several times, and are avid photographers themselves. Please see the flier + map below for more info and some sample photographs of the trekking area........

If interested please email to the organisers (photosensitive@gmail.com), or me at: hongsien@gmail.com

One can register with me, please write your name and email address + contact no. to: hongsien@gmail.com

There are only 6 open slots available!! HURRY!

Costs for the workshop is SGD 595, this excludes tickets to and fro Delhi off course.......you can also make it part of a larger Incredible India trip! Please refer to the flier to check what is included for the above price.....

Maximum height travelled will be around 18280 feet.

Hong Sien



 

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Sorry, Photobucket resized the image to a smaller one, here is the full text:

Workshop charges SGD 595 only.
Group size restricted to 16 participants and 2 instructors. Registration on first come first serve basis. Five early bird discounts. Registration closes May 1. Full charges payable in advance with registration. Full refund possible only on cancellation before May 15. 50% refund after that.

Tour charges include: Deluxe bus charges to and fro from Delhi. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel and two persons tents while camping. Separate tents for ladies and gentlemen. Meals as mentioned in itenary. Pickup and drop from Manali to Solang Nala. Participants registering should be medically fit and are expected to carry their first aid. Charges do not inlcude film, processing, storage media, batteries, laundry and personal expenses. While every care is taken in organising these trips, the organisers can not be held responsible in case of any mishaps and no compensation shall be made for the same. The organisers reserve the right to cancel the trip. Full refund shall be made. Trip costs do not cover stay in Delhi for outstation participants. Images used in this mailer have been shot by the instructors on a previous photo trek and are copyrighted.

June 15: Departure from Delhi by bus in evening
June 16: Reach Manali, transfer to Solang (Lunch/Dinner)
June 17: Drive and Trek to Camp at Chika (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 18: Trek to Serai (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 19: Trek to Tenta (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 20: Stay at Tenta Camp, Local shoot (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 21: Trek to Chota Chandra Tai and back (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 22: Trek to Chikka (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
June 23: Trek to Khanol and by jeep to Manali (Breakfast/Lunch) onwards to Delhi by evening bus
June 24: Reach Delhi early morning
 

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will this be tough for a gal?
 

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Info on the instructors:

Shailan Parker, a graphic designer by training has been freelancing as a photographer who does studio and location photography with equally unbridled passion. Shailan has been teaching photography for close to fifteen years as visitiing faculty to various design institutes.

Joginder Singh, an architect by training has been freelancing as a photographer
specialising in photographing architecture. He has been teaching photography and architecture at several design institutes.


Shailan and Joginder's
love for teaching and the outdoors brings them together to collaborate on conducting photography workshops such as this one.
 

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will this be tough for a gal?
From personal experience from hikes from 2300 to 3300m above sea level, it will not be easy for both guys and gals if they are physically unfit. I've seen women in their 50s doing such climbs up to 4300m above sea level, so its not limited by gender, but by your preparatory work. Carrying haversack with provisions in thin atmosphere while climbing uphill will be tiring to anybody who is unaccustomed to high altitudes. So it will be better that you condition yourself physically so that you don't your time getting light headed, breathless and coughing (symptoms of altitude sickness) but able to enjoy the scenary, comaraderie and the experience.
 

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:) Those with weak lungs better don't go. Never challenge nature.
 

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Sounds interesting.
Any website where we can find out more?
Does the price include all the food and camping equipment?
 

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Some additions to the flier from the organisers, as it wasn't clear:

The early birds registrations are already over.

Maximum height travelled will be around 18280 feet. (this is incorrect. the max height travelled will be 14,500 ft average)

and yes, it shall be quite ok for girls. we have three girls already registered for the trek...

what needs to be put across to the possible participants is that this is NOT a MOUNTAINEERING trip...but a TREK which means that you will have enough time to stop, shoot and walk at leisure...

also an important detail that is missing in the mailer is that you don't have to carry your main luggage, like clothes personal stuff etc. that is transported by the trek organizers to the next camp on a pony etc. the tents are also set up for you by the time you reach...a separate kitchen tent is set up and there is staff there to cook the meals for you...so all you have to carry is your camera bags and tripods etc. and that photographers are used to carrying...

the walk is sometimes on gradual slopes and sometimes it gets steep in sections. we have a twelve year old also joining us on the trek and he's done it twice already...

basically, if you have a decent level of fitness which means that if you climb three floors on a staircase and can breathe normally, then you are fit...there is no other preparation required.

i intend to start doing some aerobics two months before the trek and that normally takes care of things...

you definitely should not have vertigo or ashthama - or any kind of breathing trouble. as you go higher, oxygen levels reduce and you start feeling a slight headache...a good way to counter that is to keep sipping small quanities of water. people who are not used to altitude can feel sick too, but that happens for a day and then you get acclimatized to the height. it is purely for this reason that we stay for a day at solang, from where the trek begins.
 

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Hi HS, am looking forward to seeing you again on the trek. I have missed the last time Jogi had organized this trek. I am not gonna miss it this time, also I have already tuned my Walker and am planning on rest of the gear for the trek. You may need to get me some 4x5 film, shall let you know.
And to those who are concerned about heights/oxygen levels etc.. please note, belum chuba belum tahu !! ;)
 

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Hongsien,
Thanks for sharing. Would've loved to do this one but cant get leave around that time.

All,
The bus drive from Delhi to Manali itself will be quite demanding. Its almost a 16 hr bus ride. The drivers are veterans and they take the corners high up in the mountains, at break neck speed. If you are not strong enough to withstand the journey, you will be puking all the way.

Having said that, the upper reaches of the Himalayas are extremely spectacular. Whoever has signed up for the trip, I am sure you are gonna love every moment.

Good luck and do share some of your photos when you get back.

Cheers.
 

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Hongsien,
Thanks for sharing. Would've loved to do this one but cant get leave around that time.

All,
The bus drive from Delhi to Manali itself will be quite demanding. Its almost a 16 hr bus ride. The drivers are veterans and they take the corners high up in the mountains, at break neck speed. If you are not strong enough to withstand the journey, you will be puking all the way.

Having said that, the upper reaches of the Himalayas are extremely spectacular. Whoever has signed up for the trip, I am sure you are gonna love every moment.

Good luck and do share some of your photos when you get back.

Cheers.
Hey Hongsien,

this sounds very interesting and the cost sounds very affordable... Let me get back to you as I might wish register for this trip. :)
May I please check if there are still slots available? Kindly advise.

Cheers,
WG
 

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Hey Hongsien,

this sounds very interesting and the cost sounds very affordable... Let me get back to you as I might wish register for this trip. :)
May I please check if there are still slots available? Kindly advise.

Cheers,
WG
I would love to know too if there are still available slot.
 

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Hey Hongsien,

this sounds very interesting and the cost sounds very affordable... Let me get back to you as I might wish register for this trip. :)
May I please check if there are still slots available? Kindly advise.

Cheers,
WG
You mean after reading about the bus trip, it all became attractive isn't it? he he he

As far as I understand, the bus trip is by hired bus, not with those hell drivers.....:)

To WG and others (sorry, I just arrived home):
There are still some slots available.........not confirmed yet, but about 3-4 slots available this evening (Tuesday 10 April).

NOTE: Flight from SIN to DEL (Singapore to Delhi) must arrange yourself, costs by Indian Airlines around SGD 490 ex. tax per person (through www.zuji.com.sg), with all taxes about SGD 650

HS
 

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wow .. magnificient trip!

i dunno whether got time to participate or not ;)
 

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