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2012: Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Workshop Info

Join Matt Brandon & Brian Hirschy for two weeks immersed in unique Himalayan culture

 

Matt Brandon and myself are excited for our next workshop.  We announced Plateau Photo Tours annual Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Overland Tour and workshop a while back.  2012′s tour is rapidly filling up with only a few spots left! Last years tour was a ton of fun. We continue to call this trip a ‘bucket-list’ trip because, well, you’re going to see some amazing things!  If you are interested in what all the tour entails, please visit our Plateau Photo Tours website.

We will continue to post about the tour as it gets closer to the workshop date.  Nonetheless, I thought it would be interesting to post a few thoughts today from previous workshop participants.  I asked them to shoot from the hip and answer a few questions for us and tell about their experience on last years tour.

I was surprised by some of their responses!  Check it out our good friends Jere and Simon’s responses after the break…

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2012: Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Overland tour

Join Matt Brandon & Brian Hirschy for two weeks immersed in unique Himalayan culture

It gives me great pleasure to announce Plateau Photo Tours annual Lhasa, Everest, Nepal Overland Tour and workshop.  Last years tour was a ton of fun. We continue to call this trip a ‘bucket-list’ trip because, well, you’re going to see some amazing things!  If you are interested in what all the tour entails, please visit our Plateau Photo Tours website.

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I have to apologize.  I haven’t been around for a few weeks.  The Chinese version of the flu and my firmly American immune system got into a cage match.  The Chinese flu won in what will go down as one of my immune systems weakest performances.  After 17 solid days of being sick and a few interesting visits to a Chinese hospital I’m happy to say I’m mostly alive… and not so happy to say I have piles of emails just waiting for me.

Nonetheless, today we get a glimpse of days six through eight on our last Lhasa, Nepal, Everest Overland tour.

For a quick look at the previous days, check these out:

Days 4 & 5 – On the Friendship Highway
Day 3 – Monk Debates at Sera Monastery
Days 2 – Postcard from the endless alleyways of Lhasa
Days 1 – The art of observation

Days six through eight saw us cover a significant portion of the Friendship Highway and land right outside of Everest – we even got our first glimpses of the giant from some of the highest passes on earth.  We were able to visit the largest stupa in Tibet residing in Gyantse and then travel on to Tashi Lumpo monastery while passing over the Pang La at just over 16,000 ft to get a sweeping view of Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung Kang and Cho Oyu – 5 of the worlds highest mountains in one view.  Day eight ended with us staying in a guest house just a few kilometers outside of EBC, now firmly in the Himalaya, watching the sun set over a barely visible Everest – setting the stage for our next days travel to Everest Base Camp.



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Chengdu… or Don’t

A quick afternoon shoot in China's Sichuan Province

Corny jokes aside, it’s good to get our 2011 Tibet, Everest, Nepal Overland tour started.

It’s been a busy last few days for me getting tons of stuff ready for the trip that kicks off this evening. The good kind of busy. I’ve been able to enjoy a true spring in Chengdu over the last few days versus the lingering winter weather that persists at my home on the plateau. However, I was able to squeeze just a few hours of shooting in with Matt and my new friend Kesh in the other day.

We visited the Wen Shu temple in central Chengdu for a few hours just to wet our appetite.

The WenShu temple is dedicated to the Buddhist representation of Wisdom, Wenshu Pusa (Manjusri Bodhisatva), and contains more than 450 Buddha statues and other precious relics. In addition to the halls and gardens, the temple also has a charming tea house that offers an insightful window of Chengdu life as it is frequented by locals who engage in games of chess, reading, knitting and just chatting with family and friends.

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Between Here and There

A quick preview of sites between Lhasa and Kathmandu (and some silliness)

Though the circumstances and factual aspects of my claim are a bit hazy and all but confirmed. I do however stand by this statement – Coming with Matt Brandon and I in April might be your best chance to see an actual yeti in the wild… just don’t hold us to that claim.  We will however provide the opportunity to take your own “I saw a yeti at Everest” picture which is sure to impress.

If you haven’t figured out by my obsurd ramblings about Everest, I’m really excited about our upcoming workshop!  I’m stoked for this years Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland trip (and here) with my good friend, Matt Brandon. I’ve been to this area several times but this will be my first time to cross the border into Nepal, and I must say, I’m looking forward to actually travelling the entire Friendship Highway.

Posted below are several pictures taken from the area between 2005 and 2010.  Pictured below are images from Lhasa, Sera and Drepung monasteries, the Barkhor kora, Gyantse, and Shigatse (with more to come in the weeks ahead).  These pictures are some of the best examples of the unique Himalayan culture (and some wildlife) that those who come on the trip with us in April will get to see first hand.

Give it a look and we hope you can join us in April!

A huge thanks goes out to ThinkTank and BlackRapid – our incredible sponsors on this trip.  We continue to be excited at the continued support of such amazing sponsors that help make amazing trips like these continually possible.  If you have a second go and check them out!

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