Watercolor tour "Magic Nepal" with Anastasia Kustova
Dates: 18 Nov- 1 Dec 2018
teacher: Anastasia Kustova
Guide: Andrey Varezhkin
I adore Nepal. It is amazing beautiful country with Himalaya mountains high to the sky, magic buddhist stupas, incredible people.
It is definitely worth seeing and I always want to return there.
Usual trekking routes are not very suitable for artists because usually group is focused on accomplishing some distance per day and would not be happy to wait for a person who will sit 3 hours on the one place to do watercolor. That's why we decided to create a special route to see beauty of this country - and for this we would have to go trekking, otherwise we wouldn't see mountains - but this trekking will allow us to have time to paint, photo or just meditate on beautiful views.
We will see ancient Kathmandu, paint Buddhist stupas, visit a thanka-master, will go to Pokhara and Pheva lake with amazing spirit there and where main trekking routes to Annapurna start.
For this trip we have chosen so called Mardi-trek which we will complete in 7 days. We wouldn't be in a hurry, walking 4-5 hours per day and having enough time to paint. All our things we can give to porters so this would be an easy trekking. But you need to be prepared and have good trekking shoes!
After trekk we will have relax on Pheva lake and the return to Kathmandu.
I am really happy that our watercolor teacher in this programme will be Anastasia Kustova, she is very talented and has a wide experience of plenairs in different countries and conditions.
1 Day (Monday, 19 Nov) Arrival to Kathmandu, hotel accomodation. Walk to Swayambhu stupa
2 Day (20 Nov) Boudnath Stupa plen-air (possible to join 1 day masterclass)
3 Day (21 Nov) Drive to Pokhara (7-8 hours ), plen-air on Pheva lake
4 Day (22 Nov) Rest on Pheva Lake, plenair (possible to join 1 day masterclass)
5 Day (23 Nov) Start of trekking. Drive to Phedi and trekking to Pothana (1925m, 4 hour walk)
6 Day (24 Nov) Trekking to Forest Camp (2,600m, 4 hours)
7 Day (25 Nov) Trek to Low Camp (3,150m, 5 h)
8 Day (26 Nov) Trek to High Camp (3,700м, 4 h)
9 Day (27 Nov) Radial trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp (4,500m, 4 h)
10 Day (28 Nov) Trek to Siding (1,750m, 6 h)
11 Day (29 Nov) Trek to Lumre and transfer to Pokhara (3 h walk+2 h drive)
12 Day (30 Nov) Drive to Kathmandu (7-8 h)
13 Day (Saturday 1 December 2018) - Kathmandu, Patan (possible to join 1 day masterclass). Evening flight home.
We stay in Kathmandu on IWS Nepal 1-4 Dec with Anastasia Kustova, possible to join us for plenairs. (possible to join 1 day masterclass)
-transfers to/from airport in Kathmandu
-hotel in Kathmandu (4 nights)
-entry fee to Stupas Swaumbhy and Boudha, private transport
-hotel in Pokhara (2 nights)
-all required permits for trekking (ACAP&TIMS)
-lodging on the trek (2 people in the room, 5 nights)
-porters - norm of weight is 12,5 kg, bag for porters are included
-guide/group leader Andrey Varezhkin (worked 13 seasons in Nepal)
-transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara and bac
-transfer to beginning of Mardi-trek and back to Pokhara
-Excursion to Patan, entry tickets
- Photo report from tour
-Group medical kit
-UV filter for water
-Wifi spot for the group
-Nepal visa (at arrival to Kathmandu, $25 for 15 days)
-additional weight for porter
-self expenses -food, beverages, souvenirs (approximately you need $15-20 per day, $260)
-additional charges for single rooms in Katmandu and Pokhara - $140.