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Bhutan Photo Tour Festivals & Nepal

BHUTAN, SEP. 29 - OCT. 09, 2017  6950 US$OTHER DEPARTURE DATES

Join me on a 11 day Bhutan Photo Tour to capture the magic of the country’s three most renown festivals: Thimphu, Ganthey and Tangbi Nabi. And a spectacular extension, should you choose it, to Nepal, Kathmandu Valley.

This is no ordinary tourist trip, but an authentic journey not only across the country’s borders, but the borders of its history. Nestled high in the mountains between China and India is the Dragon Kingdom of Bhuhtan; a touristically uncharted and mystical destination.

Come with us, and you’ll step across the veil and experience the magic of the last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom of the Himalaya, hiking along the hills and steppes, discovering ancient dzongs, getting up close and personal with locals and their families, even spend time photographing the tranquillity found inside the many monasteries dotting the land.

Visit the Post Singular Bhutan Photo Tour to have a better idea. We will embark on a journey of epic proportions across the mountains of the Dragon Kingdom. Documenting the day to day lives of people  living and working in this small structure set deep into the verdant Phobjikha valley.

Watch The Bhutan Video

HIGHLIGHTS

  • - The three  most reknown festivals: Thimphu, Tangbi Nabi and Ganthey
  • - The incredible walk to the  Tiger’s Nest (Taktshang Monastery)
  • - Our photo sessions  in some of the most overwhelming of Dzongs in Bhutan
  • - The photographic opportunities with the monks
  • - Mountain Jumolhari & mountains on the eastern Himalayan range rising up against the clear blue sky.
  • - Farm Houses and villages, preserved in time, a slice of life from the 16th and 17th century still living and used today as they always have been.
  • - Local people engaged in daily activities, authenticity, nothing staged.
  • - Prayer wheels and flags peppering the land, evidence of how interwoven the culture and religion are in this area.
  • - The impressive views at high passes
  • - Sacred priers at the temple festivals
  • - The Dusk in Bodnath, Nepal (optional) amazed by the sight of dozens of the faithful praying while they walk in concentric circles around the sacred Stupa illuminated by candlelight.
  • - Our stay in a different Bakhtapur, Nepal (optional) enjoying the monuments, the movement of the people and the city without tourists
  • - Exploration of the cultural heritage from Tibet and beyond

This tour focuses on both the incredible landscape of mist rolling across verdant hills and valleys, among the color splashed farmhouses and steppe terraces, and also the people. Whether it is connecting and capturing the daily life of a devout monk living high in a mountain temple or a farmer and his family working fields and livestock, you will have a chance to connect with them, know them, and tell their story with your photographs.

And of course, the festivals; a kaleidoscope of color, fluttering prayer flags, noise and joy as people throng through the streets of Thimphu is not an opportunity any photographer should miss!

And while other trips might say they’re offering a once in a lifetime experience, it is true of this tour. This is a relatively unexplored part of the Asian continent, and the area can only sustain a certain number of careful travellers, or risk damaging its environment and culture.

So don’t miss this incredible opportunity to take the photographs you can’t anywhere else, and tell the story of the magic and mystery of the Himalayas.

The best thing for me about my trip to India was the staff. it wasn’t some academic kind of ordeal. I really didn’t want a trip that was going to be an ‘educational’ vacation. They did help me when needed, and the photo review sessions were great – I loved seeing everyone else’s shots and talking about them. But I was happy also that I got to do my own thing and that we weren’t locked into a strict routine. We saw a lot of interesting and curious things, and I’d like to go back and explore the places I didn’t get a chance to go.

A.L. Thompson



ITINERARY

 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN PARO AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

The photo session starts from the plane, as even the journey to Paro promises a spectacular view of the Himalayas, including Everest. After pickup from the airstrip we will transfer to Thimphu, the nation’s capital, and check in at the hotel.

Today will be a spontaneous shooting day, as we’ll go exploring in the city and getting to know the streets and the feel of it before the festival tomorrow.

Dinner and overnight at hotel.


DAY 2 – THIMPHU FESTIVAL

Today is a big day in Thimphu. The annual Lhamoi Drupchen, an appeasement rite for Pelden Lhamo, is held in this 11 daytime span. Translated into English as the Glorious Goddess, she is the only member of the female persuasion found in the pantheons of all four schools of Buddhism, and is one of the protecting triumvirate of Bhutan.

We will capture the story of her devotees as we witness the clergy performing three day rites of appeasement and thanks, while the Lham Tsomo, traditional dancers swathed in many folds of bright silk, ribbons, and adorned with masks and headpieces, whirl in cyclones of color across the central courtyard of Tashichodzong. From the gentle to the wrathful, these figures will perform the Ter-Charm sacred dancesthroughout the day.

At night, after a rest, we will head to the Chorten National Memorial, which will give you a different side of the festival and the city to photograph, one of tranquility and lights dotting the peaceful darkness.

Dinner and overnight in hotel.


Day 03 - THIMPHU - PUNAKHA

After breakfast we’ll journey on to Punakha, and like most of our transfers on this trip, it will not only be a period of transport, but a photographic opportunity. The road goes over a dramatically beautiful mountain pass called Dochu La, just over 3,000m up, and into a dense viridian oak forest set in the Phobjikha Valley.

On a clear day the peaks of the Himalayas can be seen through the stalks of bamboo and the unique sprawling foliage. Most valleys in this area are cramped, but this one is singularly wide and open and full of fresh air and green.

Also, Phobjikha is only a few miles down the road. Here we will find and photograph a monastery before continuing down into the valley to the winter hiding place of the elegant black necked cranes.

After our sessions we will dine and have a stroll for more spontaneous shooting around the village.

Overnight at the hotel in Punakha (Altitude 3,000m).


Day 04 - PUNAKHA - GANTHEY

After breakfast we will have a photography session at the Punakha Dzong. This Dzong sits at the crossing of two rivers and is the site of an annual festival. It is also the winter abode of the area monks. The dzong itself is one of the most majestic in the nation, and has a rich history of being both a center of prayer and spiritual guidance but also an administrative seat over various eras. The fortress rises up six stories against a dramatic mountain background and reflects off the running waters that surround it. It was built with the idea of being the embodiment of Buddhist values. No photographic tour, nor photographic story of the Dragon Kingdom would be complete without a visit to this site.

After our time in the dzong we will drive to Wangduephodrang, where we will have another photography session in Rinchegang Village. It is a tiny cluster of houses that face the ruins of the town’s dzong which was destroyed in a recent fire. Here we will have time to see and photograph how the people of small Bhutan villages live and work, getting up close and personal with the locals.

Then we will continue with another visit to Chimi Lhakang, otherwise known as the Temple of Fertility, built in the 15th century.


Finally, in the evening we will have free time to explore the town of Punakha, where you will have the chance to follow your own instinct and interest, photographing whatever takes your fancy as you roam the streets.


We will head towards Ganthey .


On arrival we will explore Phobjikha Valley and its surrounding villages for less structured sessions. These small villages remain as they always have, the people living more or less traditional lives, unaltered and untouched by tourism. We will see their markets and eateries, livestock pens and daily activities such as trade and a few crafters. The valley itself is a dense green haven for many types of wildlife and has a type of magic about it. Seeing it in person gives one the palpable feeling of its age, and it’s easy to imagine it as the home of sleeping ancient dragons.

Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey (Altitude 3000m).

 

Day 05 - GANTHEY FESTIVAL

We will be witnessing the Ganthey Tsechu, the dances and the Festival.

Today we have a special honor. We will get up early to take part in prayer at the Gangtey Monastery, and have a photographic opportunity with the monks, both young and old, chanting their mantras.

This monastery, called Gangtey Goenpa is set up on a small rise from the valley floor, and is the only Nyingmapa Monastery on this side of the mountains. It is also the biggest of its kind in the whole country.


Overnight at the hotel in Gangtey (Altitude 3000m).

 


Day 06 - GANTHEY - TRONGSA

We’ll stop at Chendbji Chorten – which is a mound like structure built on sacred ground and meant to contain relics. This chorten was patterned after the Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, with the eyes of the Gods painted at the four cardinal directions.

After our photo session at this sacred place, we will head on to Trongsa.

Here we will visit the Trongsa Dzong, which is a type of fortress built in 1648, a relic of the Tibetan Buddhist Kingdom. The architecture is massive in style with towering exterior walls surrounding a complex of courtyards, temples, administrative offices, and monks' accommodation.

Overnight at hotel in Trongsa.

 

Day 07 - TRONGSA - BUMTHANG

After breakfast we will bid fond farewell to Trongsa. On the way we will cross the Pela La pass, a mountain road that is marked by large white prayer flags, fluttering like dove wings on the breeze. The forest suddenly gives way to a bamboo forest as the altitude changes.We will leave for Bumthang. 

In the afternoon we’ll take a trip to the Ura Valley and visit Jakar. The road to Jakar winds through sheep pastures and wide open land with sporadic and sudden bursts of forest, and offers an exquisite view of Mt. Gangkhar Puensum. In Ura, the houses are clustered close together, creating small pockets of civilization in an otherwise wild landscape. We will visit and photograph the temple dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, which contains beautiful painted tableaus depicting his teachings.

Overnight at hotel in Bumthang.

 

Day 08 - BUMTHANG FESTIVAL

After breakfast we get to the exciting part: we will attend the Tangbi Mani Festival.

Whirling dancers with carved demonic masks, animals on parade, color, sound, and joy will surround you as you watch the purification ritual take place. This fire blessing, called Mewang, is performed in open space where the monks perform the ritual, and the people jump over flames to become purified from evil. If one jumps the flames thrice it is believed that you will be protected from misfortune for the year, so all people of all walks of life come and participate. We will catch the whole affair with our cameras, telling the story of the Mewang, studying the jumpers, the dancers, the monks, all with the strong backdrop of the Temple.

In the afternoon we will visit and photograph the holy site of Kurje Lhakhang, where the Buddhist ‘saint’ Padmasambhava subdued a demon and left his body imprint on a holy rock. The Jambey Lhakhang Temple was built here in the 7th century to commemorate the event.

Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.

 


Day 09 - BUMTHANG:

Early in the morning we’ll have breakfast, and then time to shoot more of the festival, so you will have the chance to photograph anything you may have missed.

Flight to Paro

Overnight at the Hotel in Paro.

 

Day 10 - PARO, HIKE TO TIGER’S NEST

Today is the day for a new experience; your morning starts after breakfast with a short drive to the base of the Taktshang Monastery. From here we will hike for about 3 hours uphill. Hiking uphill is difficult but the reward waiting for you at the top is unparalleled.

At the top awaits our photography session; the scene unfolding like a lily of fluttering prayer flags dancing across the rolling hill, the green and rock spilling down the mountainside, and the road the leads up to the precious Taktshang Monastery are there for you to capture. The first photo session will be taking time to work with angles, getting the perfect shots to lead up to the second photo session inside the monastery itself.

Taktshang is called the Tiger’s Nest, and was started as a meditation cave in the 17th century. The monastery hangs precariously off a cliff face of sheer rock that plunges almost a kilometer down to the valley floor below. It is named for a legend that the Guru Padmasambhava flew there on the back of a tigress.

There is a cafeteria which overlooks the Tiger’s Nest where we will lunch, and then we will head back to the base of the cliff to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. An incredible story hangs around these ruins, as it was the site where the Bhutanese finally defeated invading Tibetans in the 17th century. From the ruins, the top of Jumolhari, the Mountain of the Goddess, can be seen.

The road back to Paro will have a myriad of opportunities to add to your photographic collection. On the way back you shall be capturing the following:

- Mountain Jumolhari & mountains on the eastern Himalayan range rising up against the clear blue sky.

- Farm Houses and villages, preserved in time, a slice of life from the 16th and 17th century still living and used today as they always have been.

- Local people engaged in daily activities, authenticity, nothing staged.

- Prayer wheels and flags peppering the land, evidence of how interwoven the culture and religion are in this area.

- Breath taking landscapes.

On the way back we will also visit the Kyichu Lhakang temple, the oldest in Bhutan. In order to ‘consecrate’ the entire region of Himalaya as his kingdom, King Songsten Gompo built this temple in the 7th century along with 107 others, though this one is particularly magnificent and an excellent photographic opportunity to capture the exquisite and unique architecture of the time period.

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Paro

 


Day 11 –  PARO-INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for outbound flights. Our representative will help you with exit formalities and then bid you farewell. End of services.

 



EXTENSIONS

KATHMANDU.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE FOLLOWING EXTENSION BEGINS
BEFORE THE MAIN BHUTAN PHOTO TOUR.

 

 

DAY 1  .- KATHMANDÚ - BHAKTAPUR

On arrival, reception at the airport and transfer to hotel in Bhaktapur. We will spend the rest of the day walking the city. A medieval jewel of narrow, labyrinthine alleys, , the diamond of the ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley. The place were we will be staying as our “base camp”. The buildings are made of brick pink and dark carved wood. Bakhtapur belongs to the UNESCO Universal Heritage, and most of the city is pedestrian. The narrow paved streets linking the three main enclaves Durbar, Dattatreya and Taumadhi are studded with temples, forming the most important architecture of Nepal

 

DAY 2.- BHAKTAPUR- BODNATH

We will reach Bodnath, the centre of Tibetan culture in Kathmandu, which has a thriving Buddhist community and the largest stupa in Nepal, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet. We will be at dusk and dawn in the best photographic location and will take advantage the best light, the moments in which the faithful conduct their prayers while we make close contact with people, and the great intimacy of the ceremonies, the city and its fascinating streets . Will be amazed with the sight of dozens of faithful praying while walking in concentric circles around the sacred Stupa illuminated by candlelight. We will be surrounded by more than 50 Tibetan gompas (monasteries) that have been built around Bodnath.

 

DAY 3.- BHAKTAPUR- PASUPATINATH

At dawn we will be in Pashupatinah the most important sacred destination for Hindu Nepal. A remarkable enclave of temples, statues, pilgrims and naga sadhus (naked holy men), the were public cremation ritual baths are made along the Bagmati River.

We will later approach the golden roofs of Changu Narayan, in the eastern part of the Kathmandu Valley. The Hindu Temple Pagoda style, dedicated to Vishnu in his incarnation as Narayan was built in the fourth century and is the oldest of the Kathmandu Valley.

 

Day 4.- BHAKTAPUR

We will remain in Bakhtapur around Durbar Square where famous scenes of films like "Little Buddha" have taken place. Agriculture continues to be developed outside of Bhaktapur and we can enjoy the view of stalls, products and harvest drying on the same floor of the streets as farmers winnow rice and wheat using wicker baskets. The artisans weave fabric and chisel wood in the same sidewalks of the streets, with furnaces in every corner. The neighbours are turning to community wells to collect water and chat with their friends. Transfer to the airport. Flight to Paro

 



Prices per person
6-10 Participants 6950 US$


Supplements
Single room supplement Bhutan 1230 US$
Single Room Supplement Kathmandu Extension 350 US$


Extensions
Kathmandu Extension 1730 US$


TERMS

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE KATHMANDU EXTENSION BEGINS
BEFORE THE MAIN BHUTAN PHOTO TOUR.

 

INCLUDED

 

  • - Internal Flight Bumhtang-Paro
  • - Flight Kathmandu-Bhutan(Optional Extension)
  • - All breakfasts, all dinners all lunches in Bhutan and Kathmandu (Optional Extension)
  • - All specified transfers and transportation
  • - Private air-conditioned vehicle during the tour.
  • - Accommodation in 3 /4 Stars and tourist class hotels.
  • - Hired Models
  • - All activities and visits specified in the itinerary
  • - English speaking guide
  • - Tutoring by photographer/expert Harry Fisch.

 

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

 

  • - International Flights
  • - Personal extras, such as drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.
  • - Visas.
  • - Airport taxes
  • - Any other item not mentioned as included


BOOKING

ALL PHOTO TOURS EXCEPTED CUBA. For the booking and cancelation terms that apply to the Cuba trip please refer to the specific Cuba booking and cancelation policy.

1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:

photography@trekkingyaventura.com


The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:


- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.
- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.
- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.

Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted.
The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit

All passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking & Adventure Ltd.

Terms

Voluntary Participation

By registering for a Nomad Photo Expedition trip , you acknowledge that you have voluntarily applied to participate on this trip and that you have read the description of the trip as it appears in the current catalog or website.

Subject to change

In the event that for any reason whatsoever, such as but not limited to a medical emergency, the originally assigned photographer is unable to accompany the trip, he will be replaced by another photographer with experience in the same destination. Such a change will not be deemed sufficient grounds for a refund other than stated in the cancellation policy.

Prices and itineraries may vary without prior notice until the moment of booking. Itineraries may be altered during the trip depending on photographic interest upon decision of the accompanying photographer.

Health and fitness:

You are expected to be in reasonable shape and fitness and being able to walk for several hours at a normal pace as well as to take care of your own equipment. You could have to transport your own luggage and bags in airports and hotels. By registering in our workshops you attest that you have no physical limitation or incapacity that could create risk to or impact in the rhythm of the rest of the group.


We reserve the right to refuse the participation of any participant not considered suitable due to his fitness level.

The Agent

The pace of each journey, the dedication to one or another theme and/or region, are designed and determined by Harry Fisch based on his experience in the region, research and/or accounts of other travelers, as well as relationships established over the years at various destinations. Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions does not own or operate any entity, which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, minibus, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Harry Fisch or Nomad Photo Expeditions is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any third party.

Travel arrangements, logistics, bookings, support, insurance, and everything related to the activity of a Travel Agent are organized by Viajes Trekking y Aventura c.i.c ma 1038, in accordance with the laws in force.

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

Itinerary Modification & liabilities

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, Trekking & Adventure will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case T&A will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them.

The applicant acknowledges that travel on a Trekking y Aventura trip requires a degree of flexibility, and understands that the trip’s route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances. Should Trekking y Aventura deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or rerouting any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to the applicant if the reason for any major alteration is outside Trekking y Aventura control.


If we cancel the trip in progress, the participant will receive a prorated refund and/or a credit based on the number of days not completed on the expedition. We will not be responsible for any additional expenses incurred by participant in his/her preparation for the trip (e.g., nonrefundable airline tickets visa fees, if applicable clothing, equipment and medical expenses, etc.).

The itineraries and staff presented in this catalog are subject to modification and change by Nomad Photo Expedition. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants.

The maximum number of participants are listed under the workshop/trip details section of each individual workshop. However, we reserve the right to add by up to one, the maximum number of participants per workshop, at any time as well as to include, within the maximum participant´s limits, up to three non-photographer travelers on each trip. These extra people, usually those accompanying their photographer spouse, friend or partner, will not be entitled to any private photography tutoring time.

The participant further acknowledges that weather conditions may be severe, adverse and/or unpleasant and that medical services or facilities may not be readily available or accessible during some or all of the time during which he/she is participating on the trip. Trekking & Adventure reserves the right to request a medical certificate from a participant at any time before departure or during the photo tour. T&A will ultimately determine an individual’s ability to embark upon the photo tour. Once a booking has been accepted, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to the cancellation policy.

While travelling with Trekking y Aventura the applicant agrees to accept the authority of the leader or local operator at all times. The applicant is aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. The applicant understands that Trekking y Aventura reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time.

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

The participant acknowledges that he/she is aware that such a the trip he/she is undertaking in remote areas of the world implies a risk of illness, injury or death which may be caused by forces of nature, illness, or by willful or criminal conduct of third parties or by terrorism. You acknowledge that travel to foreign countries entails unanticipated risks which could result in physical or emotional injury, paralysis, death, or damage to yourself, to property, or to third parties. You understand that such risks simply cannot be eliminated without jeopardizing the essential qualities of the activity. The risks include, among other things: the hazards of walking on uneven terrain (cobblestones) and slips and falls, street muggings, hijacking, your own physical condition.

Booking (All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms).

1) Bookings should be made by email to the following address:

photography@trekkingyaventura.com

The personal information to be supplied is detailed below:

- Full name of the person who is traveling (according to the passport) and ID number.

- Postal address, telephone number, mobile phone and email address.

- Passport details (passport number, date and place of birth, date and place of issue and date of expiry). We advise sending us a scanned image, as it is required at most destinations.

2) A deposit 1.000 US$ per person shall be made. Bookings shall not be considered as firm until evidence of this payment has been provided.

Wire transfers, Visa and / or Master Card, direct deposits, checks and cash are accepted.

The name/s of the person/s who is/are travelling is/are required to appear in all transactions/communications.

Full insurance of initial deposit (All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)

In accordance with the EEC directive. 90/314 all passengers booking with Trekking & Adventure Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit and subsequently the balance of all monies paid, including repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of the travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Trekking y Aventura Ltd. A certificate detailing this cover will be given to each and every passenger as evidence of cover. Please ensure that you have been given the appropriate certificate(s) at the time of booking.

 

Cancelation policy.- (All photo tours excepted Cuba. Scroll down for the special Cuba terms.)

Unless otherwise stated the following cancellation policy applies:

A 1.000 USD deposit is required to book your spot.

Full payment is due no later than 90 days prior to departure unless indicated otherwise in the description of the tour or workshop.

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

Trekking & Adventure Ltd. reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure we’ll give you back your deposit less 300 $.

- Between 91 and 121 days before the departure date, T&A will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

- Less than 91 days before the departure date, 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

- Less than 60 days before the departure date, 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare unless specifically stated on the itinerary ; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not travelling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Passport and Visa

The applicant must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when travelling . Applicants must ensure their passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that they are in possession of the correct visas for the trip they are undertaking. We cannot accept responsibility if the applicant is refused entry to a country due to incorrect visa documentation.

The client acknowledges that it is solely his/her responsibility to ensure that he/she is in possession of the necessary travel documents that may be required in respect of the proposed tour and itinerary as well as all health and other certificates that may be required from time to time. The client acknowledges that Trekking y Aventura is not assuming any obligation or liability .

Accommodation

The accommodation can not always be a high standard when travelling in developing countries so sometimes things will not always run as smoothly as they would in a western country. The further you venture from the beaten track the more basic the standard of accommodation and levels of service. This is all part of your adventure travel experience.

Single Travelers

Accommodations (hotels, tents, and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If the participant prefers single accommodations, he/she must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed in the Trip Itinerary. If the participant is traveling alone and wishes to share accommodations, we will assign him/her a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom the participant can share, he/she is required to pay the single supplement fee

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Trekking y Aventura .

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas. The applicant’s travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability.

We strongly recommend insurance coverage for cancellation be taken at the same time as payment is made, as no exception to the cancellation provisions that can be made. We also recommend provisions for curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects. We recommend the purchase of the optional supplemental travel insurance package to protect oneself in case of an unexpected medical emergency.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it.

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

Photo Release

Trekking y Aventura reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Trekking y Aventura

CUBA PHOTO TOUR. BOOKING & CANCELATION POLICY

On the Cuba People to People Photo Tour (The Travel Agent) , all payments are made directly to the licensed travel agent In Touch Travel Services. All travel arrangements and services for the Cuba People to People trip are provided by In Touch Travel Services LLC under special from the US Treasury Department License No. CT-2014-313005-1, licensed under the guidelines outlined by the United States Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

A deposit of $700 per person is required to guarantee your reservation, which will be applied towards the cost of your tour. Deposits are generally non-refundable, except in rare cases when we cannot confirm all components of a booking at the purchase price.

We strongly suggest to buy a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance, i.e: Travelex, Travelguard , or any other reliable insurance.

FINAL PAYMENT:

Any pending balance must be paid in full at least 90 days prior to departure.

CANCELATION POLICY

All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

We strongly recommend buying a "Cancel for any reason" Trip Cancellation Insurance that can protect you against unforeseen circumstances that might prevent your attendance , and trip cancellation should you unexpectedly need to cancel.

The Travel Agent reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to departure. All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark.

- If you cancel 121 days or more prior to departure The Travel Agent will give you back your deposit less 300 $.

- Between 120 and 91 days before the departure date, The Travel Agent will retain your full deposit and/or partial payment as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

- Less than 91 days before the departure date, The Travel Agent will retain 50% of the price of the tour as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation . Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

- Less than 60 days before the departure date, The Travel Agent will retain 100 % of the price of the tour .

Any airline tickets issued are subject to the carrier’s refund policy. Leaving an expedition in progress, for any reason whatsoever, will not result in a refund, and no refunds will be made for any unused portions of an expedition. No refunds will be given for unused hotel rooms, meals, sightseeing trips, or trek arrangements.

We reserve the right to cancel any trip because of inadequate enrollment that makes the trip economically infeasible to operate or because of our concerns with respect to the safety, health, or welfare of the participants. If an expedition is canceled by us prior to departure, the Travel Agent will provide the participant with a full refund of monies paid to them; except in the event cancellation is due to a significant event that makes it infeasible to operate the expedition as planned, in which case he will provide the participant with a refund and/or credit toward a future Nomad Photo Expedition trip equivalent to monies paid to them.

IMPORTANT: The information provided herein is a brief summary, but not a comprehensive description of payment policy by our partner People to People Licensed Travel Agency. It is very important that all travelers understand the cancellation policy. If it is not clear, please contact us for clarification and a complete description.


All itineraries provide a full time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interactions between you and individuals in Cuba. U.S. law requires that all persons who participate in this program adhere to this full time schedule, and imposes on The Travel Agent the obligation to ensure such adherence.