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India and Nepal: Rishikesh, Haridwar, Varanasi and Kathmandu Photo Tour

INDIA:, APR. 07 - APR. 20, 2018  6950 US$DEPARTURE DATES

A special, deep, profound India Photo Tour for photographers of all levels. With an intensive stay in Varanasi and the Kathmandu Valley. The India portion will include a photographic immersion in Haridwar, Rishikesh and a few days in Varanasi. When in Nepal we will be in Kathmandu

Varanasi is the city that represents all the spiritual and boiling India. We will get to know a different Varanasi to the one other tourists see. With time to enjoy our stay in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shamans, boatmen, pilgrims, cows, tourists, barbers, and fake Sadhus. We will cross to the other side of the river where no one normally goes, to admire the city from another perspective and witness the daily coming and going of pilgrims. We will stroll though the back streets of the ghats, the alleys, and discover temples outside the normal tourist route. We will meet people there, and wait for the certainty of the unexpected to happen.

Please visit my personal work on Varanasi as well as some posts on my Varanasi at dawn . This is where I took in 2012 the picture that won and later lost the National Geographic Photo World Contest. Here a few from Kathmandu.

Have a look at the Video 

HIGHLIGHTS

•The enjoyement of  photography with intensity accompanied by a professional travel photographer who understands the secrets of  Varanasi and Kathmandu. The hidden locations.

 

•Organised set photo sessions, special locations, discoveries. I am photographing India and Nepal at least three times each year since more than twelve years...

 

•Our daily life in Benares, staying beside the Ganges, in contact with the people of our Gaht: pilgrims, barbers, flower salesmen, boatmen, Holy Men and the occasional tourist.

 

•We will cross to the other side of the Ganges, rarely visited by anyone

 

•Enjoy a  photographic coverage of  the old city, the temples, and witness the vicissitudes of Varanasi and Kathmandu.

 

•The Gath’s, some hidden temples, the religious life on the Ganges.

 

•The early morning and evening ceremonies next to the river.

 

•Strolls along the streets of the city, the photographic corners observing the cultural diversity of the different ethnical groups.

 

•Dusk in Kathmandu, Bodnath  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, enjoying the life of the people and the city at very special locations.

 

•Our discovery of the Budhist monasteries in a different Kathmandu, enjoying the life of the people and the city at very special locations.

 

This Photo Tour will be about offering the maximum photographic opportunities and inspired on the approach of a a Photographic Workshop. Not academic but possibly as intense. We will conduct a few photographic reviews and discussions, but it will be mostly about experiencing a personal contact with people. A laptop and processing software (Photoshop, Lightroom, etc..) is highly recommended.

Our days will be really busy reaching the Ghats to photograph, amongst remains of wreaths and cremation ashes, Brahmins offering ritual shaving, dressed bathing women. Bearded, hirsute Holy Men, bare feet, watching stunned families bathing dressed in bright Indian saris. Groups of pilgrims down the huge wooden barges. Then the calm of our hotel, close to the Ganges, attending dinner before the night ceremony. In the calm of "our" Ganges. We will go down the sacred river in our boat and visit an “akhara”, a gymnasium where Kursty fighters train and compete. If we are lucky we will be able to make a photo coverage of their workouts.

How to approach the subject, the preparation, the photographic vision, analysis of the situation. We will have the chance to shoot spontaneous and also formal portraits with proper preparation.

We will be concerned, above all, with the “making off” itself: a mix of  practical and theoretical knowledge and practical advice in order to attain a better understanding on what draws the eye and how to enhance the element that attires our attention allowing us to converse on a daily basis about technical problems, doubts or personal matters as they arise.

Deciding the story

Set a script of what we want to show and decide which are the important images that will support the story.

The vision

Learn how to train the vision and express it through a personal style. Most often this is what differentiates a photographer from another.

Some days later we fly to the World Heritage site of the Valley of Kathmandu where an ethnic, cultural and architectural variety will be seen which is unique for photography. In Nepal, we will stay overnight not in Kathmandu itself but in Bakhtapur an extraordinary, quiet and calm zone of the city and will enjoy sunset and sunrise in the best photographic locations possible, taking advantage of the special light. We will witness the prayers of the faithful, and appreciate the city and its fascinating streets. A place of monuments without precedents and the unique amalgam of Hinduism, Buddhism and Tantrism that marks the rich religious and cultural inheritance of the city.

From there we will visit the valley, the temples. The place where the Sadhus sleep before their daily activity. We will see the Himalayas and meet in our daily wanderings the Sherpa, Chettris and Newaris tribes, as well as the Rais, Limbus, Tamangs and Magars.

Bakhtapur belongs to the UNESCO Universal Heritage, and most of the city is pedestrian. 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 .

On the mornings we will usually start at dawn in order to be at the place when the first prayers begin. It will nearly be night photography, with candle lights. On the afternoon, again depending on the day, we will explore hidden places of the old city before dinner. Depending on the day and the photographic opportunities it will be time for a break, some organisation of our pictures and eventually a photographic analysis and discussion of the work done. Later, when the light will be appropriate, we will walk in the old city with its narrow alleys. Only then the sun enters and transforms everything.

An unforgettable photographic expedition.

This trip was my third with Harry, after two in India, and a true testament to his ability and to the opportunities he exposes us to is that I am planning trips number four and five only 10 days after my return from Ethiopia.

The trip to Ethiopia was a dream come true. It felt as though I had been dropped right into the pages of National Geographic Magazine, which I read as a child, and which instilled a thirst for travel to Africa.

Harry ‘s organization and guidance leave nothing to chance. He uses wonderful people on the ground to drive, guide, and make each experience seamless. The festivals and amazing opportunities, remote and wonderful locations are trademarks of his trips.

Harry is a genuine character, with a wonderful sense of humour, an eye for the magic in photographic situations, and a natural teacher’s ability to explain how to make use of light,
line and composition in our shots.

Thank you Harry for an unforgettable experience.

Ynda Greenberg (Toronto, Ontario)



ITINERARY


Day 1. DELHI– HARIDWAR

Early morning train to Haridwar. On arrival transfer by cycle rickshaws to our hotel on the river.

Our hotel is situated right in the middle of this pilgrimage city. Our ride will be through small lanes and by lanes of shops selling religious artifacts for the pilgrims.

Afternoon walking tour of its narrow streets followed by a visit to the ghats. Evening participate in the fire ceremony on the Ganges.

 

Day 2. HARIDWARD– RISHIKESH– HARIDWAR

Early morning, visit again the ghats to see the atmosphere of the morning.

Later, our visit to Rishikesh, the place where Beatles had come in 1960’s looking for nirvana! and its various Ashrams.

On the banks of the Ganges River, Rishikesh stands at the point where the Garhwal mountains rise abruptly from the Gangetic plains. Its many ashrams, ­ some very clearly ascetic, some verging on opulent, ­continue to draw devotees and followers from around the world. The whole place is considered to be sacred, as it is believed that meditation here leads to attainment of salvation. There are a number of beautiful temple here and it is an area of astounding beauty.

 

Day 3. HARIDWAR– DELHI- VARANASI

Morning train back to Delhi. On arrival, transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Varanasi.


DAYS 4, 5, 6, 7 - VARANASI.

Early Flight to Varanasi.

We will be in Varanasi, calmly, with time to enjoy our stay in contrast to the hustle and bustle of Shamans, boatmen, pilgrims, cows, tourists, barbers, and fake Sadhus. We will cross to the other side of the river where no one normally goes, to admire the city from another perspective and witness the daily coming and going of pilgrims. We will stroll though the back streets of the ghats, the alleys, and discover temples outside the normal tourist route. We will meet people there, and wait for the certainty of the unexpected to happen.

On the mornings we will usually start at dawn in order to be at the place when the first prayers begin at the Ganges. It will nearly be night photography, with candle lights. Later we will be walking the Gahts. Each of them is different and worshippers from different regions come to pray their particular gods.

Depending on the day and the photographic opportunities it will be time for a break, some organisation of our pictures and eventually a photographic analysis and discussion of the work done. Later, when the light will be appropriate, we will walk in the old city with its narrow alleys. Only then the sun enters and transforms everything.

On the afternoon, again depending on the day, we will explore hidden places of the old city before the Arati ceremony before dinner. We will go down the sacred river in our boat and visit an “akhara”, a gymnasium where Kursty fighters train and compete. If we are lucky we will be able to make a photo coverage of their workouts.

Our days will be really busy reaching the Ghats to photograph, amongst remains of wreaths and cremation ashes, Brahmins offering ritual shaving, dressed bathing women. Bearded, hirsute Holy Men, bare feet, watching stunned families bathing dressed in bright Indian saris. Groups of pilgrims down the huge wooden barges. Then the calm of our hotel, attending dinner before the night ceremony. In the calm of "our" Ganges.

 

DAY 8.- FLIGHT VARANASI/DELHI

Free morning and hotel until 12:00. Later we will be taken to the airport to Delhi. Free Day in Delhi

 

DAY 9.- FLIGHT DELHI/KATHMANDÚ. BHAKTAPUR

In time, transfer to airport and flight to Kathmandu. 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 10,11,12,13.- BHAKTAPUR- KATHMANDU VALLEY

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.

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.

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.


DAY 14.- KATHMANDÚ. TRANSFER TO AIRPORT.

Transfer to the airport, flight to Delhi. Connection with International Flights.



Prices per person
9-10 Participants 6950 US$


Supplements
SIngle Room 1530 US$


TERMS

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and for 9-10 travelers (see the surcharge for less if aplicable). A limited quantity of single-occupancy rooms are available for an additional charge.

 

The maximum number of participants are listed under "Maximum Group" in the Price 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.

 

INCLUDED

 

-Workshop with Harry Fisch.

 

-One Internal Return Flight and one International Flight: Delhi/Varanasi/Delhi as well as the flight Delhi/Kathmandu

 

-All Meals excepted day 14

 

-All Tips

 

-Reception at airport on arrival and departure.

 

-Transport as specified.

 

-Lodging 1st class hotel in Delhi and local hotel in Varanasi, double room, double occupancy. Private bath and air conditioned. Good local hotel in Kathmandu, double room, double occupancy.

 

-Visit and activities as specified in the itinerary.

 

 

NON INCLUDED

 

-International flights

 

-Alcohol of any kind on the meals

 

-Personal extras, drinks, laundry, phone, etc..

 

-Camera insurance

 

-Visa.

 

-Airline taxes

 

-Any item not expressly defined 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

Cancelation policy
Unless otherwise stated (scroll down for Cuba specific cancellation policy) 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. <br
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.

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 Trekking&Adventure (The Travel Agent) will give you back your deposit less 300 $.
- Between 120 and 91 days before the departure date, Trekking&Adventure (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, Trekking&Adventure (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, Trekking&Aventura (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, 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. (See Terms)