Camp Highlights

  • Camp led by legendary Canadian mountaineer Pat Morrow
  • Hone your photography skills with personalized coaching
  • Visit the Khumbu region of Nepal - home of the Sherpa people
  • All in the shadow of some of the world's most spectacular peaks

Dates & price

  •  Dec 1st - 14th, 2019
  • $4,950 + Tax / Person

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Join Pat Morrow for a Photo Workshop on the Everest Trail in Nepal

Do you have a burning desire to travel to the Himalaya, with the added bonus of learning how to document your kickass journey in stills and video?

ACC Honorary member Pat Morrow has spent over 1000 days on assignment for magazine and book publishers, and television broadcasters documenting mountain culture, mountaineering (6 expeditions), mountain biking and trekking expeditions throughout the Himalaya.

In conjunction with the ACC, and long time Sherpa friends from the Khumbu region, he is offering an adventure photo and video workshop in the Khumbu region of Nepal amongst some of the most spectacular peaks and friendliest people in the world.

Timed to avoid the crowds of high season, this lodge and teahouse trek is limited to 6 participants. The small group size is intended to maximize the learning experience and be less obtrusive when photographing fellow travellers and locals along the trail.

Daily coaching on how to operate your digital camera, artistic and journalistic techniques developed over a 35+ year freelance career, and nightly critiques of your images on your laptop screen are guaranteed to accelerate the learning curve. You will also acquire the basics of post-processing to bring out hidden details in your images.

Camp Objectives

Round trip trek from KTM to Tengboche Monastery with mountain and cultural photography being the emphasis.  We'll keep the group small so participants get maximum attention from their instructor, and have better opportunities when it comes to intimate photography of the locals.

Day by Day Adventure Itinerary 
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  • We'll be visiting the Khumbu valley at the heart of Sherpa country, and we’ll get a chance to see the homes and villages of some of Nepal’s most accomplished mountaineers. Pat has friends in high places, and we’ll be dropping in to visit some of them for a cup of tea, or a glass of the local spirits, rakshi or chang. In order to acclimatize, we’ll be putting in relatively short days hiking between guest houses – which will give us plenty of extra time for side excursions and even some night photography. Once the course has finished, participants are encouraged to take advantage of their acclimatization and continue on their own trek in the region.

  • The below itinerary is subject to change if circumstances require additional acclimatization of the group or if situations come up that offer better photography opportunities.

    Day 1:
    Arrival in Kathmandu/Time For Decompressing Accommodations: the venerable Kathmandu Guest House at the hub of the Thamel district. You’ll be picked up at the airport and escorted to the KGH. At dinner, meet your fellow participants, and receive workshop overview.

    Day 2: Sightseeing Sightseeing To help overcome jet lag, we’ll have an easy day visiting one of the classic gathering places of Buddhist pilgrims from all over Nepal, Boudhanath Stupa and start to document your Himalayan experience. Frances Klatzel, a Canadian who has lived and worked with the Sherpa people on several projects since the early ‘80s, will give her Sherpa culture talk to our group.

    Day 3: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding (2610m) - 3-4 hrs - on the early morning flight to the Tenzing-Hillary airport in Lukla (possibly in a Canadian-built Twin Otter) you’ll get an opportunity to grab some aerials, sitting on left side of the plane, of the central Himalaya.

    Day 4: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m) - 5-6 hours - enter Sagarmatha National Park and climb gradually through scented forests of Chir pines and rhododendrons. Cross the soaring suspension bridge over the Dudh Kosi river. Weather permitting, we get our first sight of Everest. Namche Bazaar is the picturesque capital of Sherpa country, and offers startling views of the mountains all around.

    Day 5: Namche Bazaar rest day. Namche Bazaar rest day. We’ll practice some high altitude “street” photography in the bustling core of this village, cupped in an amphitheater with bone-eating lammergeyer vultures soaring above. If he’s in situ, pay a visit to photographer Lhakpa Sonam Sherpa, at his Sherpa Culture museum. Visit the cultural heart of the community at the Visitor Centre in the gompa (temple).

    Day 6: Khunde and Khumjung (3,840 m) - 1.5 hours - acclimatization hike to the lofty villages that provided the high altitude porters for the 1982 Canadian Mt Everest expedition. A chance to meet some of these veterans and their families. And pay a visit to the Sherpa-run hospital established by the Hillary Foundation and staffed for many years by Kiwi and Canuck doctors.

    Day 7: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,870m) - 3.5 hours - on our way to the most famous monastery in the region there’s a better than average chance we’ll see the long-haired Himalayan Tahr and get some portraits of these handsome goat-like creatures.

    Day 8: Tengboche rest day, visit the gompa of this first and largest celibate monastery in the Khumbu and, time-permitting, hike partway up slope for elevated views of Ama Dablam and the 8000ers at the head of the Gokyo Valley.

    Day 9: Tengboche to Pangboche, (4018 m) - 2-3 hours - a chance to photograph the musk deer that hang out amongst the birch and rhododendron trees just downslope from the monastery. We’ll overnight at almost the elevation of Mt Augusta in the Yukon’s St Elias range, in the home village of the first person to climb Everest five times, Sungdare Sherpa, who led Laurie Skreslet to the top in ’82. Pangboche village temple, built 350 years ago, is the oldest in the Khumbu region.

    Day 10: Pangboche to Tengboche (3,870m) - 2-3 hours - Pangboche to Phortse (3810m) 4-5 hours This tiny village is distinguished by the fact that it contains the highest concentration of Sherpas who have climbed Everest. We’ll drop into the Khumbu Climbing Center, established by the Alex Lowe Charitable Organization, which trains Nepalis (mostly Sherpa) to carry and guide on the high peaks. Also visit Dawa Nuru, the Sherpa who has helped more Canadians reach the top of Everest than any other.

    Day 11: Phortse to Mong-la (3963 m) - 2 hours - perched on a ridge high above the Dudh Koshi River, Mong-la is a cluster of guesthouses with an awesome view of the satellite peaks of Everest. We can practice our astrophotography on the skies above Kantega and Thamserku peaks.

    Day 12: Mong-la to Namche Bazaar - 4 hours - stop on our way for a cup of tea in Sanasa, where another of the ’82 Sherpas is seasonally based.

    Day 13: Namche Bazaar to Lukla - 6-7 hours - one of our longer days, but we’ll be shooting our way mostly downhill.

    Day 14: Lukla flight to KTM Free day to explore the busy streets of the capital with our cameras, and a celebratory banquet and photo critique.

    Alternative option:
    For those of you who want to stick around to further explore the area independently, consider an add-on trip either from Tengboche or Namche, and continue on to either base camp or Gokyo lakes for great views of Everest! Contact the office to discuss possible arrangements to accommodate this. 
Is this Camp For Me?
Intermediate

This camp is designed for people with some alpine hiking experience. We will be taking our time, slowly acclimatizing to the altitude - maximum elevation reached will be around 4300 m. You must have a good level of fitness, and be able to carry up to a 10 kg (20 lb) daypack with clothing and camera equipment for several hours. Daily temperatures will likely be above freezing level for most days, and dip below freezing at night when we are snug in our sleeping bags inside a lodge or guesthouse.

Food, Accommodation and Guiding

Food

Other than transfer days, all meals will be included. 

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kathmandu will be in the venerable Kathmandu Guest House, the first Nepali establishment to open its doors to international backpackers. During the trek, accommodation will be in the form of more rustic style teahouse accommodation.

Guiding

This camp is co-led by a Sherpa guide who lives in one of the villages that provided the high altitude porters for the first Canadian Everest expedition in 1982. Pat will coordinate the camp on the ground in Nepal.

  • “Participants will get maximum attention from their instructor, and have better opportunities when it comes to up close and personal photography of the locals"
  • “I’ve visited the Himalaya every month of the year, and have inside knowledge that it'll be great to be in the Khumbu on a workshop at a time when the locals actually outnumber the tourists!”
  • Check out some of Pat's photography here!
- Comments from Pat -

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Included WITH YOUR CAMP FEE

  • Accommodation in Kathmandu (Kathmandu Guest House)
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • First night welcome dinner, last night farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Flight cost between Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu
  • 3 meals a day plus tea while trekking (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea)
  • Accommodation while trekking in twin sharing lodges/guesthouses
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Trek permit fees & National Park entrance fees
  • Porters to carry personal and group equipment

Participants Must Provide

  • Personal Expenses
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water, hot water
  • Restaurant meals on inbound and outbound travel days
  • Flights to and from Kathmandu

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Pat Morrow

Pat Morrow is one of Canada’s most renowned mountaineers. In 1982 he became the second Canadian to climb Mount Everest. Four years later he was the first person to complete the Seven Summits, having climbed the highest peak on each continent. In recent years, Morrow has worked extensively with the Conrad Kain Centennial Society, as chair and as organizer of the Bugaboos Teens mountaineering program, introducing Columbia Valley teens to alpine adventure.

For 13 years he man-hauled the booze sled for Heather and Mike Mortimer, who organized Alpine Club of Canada-sponsored trips to Elizabeth Parker Hut to showcase the splendours of the Canadian Rockies and the ACC’s magnificent hut system to guests of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, including some of the world’s top climbers. Much more than an accomplished mountaineer, Morrow is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker (Musashi in 2002; The Magic Mountain in 2005) and best-selling author (Beyond Everest: Quest for the Seven Summits).

During the ACC centennial celebrations in 2006, Morrow volunteered his time and resources to produce a film capturing Parks Canada’s Mountain WIT theatre’s biographical play about Elizabeth Parker and the formation of the ACC. This film has become a valuable part of the ACC’s cultural history. Morrow’s other awards include the Bill March Summit of Excellence Award (Banff Mountain Film Festival, 1990), Member of the Order of Canada in 1987, and Patron of the ACC/ACMG Mountain Guides Ball in 2010. Pat Morrow was awarded the Alpine Club of Canada’s President’s Award in 1988 and in 1996 and ACC Honorary Membership in 2012. In 2017, he and his wife Baiba received the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

Pat has given video and photo workshops in diverse locations, from back country skiing in the Purcell wilderness (Ptarmigan Tours/Boulder Hut) to Banff National Park (University of Calgary Outdoor Pursuits Program), the mountains and valleys of the Interior Ranges (Thompson Rivers University - Adventure Guide’s Program), photographing breaching orcas onboard Island Roamer in Johnstone Strait (Emily Carr College), filming grizzlies in The Great Bear Rainforest (Mothership Adventures), and skiing in the Coast Range near Whistler, B.C. (Whistler Centre for the Arts).

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