DATES // MAY 4-14, 2021
NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS // 18
COST // $7,000 CAD. See inclusions below.
PHOTOGRAPHY LEVELS // All
PHYSICAL RATING // Advanced
WHERE YOU’LL STAY // Lodges + Camping
Are you interested in one-of-a-kind adventure and want to come exploring and trekking with a group of creative photographers through some of the most spectacular cultural locations and scenery that the Himalaya have to offer? Join OFFBEAT as we run our “Karma Kingdom” 11-day, 10-night trip into mysterious and always-beautiful Bhutan in May 2021. Come experience mountain beauty, nature, forests, wilderness, spirits, temples, a wide range of flora and fauna, yaks, night skies, and incredible culture.
Photos by Chad O’Hare.
INS AND OUTS
- all-inclusive during workshop dates from start point (flight into Bhutan from Thailand until arrival back in Thailand), including meals (no alcohol), in-country transportation in Bhutan, accommodations (lodges + camping)
- round-trip flight from Bangkok, Thailand, to Paro, Bhutan
- photography instruction
What’s Not Included:
- airfare to/from Bangkok, Thailand
- accommodation or transportation in Bangkok, Thailand
- personal expenses including alcohol
- required travel insurance
BHUTAN AT A GLANCE
Mountains ⋅ Nature ⋅ Forests ⋅ Wilderness ⋅ Spirits ⋅
Temples ⋅ Yaks ⋅ Night Skies ⋅ Diverse Flora and Fauna
YOUR OFFBEAT INSTRUCTORS
PAUL ZIZKA // LEADER
Specializing in photographing in difficult conditions and hard-to-reach places, Paul has a passion for shooting alpine sports and backcountry experiences, capturing the spirit of adventurers and finding unusual angles of common mountain subjects. As a landscape photographer, he particularly enjoys the challenge of capturing nature’s beauty at night and the unique features that come with a dark sky – stars, Northern Lights and dramatic silhouettes. Paul’s award-winning photos have been featured in a variety of publications, including National Geographic, Maclean’s, Alpinist, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Islands, and Climbing magazine.
DAVE BROSHA // LEADER
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Prince Edward Island-based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of the most extreme and pristine environments in the world or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave has also lived in Asia and has travelled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of his native country and numerous countries abroad. An explorer at heart, his images – no matter what the genre – are full of heart and soul, and are a testament to the human spirit.
A detailed itinerary can be reviewed on the event registration page.
NOTE: The itinerary can and will change based on weather conditions, among other factors. Participants are expected to be flexible to the group’s needs.
Now, this is an adventure like none other that OFFBEAT has offered before – to a country that isn’t as easy to travel to or through as other countries (which is also part of its appeal) – so we want to be clear about this incredible adventure to make sure it’s the right fit for you before you consider signing up.
– For starters, this will be the first-ever OFFBEAT adventure that is primarily hiking/trekking. This 11-day, 10-night workshop (May 4-14, 2020 official dates) will see our group spend roughly 2.5 days first drive-touring +hiking to one of Bhutan’s most spectacular sites (the famed “Tiger’s Nest” monastery – Paro Taktsang – a spectacular Himalayan Buddhist temple on the cliffside of the upper Paro valley). We will spend 8 days completely off-the-grid from the regular world (note: this means self-sufficient camping and almost entirely out of “cell” range/connection to outside world although we will have communications for emergency purposes only), trekking through some of the most incredible scenery the Himalaya have to offer, doing a portion of what’s known as the Jumolhari Trek.
– The event starting point will be Bangkok, Thailand from where participants will fly to Paro, Bhutan on May 4th. Participants will need to be in Bangkok and ready to fly on the morning of May 4th so it is advisable to arrive in Thailand a little earlier to guard against delays and allow some recovery from jet lag.
– This workshop is primarily trekking/hiking and requires participants to be able to travel primarily under their own power, at elevation, covering distances of up anywhere from 8 to 20KM daily (note: at a slow pace). Some portions of the hike can be classified as “moderate-to-difficult”. You do not need to be a technical mountaineer by any means to sign up for this but you DO need to be adventurous, and realize that this trip is not about creature comforts (although our guides will make sure it’s still relatively comfortable).
– As mentioned, this will be a workshop that has altitude! Now, altitude impacts everyone a different way. You can be the fittest person on earth and altitude can impact you in ways you don’t expect. You’re not in a “high Everest” danger zone but you’re up there during portions of this trek for sure…we and our team of guides will do everything to return you safely to a lower level should you’re negatively impacted and feel you can’t go on.
– This is a trek unlike Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal, which has pretty established tourist facilities (but also thousands and thousands and thousands of trekkers…it’s become the “Iceland of trekking” and can be a bit overwhelming). The beauty of this adventure is we will have most of the areas of the country that we explore to ourselves…but with that comes far less tourist facilities. Our group will be self-sufficient and will camp each night on the trek portion (hotels/lodges for the initial days and touring). We will be with a team of experienced Bhutan local guides who will set up our camp each night (we will stay in a series of two-person tents. NOTE: our guides will set us up nice raised beds and will deliver tea right to your door each morning).
– we will have horses! Yes, horses will carry the camping stuff, all our food, etc. And your bigger bags. You’ll be just expected to carry your own day bag, including camera equipment and water and snacks.
Please visit our FAQs for more information on What to Bring, our Physical Ratings and Photography Levels.
IS THIS PHOTO TOUR FOR YOU?
- Hiking experience // Prior hiking experience and good physical condition is required.
- Pace //Fast pace on short trails or steady pace on longer trails.
- Distance/Description // Hikes may be >15 km (10 miles), with consistent and steep elevation change and rugged terrain. Terrain will vary and include some off-trail, rough spots and potentially unexpected obstacles.
- Footwear // Hiking boots are required.
Photography Level (ALL): This photo tour is open to both amateur and professional photographers.
INSURANCE AND CANCELLATION POLICY
INSURANCE: It is not only advised but required that photo tour participants have trip cancellation/interruption insurance, as well as emergency medical/illness insurance and rescue coverage (proof required within 4 months of departure).
Weather and other unforeseen factors can cause delays in travel, particularly from some of our more remote locations. It is the participant’s responsibility to cover any costs in the case of a travel delay of any length. Please ensure your trip cancellation/interruption insurance accommodates this possibility.
By purchasing a spot you are acknowledging that you accept these conditions.
OFFBEAT TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Please take the time to review OFFBEAT’s Terms and Conditions, including our Cancellation Policies. You are required to agree to these in order to confirm your registration. Effective June 16, 2020.