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INTRODUCTION - Nepal Adventure
The NEPAL ADVENTURES: A Trek in the Helambu Region of the Langtang National Park is about the adventures of two men, one in his sixties and one in his twenties, that spend four days trekking in the mountains of Nepal. They share their experience of meeting the people and children in the mountain villages, the trail-side and village Stupas (Buddhist shrines), the mountain-side Gompa (Tibetan monastery) in Tarkingyang, and spectacular mountain views. The DVD includes an interview with the author about his experiences while traveling in the Kathmandu valley and time spent with a Nepali farming family in Mulpani.
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Hundreds of splendid photographs have been digitally manipulated to create a near-motion-picture video presentation. Additionally, animated trail maps show the progress of the trekkers on a day by day basis which allows the viewer to remain connected with the trekkers and become part of the trek.
Music on the DVD is by the well known Nepali music group SUR SUDHA, whom we met while in Nepal and whom we also hosted during their 2004 USA tour. For Nepali music, their CDs are phenomenal. Sur Sudha
Total running time is about fifty minutes and provides not only great photography but also educational elements about Stupas, prayer wheels and other facets of Buddhism and Nepali life. The DVD is available in NTSC (North America) and PAL (Asian and European) video formats.
BACKGROUND - Vidiographer's notes
I was sitting in my office one morning when one of our freelance designers mentioned that he had just received a grant from his University to return to Nepal and develop a documentary about the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu. I jokingly said: "Do you need someone to carry your tripod?" There was a laugh, a slight pause, a reflective moment, and the question hung in the air "Why Not?"
Admittedly I was in my early sixties at the time, and when one passes the half century mark, one tends to think of things not yet accomplished in life. While going to Nepal had not been on my wish list of life accomplishments, it had great appeal. My wife, while understandably not excited about my being gone for three weeks, was supportive of the adventure. William, the young student, would be in Nepal for ten weeks.
Plane reservations were made in the Summer of '01. New digital cameras and equipment were purchased, and all was made ready for travel. For myself, I set upon a rigorous hiking program through the local woods. Full backpack and equipment were my constant companion. I was determined that the "senior" would keep up with the "college" student ... well ... in hiking anyway.
Plane tickets were for the end of September ... and we all remember what happened on the 11th. Our scheduled flight would have taken us over the war zone ... so we postponed our trip to the end of October and took a Pacific route. American Airlines was most understanding and accommodated us with a complete refund when we rescheduled.
While in Nepal I took about 2,000 digital images with my Canon PowerShot G1. I had a 1GB microdrive which, at medium resolution, had space left over when I returned home. Our primary focus was the Boudanath stupa in Kathmandu. We also visited many of the other Buddhist and Hindu religious sites, stayed with a farming family in Mulpani, visited Baktapur and Patan, but in general, just hung out in Kathmandu.
Our attitude while in Nepal was not that of tourists, but as those who wish to absorb the culture and become a part of it as well as we could. While Will would sometimes opt for a Nepali replica of Pizza, I ate only local foods ... but drank bottled beverages ... beer, water, beer, tea, beer, that kind of stuff.
We selected a trekking route of less renown that would take us into the mountains and, allow us, as best we could, experience Nepal. The DVD is of that adventure and I invite you to come along ... stow away in our backpacks, meet the people and places of our trek.
The complete photographic journal of my three weeks in Nepal can be found at Nepal Adventure.
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