There are endless opportunities to make a wonderful photographic record of your trek. Most trekkers bring digital cameras to take plentiful photographs and/or shoot video, although some still prefer film cameras. SLR cameras, with their increased telephoto capability, can record outstanding images and video clips.
It is unlikely that you will be able to purchase extra memory cards while on the trek, so make sure you bring plenty with you, and of the correct type. These can be purchased in Kathmandu before departure for your trek, although our advice would be to bring enough with you from home.
The higher we get, the shorter will be the battery life of your electronics. Luckily, there are plentiful opportunities at most lodges on the trail to recharge camera batteries. This is a paid service, however, and charges range from 100 to 300 NPR per hour of charging. You will need a plug adaptor (Nepali two prong type), but these are readily available in Kathmandu. Alternately, you can carry your own small solar charger – sun is plentiful and you can easily charge one battery set during the day while using another.
Here are some tips to help conserve battery life for digital cameras:
- minimize reviewing of photos on LCD screen;
- use the eyepiece rather than the LCD screen to take photos or video;
- bring spare batteries if you have them;
- keep your spare batteries warm by wrapping them in clothing.
Camera buffs bring with them filters to enhance the light conditions, as well as lightweight tripods to get those really steady shots. It also is a very good idea to bring a lens cleaning kit as there is no shortage of dust which will invariably make its way to your lens. A LensPen is a particularly handy device which does well on the trail.