Introduction

I have run hundreds of professional slide presentations since 1993 – primarily in Kathmandu, but also in the U.K., Canada, the U.S.A., and Australia.

My main speciality is the Nepal Himalaya - I have spent several months of each year since 1984 trekking and photographing in this region. The presentations provide an in-depth look at the various mountain regions including the standard trekking trails, unusual route variations, the different ethnic groups (with their cultures, traditions, religions and festivals), the wildlife, mountain anecdotes, and some of the history of climbing in the Himalaya.

The presentations in Kathmandu last for about 1 hour and 40 minutes.  These shows are primarily designed for people about to leave on a trek who need reliable, updated information on trekking in Nepal or on some unusual alternative routes (including several which are not covered by any of the major trekking guide books).  Many people, however, attend just for the entertainment value of the presentations!

The Kathmandu shows are followed by a question-and-answer session that provides an excellent opportunity to obtain independent and impartial advice on all aspects of trekking in Nepal.  This is also an ideal forum for independent trekkers looking for trekking partners.

The Kathmandu presentations have been strongly recommended by several of the major guide books, including "Nepal" and "Trekking In The Nepal Himalaya" (both Lonely Planet Publications), "Trekking In Nepal" (The Mountaineers, Seattle), and "Trekking In The Annapurna Region", "Trekking In The Everest Region" and "Trekking In Langtang, Helambu & Gosainkund" (all Trailblazer Publications, U.K.).

The presentations in the West contain the same slides, but run for only 1 hour and 20 minutes as the focus here is on entertainment rather than on trekking advice.  However, there is a question-and-answer session after the show for those people seeking more detailed information.

There are four different Nepal Himalaya presentations:

  1. “Everest” – covering the approach routes to the highest mountain in the world, the famous Sherpa people, the wildlife of the region, and a brief look at the history of climbing on Mount Everest.
  2. “An Evening In The Nepal Himalaya" - covering the Annapurna region of western Nepal. This is the most popular trekking region in the country with majestic mountains, constantly changing scenery and an incredible variety of ethnic groups.
  3. "Off-The-Beaten-Trek In The Nepal Himalaya" - covering the Langtang region of central Nepal (the third most popular trekking area in the country), the little-visited Manaslu Circuit in central Nepal, and the Kangchenjunga region of far-eastern Nepal with some of the most stunning mountain scenery to be found anywhere in the world.
  4. "Nepal's Wild West" - definitely the wildest of my shows, covering the restricted high-altitude desert Kingdom of Mustang, plus the remote Dolpo region of far-western Nepal (home of the elusive snow leopard and a thriving medieval Tibetan culture).

I also have another slide presentation on the Tibetan plateau (“Travels On The Roof Of The World”) which covers the challenging journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa, and further shows on other regions are also in preparation.