September 22 - September 27, 2018
Join us in the Hunza Valley, the most exotic of sights in northern Pakistan. The beauty of this mountain paradise which was once a princely state is matchless; from the soft blossoms of apricot trees to the dark snow capped rock monuments. It’s where one is reminded of Pakistan being a land of serene and peaceful landscapes.
Hunza Valley is the ultimate place to indulge your senses and learn the Art of Seeing, our experts under the guidance of Peter Sanders will take you through the valley while helping you improve your visual literacy. You will become a well-skilled photographer, videographer, painter and a more self-aware individual.
The valley is said to be the inspiration of the famous fictional paradise of Shangri-La. In reality, the people of Hunza Valley also live long lives. They live healthy – incorporating regular exercise and a proper diet into their lifestyles in an unpolluted environment. They are very friendly and accommodating people who welcome travelers with open arms and smiling faces.
The Hunza Valley – bordering China to the north-east and Pamir to the northwest – is about 7,900 square kilometers and is situated at an elevation of 2,438 meters. All the mountains surrounding the valley are higher than 6,000 feet.
We will catch the beginning of autumn which always promises to be a great show of colors. The much renowned Hunza valley is often referred to as a heaven on earth, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain ranges.
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These are the great gifts you’ll get:
We make the itinerary based on the needs of the participants and the weather situation. Therefore this itinerary is subject to change but does give an impression of how the days during the journey look like.
All participants should arrive in Gilgit on Saturday latest. You will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel in Karimabad, which is the capital of Hunza Valley. We offer the Hunza Serena Inn hotel, but you are free to make your own hotel arrangement in Hunza.
We will officially start the program 7pm with dinner, after dinner we will conduct the introduction session.
From right after breakfast until lunch we will attend the Art of Seeing Master Class with Peter Sanders. After lunch, a local will tell us about the rich history of hunza. After that it’s time to put into practise what we’ve learned during a walk through the village and visit fort Altit. In the evening we’ll have dinner together and reflect on the day.
We will wake up early in the morning to catch the morning golden hour. After that, we will have breakfast together and then join another master class. After lunch we’ll visit one of the historical fort Baltit. After dinner there will be some time for feedback on your work.
Right after breakfast, we’ll have time to wander through the village and visit some beautiful sights, which will give you many opportunities to apply what you have learned so far. After lunch we’ll conduct a workshop and master class. After the master class we will have dinner and once again there will be some time for feedback on today’s work.
We’ll use this day to improve our editing skills. Everyone will work on their photos under the guidance of experts. Everybody will choose their three best photos together with Peter Sanders. We’ll close with a big slideshow!
We’ll checkout from the hotel and all participants will be transferred to Gilgit Airport. During your stay in Islamabad you will again be accompanied by us until you take your international flight back home.
Peter Sanders began his career in the mid 1960s as one of London’s key photographers of rock musicians. His pictures of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many others performing are classics of the genre.
In 1970, he set off for India, cameras in hand. He travelled for seven months. This trip became a spiritual odyssey that led him onto Morocco and thereafter to the Holy cities of Makkah and Madinah, where he photographed the hajj, at a time when few professional photographers had access to Islam’s holiest sanctuaries.
Visit petersanders.com for more about him and his work.
Peter Sanders will be assisted by experts Atif, Floris and Hannan:
Atif is one of the Pakistan’s top landscape & culture photographers, known for his versatile photography. For him photography is a tool of self-expression and a mean to share his experiences. He has been published worldwide in a variety of media like calendars, books, and Apple advertising.
Atif Saeed is an artist with gipsy nature uses camera to record beautiful moments of remote wilderness to satisfy his love for nature and passion for adventure. His extraordinary visualising ability, understanding of light’ behavior and excellent composition let him capture unique moments of remote wilderness.
His ultimate objective on each photographic trip is to create powerful images that induce mood, balance symmetry and colors with simplicity. When it comes to landscape photography, his philosophy is to get to know the location, culture and people for venturing in with his camera.
He is used to explore the most spectacular, unspoiled remote valleys and picturesque places through high altitude trekking, off road jeep safaris, climbing and many other incredible journeys. This led him freeze diverse and mind blowing beauty of the highest mountains, glaciated lakes and untouched wilderness.
See his work on 500px
Floris was born in 1971 in Germany. During his university study of biology he received a scholarship for The Netherlands. During his PhD he fell in love with photography.
He works as a freelance commercial photographer worldwide with his home base in The Hague. He published several books.
I’ve been a photographer for over 10 years now specialising in wedding photography and individual portraits. My passion for photography is actually an extension of my love of Art and Spirituality. It’s been my focus and aim to teach visual literacy through photography and bring awareness to the most important elements that an image contains through discussion, demonstration and essentially direct experience. There’s an amazing world out there to explore and an infinitely more amazing world within which I love exploring with fellow photographers, artists and all round great human beings. My tool of choice right now happens to be the FujiFilm X100 series cameras for street, travel and all round action. I prefer to use the Canon DSLR system for commercial, portrait and studio work. I love shooting black and white film on 35mm and Medium format. If you’re reading this then I look forward to seeing you on the next step of your journey and the very first step of ours..
You will be staying in the renowned Hunza Serena Hotel in Karimabad
All participants should arrange their own air ticket with end destination Gilgit Airport (GIL). We advice to find your best fare on Google Flights. We are always there to assist you with that. We strongly advice to arrive earlier than Saturday 22 september in Gilgit, this will give you more time to acclimatise.
All flights have a transfer in Islamabad. We will pick you up from your international flight and will accompany you till your connecting domestic flight to Gilgit. If you need to stay a night in Islamabad then we will arrange your hotel. Depending on the group size in Islamabad and the transfer time, we will offer activities in Islamabad.
When arrived in Gilgit, you will be transferred to Hunza Serena Inn hotel in Karimabad.
To enter Pakistan a visa might be needed.
We offer different packages, mention the package of your choice during the booking. All packages include: one-on-one time with Peter Sanders, all meals, all photography workshops and sessions, all entrance fees, daily feedbacksessions, guidance and teachings from all instructors and a life long access to fellow participants.
You will stay in Serena hotel (subject to availability). A pick-up service from and to Gilgit airport will be provided. This package also includes the flight from Islamad to Gilgit and one night stay in Islamabad if needed.
Price: 1995 EUR (10% discount = 1795 EUR)
Same as All In Package except the accomodation, you will arrange this yourself.
Price: 1895 EUR (10% discount = 1706 EUR)
Same as All In Package except the flight Islamabad-Gilgit.
Price: 1795 EUR (10% discount = 1615 EUR)
You will arrange your own accomodation and traveling to Hunza Valley. We will share with you our schedule and expect you to be with us during the classes and dinners.
Price: 1695 EUR (10% discount = 1525 EUR)
Discount for Pakistani Residents
Pakistani residents get an extra 10% discount on all packages. You will have to provide us proof of Pakistani residency.
Art of Seeing Alumni discount
All participants who have attended an Art of Seeing Journey before receive a 10% discount.
We have been organising the Art of Seeing Journeys for more than five year now, see what our participants say about their experience.