Nepal Film & Photography Production Services
Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Nepal? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.
Want to know more about shooting in Nepal? See below for an introduction to Nepal locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.
Nepal Film Locations
For a small country, Nepal has tremendous geographic diversity ranging from tropical low-land plains and jungles, to hills and valleys, to the world’s highest mountain range. Nepal also has over 3,000 ancient Hindu Temples and over 1,200 Buddhist Temples and Monasteries.
Nepal has hosted films including Doctor Strange, Everest, Baraka, Little Buddha, and The Golden Child.
Film locations can be divided into the following geographic regions:
The Himalayan Mountains region in the north is famous for the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. Other mountain locations of note include Annapurna, Manaslu, Imja Tse, Kala Patthar, Gokyo Lakes, Gosaikunda, Chulu East, Mera Peak, Yala Peak, Pumori, Sandakphu, Nuptse, Machapuchare, Ama Dablam, Tilicho Lake, Gokyo Ri, and Lobuche. Langtang National Park. Khumbu Glacier, Marshyangdi River, Phoksundo Lake, Tharpu Chuli, and Langtang Lirung, to name a few.
The middle region is known for its elevated flatlands and hills. Kathmandu is the capital, main entry point by air, and main production service centre where crew and equipment are based. Thamel is the commercial and tourist neighbourhood. Temples of note in Kathmandu include Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath. Just outside of Kathmandu you can find Patan Durban Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Changunarayan Temple. Further still, Gorkha Durbar is a fortified palace high on a hill above the town of Gorkha. Ranighat Palace is on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. The Bhote Koshi River is known for its whitewater rapids.
The Terai region in the south is tropical with low-land plains and jungles. Lumbini is the birthplace of the Buddha. Janakpur’s Janaki Mandir is an impressive location. Pokhara is a city on Phewa Lake. Chitwan National Park is home to rhinos and tigers. Bardia National Park is the largest wilderness area in Terai and is home to tigers, one-horned rhinos, elephants, dolphins, crocodiles, and hundreds of bird species.
Nepal Film Location Permits
Nepal Film Permit. A Film Permit is required from the Ministry of Information and Communication. To apply for this permit our Nepalese fixer / producer will require information including visiting crew details, project synopsis, gear list, and other relevant project information. Only one permit is required for the entire project (ie: The Film Permit is per project, not per crew member). The permit fee amount will depend on where you shoot. Allow at least 2 weeks to process permits. If you’d like to know more about general city-wide b-roll permit costs, or costs of filming in National Parks mountain areas, or filming in temples, please contact us for this or other location specific information. Please note, some temples in the Kathmandu area are restricted for filming. Once a film permit is approved, the Ministry of Communications will assign a Liaison Officer to the project, at the expense of the production.
When To Shoot?
The best months to film high altitude mountains are from March to May and September to December. The winters are very cold making it difficult to reach higher altitudes. Summers are cloudy, hiding the most spectacular views of peaks. The best months to film in Nepal’s lowlands are from January to April and October to November. Kathmandu and Pokhahra can be filmed all year round, however June to August is the monsoon season where most of the rain falls. For monthly weather statistics please see here.
Nepali festivals and events of interest to filmmakers and photographers include:
• Shree Panchami in January.
• Ghode Jatra in March.
• Holi festival of colours in March.
• Buddha Jayanti in June.
• Gaijatra in August / September.
• Indra Jatra in August / September.
• Krishna Janmashtami in September.
• Dashain in September.
• Tihar, the Nepalese version of the Festival of Lights, in October.
Costs & Tax Incentives
Costs depend on where you want to shoot. Filming in and around Kathmandu is not expensive. Logistically complicated shoots with considerable travel and safety requirements get expensive. Some crew and equipment may also need to be brought in from abroad which will add to the cost of filming. Our Nepali fixer / service producer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.
Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials or films shooting in Nepal.
Film Crew & Talent
Crews. Nepal has a small pool of local directors, videographers and stills photographers. Nepal has all of the key crew required for a standard shoot. Specialist key crew may need to be brought in from abroad. Nepal has a good pool of professional mountaineers / Sherpas available for film shoots.
Contact us if you are looking for a Kathmandu based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew for your shoot in Nepal.
Talent day rates and buyouts are negotiable. Nepal has over 102 distinct castes and ethnic groups. Nepalese people have either predominately Indian or Tibetan features. Caucasian extras can be cast from the large number of tourist visitors. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.
Nepal Film Equipment
Nepal has most of the standard camera, grip and lighting equipment for hire. Please send us your equipment list so we can advise on what gear may need to be brought in. Bringing in gear is an easy process. Our Nepalese fixer / producer will arrange all customs clearances and meet you at the airport to ensure everything runs smoothly.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
Art department and set construction is basic beyond Nepalese looks.
Studios and backlots. None exist at present.
Post Production. Post abroad.
Visas & Work Permits
Nationals of most countries can obtain a visa on arrival. A per-project Film Permit is required to film in Nepal. Contact your local Nepalese embassy or mission for more information.
Transport & Accommodation
Transportation Infrastructure. Main roads are of a mixed standard. Many of the mountain and hill roads are impassible during the monsoon rains and winter snowfalls. Our local Nepalese film fixer / producer organises 4WD transport for safe and reliable travel. Some mountaineering locations are best reached by helicopter. The closest location is 3 hours by helicopter from Kathmandu. Everest Basecamp is an 8 day hike. There are many domestic airlines offering regular flights around Nepal. Several international airlines service flights to Nepal.
Accommodation. Recommended film friendly hotels in Kathmandu include:
Please contact us for corporate rates.
For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments.
Safety. See here for up to date travel advice. Our Nepalese fixer / producer has extensive experience in organising film shoots in mountain areas.
Down Time. Try hallucinogenic wild honey.
Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Nepal, please see below:
Hire Nepal Production Support & Shooting Crew
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