Himalayan Field Study Program for Canadian Foresters and Natural Resource Professionals A program of the International Institute of Field Studies in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Forestry and Forests without Borders October 15 – November 7, 2015 Detailed Program DAY 1 (Oct 15, 2015) Depart Canada for Kathmandu, Nepal DAY 2 (Oct 16, 2015) Depart Canada for Kathmandu, Nepal DAY 3 (Oct 17, 2015) Arrival Kathmandu: Check-‐in Park Village Hotel and Resort Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-‐village-‐hotels-‐resorts.html A: Educational Program (Day 4 – 6 in Kathmandu) DAY 4 (Oct 18, 2015) FIRST HALF 9:00am Introduction of the overall program, dos and don’ts, question-‐answer session for site seeing, white water rafting, wildlife safari and trekking. 9:45am Introductory session on Nepal’s history, geography, politics, religion, and culture by Mr. Damodar Prasad Gautam, retired Chief Secretary, Government of Nepal and former Nepalese ambassador to USA/Canada. 10:30am Energy, environment and hydro power potential in Nepal by Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, Chairman, Hydro Solutions. 11:15am Conservation and tourism by Karna Sakya. SECOND HALF • Visit Swayambhu Nath (a Buddhist stupa) – World heritage site. • Patan Durbar square – World heritage site. • Tibetan refugee camp. Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-‐village-‐hotels-‐resorts.html DAY 5 (Oct 19, 2015) FIRST HALF • International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). o Himalayan Environment and the impacts of development on mountain communities by Dr. Rucha Ghate, Senior Governance and NRM Specialist. o Environmental change and human health in the Himalayas by ICIMOD staff. SECOND HALF • Visit ICIMOD demonstration site at Godavari (agroforestry, horticulture, soil conservation, efficient improved stoves, sericulture, community forestry etc.) -‐ Mr. Samden Sherpa, ICIMOD. Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-‐village-‐hotels-‐resorts.html DAY 6 (Oct 20, 2015): FIRST HALF • Interaction session with Nepalese foresters at Nepal Foresters’ Association building. SECOND HALF • Visit Boudha Nath (Buddhist stupa) and Pasupati Temple (Hindu temple) -‐ world heritage sites. Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-‐village-‐hotels-‐resorts.html B. Outside Kathmandu Tour DAY 7 (Oct 21, 2015): Transfer to the point of rafting. Full day of rafting. Full board. Camp overnight by the bank of Trisuli River (550 M). DAY 8 (Oct 22, 2015): Arrival at Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safari -‐ wildlife viewing (rhinoceros, tiger etc). Night stop in Chitwan (200 M). Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-‐villa/ DAY 9 (Oct23, 2015): Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife (rhino, tiger), natural walk, canoeing, bird watching, elephant bathing, and dinner with ethnic Tharu dance. Night stop in Chitwan (200 M). Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-‐villa/ DAY 10 (Oct 24, 2015): Departure for Pokhara. • On the way: Visit Forests Without Borders school nursery, plantation and improved stove distribution program supported by Forests Without Borders (CIF-‐ Rocky Mountain Section, Alberta, Canada). • Visit Shantu Devi Primary School – Drinking water, toilet upgrade and playground projects. • In Pokhara: Visit lake-‐side market, and dinner with Nepalese folk dance show. Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M). Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php DAY 11 (Oct 25, 2015): FIRST HALF • Visit community forestry program – field visit organized by Nepal Foresters’ Association. • Interaction with community forestry “Forest User Group Committee members.” • Visit Institute of Forestry, Pokhara Campus. SECOND HALF • Free. Preparation for trekking. Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M). Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php DAY 12 – 19 (Oct 26 – Nov 4, 2014) Trekking in the Annapurna base camp. Full board. Overnight in tea houses. Experience the altitude variation from 1020 m to 4130m and corresponding vegetation changes from sub-‐tropical to temperate to vegetation above the tree line. Interact with the local users group of Annapurna Conservation Area project (ACAP) – one of the most successful conservation efforts in Nepal. DAY 12 (Oct 26, 2015): Drive to about two hours to Kande and begin trek and night stop in Landruk (1400 M). DAY 13 (Oct 27, 2015): Trek to Chomrong and nightstop in Chomrong (2050 M). DAY 14 (Oct 28, 2015): Trek to Dovan. Night stop in Dovan (2500 M). DAY 15 (Oct 29, 2015): Trek to Deurali. Night stop in Deurali (3200 M). DAY 16 (Oct 30, 2015): Trek to Annapurna Base camp. Night stop in Annapurna Base Camp (4130 M). DAY 17 (Oct 31, 2015): Trek to Bamboo. Night stop in Bamboo (3100 M). DAY 18 (Nov 1, 2015): Trek to Jhinu Danda. Night stop in Jhinu Danda (1710 M). DAY 19 (Nov 2, 2015): Trek to New bridge – Nayapul. Drive back to Pokhara. Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M). Temple Tree Resort and spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php DAY 20 (Nov 3, 2015): Free day in Pokhara. (Paragliding, mountain biking, micro plane flight etc. – cost not included). Night stop in Pokhara. Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php DAY 21 (Nov 4, 2015): Drive back to Kathmandu. Lunch at Riverview Resort, Kuringtar. Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-‐overview DAY 22 (Nov 5, 2015): FIRST HALF • Bhaktapur Durbar Square. SECOND HALF • FREE DAY Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M). Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-‐overview DAY 23 (Nov 6, 2015) FIRST HALF FREE DAY (Option for mountain flight to Mt. Everest – cost not included). SECOND HALF • Visit Kathmandu Durbar square and about an hour walk in the olden part of Kathmandu city. • Short presentation by all participants on their experience in Nepal. • Final question/answer session and certificate distribution. • Evening: Farewell dinner with award and certificates to participants. Night stop in Kathmandu. Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-‐overview DAY 24 (Nov 7, 2014) Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada. DAY 26 (Nov 8, 2014) Participants arrive in Canada. Note: The program is subject to changes.
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