2016 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal

International Institute of Field Studies presents Himalayan Retreat! An opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy the Himalayan region of Nepal.

Himalayan Retreat – Nepal (Oct. 15 – Nov. 5, 2016)

International Institute of Field Studies presents Himalayan Retreat – Nepal. An opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy the Himalayan region of Nepal. Open to all individuals, the diversity of the group creates a lively and vibrant social atmosphere to adventure through the Himalayas. Embarking on its breath-taking landscapes, beautiful resorts and its unique culture, Himalayan Retreat will offer a memorable experience, one will never forget.

Activities include white water rafting in the Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, paragliding in Pokhara and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), Pasupati Temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

Links

Himalayan Retreat – Nepal – Detailed Program

Himalayan-Retreat – Nepal – Registration-Form

Himalayan Retreat – Nepal – Waiver-Form

Detailed Program

DAY 1 (Sat Oct 15, 2016)  Depart Canada for Kathmandu, Nepal

DAY 2 (Sun Oct 16, 2016) International Travel

DAY 3 (Mon Oct 17, 2016) 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

DAY 4 (Tue Oct 18, 2016)

Morning

9:00 am           Introduction of the overall program, dos and don’ts, question-answer session for site seeing, white water rafting, wildlife safari and trekking.

9:45 am           Introduction on Nepal’s history, geography, politics, religion, and culture – TBA.

Afternoon

  • 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

  1. Outside Kathmandu Tour

DAY 5 (Wed Oct 19, 2016):  Transfer to the point of rafting.  Full day of rafting.  Full board.  Camp overnight by the bank of Trisuli River (550 M) in Riverside Resort.

DAY 6 (Thu Oct 20, 2016):  Arrival at Chitwan National Park.  Wildlife safari – wildlife viewing (rhinocerous, tiger etc), natural walk, bird watching,

Night stop in Chitwan (200 M).

Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-villa/

DAY 7 (Fri Oct 21, 2016):  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 8 (Sat Oct 22, 2016): 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).
  • In Pokhara: Visit lake-side market
  • Dinner with Nepalese folk dance show

Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M).

Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 9 (Sun Oct 23, 2016):

  • International Mountaineering Museum
  • Peace Stupa
  • Canoeing in Fewa Lake
  • Afternoon free (preparation for trekking)

Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M).

Temple Tree Resort and Spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 10 – 18 (Mon Oct 24 – Oct 31, 2016): Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp. Overnight in tea houses.

DAY 10 (Mon Oct 24, 2016):  Drive to about two hours to Kande and begin trek to Landruk (1400 M).

DAY 11 (Tue Oct 25, 2016): Trek to Chomrong (2050 M).

DAY 12 (Wed Oct 26, 2016):  Trek to Dovan (2500 M).

DAY 13 (Thu Oct 27, 2016):  Trek to Deurali (3200 M).

DAY 14 (Fri Oct 28, 2016): Trek to Annapurna Base camp (4130 M).

DAY 15 (Sat Oct 29, 2016):  Trek to Bamboo (3100 M).

DAY 16 (Sun Oct 30, 2016):  Trek to Jhinu Danda (1710 M).

DAY 17 (Mon Oct 31, 2016):  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 18 (Tue Nov 1, 2016):

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 19 (Wed Nov 2, 2016):

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 20 (Thu Nov 3, 2016):

Morning

  • Option for mountain flight to Mt. Everest – cost not included
  • Boudha Stupa
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Afternoon FREE
  • Evening: Farewell dinner to participants

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-overview

DAY 21 (Fri Nov 4, 2016)

Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada.

DAY 22 (Sat Nov 5, 2016)

Participants arrive in Canada.

Note: The program is subject to changes.

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2015 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources

The International Institute of Field Studies in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Forestry and Forestry without Borders is proud to present the 2015 Himalayan Field Study Program in Nepal.

 

Himalayan Field Study – Forestry & Natural Resources (Oct. 15 – Nov. 7, 2015)

The International Institute of Field Studies in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Forestry and Forestry without Borders is proud to present the 2015 Himalayan Field Study Program in Nepal. Geared towards foresters and professionals in the natural resource sectors, this program offers an opportunity to learn and understand the political, economic and social aspects of natural resource development and management in the Himalayan region. Learning opportunities will consist of various field visits, and interaction with professionals and academics.

Some of the academic activities include talk programs about community history, Nepali culture, geography, economics, politics, forestry, climate change, wildlife and parks management. Field visits include community forestry activities, interaction with local forest professionals like International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), school nursery project funded by Forest without Borders, Alberta Caucus.

Other activities include white water rafting in the Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. 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. Visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), Pasupati Temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

 

Links

2015 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources – Detailed Program

2015 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources – Registration Form

2015 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources – Waiver Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details please contact us at (780)817-3239 or email us at info.iifs@shaw.ca

2 Programs for 2015!

IIFS is pleased to offer two programs for 2015! Read below to learn more about the two programs: Himalayan Field Study – Forestry & Natural Resources and the Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet.

 

1. Himalayan Field Study – Forestry & Natural Resources (Oct. 15 – Nov. 7, 2015)

The International Institute of Field Studies in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Forestry and Forestry without Borders is proud to present the 2015 Himalayan Field Study Program in Nepal. Geared towards foresters and professionals in the natural resource sectors, this program offers an opportunity to learn and understand the political, economic and social aspects of natural resource development and management in the Himalayan region. Learning opportunities will consist of various field visits, and interaction with professionals and academics.

Some of the academic activities include talk programs about community history, Nepali culture, geography, economics, politics, forestry, climate change, wildlife and parks management. Field visits include community forestry activities, interaction with local forest professionals like International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), school nursery project funded by Forest without Borders, Alberta Caucus.

Other activities include white water rafting in the Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), Pasupati Temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

2015 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources

2. Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet (Sept. 15 – Oct. 8, 2015)

International Institute of Field Studies presents Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet, an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Open to all individuals, the diversity of the group creates a lively and vibrant social atmosphere to adventure through the Himalayas. Embarking on its breath-taking landscapes, beautiful resorts and its unique culture, Himalayan Retreat will offer a memorable experience, one will never forget.

Activities include white water rafting in the Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, paragliding in Pokhara and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), Pasupati Temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

This program will include one week in Tibet and two weeks in Nepal.

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details please contact us at (780)817-3239 or email us at info.iifs@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details please contact us at (780)817-3239 or email us at info.iifs@shaw.ca

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Tibet &Nepal

Himalayan Retreat 2015 (September 15 – October 8, 2015): This program includes one week in Tibet and two weeks in Nepal.

 

 

Himalayan Retreat 2015 – Tibet and Nepal (September 15 – October 8)

Detailed program:

DAY 1 (Sep 15, 2015): Depart Canada for Lhasa, Tibet

DAY 2 (Sep 16, 2015): International travel

DAY 3 (Sep 17, 2015): Fly to Gonggar airport then drive (about 46 km.) to Lhasa, Tibet

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 4 (Sep 18, 2015):

  • Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor market.

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 5 (Sep 19, 2015):

  • Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery.

Night stop in Kyichu Hotel in Lhasa ( M)

DAY 6 (Sep 20, 2015): Drive to Tsedang

  • Sightseeing: Yumbulakang & Trundruk Monastery

Night stop in Tsedang Hotel in Tsedang ( M).

DAY 7 (Sep 21, 2015): Drive to Gyantse and to Shigatse

  • Visit Khumbum stupa in Gyantse

Night stop in Mansarovar Hotel in Shigatse ( M).

DAY 8 (Sep 22, 2015): Drive to Shegar

  • Visit Tashilimphu Monastery and local market

Night stop in Qomolangma Hotel in Shegar ( M).

DAY 9 (Sep 23, 2015): Drive to Rongbuk and then back to Shegar/Old Tingri

  • In Rongbuk visit Everest Base Camp (from Tibet side) and Rongbuk Monastery

Night stop in Shegar ( M).

DAY 10 (Sep 24, 2015): Drive to Zhangmu then to Kathmandu.

  • Cross border at Kodari from Tibet to Nepal.

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: Information session and sightseeing (Day 11 – 12 in Kathmandu)

DAY 11 (Sep 25, 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, former Nepalese ambassador to USA/Canada.

11:00am          Conservation and tourism by Karna Sakya, Conservationist and hotelier

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 12 (Sep 26, 2015)

FIRST HALF

  • Boudha (Buddhist stupa) – World Heritage site
  • Pasupati (Hindu temple) – World Heritage site

SECOND HALF

  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square – World Heritage site

Night stop in Kathmandu (1400 M).

Park Village Hotel and Resort. http://ktmgh.com/park-village-hotels-resorts.html

  1. Outside Kathmandu Tour

DAY 13 (Sep 27, 2015): Arrival at Chitwan National Park. Wildlife safari – wildlife viewing (rhinocerous, tiger etc).

Night stop in Chitwan (200 M).

Machan Country Villa Resort. http://machanwildliferesort.com/country-villa/

DAY 14 (Sep 28, 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 15 (Sep 29, 2015): Departure for Pokhara.

  • 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 16 – 20 (Sep 30 – Oct 4, 2014) Trekking in the Annapurna Region. Full board. Overnight in tea houses.

DAY 16 (Sep 30, 2015): Drive about two hours from Pokhara and start trek from Nayapul to Tikhedhunga (1524m).

DAY 17 (Oct 1, 2015): Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2775 M).

DAY 18 (Oct 2, 2015): Trek from Ghorepani to Poonhill back to Ghorepani and to Tadapani (2540 M).

DAY 19 (Oct 3, 2015): Trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (4130 M).

DAY 20 (Oct 4, 2015): Trek from Ghandruk to Birethati to Nayapul.

Night stop in Pokhara (1015 M).

Temple Tree Resort and spa. http://www.templetreenepal.com/introduction.php

DAY 21 (Oct 5, 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 22 (Oct 6, 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 23 (Oct 7, 2015):

FIRST HALF

Free (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
  • Evening: Farewell dinner.

Night stop in Kathmandu.

Hotel Yak and Yeti. http://www.yakandyeti.com/home/page/hotel-overview

DAY 24 (Oct 8, 2015)

Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada.

DAY 25 (Oct 9, 2015)

Participants arrive Canada.

Note: The program is subject to changes.

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet

International Institute of Field Studies presents Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet, an opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet.

 

Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet (Sept. 15 – Oct. 8, 2015)

International Institute of Field Studies presents Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet, an opportunity to explore, experience and enjoy the Himalayan region of Nepal and Tibet. Open to all individuals, the diversity of the group creates a lively and vibrant social atmosphere to adventure through the Himalayas. Embarking on its breath-taking landscapes, beautiful resorts and its unique culture, Himalayan Retreat will offer a memorable experience, one will never forget.

Activities include white water rafting in the Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, paragliding in Pokhara and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini (birthplace of Lord Buddha), Pasupati Temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

This program will include one week in Tibet and two weeks in Nepal.

 

Links

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet – Detailed Program

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet – Registration Form

2015 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal & Tibet – Waiver Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further details please contact us at (780)817-3239 or email us at info.iifs@shaw.ca

2009-Himalayan Retreat for Women

Trip Report Himalayan Retreat 2009

 (September 29 – October 18, 2009)

A group of twelve women completed 2009 Himalayan Retreat Program.

The participants were from Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

 

Comments from the participants:

[box] I was told this would be a life altering experience, and now I know. Thank you for a most special experience and for your caring leadership. Namaste.

Lori Nelson, Blind Bay, British Columbia, Canada[/box]

 

[box] Thanks for making my dreams to walk on the Annapurna trail and to see Mount Everest a reality. Namaste.

Margie Van Binsbergen, Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia, Canada[/box]

 

[box] I can’t believe our trip is coming to an end. It’s been a trip of a life time and will be remembered forever. Thanks for all your efforts!

Karen Graham, Hinton, Alberta, Canada[/box]

 

[box] Thanks you so much for sharing your culture and world with us. I really enjoyed the trip and it made such an impact to have you with us. It made all the difference. Good luck, Thank you and Namaste.

Maureen Nakonechny, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada[/box]

Himalayan Retreat 2009

2009-Sightseeing Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur – Nagarkot

2009 Himalayan Retreat for Women, sightseeing Kathmandu – Patan – Bhaktapur – Nagarkot

 

 

 

 

2009-Rafting and Camping Trisuli River

2009 Himalayan Retreat for Women, Rafting – Trisuli River

 

 

 

 

2009-Wildlife Safari-Chitwan National Park

2009 Himalayan Retreat for Women, Wildlife Safari – Chitwan National Park

 

 

 

 

2009-Trekking Annapurna Mountain Range and Pokhara

2009-Himalayan Retreat for Women, Trekking – Annapurna Mountain Range and Pokhara