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

Completed! 2014 HFS – Forestry & Natural Resources

A successful completion of the 2014 Himalayan Field Study – Forestry & Natural Resources program. A special thank you to the 20 participants!! Couldn’t have been possible without you! 

2014 Himalayan Field Study – Forestry & Natural Resources (completed)

Himalayan Field Study 2014, a program of the International Institute of Field Study. designed for foresters and natural resource professionals in collaboration with Canadian Institute Forests and Forests Without Borders, took place from October 16 to November 9, 2014.  The group consisted of 20 participants (10 female and 10 male). The participants were from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.

Activities included:

Talk programs on Nepal, community history, geography, politics and culture, forestry, climate change, wildlife and parks management, etc.  Field visits included community forestry activities, interaction with the local forest users’ group, school nursery project funded by Forests Without Borders, Alberta Caucus, etc.

Other activities were white water rafting in Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha, Pasupati temple, Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Completed! 2013 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal

A successful completion of the 2013 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal program. A special thank you to the 21 participants!! You all made it a unforgettable experience!

2014 Himalayan Retreat – Nepal (completed)

Himalayan Retreat 2013, a program of the International Institute of Field Study. took place from October 18 to November 9, 2013.  The group consisted of 21 participants (14 female and 7 male). The participants were from Edmonton, AB; Rocky Mountain House, AB; Hinton, AB; and Pemberton, BC.

Activities included white water rafting in Trisuli River, wildlife safari in Chitwan National Park, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp and visits to several world heritage sites like Lumbini, birth place of Lord Buddha, Pasupati temple. Swayambhu, Boudha, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square, etc.

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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

2008-Himalayan Field Study Program Report

Himalayan Field Study Program Report 2008

 

 

 

 

2007-Himalayan Field Study Program

Himalayan Field Study Program 2007

(May 1 to May 24, 2007)

A group of 18 visited Nepal from May 1st to May 24, 2007 – Group included both university students and professionals. Participants age ranges from teen to seventy – 11 (60%) were over 40 years of age and 7 (40%) under 40 years, Group included nine female (50%) and nine male (50%). Background of the participants: 6 Natural resources, 6 Medical, 4 social science and 2 business

Charity work:

The group took 12 bags of clothing for distribution (Child Haven orphanage, school in Pithauli, Old age home, soccer clubs and distribution along the way to Annapurna Base Camp)

International Institute of Field Study, Hinton Alberta donated Nepalese Rs.100,000.00 to Nepal Forestry Association for building construction

Academic Sessions