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-Rafting and Camping Trisuli River

2009 Himalayan Retreat for Women, Rafting – Trisuli River





2007-Sightseeing in Kathmandu and surrounding area

Sightseeing in Kathmandu and surrounding area 2007





2007-Trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp

Trekking in the Annapurna Base Camp 2007





2004-Himalayan Field Study Program

Himalayan Field Study Program 2004

(May 2 – May 26, 2004)

Academic Program, ICIMOD and places of interest around Kathmandu.

White water rafting, Royal Chitwan National Park, and Machan Wildlife Resort.

Pokhara and Trekking in the Annapurna Region.

Final presentation by participants and farewell dinner.

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Daily schedule of HFSP 2004 (May 1 – May 26, 2004) was as follows: May 2, 2004 – May 24, 2004 April 29, 2004 – Departure: Canada May 1, 2004 – Arrival: Kathmandu, Nepal. May 2, 2004 – Sight seeing: Nagarkot in the morning and and Bhaktapur Darbar Square in the afternoon.. A: Academic Program (Days 1 – 5 in Kathmandu) May 3, 2004 – DAY 1 Orientation and inauguration 8:30 – 10:00: Introduction (political, social, economic and environmental issues of Nepal); Dos and don’ts by Dr. Sharad C. Karmacharya. 12:00 – 1:00: Inauguration session. ICIMOD’s role in the conservation of the Himalayan ecology and communities: Dr. Campbell, Director General, ICIMOD. 1:00 – 5:00: Visit to ICIMOD demonstration site: agroforestry, horticulture, soil conservation, sericulture, community forestry at Godavari. Mr. Suraj Thapa. May 4, 2004 – DAY 2 Start of the Academic Program 8:00 Walk in neighbourhood Bansbari 12:30 Visit Syayambhu Stupa (Buddha Jayanti – Birthday celebration of Buddha). 2:00 National Zoo. 5:00 Pasupatinath temple. 7:00 Boudhanath Buddist stupa (Buddha Jayanti – Birthday celebration of Buddha). May 5, 2004 – DAY 3 Academic Programs FIRST HALF 10:30 – 11:30 Regional Rangeland Program Phase II for Hindukush Himalayan by Dr. Yan Zhaoli 11:30 – 12:30 Beekeeping, Livelihoods and Community development in the mountain ecology. Dr. Farooq, ICIMOD. SECOND HALF 2:00 Sight-seeing – Patan Durbar square 4:00 Donors Forum, Birendra Convention Hall 6:00 Thamel. May 6, 2004 – DAY 4 Academic Program FIRST HALF 10:30 – 11:30 Soil and watershed conservation in the Himalayas, Dr. Roger White, ICIMOD. 11:30 – 12:30 Alternative media for environmental conservation in the Himalayas: Sanjay Madnani, ICIMOD. SECOND HALF Visit to Tribhuban University and Kirtipur city. May 7, 2004 – DAY 5 Academic Program FIRST HALF 9:30 Narayanthan temple, Sleeping God. 10:30 Shivapuri Watershed Conservation Area, Budhist Gumba. 11:30 Hiking in the Conservation Area SECOND HALF 2:30 Politics, Development and environment in Nepal. Dr. Narayan Khadka, Former VC of Planning Commission. B. Field Visits May 8, 2004 – DAY 6 8:00 Prsentation By Dr. Sudarsan Gautam – Veterinary medicine and animal husbandry in Nepal Preparation for the trip 4:00 Dhulikhel Lodge Resort 6:00 Presentation by Gyanendra Pradhan, Managing Director of Sangrila Energy on Hydro Power situation in Nepal. May 9, 2004 – DAY 7 Transfer to the point of rafting. Full day of rafting. Full board. Overnight camp by the bank of Trisuli river. May 10, 2004 – DAY 8 Half day of rafting. Arrival at Royal Chitwan National Park. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 11, 2004 – DAY 9 Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife, natural walk, canoe ride, bird watching, and elephant bathing. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 12, 2004 – DAY 10 Full day jungle activities: elephant ride to view the wildlife, natural walk, canoe ride, dinner with ethnic Tharu dance. Night stop at Machan wildlife resort. May 13, 2004 – DAY 11 Arrival Pokhara. Nepali folk dance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 14, 2004 – DAY 12 Visit to ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project Office). Visit to Pokhara District Forest Office, Pokhara. Talk on Community Forestry and Leasehold forestry in Nepal by Dr. Jagadish Chandra Baral – Deputy Regional Director. Nepali folk dance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 15, 2004 – DAY 13 Pokhara sightseeing. Davis fall, Mahendra Cave, Bindabasine Temple Preparation for Trekking. Nepali folkdance and dinner. Night stop at Pokhara May 16, 2004 – DAY 14 Drive to Phedi. Start of Trekking from Phedi in the Annapurna Region. Night stop at Pothana. May 17, 2004 DAY 15 Trekking in the Annapurna Region. Lunch at Landruk. Night stop at Ghandruk. May 18, 2004 – DAY 16 Trekking in the Annapurna. Trek to Tadapani. Night stop at Tadapani.. May 19, 2004 – DAY 17 Trek to Gorapani. Night stop at Gorepani. May 20, 2004 – DAY 18 Trek to Tikhedunga. Night stop at Tikhedunga. May 21, 2004 – DAY 19 Trek to Nayapur and drive back to Pokhara. May 22, 2004 – DAY 20 Visit Manakamana temple (cable car). Drive back to Kathmandu. May 23, 2004 – DAY 21: Resume Academic Session FIRST HALF Visit Child Haven Orphanage run by Canadian NGO. Briefing by Arjun mani Guragain and Kanya Gurung. Health care system, Siddhartha Foundation and visit community hospital. Briefing by Mr. Shyam Dhaubadel. SECOND HALF Free. Shopping in Thamel. May 24, 2004 – DAY 22 FIRST HALF Visit Kathmandu Darbar Square, Hanumandhoka, Kasthamandup temple and old part of Kathmandu city SECOND HALF Free. Shopping. May 25, 2004 – DAY 23 FIRST HALF Wrap up session: Discussion of issues/key points; final question answer session; and recommendations. Presentation by all participants on topic on Himalayan ecology, culture and experience Award and Certificate to participants.. SECOND HALF Afternoon free. Evening: Gala Dinner for everybody involved with the Program. May 26, 2004 – DAY 24 Trip ends. Participants leave Kathmandu for return home to Canada. [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Detail Program”] Everest Region Field Study Program, NEPAL International Institute of Field Studies Detail program (The program will be customized according to the size and interests of the participants) DAY 1: Arrival Kathmandu DAY 2: Morning: ICIMOD, Talk program on environmental and developmental issues of the Everest region. Afternoon: Field visit to demonstration site at Godavari (agroforestry, horticulture, soil conservation, sericulture, community forestry etc.). Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 3: Morning: Talk program on environmental and developmental issues of the Everest region. Afternoon: Kathmandu Tour (Pasupati temple, Baudhanath Stupa, Patan Square. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 4: Whitewater rafting – Overnight at the bank of Trisuli river in tent. DAY 5: Chitwan National Park (Rhino watching, bird watching, canoeing, Tharu ethnic dance) – Overnight in national park in resort. DAY 6: Chitwan National Park (Talk program on parks management, jungle activities) – Overnight in national park in resort. DAY 7: Back to Kathmandu, Overnight Kathmandu. DAY 8: Fly to Lukla (Everest region) and trek to Phakding. Overnight in camp/lodge. DAY 9: Everest region – Trek to Namche and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 10: Everest region – Trek to Thame and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 11: Everest region – Trek to Kunde and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 12: Everest region – Trek to Thengboche and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 13: Everest region – Trek to Monjo and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 14: Everest region – Trek to Lukla and overnight camp/lodge. DAY 15: Fly Back (Lukla to Kathmandu), Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 16: Visit Tibetan refugee camp and other places of interest. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 17: Kathamandu – Free day. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 18: Kathmandu – Free day. Overnight in Kathmandu. DAY 19: Fly back to Canada * Some activities are subject to change. [/learn_more]

2004-Himalayan Field Studies Program

Himalayan Field Studies Program 2004

(May 2 – May 26, 2004)