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NEPAL
DOWLING CLUB DERMATOLOGY TRIP

5th–15th April 2019

Post-conference Extensions - Annapurna Trek, Bhutan & Golden Triangle

The Dowling Club was established by Dr Geoffrey Dowling, a London dermatologist, in the late 1940’s. The ethos of the club is to bring consultants and trainee dermatologists together in learning and social environments sharing the knowledge and experience of established specialists with those starting their training within the specialty.

A highlight of the Dowling Club programme is the annual overseas trip which combines visits to overseas dermatology departments and/or clinical meetings with the opportunity for seniors and juniors to socialise and travel to interesting destinations.

We are delighted to announce that the 2019 Dowling Club overseas trip will be to Nepal from 5th to 15th April 2019. We are very excited to be joining the Nepalese dermatologists for their annual meeting in Katmandu on Sunday 7th and Monday 8th April 2019, something that Professor Chris Bunker has facilitated for us. We have been asked to contribute to this meeting. We will visit the world famous Anandaban leprosy centre and then travel to Pokhara where we are planning a clinical cases meeting with the local dermatologists and a visit to Green Pastures Hospital. This was initially a leprosy hospital but now offers a range of other clinical services.

We do hope that the clinical content and the wonderful country of Nepal will particularly encourage dermatologists in training to join us for the trip. The cost of the trip (based on shared occupancy) is £1350 excluding flights from the UK and meeting registration fees. In the last two years we have been able to obtain generous bursaries from the Royal Society of Medicine AND The British Association of Dermatology. This year there will be a total of thirteen bursaries (ten RSM 7 & 3 BAD) each of £1000 (please CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS or contact Anne at Conference Plus on 01923469363 or email anne@conferenceplus.co.uk).

In addition to the clinical component, the trip will include tours in Kathmandu and Pokhara and even the option of a flight over Mount Everest! There will be a range of possible extensions after the main trip including seven nights trekking the Annapurna circuit (from Pokhara), or a visit to Bhutan or the Golden Triangle. Please note any of these extensions can be booked separately from the main trip for friends and family who may choose to join you after the main dermatology meeting.

Julia Schofield, President Dowling Club 2019

Main Conference Programme

6th APRIL 2019

Arrive Kathmandu (GMT +6:45)

Arrive Kathmandu and assisted transfer by our representatives to the hotel.

Note that Check in time is 1400 hrs but if rooms are available there may be the opportunity to check in earlier.

Evening Dinner at Kaiser café inside the Garden of Dreams in Thamel

Overnight at Hyatt Regency

7th APRIL 2019

Kathmandu

Full day visit to Annual Meeting of the Society of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists of Nepal (SODVELONCON 2019)

Overnight at Hyatt Regency

8th APRIL 2019

Kathmandu

Full day visit to Annual Meeting of the Society of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists of Nepal (SODVELONCON 2019)

Overnight at Hyatt Regency

9th APRIL 2019

Kathmandu

Half day visit to Anandaban leprosy centre.

Afternoon Visit Patan Durbar Square.

Patan Durbar Square is situated at the centre of the city of Lalitpur in Nepal. It is one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley, all of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of its attraction is the ancient royal palace where the Malla Kings of Lalitpur resided. The Durbar Square is a marvel of Newar architecture. The Square floor is tiled with red bricks.

Overnight at Hyatt Regency

10th APRIL 2019

Kathmandu–Pokhara

Morning Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (group will be divided onto two morning flights departing between 1130 – 1200 noon) .

Pokhara. a lakeside town, is Nepal's second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himalaya, the views commanded from here of 3 of the world's 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed.

This evening drive for dinner at Moondance Restaurant or similar.

Overnight at Fishtail lodge

11th APRIL 2019

Pokhara

Morning Excursion to World Peace Stupa and enjoy boating on Pewa lake and attend a Aarti prayer ceremony at the temple in the middle of Pewa lake.

Peace Pagoda is a Buddhist stupa; a monument to inspire peace, designed to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace. Most (though not all) peace pagodas built since World War II have been built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order. Fujii was greatly inspired by his meeting with Mahatma Gandhi in 1931 and decided to devote his life to promoting non-violence. In 1947, he began constructing Peace Pagodas as shrines to world peace.

Afternoon Sightseeing of Pokhara city including Gupteswori cave, David’s fall, Bindabasini Temple, Set George.

Overnight at Fishtail lodge

12th APRIL 2019

Pokhara

Early Morning Excursion to Sarangkot to witness Sunrise at Annapurana range and breakfast at Park village water front Resort.

Early morning wake up call, and after tea and coffee, proceed on a scenic trek (02 hours) that takes one through small villages, winding dirt trails, lush wooded forests, and steep ascents uphill to Sarangkot to witness the sunrise.

The view of the Annapurna Himalaya from Sarangkot is almost a religious experience. From here, you can see a panoramic sweep of Himalayan peaks, from Dhaulagiri (8167m) in the west puchhare (6997m) and the rounded peak of Annapurna II (7937m) in the east. At dawn and dusk, the sun picks out the peaks in brilliant colours. The main village is just below the ridge, but a set of concrete steps leads uphill to a dramatic viewpoint in the ruins of an ancient kot (hill-fort).

Afternoon Visit to Green Pastures or clinical meeting.

Overnight at Fishtail lodge

13th APRIL 2019

Pokhara–Kathmandu

Morning Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu (we shall divide the group in 2 morning flights flying between 1030 – 1130 hrs)

Afternoon Visit Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Pashupatinath Temple: 6kms/4miles from Kathmandu City, Pashupatinath Temple is one of the holiest Hindu Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated amidst a lush green natural setting on the bank of the sacred Bagmati River, the temple built in Pagoda Style has gilded roof and richly carved silver doors. Visitors will be permitted to view the temple from the east bank of River Bagmati, entrance in the temple being strictly forbidden to all non Hindus. Pashupatinath is the centre of annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivaratri which falls in the month of February/March. Behind the temples are the cremation grounds.

Boudhanath Stupa : For hundreds of years, the Boudhanath Stupa has stood as a beacon of Buddhist belief, towering over the surrounding town as a giant mandala of peace and beauty and also giant eyes.

Built some time around the 14th century, the huge meditative monument is said to have been created just after the passing of the Buddha. The huge offering site quickly become an focal point of worship and offering in the area. The structure of the building consists of a giant dome, on the top which sits a Buddhist pyramid tower. All of this sits on top of huge steps shaped like mandalas themselves. Among the Nepalese in Kathmandu, the stupa is simply referred to as "Chorten Chenpo" which translates to "Great Tower" or just "Great Stupa".

Overnight at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

14th APRIL 2019

Depart from Kathmandu

Optional: Everest Mountain Flight (those doing extensions will be offered the opportunity of doing the Everest Mountain Flight at another time)

Afternoon Visit Bhakatpur Durbar Square.

Departure transfer in the evening.

 

At Additional cost:

  • SODVELONCON meeting registration fees (please see http://sodveloncon.com)
  • Optional tours
  • Optional extensions
  • Room upgrades

Hotels

Kathmandu Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Guest room - 6–10th April 2019 (4 nights) and 13-14th April 2019 (1 night)

www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/nepal/hyatt-regency-kathmandu/kathm

 

Pokhara Fishtail Lodge

Garden room - 10–13th April 2019 (3 nights)

www.fishtail-lodge.com/fishtail/

 

Extensions

The Indian subcontinent is home to some of the world’s great sights natural and man made, Why not enhance your trip with one of these three fabulous opportunities to experience some of life’s great opportunities.

Please note any of these extensions can be booked separately from the main trip for friends and family who may choose to join you after the main dermatology meeting. Conference Plus are also happy to quote for, or give you ideas for, other post meeting tours. Please contact anne@conferenceplus.co.uk. Direct telephone 01923 469363.

Annapurna Trekking Extension

13–20th April, 7 night programme

Your chance to take part in a trek through the stunning Himalayan scenery overlooked by the distinctive mass of Annapurna.

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Bhutan Extension

14–20th April, 6 night programme

Bhutan, often referred to as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ or ‘the last Shangri La’ on earth, is situated in the lap of Eastern Himalayas between India and China. Covering an area of 38,394 sq km, the tiny Himalayan Kingdom is one of the most isolated nations in the world.

Spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and magnificent landscape has made Bhutan one of the most sought after tourist destinations.

With its beautiful and largely unspoiled Himalayan setting, wonderfully dressed local population (whose expertise in archery can be astonishing) and high end exclusivity, Bhutan really is an idyllic place to visit.

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India Golden Triangle with Udaipur Extension

14–21st April, 7 night programme

Man made splendours including the memorable Taj Mahal Jaipur and Udaipur.

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Academic Content

Attendance at two day Annual Meeting of the Society of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists of Nepal (SODVELONCON 2019). Please see further details and updates about the meeting at the SODVELONCON website at http://sodveloncon.com/

Visit to world famous Anandaban leprosy centre.

Clinical meeting in Pokhara.

Visit to Green Pastures centre Pokhara.

Flights

Though you can organise your own flight Conference Plus has enormous experience in the travel trade and the added bonus is that if we organise your international flights it will give you the security of knowing that you have the guarantee of ATOL and ABTA www.packpeaceofmind.co.uk

Let us know what you want. The basic eight night package (departing on Friday 5th April from UK and return flight departing to the UK from Kathmandu on Sunday 14th April) or wish us to quote with one of the amazing extensions that we are offering you.

Just tell us by calling 01923469363, or email anne@conferenceplus.co.uk and we will give you our price. Remember though we cannot guarantee the price of the flights until we book them.

Price

Main Tour

£1350 per person, based on a guest sharing a twin/double room on Bed & Breakfast basis including internal flights & all tours as described.

Main tour price includes:

  • 8 nights accommodation on twin/sharing basis at the hotels mentioned above or similar
  • Daily buffet breakfast at the hotels mentioned above.
  • All transfers, excursions and sightseeing tours in 2 air-conditioned Deluxe Buses (30 seater each with recommended capacity of 25 guests each)
  • Entrance fee at all monuments, road taxes, parking fee, fuel charges and interstate taxes
  • Services of 2 accompanying English speaking guide on all days as per the program
  • Our representative for assistance on all arrival and departure transfers at the airport and in cities
  • Sitdown dinner at Kaiser café on 6th April 2019 in Kathmandu
  • Sitdown dinner at Moondance restaurant on 10th April 2019 in Pokhara
  • Buffet breakfast at Park Village Waterfrond Resort on 12th April 2019 in Pokhara
  • Aarti prayer ceremony at the Barahi Temple in Pewa Lake
  • 1 hour boating in Pewa Lake on 11 April 2019
  • All currently applicable taxes
  • Economy class airfare for sector Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu on Yeti Air (please note the group will be split as the flights have limited capacity and the timings below are approximate):
    • NYT677, departing Kathmandu at 1125 hrs / arriving Pokhara at 1150 hrs
    • NYT676, departing Kathmandu at 1025 hrs / arriving Kathmandu at 1055 hrs

Main tour price does not include:

  • Expense of personal nature like porterage, tipping, laundry, and telephone/fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, airport departure tax etc.
  • Any Visa fee or International airfare (except Bhutan visa fee and air tickets has been included)
  • Any other meals not specified above in the itinerary.

Registration for Annual Meeting of the Society of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists of Nepal (SODVELONCON 2019).

Extras

  • Single supplement – £520 Hyatt Guest room & Fishtail Lodge Garden Terrace room
  • 5 nights in a Stupa Room at Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu - £60pp on double occupancy or £110 in a single room
    5 nights in a Club Room at Hyatt Regency, Kathmandu - £150 pp on double occupancy or £290 in a single room
  • 3 nights in a Deluxe Room at Fishtail Lodge Pokhara - £50pp on double occupancy or £110 in a single room

Everest Mountain Flight

This is a memorable moment. This flight takes you to view the awe inspiring sight of Mt Everest which, if the weather is favourable, rises magnificently in front of you as you sit in your window seat looking over the snow covered Himalayan range. Not to be missed. £165 per person.

Annapurna Trekking Extension

  • £1199 per person (sharing). Single Supp £499 (inc internal flight back from Pokhara)

Bhutan Extension

  • £2650 per person (sharing). Single Supp £899 (inc Kathmandu–Paro–Kathmandu on Druk Air – note this flight also gives the mosty spectalular view of the Himalayan range)

India Golden Triangle with Udaipur

  • £2199 per person (sharing). Single Supp £1199.

Deposit (non refundable)

£500 per person for main tour

£500 per person for Nepal Trek extension

750 per person for Bhutan & Golden Triangle extensions

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