Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Nepal and Bhutan

8 - 19 Apr 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Nepal and Bhutan both possess extraordinarily rich cultures and history, as well as some of the most spectacular landscapes in the world, encompassing lush subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks. With distinctive ethnic groups and languages, a wide range of architecture, vivid colours and vibrant street life, Nepal is a treat for the senses. Bhutan is unlike anywhere else in the world, a self contained mountain kingdom with a Gross National Happiness Index, which its kings rank more highly than Gross Domestic Product. Bhutan is one of the last great Buddhist kingdoms and protective of its traditions, but at the same time its population is educated and outward looking. Throughout the tour there will be several professional visits looking at obstetrics and gynaecology and its development in Nepal and Bhutan.

Start in the bustling city of Kathmandu before flying over the Himalayas to the Kingdom of Bhutan. Travel to the national capital of Thimpu - with only 100,000 inhabitants - before exploring the beautiful Punakha Valley. Continue to historical Paro before the tour ends back in Kathmandu. Throughout the tour there will be professional visits looking at obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as visits to projects designed to help and empower women.

March is one of the most popular times of the year to visit Nepal and Bhutan. It’s springtime, with pleasant daytime temperatures around 26C in Nepal and 14C – 23C in Bhutan. The valleys of Bhutan come alive with flowers in bloom, and the skies are clear. Spring represents the birth of new life in Nepal and Bhutan, and this is marked with festivals throughout. This tour coincides with the spectacular annual festival of Paro Tsechu.

There is also the option to extend your time in Nepal and explore more of this beautiful country in the jungles of Chitwan National Park.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Richard Smith

Richard Smith

Mr. J. Richard Smith MD, FRCOG is a consultant gynaecological surgeon at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Centre, Hammersmith Hospital and also an adjunct associate professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Glasgow and worked in various Scottish hospitals until 1988. He then moved to further his training at St Mary’s Hospital in London and took up a consultant post at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in 1993. He is also an honorary consultant at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He moved to Hammersmith/Queen Charlotte’s Hospital a few years ago where his sub-specialisation of gynaecology is oncology, and within this he specialises in gestational trophoblastic disease, ovarian germ cell tumours, cervical cancer and vulval disease. During his career, he co invented the procedure of radical abdominal trachelectomy, and the modified Strassman procedure to allow fertility sparing surgery for woman with rare uterine tumours. He is a registered colposcopist and has a long-running interest in the management of pelvic pain and the psychology both of his patients and of the operating theatre.

His main surgical interest is fertility-sparing surgery and his research interest is the development of uterine transplantation, both from live and brain-dead donors. He is the Chairman of Womb Transplant UK Charity and leader of this research team. He is an Honorary Consultant in Transplantation Surgery at the University of Oxford hospitals. He is also involved with research related to endometrial transplantation, endometrial stem cell research and novel treatments for vulval cancers.

He has a long-running interest in doctor-patient communication and has published Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Healing 2009, Women’s Cancers; Pathways to Living 2015. He is the series editor of Patient Pictures (17 books) (210,000 copies). With respect to books for the medical profession he is First Editor of an Atlas of Gynaecological Oncology (4 editions) and of eight other post-graduate medical textbooks. The Story of Womb Transplant UK has recently been accepted as a title by World Scientific Press. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications as well as numerous reviews and articles.

In the field of non- medical publishing he has published The Journey: Spirituality, Pilgrimage and Chant, DLT, 2016 and currently has two new non - medical books with his agent entitled A Very Byzantine Journey and Don’t Give Up: A Story of Hope in Twelve Golden Rules.

He has four children who he loves dearly and spends his time between London, where he lives on a house boat, and Scotland, where he lives at the south end of an island, in the middle of nowhere.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Kathmandu (Fri, 8 Apr) Arrive and check in to the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Meet the group in the evening for a drink before dinner
  • Day 2: Kathmandu (Sat, 9 Apr) Full day tour of Kathmandu including Durbar Square, the Old Royal Palace. See the Temple of the Living Goddess, visit Bodnath Stupa, Swayambunath and the Tibetan Monastery. In the afternoon explore the Eastern Ghats. Welcome dinner in the evening.
  • Day 3: Kathmandu (Sun, 10 Apr) Visit Kathmandu Medical College and its department for obstetrics and gynaecology. Partners to visit Bhaktapur City, the City of Devotees. In the afternoon visit the 'Artist's City' of Patan in the Kathmandu Valley.
  • Day 4: Kathmandu (Mon, 11 Apr) Visit a government-run women's hospital and meet with staff of the obstetrics and gynaecology department. Later visit the Himalayan Rescue Association to hear about their work and the treating of medical conditions in extreme environments.
  • Day 5: Kathmandu / Paro / Thimphu (Tues, 12 Apr) Take a morning flight to Paro in Bhutan. On arrival meet your Bhutanese guide. Drive to Thimphu, the capital city. Walking tour of the town visiting the local market.
  • Day 6: Thimphu (Wed, 13 Apr) Morning excursion to Tango and Cheri Monasteries. Return to Thimpu and visit the RENEW centre, an organisation dedicated to the empowerment of women and children in Bhutan.
  • Day 7: Thimphu / Punakha (Thurs, 14 Apr) Visit the National Memorial Chorten. Drive to Punakha, visiting Dochula Pass on the way. Visit Punakha government hospital and meet with local gynaecologists.
  • Day 8: Punakha (Fri, 15 Apr) Visit Punakha Dzong and continue to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorton. Visit Kabisa Valley and continue to Talo Nunnery, which provides education, health and welfare to the local nuns of the area.
  • Day 9: Punakha / Paro (Sat, 16 Apr) Drive to Paro. After lunch, attend the spectacular annual festival of Paro Tshechu, one of the most sacred. Bhutanese celebrations that lasts for several days. Attendees don their finest clothes to watch vividly garbed dancers and rituals believed to cleanse the soul. Later, Visit the Paro Government Hospital and its obstetrics and gynaecology department.
  • Day 10: Paro (Sun, 17 Apr) Visit the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery by foot. Walk the uphill trail through the mountain forest to this spectacular mountain side monastery.
  • Day 11: Paro / Kathmandu (Mon, 18 Apr) Fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. The afternoon is at leisure. Farewell dinner in the evening
  • Day 12: Kathmandu (Tues, 19 Apr) Optional early morning Everest flight. Morning at leisure before departing Kathmandu or there is the option to take the extension to Chitwan National Park.

Extension to Chitwan: 19 - 22 April 2022

  • Day 12: Kathmandu / Chitwan (Tues, 19 Apr) Option of morning flight for a view of Everest. Fly to Bharatpur airport. Transfer to your lodge (there are two options available) and at leisure.
  • Day 13: Chitwan National Park (Wed, 20 Apr) Activities within the park and at leisure.
  • Day 14: Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu (Thurs, 21 Apr) Fly back to Kathmandu and afternoon at leisure
  • Day 15: Kathmandu (Fri, 22 Apr) Depart Kathmandu after breakfast.

Tour cost

$5,370 per person (ground only excluding international flights and airport transfers)

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