Ophthalmology in Nepal and Bhutan

29 Apr - 10 May 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.

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 several professional visits looking at ophthalmology and eye care and how these have developed in Nepal and Bhutan.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Christopher Liu

Christopher Liu

Professor Christopher Liu OBE is based in Brighton. Born in Hong Kong, Christopher came to England aged 15 to study before entering medical school in London. He is widely travelled and enjoys introducing western delegates to exotic cultures. He has led the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Study Tours to China in 2004 and 2014 , Egypt 2006, Syria in 2007, Cuba in 2012 and Japan in 2017. Christopher has been president of the Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society for Refractive Surgery and the Southern Ophthalmological Society. He has also been Honorary Secretary of the United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeon,and is Council Member and Trustee of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Christopher Liu was appointed OBE by the Queen in her 2018 New Year’s honours list.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Kathmandu (Fri, 29 Apr) Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Yak and Yeti Hotel. Dinner at the hotel later in the evening.
  • Day 2: Kathmandu (Sat, 30 Apr) Full day tour of Kathmandu, including Durbar Square and the Royal Palace, and see the temple of the Living Goddess. Onto Bodnath Stupa, Swayambunath and the Tibetan Monastery. Visit the Eastern Ghats. Welcome dinner at Mul Chowk restaurant.
  • Day 3: Kathmandu (Sun, 1 May) Visit Tilanga Institute. Partners will visit Bhaktapur, the City of Devotees. Continue to the ‘Artists’ City’ of Patan.
  • Day 4: Kathmandu (Mon, 2 May) Visit Kathmandu Medical College Hospital to learn about the education of ophthalmologists and visit the ophthalmology ward. Partners at leisure. Meet with the Nepalese Ophthalmologic Society in the evening.
  • Day 5: Kathmandu / Paro (Tues, 3 May) Morning flight to Paro in Bhutan to meet your Bhutanese guide. Visit the Paro Dzong and National Museum and the Buddhist temple of Kyichu Lhakhang.
  • Day 6: Paro (Wed, 4 May) Visit the Tiger’s Nest Monastery by foot. Visit Paro Government Hospital in the afternoon.
  • Day 7: Paro / Thimphu (Thurs, 5 May) Drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital city. Walking tour of the town visiting the local market. Visit the National Memorial Chorten in the afternoon.
  • Day 8: Thimphu (Fri, 6 May) Morning excursion to Tango and Cheri Monasteries. Return to Thimphu and visit the Thimphu Eye Hospital, the first of its kind in Bhutan, and meet with local ophthalmologists.
  • Day 9: Thimphu / Punakha (Sat, 7 May) Drive to Punakha, visiting Dochula Pass on the way. Visit a government hospital that uses traditional Bhutanese medicine. Visit Punakha Dzong and continue to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten.
  • Day 10: Punakha / Paro (Sun, 8 May) Visit Kabisa Valley and continue to Talo Nunnery. Drive back to Paro.
  • Day 11: Paro / Kathmandu (Mon, 9 May) Fly back to Kathmandu and spend the afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner.
  • Day 12: Kathmandu (Tues, 10 May) Option of morning flight for a view of Everest or at leisure. Depart for airport or take the optional extension to Chitwan.

Extension to Chitwan

  • Day 12: Kathmandu / Chitwan (Tues, 10 May) 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, 11 May) Activities within the park and at leisure.
  • Day 14: Chitwan National Park / Kathmandu (Thurs, 12 May) Fly back to Kathmandu and afternoon at leisure.
  • Day 15: Kathmandu (Fri, 13 May) Depart Kathmandu after breakfast.

Tour cost

Tour cost is USD $5,470 per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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