Optometry in Nepal

8 - 19 Apr 2018
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Squeezed between India and Tibet, Nepal is a country that stretches from rich subtropical forest to soaring Himalayan peaks. This is a country as diverse in its landscape as it is culturally, with distinctive ethnic groups and languages as well as varying architecture, vivid colours and sounds. 

Starting in vibrant, multi-faceted Kathmandu, continue to the serene mountainside city of Pokhara and onto the jungle of Chitwan National Park. This tour will show you the many faces of Nepal and its people. Along the way there will be several professional visits looking at the developments in eye care and health in Nepal. There will be visits to the Optometry College to see how optometrists are trained, visit private eye clinics as well as public ones to see how eye care differs depending on wealth. 

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Optometry in Nepal

Your tour leader

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​David Shannon

David Shannon graduated in 1986 from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee, as a Doctor of Optometry. In 2015 he took on the role of UK Development Manager for Optometry Giving Sight and in 2016 took on responsibility for their European operations. Between 2010 and 2013 he was Chairman of the AOP (Association of Optometrists). Previously he was AOP Board member responsible for OT (Optometry Today) and established the OT Editorial Advisory Board. He has consulted for Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and has trained practitioners and managers across the UK. Until 2014 he worked in the family practice, Shannon and Carton Ltd, in London. David has supervised undergraduate optometry students at City University’s contact lens clinic. David led optometry study tours to China, Cuba, South India, North India, South Africa Sri Lanka and Vietnam in association with Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 8 Apr (Sun) Kathmandu: Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to the Shangri-La Hotel. Dinner at the hotel 
  • 9 Apr (Mon) Kathmandu: Full day tour of Kathmandu including Durbar Square, Old Royal Palace and see the temple of the Living Goddess. On to Bodnath Stupa, Swayambunath and Tibetan Monastery. Visit the Eastern Ghats. Welcome dinner in the evening
  • 10 Apr (Tues) Kathmandu: Visit the Optometry College at the Institute of Medicine. After lunch visit the 'artists' city' of Patan
  • 11 Apr (Wed) Kathmandu / Pokhara: Fly to Pokhara and transfer to the Lakeside Retreat hotel. In the afternoon visit the Himalaya Eye Hospital
  • 12 Apr (Thurs) Pokhara: Explore Pokhara by visiting the World Peace Pagoda and walk down to Phewa Lake. Take a boat ride out to Barahi Temple. In the afternoon visit the International Mountain Museum
  • 13 Apr (Fri) Pokhara: Today is a day at leisure with an option to do a full day trek or relax in Pokhara
  • 14 Apr (Sat) Pokhara/ Chitwan National Park: Drive through the mountains to the plains and Chitwan National Park. There will be chance that afternoon to do activities including a Jungle Walk, Ox cart ride or bird watching
  • 15 Apr (Sun) Chitwan National Park: Full day of activities in Chitwan National Park
  • 16 Apr (Mon) Chitwan National Park: Visit a local health clinic to see how rural communities receive eye care. Afternoon at leisure
  • 17 Apr (Tues) Chitwan National Park/ Kathmandu: Transfer to Bharatpur for the flight back to Kathmandu. Afternoon at leisure
  • 18 Apr (Wed) Kathmandu: There is a chance to do an Optional flight over Everest, return to the hotel for breakfast. Visit to Newari villages of Bungmati and Khokana. Farewell dinner in the evening
  • 19 Apr (Thurs) Kathmandu: Depart for the airport and the flight home

Tour cost

$3,185 per person (Ground only, excluding International flights and transfers)