Congress Excursions

To provide an opportunity particularly to all international participants, the conference has been planned to include two field programs as follows:

2019.05.11: Pre-conference tour

Ex-1: A full day Kathmandu Valley tour to explore ground response and related damages during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake
2019/05/11, 8:00 AM – Departure from Hotel
2019/05/11, 9:00 AM – Arrival at Changunarayan Hills, Observation of Geomorphological settings of The Chagunarayan Hill and Kathmandu valley.
2019/05/11, 11:00 AM – Arrival at Bhaktapur City. Observation of ongoing earthquake reconstruction works in heritage site. Evaluation of Nyatapol Temple which was survived in the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. 
2019/05/11, 12:00 AM – Typical Nepali style lunch at Bhaktapur Darbar Square area.
2019/05/11, 2:15 PM – Arrival at Swayambhu Hill. Observation of earthquake reconstruction works and effects of creep landslide in and around Swayambhu Hill. Evaluation of engineering geological settings of World Heritage site.
2019/05/11, 4:00 PM – Arrival at Bagdol, Lalitpur and observation of liquefaction area during the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake.
2019/05/11, 6:30 PM – Arrival at Hotel Radisson.
Excursion coordinator: Dr. Suman Manandhar

2018.05.14-16: Post-conference tour

Ex-2: Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Characteristics of Kathmandu-Pokhara area (three days)
Excursion two (Ex-2) is basically a field excursion tour on the first day and partly on second day. Kathmandu-Pokhara roadway is about 200 km, but in Nepal it takes about six hours to travel this distance at an average speed of 40 km/h. So, on the first day, we will see a few landslide sites on the way to Pokhara, and on the second day, we will go to an area in Pokhara valley and observe geology of the Pokhara valley. In Pokhara, especially in the morning time, we can see marvelous panoramic view of the Annapurna Range of the Himalaya, and also take a pleasure flight on an ultralight plane for 30 minutes to one hour. You may stay longer in Pokhara if you wish, but you will have to notify us of your plan so that we can book your return air ticket to Kathmandu appropriately. The schedule basically is as follows.

Day 1
2019/05/14, 08:00 AM: Depart from the symposium venue hotel at Kathmandu (Hotel Radisson), we will see few landslide sites in a stretch of about 60 km, after about 40 km west of Kathmandu
2019/05/14, 1:00 PM: Lunch (Riverside Spring Resort, Kurintar, about 90 km from Kathmandu)
2019/05/14, 2:00 PM: Head towards Pokhara and observations of few sites of mitigation
2019/05/14, 5:30 PM: Arrive at Pokhara, Hotel at lakeside, free time at evening. 

Day 2
2019/05/15, 7:00AM to 09:00 AM: Free time and breakfast in the Hotel.
2019/05/15, 09:30 AM Depart to observe engineering geology of Pokhara valley; in and around Pokhara valley. Four to six sites will be visited. Nepali Style Lunch will be served at nearby restaurant.
2019/05/15, 05:30 PM Arrival back to Hotel and free time.

Day 3
2019/05/16, 6:00 AM Arrival at World Peace Pagoda and observation of Annapurna Range
2019/05/16, 8:00 AM Arrival at Hotel and breakfast
2019/05/16, 10:00 AM Return to Kathmandu.

Excursion coordinator: Dr. Ranjan Kumar Dahal