15 Days | 12 – 26 November, 2017

$AUD3812 per person, joining and concluding in Kathmandu.


Nepal
Out of the twin stimulants of compassion towards the victims of the recent severe earthquake in Nepal, where the consequences of broken schools, health services, villages, public infrastructure and families will continue for decades, well beyond world media attention spans, and her love of fibre and textiles, Nancy Tingey has created this travel program. Nancy invites guests to join with her and discover means and ways to assist in a practical and meaningful way.

This is not a charity or ‘do good’ fund raising program but one where interested people can discover with their own eyes what the current situation is in Nepal, and form their individual decision as to what they can do. At the same time each guest has the opportunity to be involved with learning about the unique textiles of Nepal from wool to nettle weaving and dyeing.

It is anticipated Networks Australia, as a result of this travel program will establish a long term relationship with Nepal working with women and crafts and textiles.

Dates and Cost

15 days| 12-26 November, 2017 | $3812.00AUD per person twin share. 

Joining and concluding in Kathmandu, Nepal. Minimum 10 people, maximum 16 people.

Highlights

  • Visit then ancient and spectacular historic sites in Kathmandu
  • Witness Buddhist morning ceremonies.
  • Meet many crafts people in Kathmandu and Pokhara to the West
  • Enjoy Himalayan mountain scenery
  • Visit Chitwan National Park
  • Participate in wildlife safaris, by elephant or vehicle.
  • Wander about local rural villages.
  • Meet NGO’s involved with women’s empowerment..

Itinerary


The following is a brief outline of our intention, and any final program may reflect differences as new attractions are discovered, or other improvement made.

Day 1: Sunday 12 November

stupa in NepalArrive Kathmandu for three nights. Discussions with people involved with the handicrafts of Nepal. In addition to the craft and WEN meetings, we will visit the major attractions of Kathmandu and surrounding villages including visiting nettle fibre weavers.

Day 4: Wednesday 15 November

Kathmandu to Chitwan for two nights. Here we participate in wildlife excursions seeking elephants, rhino, deer, birds and more. Also visit old villages in this area.

Day 6: Friday 17 November

Chitwan to Pokhara in western Nepal for four nights. As in Kathmandu, we explore Pokhara and surrounds. Visit craft centres and meet WEN projects.

Day 10: Tuesday 21 November

Return to Kathmandu for three nights. The drive takes most of a day. Conclude visits here as well as exploring beyond this capital city.

Day 13: Friday 24 November

Depart for Australia, arriving the next day.

The trip price includes:

  • All accommodation in hotels and Park lodges.
  • All breakfasts and some other meals.
  • Sightseeing, transport, entrance fees to attractions listed
  • Luggage transfer between accommodations.
  • Nancy as your Co-ordinator
  • Services of Christine Pearson, Director of Intentionally Different as Tour Manager.

Visitation

A broad range of activities, participatory interaction and workshops are anticipated and include:

  1. A lecture on the handicrafts of Nepal, with an emphasis on fabric.
  2. Near Kathmandu we can find nettle weaving and arrange a demonstration.
  3. Crafts in Nepal are divided between the Nepalese and the ‘refugee’ Tibetans and these
    include- Carpet making; Metal work; Jewellery; Thanka painting (the religious
    paintings for temples and homes); Singing; bowls (brass bowls used in temples and
    make a fine note when a mortar is used); Stone crafts; Handmade paper; Cotton
    textile; Nettle fibre; Pottery; Knitters; Traditional masks; Wood carving.

Women’s groups

There are several NGO’s working with women for women in a diversity of aspects of this broad task, many associated with the ‘Women’s Empowerment Network’. Meetings will be arranged to discover their work and how we can assist.

What to expect


Accommodation

We use a combination of western style hotels and National Park Lodges at Chitwan. Rooms are comfortable and clean and have modern western style facilities. We choose accommodation based on location, value and style.

Meals

Western food is available, if you must have it. Special diets can also be catered for given prior notice. Nepali dhal bat is common, while Indian, Tibetan and European dishes can be found easily.

Climate

November is one of the best times climate wise to visit as the wet season has ended and the skies are clear and blue and there is snow on the mountains. There are fewer tourists and people in rural areas are busy gathering crops, preparing for winter.

Additionally, November is still low season for air travel, saving you some expense. Reputable airlines such as Thai and Singapore Airlines service Kathmandu with convenient and timely flights, whereas low cost carriers have lower fares but less convenient flights. More detail will be provided early 2017. Possibly depart Australia on 11 November, with a compulsory overnight stop enroute.

Walking distance and fitness

Our trip involves some walking (no trekking) and we advise you have a good level of fitness as some days we walk through villages and larger squares and markets. Generally the walking is easy to moderate.

Your expert tour host

NancyTingeyNancy Tingey is a well respected artist exploring various aspects of textiles, perhaps reflecting her early life in the middle of the British textile country.

Nancy completed a Fine Arts degree at the University of Durham, specialising in stained glass and painting and worked as an art curator and lecturer. In 1971 Nancy moved to Australia and in 2002 completed an MA in Contemporary Applied Art (Textiles) at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts.

Nancy’s work is diverse, collected and awarded demonstrating her eye for creativity and ability. Nancy makes time for fusing art and craft for social benefit and established the Painting with Parkinson’s program, as a result of her studies on a 1996 Churchill Fellowship looking at ways of using art as a therapy for Parkinson’s. Later she received a Chief Ministers Inclusion Awards for her Lifetime Achievement.

Her next project began in 2008 with Networks aimed at providing connections between artists, which has now expanded to include artists, textile artisans and other craftspeople worldwide – the focus of this journey, to encourage other artists in their practices.