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Wilderness Medicine CME: Bhutan For The Active Traveler

Oct 19 - 30, 2020   |   Paro, Paro District  Bhutan
Specialties : Wellness
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Wilderness Medicine CME: Bhutan For The Active Traveler is organized by Wilderness Medicine Educational Company and will be held from Oct 19 - 30, 2020 at Paro, Paro District, Bhutan.

Accreditation: The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Course Description:
Arrive in Paro, Bhutan, from Bangkok, Thailand. Our early morning flight brings us to Bhutan's emerald-green Paro Valley (7,500 feet), where shrines dot the landscape and graceful willow trees grow along the edge of the Paro River as it winds through fields and farmlands. Upon arrival, we are met for a transfer to Thimphu (7,600′), a wooded farming valley up until 1961, when it became Bhutan's official national capital. The massive Tashicho Dzong, about 700 years old, is the main building in town. It was carefully revamped in the 1960s by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, the main architect of modern Bhutan,to house the royal and main government offices. This is also the summer residence of the Je Khenpo, Bhutan's chief abbot.

In the afternoon we'll explore Thimphu and enjoy free time in the town. Overnight at the Hotel... (L+D)

A 40-minute hike through a beautiful forest of oaks brings us up to Tango Monastery, a monastic school and retreat built in 1688. We will visit the main temple and also linger in Tango's inner courtyard, beautifully painted in bright colors, with lovely views stretching across the Thimphu Valley. We drive back to Thimphu and have lunch in the local restaurant. Later we head to Sangay Gang, where there is a sanctuary for the cattle-sized animal called the takin, the national animal of Bhutan. These rare Himalayan creatures resemble miniature American bison, standing about five feet high with large heads and front quarters. We also visit Changgangkha Lhakhang, an ancient monastic retreat set on a ridge above Thimphu. Overnight at the Hotel...BLD
Approximate Hiking Time: About 3 hours

After a scenic drive through a lushly forested landscape and climbing the Dochula pass, we'll hike through a mixed forest of spruce, rhododendron, hemlock, oak, pine, and juniper to reach Lungchuzekha Monastery, surrounded by prayer flags. On a clear day, we'll enjoy good views of the mountains of the Bhutan Himalaya, then hike down the same way to Dochula pass (10,200) whose summit is festooned with fluttering prayer flags and more than 100 chortens (stupas) dedicated to Bhutan's continued peace and happiness. We will have a late lunch at the restaurant in the pass. After lunch, we'll board our vehicles and descend to Lobesa village for a half-hour walk through the cultivated fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple. The temple, flanked by nearly 100 tall prayer flags, sits atop a picturesque hill and has long been a pilgrimage site for childless couples. After visiting the temple, we drive to the hotel... (B+L+D)
Approximate Hiking Time: About 3-4 hours

From the village of Nezigang, we hike up through cultivated fields and small hamlets to visit the Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine built recently by the royal family. The shrine is an elaborate structure with a rainbow of Guru Rimpoche images and superb views of the Punakha Valley. After lunch, we'll visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong (fortress), Bhutan's former winter capital, built in 1637 at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu (the "Mother" and "Father" rivers). The winter capital was established in this location in part because Punakha is a warm valley with a relatively low altitude of 4,100 feet, allowing for the production of two rice crops each year, along with oranges, mangos, and bananas. The Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and seat of the head abbot of Bhutan. It has survived six fires, two glacial lake bursts, and an earthquake. This labyrinthine dzong has played a pivotal role in Bhutan's history and has the official name of Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, which translates as "the palace of great happiness." Overnight at the hotel... (B+L+D)
Approximate Hiking Time: About 3 hours

We'll drive to the Trongsa crossing over Pele La Pass (11,000′) and will have lunch somewhere after crossing the pass. We'll continue our journey to Trongsa, the ancestral home of Bhutan's royal family. Then, we'll visit the important historical Trongsa Dzong where the Penlop (governor) in the early 1900s consolidated political control over Bhutan to become the country's king. Overnight at Hotel... (B+L+D)

In the morning, we'll visit the Ta-Dzong Museum, which focuses on the history of the monarchs of Bhutan with many rare artifacts on display, and then drive to Bumthang, crossing Yotongla pass (11,140′) to entering Chumey valley. A 10 km feeder road goes up to the Tharpaling Monastery (2800m) from Gyetsa village in Chumey valley. This road may be impassable in summer due to rain, so walking is often necessary. The Tharpaling Monastery was found by Lonchen Ramjam (1308-1363) during his exile from Tibetan. He was the abbot of the Samye, one of Tibet's most important monasteries and the first Buddhist monastery built in the Himalaya. The Samye was primarily used as a place of meditation. After visiting this important monastery, we'll continue to hike to Kiki La. Overnight at hotel... (B+L+D)
Approximate Hiking Time: 4 hours

Nowhere else in Bhutan are there as many temples and monasteries as in Bumthang, and it is also one of the most picturesque regions of the country, with sweeping agricultural valleys dotted by small villages and forested mountainsides sheltering centuries-old monastic complexes and religious retreats. Today's hike will bring us along the Chamkhar River and through meadows and pine forests to the village of Thangbi, where we'll visit its gompa (if the caretaker is present). Thangbi was founded in the late 1500s by the 4th Shamar Rimpoche, a patriarch of Tibet's Karma Kargyüpa sect. After crossing a suspension bridge, we'll reach Nga Lhakhang (Swan Land), and after visiting the village, we'll drive back to Jakar. In the afternoon, we'll visit two important monasteries: Jambay and Kurje. Jambay was originally built by Tibet's King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century as one of the 108 temples used to subdue the demoness lying across the Tibetan Plateau; this temple is said to pin down her left knee. Kurje is a complex of three temples and one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in Bhutan. Overnight at Lodge... (B+L+D)
Approximate Hiking Time: About 3 hours / Driving Time: 45 minutes

In the morning we'll drive to Tang to visit the Tang Ogyencholing palace and its beautiful museum. Next we'll visit the Gamling village and have lunch in the Palace Guest house. In the afternoon, we'll drive back to Jakar and, in the evening, visit the farm-house to sample araa, the local wine, as well as butter tea, and watch a demonstration of how the local buckwheat noodles (puta) are made at a traditional farmhouse. Overnight at Lodge... (B+L+D)

DAY 9 BUMTHANG / PARO (Domestic flight):
A morning flight brings us to Paro. In the afternoon we visit the fascinating National Museum of Bhutan, housed in the Ta Dzong, with its collection of ancient artifacts, weapons, and silver teaware. Overnight at the Hotel... (B+L+D)

We'll spend the whole morning at the Paro festival, where masked dances are performed in front of the temple courtyard. In the afternoon, we will visit the Kyichu temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening, we'll enjoy dinner at a typical farm-house at Namjay village.

At dawn, the giant Thongdrel (religious scroll) will be unfurled for the people. People from Paro as well as from Thimphu come to get the blessing of the Thongdrel. After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive for 20 minutes to hike through pine forests festooned with Spanish moss to reach the striking monastic retreat of Taktsang, the "Tiger's Nest," built into a sheer cliff face about 2,700 feet above the Paro Valley. This is the most famous temple in Bhutan and a venerated pilgrimage site in the Himalayan world. We'll enjoy our lunch en route at a teahouse with fantastic views of the monastery. Overnight at Hotel... (B+L+D)
Approximate Hiking Time: 3-4 hours

After breakfast, we'll transfer to Paro Airport for homeward-bound flights via Bangkok. Flights typically arrive in Bangkok between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Course Objectives:
• Altitude Illness
• Hypothermia
• Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries
• Environmental Heat Illness
• Traveler's Diarrhea, Giardia & Other Waterborne Wilderness Infections
• Surviving the Unexpected Night Out
• Lightning Injuries
• Improvised Medical and Trauma Care
• Management of Fractures and Dislocations
• Preparing for Foreign Travel
• Backcountry Medical Kits
• Wilderness Wound Management
• Patient Assessment in Wilderness Settings
• Wilderness Dermatology
• Marine Hazards & Envenomations
• Snake Envenomation

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Registration Type Last Date Price
Registration Fee 18 Oct,2020 USD 4895.00
Optional CME Cost (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits) 18 Oct,2020 USD 695.00
Single supplement Fee 18 Oct,2020 USD 500.00
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