The 11th Asian Regional Conference of IAEG [ARC-11]

November 28-30,2017, Kathmandu, Nepal

Ex-5: Japan Society of Engineering Geology (JSEG) Special Excursion

Post-conference excursions

Ex-5: Japan Society of Engineering Geology (JSEG) Special Excursion (three days) - Gorkha and Pokhara Area including Kathmandu-Pokhara roadside slope mitigation 

Japan Society of Engineering Geology (JSEG) is organizing a special excursion and it is excursion five (Ex-5).  This excursion is planned as per the special arrangement of JSEG and the organizing committee of ARC-11 is very happy to support JSEG to manage the excursion.

This excursion will be operated both English and Japanese and all participants are welcomed to participate. This excursion includes merged few programs of Ex-3 and Ex-4.

Tentative Schedule of Ex-5 for ARC-11

Purpose of excursion

1) To observe geomorphologicai and engineering geological characteristics of the Midland in the Himalayan Range.

2) To observe the damages in the Midland due to the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and to consider reasons of very few occurrence of earthquake-triggered landslides in the Midland.

3) To consider the effect of the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake to building on the Kathmandu valley.

4) To observe geomorphologicai and engineering geological characteristics of the Pokhara Valley in front of the Annapurna Range.

5) To observe the geo-disasters in the Pokhara Valley and to consider relation between geo-disasters and beautiful landscapes

 6) To consider the origin of Midland and effect on not only land use and disasters, but also an evolution of the Himalayas.

7) To consider the sustainable development of Nepal based on the concept of geo-park.


Day 1

Dec.1 (Fri): Kathmandu to Pokhara via Prithivi Highway

7:30 Departure from Hotel Yak & Yeti

9:00 Site 5-1: Thankot (Observation from bus)

  • Topography and geology of Thankhot, west end of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Origin of Thankot Hill and Kathmandu valley
  • Naubise –Thankot road tunnel project

10:00-10:30 Site 5-2: Galchi (Stop1)

  • High-grade metamorphic rocks along the Main Central Thrust (MCT)
  • Plain failure and Topping and mica-schists
  • Topography the Trisuli River and its terrace
  • Debris flow fan and its deposits due to 1993 disaster.
  • Origin of small valley and bridge

11:00-12:00 Site 5-3: Aadamghot (Stop2) @ Gas station

  • Terrace deposits of the Trisuli River
  • Landslide scraps on the northern mountain slope
  • Landslide topography of the southern mountain slope

12:30 Site 5-4: Krishnabhir (Observation from bus)

  • Rainfall-induced landslide.
  • Toppling on large-scale landslide topography on the foot of southern mountain slope
  • Low-cost countermeasure by using bio-engineering and drainage management

13:00-14:00 Site 5-5: Riverside Spring Resort (Stop3 Lunch)

  • Terrace and riverbed sediments of the Trisuli River

14:20 Site 5-6: Ruwa Khola check-dam site?(Observation from bus)

  • Terrace and riverbed sediments of the Trisuli River

14:30-15:00 Site 5-7: Landslide dam site (Stop 4)

  • Landslide occurred after the Gorkha earthquake
  • Fractured and disturbed quartzites of large-scale landslide
  • Pleistocene landslide dam and paleo-lake originated terrace distributed upstream from the site

15:30-15:40 Site 5-8: Ridge 3 km before arriving Gorkha Town (Stop5)

  • Gorkha Town on huge landslide

15:50-16:20 Site 5-9: Gorkha Town (Stop 6)

  • Epicenter area of the Gorkha earthquake
  • Slight damage of Gorkha town

18:30 Arrival hotels at the lakeside, Pokhara

  • Check in & dinner as you like

Day 2

Dec.2 (Sat):Pokhara Valley

7:30 Departure from hotels

8:00-8:30 Site 5-10: Sarangkot (Stop7)

  • Topography of the Annapurna Range and the Seti River terrace, fractured quartzites of large-scale landslide
  • Huge glacier lake outburst foods during the retrogression of Annapurna glacier in postglacial age
  • Paleo-lake due to huge glacier lake outburst floods (debris flow) deposits
  • Landslide topography and deposits of Sarangkot

9:30-10:00 Site 5-11: Armala (Stop8)

  • Topography of the Kali Khola Valley
  • Sediments of the paleo-lake dammed by huge glacier lake outburst debris flow deposits
  • Occurrence and property of fine silty clay in lake deposits
  • Occurrence and mechanism ofsinkholess

11:00-11:30 Site 5-12: Ramghat (Stop9)

  • Topography of the Seti River and terrace
  • Occurrence and property of the Pokhara Gravel
  • Topographic change due to flood of the Seti River

12:00-13:30 Site 5-13: Lakeside of the Phewa lake (Stop10, Lunch)

14:00 Site 5-14 Stopover at Pokhara Airport (Stop11)

14:30-15:00 Site 5-15: Davis fall (Patale Chhango)

  • Topography of the Pardi Khola Gorge and Davis Fall
  • Occurrence of the Pokhara Gravel

15:00-15:30 Site 5-16: Gupteswar Cave (Stop12)

  • Sinkhole topography of Gupteswar Cave
  • Groundwater in Gupteswar Cave and Davis Fall
  • What is the Siva statue?

16:00 Arrival at lakeside and breaking up the Excursion 5 

Day 3

Dec. 3, 8:00 Departure from hotel

9:30 onward; Return by road in the same bus and drop in Hotel Yak and Yeti in Kathmandu or return by air to Kathmandu (optional, need extra US$ 122.00) 

17:00 Arrive back at Hotel Yak & Yeti and free time for shopping or participant can catch their flights back to their countries.

Excursion coordinator: Prof. Dr. Shuichi Hasegawa

Assistant coordinator: Mr. Om Pradhan

Excursion Fee:  US$340.00    (*includes all entrance fees, transportation, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches. Minimum number of participants required for this tour is 12 persons).

Please note: The fee does not include airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu & dinner.. Extra cost for airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu is US$ 122.00 for foreign participants. Participants can contact official travel agents for detail of booking of air tickets from Pokhara to Kathmandu.