Kathmandu, March 9
British Prince Harry is arriving in Kathmandu a day earlier than his preset schedule so as to catch up with Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, who is leaving for a week-long visit to China on March 20.
Gopal Khanal, PM’s foreign relations expert, said Prince Harry was earlier scheduled to arrive in the capital on March 20, but he will now arrive on March 19 and stay in Nepal for five days.
According to a statement issued by the British Embassy in Kathmandu today, Prince Harry will attend a reception to be hosted by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Kamal Thapa and call on PM Oli on March 19.
The following day, he will also call on President Bidhya Devi Bhandari at Shital Niwas, the British mission said.
He will also meet those affected by the earthquakes which struck Nepal in April and May 2015 to learn about efforts being taken to restore buildings of historic significance and to assist disaster preparedness.
On March 21, Prince Harry will travel to Bardiya National Park and Banke National Park. He will experience rafting on the Khauraha River and view tiger camera traps in the jungle, the same day.
He will also visit Dalla, a local community which is benefitting from the economic potential of tourism by offering homestays to visitors, the statement further read. Later that day, Prince Harry will travel north to Pokhara, where he will take part in a trek in the foothills of the Himalayas.
The British Royal, who had worked with Gurkha soldiers in Afghanistan, will also visit the British Gurkha Camp in Pokhara, where he will commend the bravery and service of an exceptional group of soldiers to the Crown.
The trek will end in a remote hamlet in the hills where Prince Harry will enjoy a cultural show organised by local people before watching the sun set over the Himalayas.
He will spend the rest of the evening at a Gurkha homestay, where he will stay overnight, the statement read.On March 22, Prince Harry will observe the sunrise over the Himalayas before departing from the hamlet and trekking to a local secondary school.
Before concluding his visit on March 23, Prince Harry will open the Nepal Girl Summit together with President Bhandari in Kathmandu on that morning.
A version of this article appears in print on March 10, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.