Everest Medical Project: Nepal

Looming at a jaw-dropping 8,848m/29,029ft elevation above sea level, Mount Everest is a holy grail for the adventurous traveler.  Charming lodges and bakeries, ancient monasteries, and unworldly views spur trekkers to challenge themselves to new heights.  Supported by the tourism economy, there are ample resources to provide a safe and comfortable experience to visitors.

However, in stark contrast to the Everest trail’s facilities, the untouched lower Everest region is direly lacking.  There is a severe medicine shortage and healthcare workers are under-equipped due to a restrictive government budget.  In a region commonly reporting dental, eye, and skin-related ailments, medical specialists and proper treatment are virtually nonexistent.

We invite both non-medical and medical volunteers off the beaten path to this verdant land, where training hikes and volunteer work will prepare your body and soul before  helicoptering out to the main Everest Base Camp trail.  Funds raised in this campaign sponsors desperately needed medical equipment and supplement medicine stocks, as well as enables our 2-day volunteer health clinics.

View the Medical Volunteer Work page to learn more about our medical program and equipment that we shall sponsor.

Volunteers from all medical professions are welcome to join, especially dentists, optometrists, and dermatologists.  Your visit can provide healthcare that may never have been experienced before in this region.

Non-medical volunteers are also eagerly requested to help in schools, to support students with English pronunciation and conversational practice.  In a country that measures education by English competency, volunteers will be providing students valuable exposure to English that they would not have otherwise.

View the English Teaching Project page to learn more about our program and a list of material donations requested by the schools.

Cost / Fundraising Goal: $3,000

Includes:

  • Premier trekking guides and support staff
  • Porter services
  • All food and accommodation on the trail
  • Lodging in Kathmandu before and after the trek
  • Helicopter ride to Lukla
  • Flight from Lukla
  • All land transport
  • TIMS trekking permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park fee
  • Yoga session: high-altitude breathing techniques
  • Yoga mats on the trail
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping liners, down jackets, and trail duffel bag

Not included:

  • Airfare to Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance

Itinerary:

Day 1 - Check-in, Pick up medical supplies, pre-trek briefing, yoga with high altitude breathing techniques, welcome dinner
Day 2 - Early AM jeep departure to Salyan, sunset nature hike
Day 3 - Volunteer at medical center and school
Day 4 - Volunteer at medical center and school
Day 5 - Helicopter ride to Lukla, begin EBC trek to Monjo
Day 6 - Trek to Namche
Day 7 - Acclimatization day in Namche and visit medical post
Day 8 - Trek to Debuche, visit famous Dengboche Monastery
Day 9 - Trek to Pheriche
Day 10 - Acclimatization day in Pheriche, visit medical post
Day 11 - Trek to Lobuche
Day 12 -Trek to Gorakshep, visit Everest Base Camp
Day 13 - Hike up Kala Patthar, trek down to Pheriche
Day 14 - Trek down to Namche
Day 15 - Trek down to Lukla
Day 16 - Flight to Kathmandu and rest day
Day 17 - Buffer day/Kathmandu sightseeing, farewell dinner
Day 18 - Check out of hotel


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