- Total Duration:17
- Trip Grade:Moderate
- Max Group Size:6-15
- Best Time:Sep-Oct
- One of the greatest treks in the world, a combination of awe-inspiring beauty, history, and rich Sherpa culture
- Yaks and porters carry all of your heavy gear, so you can pack a light daypack and fully enjoy the experience.
- Watch the sunrise over Mt. Everest from Kala Pattar (18,192 ft.), arguably the best view in the Himalayas!
- Stay in comfortable traditional lodges called "Tea-houses" each evening on the trek.
- Explore Everest Base Camp (17,600 ft)
- Tour Kathmandu and multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites. Learn about Buddhist and Hindu traditions.
- Experience a real alpine mountaineering experience by training for and climbing Island Peak.
- Taking a helicopter ride from Island Peak base camp all the way back to Kathmandu.
Goals and Objectives (CME may be offered for our medical team)
To develop an appreciation for medicine in the wilderness and austere environments. The Everest Trek will traverse very remote areas and reach a maximum altitude of 5545m. (18,192 feet) Our climb of Island peak will take us up to an impressive 6189 meters (20,305 feet)
Develop an organized, systemic method for approaching and assessing a patient in various wilderness settings.
Specifically understand unique diagnosis and treatment for the following wilderness-related topics: high altitude sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, diarrhea, cold-induced injuries and hypothermia, water disinfection, mental health, ENT injuries, infectious diseases, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management and common medical problems.
To be able to plan for potential medical problems based on group size and type of activity. Then, to be able to improvise and adapt when unforeseen occurs.
To develop appropriate triage and multitasking abilities for various scenarios including multi-patient casualties.
In a practical setting, be able to fashion various splints, dressings, tourniquets, and litters with improvised materials.
In a practical setting, be able to approach a patient, secure the environment, diagnose pathology, provide treatment, arrange evacuation and communicate this to those involved.
Building your own Altoids survival tin
To see beyond Wilderness Medicine as “vacation medicine” or “doctor tourism” to its true applicability in austere or impromptu environments, such as rural, humanitarian or mass casualty settings.
Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu. Afternoon free to explore Thamel (October 14)
Day 2. Hike to Shivapuri hill, trip briefing, and organizing equipment
Day 3. Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 4. Trek to Namche
Day 5. Rest day at Namche (Last chance to buy needed equipment)
Day 6. Trek to Debuche
Day 7. Trek to Pheriche.
Day 8. Rest
Day at Pheriche and Puja (Blessing of the YETI)
Day 9. Trek to Lobuche
Day 10. Trek to Gorak Shep and to Everest base camp. Overnight at Gorak Shep
Day 11. Sunrise on top of Kalapathar (with the ceremonial placing of the YETI) trek to Dingboche
Day 12. Trek to Island peak base camp. Afternoon climbing technique class (learn to use crampons)
Day 13. Morning climbing technique class and in afternoon climb to high camp. (what is a zumer?)
Day 14. Climb Island Peak and descend down to base camp
Day 15. Fly to Kathmandu by helicopter.
Day 16. Morning sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. The afternoon is at leisure. Flight at night
Day 17. Departure (October 30) The flight I had in mind leaves at 2:10AM
6 to 9 climbers US$ 5000 per person
10 to 15 climbers US$ 4200 per person
- All arrival and departure transportation.
- Welcome dinner in a traditional Nepali restaurant.
- Kathmandu half day city tour.
- Everest Medical Expedition down jacket and team patches.
- Trek permit.
- Kathmandu valley rim half day hiking trip.
- Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Comfortable lodges with attached bathroom up to Pheriche.
- Island Peak climbing permit. Island peak climbing logistics.
- Climbing equipment.
- Climbing Sherpas.
- Local trip leader.
- Sherpas to assist you in the trek.
- Porters to carry duffel bags and all climbing equipment.
- Cook and kitchen staff crew at Island peak base camp.
- Helicopter ride from Island Peak Base Camp to Kathmandu.
The prices above do not include international airfare to Kathmandu. I usually fly through Qatar with a layover in Doha.