Himalayan Medical Expedition - Medical & Dental Relief

Himalayan Medical Expedition

March 29, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Minimum Donation: 5,800

  • After Dec 31st, 2018, Minimum Donation increases to 6,000*Save $200 - Early Bird Special
  • See Flight Info below for full details and additional options for travel.
  • Interested in our $300 scholarship? Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See Cost tab below.

About The Mission Trip

trip_InfoAboutInternational Medical Relief has coordinated with local Sherpas to organize an epic medical expedition just for IMR to bring medical assistance to isolated villages surrounding the Manaslu Circuit. This once-in- a-lifetime opportunity was uniquely designed by Sherpa friends of IMR to offer a very exclusive opportunity to not only trek around the world’s eighth highest mountain including crossing Larkya La pass, but also to provide medical care along the way and meet first hand with Sherpa communities and friends as you participate in an exclusive medical and cultural trek in this remote Himalayan area. The Manaslu Valley Trek is more remote and spectacular than many, with rough steep tracks and long days on the trail It is culturally fascinating with strong continuing links to Tibet in the upper Buri Gandaki (called Nupri ‘the western mountains’) and the Tsum Valley, and even has the Larkya La (5160m) as a challenge. The views of Mt Manaslu are marvelous and close. This trek would appeal to anyone who is looking for a challenging trek in a remote region of the Nepal Himalaya. The trail passes through a geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating area with scenery similar to the classic Annapurna Circuit but far less crowded. This trip will be extremely physically demanding.

About Clinic

trip_InfoClinicAccording to the United Nations, Nepal ranks 138th in the world in overall human development, behind such countries as India and Bangladesh and one of the least developed countries in Asia. About one-half of the Nepalese people live in poverty. They endure the typical problems of impoverished people around the world, such as high rates of malnourishment, childhood mortality and illiteracy. Poverty in Nepal is concentrated in rural villages and among lower castes and ethnic minorities. These villages are often located in remote, mountain villages that are geographically isolated and far from basic services. Subsistence agriculture is the rule, leaving villagers little opportunity to improve their welfare. These rural Sherpa areas have seen little of the modest economic growth that has benefited larger cities in Nepal. Rural healthcare services are at best rudimentary, with government health posts often going unstaffed and undersupplied for years. Nutrition is inadequate; vaccination rates are poor. The only way to reach these areas is by foot.

Transportation & Lodging

The team will stay at in a hotel at the beginning and end of the Trek, however, during the trek the team will stay in tents. There will be dining tents, kitchen tents, shower tents, and toilet tents. This will be a true expedition! The trip will be staffed by guides, cooks, and porters.

Trip Highlights

trip_InfoHighlightsThis trek includes a visit to Tsum Valley, this is one of Buddhism’s sacred hidden valleys called “Beyul” with important ancient monasteries and remote villages. Tsum valley was only opened for trekkers three years ago and therefore is a new place to explore with little impact from tourism. Tsum is said to be a beyul, one of the hidden valleys which Padmasambhava blessed as refuges to be discovered when the planet is approaching destruction and the world becomes too corrupt for spiritual practice. They are valleys reminiscent of paradise, which can only be reached with enormous hardship. Furthermore, we will spend a cultural sightseeing day in Kathmandu with an English speaking city guide. On the last night of our trek we will have a traditional farewell dinner with traditional Nepalese dancers.

Extend Your Stay

trip_InfoExtendedStayWeather permitting, take the opportunity to enjoy a once-in- a-lifetime aerial tour of Mt. Everest on a private plane. Discover the scenic and legendary Himalayas, and receive a certificate of honor for your journey. Visit many of the numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites Kathmandu has to offer. You won’t want to miss the medieval city of Bhaktapur, including Durbar Square. This beautiful and historic city sustained significant damage during the 2015 earthquake, but you will see its resilience as you stroll around centuries-old stupas and temples, many of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Throughout the square, you can peruse authentic cafes nestled next to shops with traditional handicrafts and precious stones, salts, and resources from the Himalayas. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city as well as a photo opportunity with some of the local monkeys. In fact, the Tibetan name for this stupa translates to “sublime trees,” referring to the tree-spotted hills surrounding this elevated site. The National Park of Chitwan is also worth a visit, as it harbors one of the last populations of the Indian rhinoceros. The National Park of Sagarmatha is also a breathtaking area, as it’s a home of the Sherpa culture and houses rare snow leopards and red pandas.

Trip Itinerary

March 31, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 31st. Flying to Kathmandu on a clear sunny day will provide a panoramic glimpse of the mighty Himalayas that will stay without you for the rest of your life. We will meet our local driver and proceed to the hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your daily activities.

April 1, 2019 - Drive to Soti Khola via Arughat- (around 9 hr drive)

After an early morning breakfast, we will be picked up from the hotel and will begin our journey towards Sotikhola via Arughat the starting point of our trek. The drive from Kathmandu to Dhading Besi is a comfortable, however, be prepared for a bumpy ride with winding dirt road and rough terrain on the road from Arughat and then to Sotikhola. Though a rough ride, this is an incredibly beautiful area and the majestic sites will serve as a perfect distraction. As we follow the Budi Gandaki River towards its point of origin, we will pass the village of Morder and Simre to reach the Arkhat River and descend to Kyoropani. Finally, we will reach Soti Khola where we spend our night.

April 2, 2019 - Trek to Jagat (around 8-9 hrs walk)

After the morning meal, we will begin our trek in earnest, cross the Macha Khola river and heading upstream to the tiny village of Khola Bensi and the hot springs at Tatopani. The terrain on either side of the river will remain quite steep, ultimately becoming impassable at which point the route will switch to the other side of the river by way of a suspension bridge. The trail is quite exposed and challenging in places. After a short section of forest path, we reach the single teahouse at Doban. Above Doban, the Buri Gandaki river descends in an impressive series of rapids. Beyond this steep section, the river is much more placid, meandering across a broad gravel bed. At Lauri, we will cross the river on a suspension bridge, and then climb on a high path to the fields of Jagat where we will stay overnight.

April 3, 2019 - Trek to Philim (around 3 hrs walk) - Half day medical camp

Finishing our early morning breakfast, we start our journey towards Philim. After crossing a suspension bridge over Budhi Gandaki we will enter Philim, a big village mainly inhabited by the Gurungs. Small monasteries, chortens and prayer flags fluttering in the sky, graves and traditional houses will be seen as we cross through the village where we will begin our first day of medical camp.

April 4, 2019 - Trek to Ghap (around 7-8 hrs walk)

After an early morning meal, we will traverse to north out of Philim, through some gorgeous forests with views up the narrowing valley. After a slow descent along the riverbank, we will reach the small village of Bihi Bazaar near the Tibetan border. From this point, we will be immersed in Tibetan culture as we walk for a few hours to Ghap village where we will spend the night

April 5, 2019 - Trek to Namrung (around 4 hrs walk) half day medical camp

After breakfast, we will descend towards the Budhigangadi River and cross a suspension bridge to reach Bihi phedi.Once again, the strong Tibetan cultural influence on the Gorkha region will be apparent. The trek will gradually ascending into the dense rhododendron forest. Finally, we will reach Namrung village where we will conduct the second day of Medical camp.

April 6, 2019 Trek to Samagaun (around 7-8 hrs walk)

The team will wake very early to view of the captivating sunrise against the backset of Mt. Manaslu. Surrounded by mind-blowing scenery, we will head towards Samagaon through rhododendron forest, passing by Shyala village. During this portion of the trek we will be passing 3660m (12,007ft), and will start to feel the altitude. We will witness a drastic change in vegetation and landscape as we trek into the higher elevations. Trekking for a few more hours, we will reach the village of Sama for our overnight stop.

April 7, 2019 - Explore Manaslu base camp and return to Samagaun (around 7-8 hrs walk)

After our early morning breakfast, we will take a short detour towards Manaslu base camp to soak up the incredible views and experience the true majesty of this impressive mountain. After getting our fill and fulfilling some bragging rights, we will return back to the Samagau for our overnight stay.

April 8, 2019 - Trek to Samdu (around 3-4 hrs walk) half day medical camp

After breakfast, we will trek through a pleasant forest on the border of Tibet until we reach Samdu. Once again, amazing panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas will present a fantastic photo opportunity. In Samdu we will conduct a medical clinic and spend the night.

April 9, 2019 - Trek to Larkey Phedi (around 4-5 hrs walk) half day medical camp

After an early breakfast, we will trek to Larkey Phedi where we will conduct another medical camp and stay overnight.

April 10, 2019 - Cross Larkya La pass (5220m) and trek to Bhimphedi (around 9-10 hrs walk)

Today is the big day! After an early departure, we will climb towards Cho Chanda and then slowly head up the steep terrain towards the snowy Larkya La Pass. From the top of the pass, the panorama is absolutely breath taking. Peaks like Himlung Himal (7126m), Cheo Himal (6820m), Gyagi Kung, Kang Kuru(6981m), and Annapurna II (7937m) can be seen in their full glory from this vantage point. The descent from the pass is steep, heading through Moraines, towards Bhimphedi where we spend our night.

April 11, 2019 - Trek to Goa (around 6-7 hrs walk)

The next day we will descend towards Goa. The south horizon is impressive with Manaslu in the east and Annapurna II in the west. Further down, we will follow the trail across a bridge at Dudh Khola, trek through the blossoming rhododendron flowers, leave Karche in our wake, pass through Thonje village, cross Marsyangdi River, finishing at Goa.

April 12, 2019 - Trek to Dharapani (around 3-4hrs walk)

From this point forwards, the route will get much easier. We will start the day with a gentle climb through paddy fields towards Karcha La pass and descend through fig trees and Rododendron forest. We will conduct our final medical camp at Dharapani and stay overnight.

April 13, 2019 - Drive to Besi Sahar and drive to Kathmandu (around 11 hrs drive)

With hardly a hill along the way, we will conduct a leisurely walk along the little-known east bank route from Besi Sahar. After lunch we will be picked-up b and drive to Kathmandu for a traditional farewell dinner and a night in a comfortable bed at the hotel.

April 14, 2019 - Depart Kathmandu

After a leisurely breakfast we will head to the airport for our flight back to the U.S.

Trip Donation & Flight Options

50% of the minimum donation and a completed application is REQUIRED to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER.

Travel Assistance

If you would like help booking flights, hotels, extended stays, and more contact Worldwide Navigators at (970) 633-3033.

50% Payment by Dec 31st, 2018 =$200 saving

50% Payment by Dec 31st, 2018 =$200 saving and opportunity to purchase a group flight

TRIP PRICE without airfare 5,800 

You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Dec 31st, 2018 - .6,000 .  After this date, your place on the team is confirmed on a space available basis. 


You will be confirmed on the team when 50% of the minimum donation and your application, including all required document uploads, is completed by Dec 31st, 2018 - .6,000 .  

To take advantage of the group airfare, you must have 50% of your donation paid by Dec 31st, 2018 - . 6,000

DOMESTIC and  INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT INFORMATION - airfare is not included in the cost of the trip  Flights are not included in the trip fee when flying independently. 

You will book your own airfare from your home city to the international destination city.  Some trips will require additional flights after arriving in country at your expense.

You may book your tickets through a travel agency.  The cost will include a small service fee.  IMR's preferred travel agent is WorldWide Navigators (travel@worldwidenavigators.com)

Flights are not included in the trip fee when flying on the group flight.

Costs of group airfare will be priced at the cost set by the airline at the time of purchase.

ECONOMICAL FLIGHT: An economical option with longer routings and layovers in exchange for a less expensive flight. Some layovers may be long enough to allow you to leave the airport to explore on your own or take a tour at your leisure.

PREMIER FLIGHT: A more direct routing that is a higher cost for those of you looking to save time.

IMR can route you directly from your hometown as an added convenience when choosing either group flight. You will pay the cost of the customized ticket and a small service fee at the time of purchase.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -$200 off the cost of your trip  Paying 50% of the total due by Dec 31st, 2018 and having your application and uploads complete = a $200 saving off the cost of your trip, taken automatically off your invoice.   Paying 50% of the total due by Dec 31st, 2018 and having your application and uploads complete = a $200 saving off the cost of your trip and qualifies you to purchase an economical or premier group ticket.</span
DONATION DUE DATES To guarantee your space on the team, payment of  3,350 (50%) is required by Dec 31st, 2018 and qualifies you for $200 off the cost of the trip. Payment balance is required by Mar 2nd, 2017

If paying after"earlybird"  the Full Minimum Donation Amount is due by Mar 2nd, 2017. Space on the team is confirmed on a space available basis when you  reach 50% of the total payment due.  

Payment of 3,350 (50%) is required by Dec 31st, 2018 to be included on the IMR Group Flight.  You will also qualify for $200 off the cost of the trip. 

Full Minimum Donation Amount due Mar 2nd, 2017.

MEETING THE TEAM You are responsible for meeting the team at the airport or designated location in Himalayan Medical Expedition prior to the team’s official arrival. Should you have travel delays it will be your financial responsibility to meet the team at their location upon your arrival. You will fly with other IMR team members to IMR's final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule if you have met the Early Bird requirements and received the group ticket.  
AIRPORT TRANSFERS Ground transportation to the IMR meeting place on the first day of your trip is available for all independent flyers for an additional fee.  Transportation pickup is from the final arrival airport at pre-set times.    Ground transportation is included from the airport to the IMR meeting place. 
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your arrival and return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. Additional nights before or after the trip are at your own expense. Please contact travel@worldwidenavigators.com for more information. Extend your stay on an official IMR trip extension with World Wide Navigators.  Choose the "group" ticket and the "extension" option.   If you have questions about the extension: travel@worldwidenavigators.com


  • IMR is offering a limited number of scholarships of $150 each way for carrying 1 or 2 IMR supply bags on our trips. You will receive a $300 scholarship if you carry bags both ways.
  • You may apply for the scholarship on your IMR account page.  To be eligible for the scholarship you are required to meet the required minimum donation by the payment deadline for your trip.
  • You will be sent 1 or 2 IMR supply bags at IMR’s expense approximately two weeks prior to your trip.  Please assume you will be sent 2 bags for planning purposes.
  • You are responsible for taking the bag(s) at your own expense (and prior to receiving the rebate from IMR) on your domestic flights and checking the bag(s) on your international flights one or both ways.  You are required to deliver the bag(s) directly to your team leader in country or to send the bag via a pre-paid UPS mailer to IMR upon returning home.
  • The $150 or $300 rebate will be paid via a check from IMR after your IMR supply bags are delivered to your team leader in country and/or have been returned  to IMR via UPS.


  • The minimum donation cost includes a shared room. If you want a private room, you can request a single room at an additional cost. Please contact the IMR office via office@imrus.org or 970-635-0110 for more information.


  • All independent flyers will be able to purchase ground transportation at designated times from the final airport in country to the starting point of the trip for an additional fee. You may also request the same service to return to the airport for the next part of your journey.  Please contact the IMR office if you will be needing this service via office@imrus.org or 970-635-0110.


IMR provides a personal and customizable fundraising page to all registered trip applicants.  We provide a fundraising packet that is full of ideas on how you can raise support or supplies to be utilized on this specific mission.  You may download this information and individual items such as letters requesting support, our 501(c)3 information, and a list of needed supplies from your Volunteer Resources page.  When soliciting donations for any of our trips, your personal story is your most powerful tool.  Why do you want to go? Whom will you help?  How will your donors help you achieve your ultimate goal?  Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to your IMR personal fundraising page by sharing your unique URL on social media, via email, and through personal contact.  Give your supporters our website and Facebook page so they can see the great things that IMR has accomplished since our founding in 2002.  Did you know we have cared for almost 300,000 patients in the last 16 years?  We need your help and the help of your donors to see 300,000 more patients in the years ahead!

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the designated team meeting location in country until you separate from the team at the designated ending location of the trip in country, including transportation, lodging, food, tips for services provided to the IMR team, costs associated with clinic, and all logistics, including translation services and security as needed.


Costs that you are responsible for in addition to your donation to IMR:

  • Any costs associated with travel, regardless of flying independently or on an IMR group flight.  Travel is defined as any travel occurring before meeting the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country and after separating from IMR at the designated ending location of the trip.
  • If flying on the group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs in transit associated with your domestic travel.
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team trip, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while after joining the IMR team at the designated starting location, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients.  You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased, if you donate 50% of the total donation by the Early Bird date. 

Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable),  and if you choose the group flight, your domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. If you choose to fly independently, the cost of your international flight and all other costs in transit are not included in your donation to IMR.  This option gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, choose a routing that best meets your need and your budget, and/or fly directly from your home city to your final destination.  

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical and dental care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, dentists, and advanced practice providers, nurses, EMTs, medical/dental/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers.  The team makeup for your trip is not guaranteed to be as described above and is dependent on the individual volunteers who make up your team.  The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical and dental clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program, teaching about prevention and treatment in small groups and during individual consultations with providers. No matter what your specialty or skill level, there is a job for you on an IMR trip!

Can I fundraise for the trip?

Yes!  Many volunteers fundraise for trips.  You can find information and tips on how to fundraise on your Volunteer Resources page on the IMR website.  You will have access to a personal fundraising page with a unique URL that you can share with family, friends, business associates, and any potential donors via social media.   IMR is a 501(c)3 charity, and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are there any important dates I need to know?
      • IMR Group Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Group Flight, you will need to reach 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 31st, 2018.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Dec 31st, 2018.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on a group flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel or during the international portion of your travel.  Your all-inclusive trip starts and ends at a designated location in country.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight and any costs associated with this portion of your travel until joining the team at the designated starting point and after you separate from the team at the designated ending point of the trip.  If you wish to join the group ground transportation from the final airport to the designated starting point and/or back to the airport at the end of the trip, you may do so for a small fee.  
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit.
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel.
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases.
  • Trip supplies and personal equipment or small gifts for the special people you meet. 
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  Extending your stay also puts money into the economies of these developing countries!

Trip Preparation

A service that we are very proud of at IMR is the preparation that each team and team member receives prior to the trip. This is one of the most important reasons that you should join an IMR team.

All team members have access to the IMR Volunteer Resources page where you may view and download important conference calls, a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, a checklist to keep you on track, and much more. You will find detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising tips, and all of the materials our licensed providers need including best practices for providing care in short term medical clinics, public health information specific to the country you are traveling too, and a guide to the infectious diseases of that country.  You will also find a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources on your volunteer resources page.  Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure and can be downloaded from the volunteer resources page.

IMR applicants and team members are also able to join in two informational calls: About IMR and How Clinic Operates/Provider Guidelines.   A Q and A call just prior to departure helps to ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!  If you can't join our live calls, you can listen at any time via your Volunteer Resources page.  Your team's departure call will be recorded by and sent by email to the team immediately following the call.

All of our volunteers have access to a personal IMR fundraising page with a unique URL that can be emailed and shared with family, friends, business associates, and other potential donors.

Did you know you can earn CME credits on line with IMR?  www.cmeonline.net will get you to 6 1 hour courses containing great tips for treating a variety of conditions in the field including wounds, hypertension, dengue fever, and more.

Most importantly, we are always here to answer your questions or help you complete your application. It is our goal that we exceed your expectations for preparation, patient care, and your overall trip. Let us know how we can help and how we did!

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