Himalayan Medical Expedition - Medical Relief COMPLETE

Himalayan Medical Expedition

March 16, 2017 - April 2, 2017

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.

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 Donation & Travel Options

PURCHASE YOUR
OWN FLIGHT
Payment by Mar 2nd, 2017
SUBSIDIZED IMR FLIGHT
50% Payment by Dec 19th, 2016 to qualify
PRICE 6,000
(plus your flight costs from your home city to your international destination)
6,700
(plus your flight cost from your home city to the team’s departure point in the U.S.)
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL 5,800
SAVE $200 if your donation of 3,000 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Dec 19th, 2016.
6,500
SAVE $200 if your donation of 3,350 (50% Minimum Donation Amount) is received before Dec 19th, 2016.
DONATION DUE DATES Full Minimum Donation Amount due Mar 2nd, 2017. Payment of 3,350 (50%) is required by Dec 19th, 2016 to be included on the IMR Subsidized Flight. Full Minimum Donation Amount due Mar 2nd, 2017.
BAGGAGE Check your bags through from your home city without having to claim them along the way. All personal items will be in your carry-on and you will check two IMR team supply bags at no additional cost to you. You will be responsible for the cost of any personal checked bags.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE 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 up with the rest of the team at our final destination in Himalayan Medical Expedition. You will fly with other IMR team members to our final destination. The official ground itinerary will exactly match your flight schedule.
EXTENDED STAY Extend your stay to see some of the amazing sites that this country has to offer. Flexibility in your return date may also help you reduce your ticket cost. The team flight will match the promoted travel dates with +/- 1 day of travel on either end.

Your Donation to IMR Includes:

  • All group costs from the time you arrive at the team meeting point in country until you separate from the team, 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:

  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your 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.

Fundraising

IMR provides a fundraising packet and personal fundraising page to all registered trip applicants that is full of ideas on how you can raise support for your trip or for supplies to be utilized on this specific mission. When soliciting donations for any of our trips, success is completed through telling your personal story. Why do you want to go? Who will you help? Why their donation can help you achieve the ultimate goal. Tell your story to anyone and everyone. Refer your potential or active donors to our website or Facebook page and to your IMR personal fundraising page. You may share your IMR personal fundraising URL on Facebook and other social media sites.

Safety & Security

We take security very seriously at IMR.  It is our job to ensure that security precautions are in place, but please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee your safety on the trip.

  • We continuously review all current activities occurring on the ground, and we work with the State Department and the U.S. Embassy to know the ground situation to the best of our ability. 
  • We have a security training conference call with our volunteers where we detail our security procedures that are in place for the trip. 
  • We take many security precautions such as radios, a buddy system, and security planning. 
  • We provide you with an email address that you can give to the people you meet to protect your privacy until you determine that you want to remain in contact with team.
  • We rely on our teams to be cognizant of their own safety and to be aware of their surroundings. 
  • We have several policies in place that we require the team to adhere to for their safety and that of the team as a whole. 

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 receive a detailed briefing packet outlining the important elements that make a successful trip, packing lists, and a checklist to keep you on track. You will receive detailed information on how clinic operates, the roles on an IMR team, community health education topics, fundraising, and access to a personal IMR fundraising page. 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 will be shared with the team. You will also receive a comprehensive country briefing packet that provides background information, cultural etiquette, common phrases, and links to additional information from a variety of sources. Finally, a departure packet that outlines how and where to meet your team will be sent just prior to departure.

IMR applicants and team members will also have access to a series of phone conferences where you will learn about specific aspects of IMR trips and 2 Q and A calls where you can ask questions specific to your trip. There will also be a Q and A call just prior to departure to help ensure that you have the most important information and are ready to go!

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!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount covers the cost of lodging, meals, and transportation while you are in the country, and clinic supplies/medications for our patients. If you are eligible for and choose the Subsidized IMR Flight, your donation amount also includes the cost of your international airfare. Costs that are not included in the donation amount are your passport, travel visas (if applicable), domestic airfare to the group departure city, vaccinations, and insurance. You also have the option of flying on your own directly from your hometown and meeting up with the team in country. IMR gives you the option of purchasing your own tickets, which decreases your minimum donation amount. It also gives you the opportunity to extend your stay to do some sightseeing after the trip, and fly directly from your home city to your final destination.

What will the team be doing on the trip?

IMR teams provide medical care and community health education to communities that lack access to care. A typical IMR team consists of doctors, nurses, EMTs, medical/nursing students, pre-med students, and non-medical volunteers. We strive to have a dental team on every trip as well. The team usually stays in a central location and travels each day to a different community to set up a mobile medical clinic. In order to promote lasting and sustainable improvements in the health of those communities, IMR conducts an extensive community health education program in each area as well. 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.  Once your references are approved, IMR will send a fundraising packet that contains information on how the personalized fundraising page on the IMR website works.  It also contains some great ideas for fundraising events and other ways to fundraise for the trip.  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 Subsidized Flight: In order to qualify for the IMR Subsidized Flight, you will need to reach 50% of theMinimum Donation Amount on or before Dec 19th, 2016.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the Minimum Donation Amount on or before Dec 19th, 2016.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • If flying on subsidized team flight: your domestic round-trip airfare to the central point of departure and any costs associated with this portion of your travel.
  • If flying independently: your international round-trip flight to destination city and any costs associated with this portion of your 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.
Can IMR assist me with travel plans and extended say options?

Yes!  We encourage our volunteers to extend their stay and explore.  And by extending your stay you also put money into the economies of these developing countries!


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