Himalayan Medical Expedition - Medical & Dental Relief

Himalayan Medical Expedition

March 29, 2019 - April 14, 2019

Join For As Little As: 5,700*

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship. Apply to purchase a group ticket and carry supply bags for IMR. See More Info below.
  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel.

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 Himalayas. 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 physically demanding but you can trek at your own pace each day and will always be in the company of a professional guide. As you make friends along the trail, you will find yourself thinking much more about conversation and the beautiful place you are in, rather than the trekking!

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

trip_InfoLodgingThe team will stay at in a hotel at the beginning and end of the Trek in Kathmandu and during the trek the team will stay in local lodges with comfortable beds and great food. The trip will be staffed by guides and porters on a one-to-one basis with our team members.

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_InfoExtendedStayEXCLUSIVE IMR EXTENSION

You're venturing around the globe, have you considered extending your stay a few additional days to do some hiking in the Himalayas or visit neighboring Tibet?

Trekking in Nepal - Mardi Himal

Nestled in the Annapurna region, this exciting route introduces travelers to the beauty of the Himalayas. On this 5-6 day trek you can expect to experience the magnificent sites of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre (Fishtale), Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. While the Mardi Himal is a relatively moderate trek compared to some others in the region, you will not be short in sites as your trail winds through Gurund and Magar traditional villages with spectacular views, lush forests and a dramatic view with a wide range of snow-capped mountains in the distance. You will be accompanied by professional trekking guides and Sherpa's on a 1:1 ratio. We are proud to say that our in-country partner company is home to the first Nepalese woman to successfully summit Annapurna IV. Cross your fingers, she may just be your guide!

For more information on this opportunity visit: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/mardi-himal-hymalayan-trek/

Venture to Nepal's neighboring Tibet following your Nepal clinical trip where you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most famous monasteries and temples in the world, learning first hand about Buddhism in one of the most beautiful places at the top of the world. Join WWN on this three night, four day program extension to adventure to stunning Tibet for a tour of Lhasa’s world-famous sites. Spend the day at the world- renowned Tibetan Buddhist sites of the Potala Palace and the Summer Palace. Leave one of the highest cities in the world with a rare glimpse of these historically significant sites, some of which date back to the 1600s, the time of the 5th Dalai Lama.

To view the trip itinerary click here: https://worldwidenavigators.com/trips/wonders-of-tibet/ Interested in extending your stay to tour some of India's top spots? Contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators directly at travel@worldwidenavigators.com

Trip Itinerary

March 30, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 30th. 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.

March 31, 2019 - Day to Acclimate 

Being at a much higher altitude than you may be used to, you and the team will allow this day to acclimate and stay in Kathmandu. Get ready to start trekking tomorrow!!

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

Pay 3,000 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments & Requirements

How much do I need to pay?

Before Jan 31st, 2019: 5,500

  • Pay 3,000 of the total cost by the Early Bird date AND upload/complete all of your required documents and forms receive $200 off the cost of your trip.  
  • Meeting this goal ensures that your space on the team is confirmed
  • You are an EARLY BIRD!  
  • Payment in full is due by Mar 2nd, 2017

After Jan 31st, 2019: 5,700

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 3,000 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms!  
  • Space on our teams is on a first come/first serve basis.  Your space is not reserved until you have met these requirements.  
  • Payment in full is due by Mar 2nd, 2017
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Jan 31st, 2019.
     

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Jan 31st, 2019:  YES! IMR will arrange your international flight on a "group" ticket at your request!

  • Domestic and international airfare is not included in the published cost of the trip.
  • Pay 3,000 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms to be eligible to fly on the international group ticket.
  • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier” in your account.
  • Approve the ticket that IMR is going to purchase on your behalf and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.
  • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!

After Jan 31st, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 3,000 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Jan 31st, 2019
    • Contact the office to see if group tickets are still available.
    • Submit your flight choice as “economical” or “premier”, approve the ticket, and complete the purchase with IMR's approved travel agency.  
    • The cost of airport transfers are included in the cost of your ticket!
    • You will need to purchase your domestic roundtrip ticket after your international flight is ticketed and confirmed.
May I purchase my own international flights?

Yes! Purchasing your own international flights provide you with maximum travel flexibility! 

  • Some trips may require an international flight and a domestic flight in country to meet the team.
  • You are required to meet the IMR team at the designated time and location per the trip itinerary
  • Submit your flight choice as “independent”.
  • You have many options for extending your stay including extended stays available through IMR’s preferred travel agency, Worldwide Navigators
  • If you would like to request airport transfers at an additional cost, please click on the link to send an email to the IMR office.

$300 Bag Scholarship

Doesn’t IMR need to send supply bags for my trip? Can I save some $$$?

YES!

  • We hope you made the Early Bird and saved $200.  Would you like to save $300 more?
    • YES - We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Himalayan Medical Expedition!
      • The scholarship is first come, first served.  We only have a few on every trip!
      • Priority is given to group flight ticket holders but independent fliers are also welcome to apply!
      • Apply for the scholarship on your account page.  It is simple to do.
      • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse after your trip.
    • The IMR office will let you know when you have been approved for the scholarship!  
      • REQUIREMENTS:
        • Take 2 supply bags for IMR both ways to Himalayan Medical Expedition.  
        • IMR will provide prepaid shipping to send you IMR bags and to receive IMR bags from you after your trip.
        • Occasionally, bags are not included on international flights.  If you are flying on the group ticket, IMR will cover this cost for you.
        • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic ticket to and from the departure airport.
        • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always roller bags
        • You will receive a rebate check for $300 after returning your assigned bags to IMR immediately following your trip (using your pre-paid UPS mailer).

Extended Stays - Trip of a lifetime!!

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose the group flight?

Yes!

Contact Worldwide Navigators to see your options

May I book an extended stay through IMR if I choose to book my own tickets?

Yes!

Sleeping the way you want to!

What are the sleeping arrangements?
  • Triple or double twin bed rooms are standard on IMR trips. This is part of our safety and security policies.
  • Each volunteer has their own bed (no shared beds outside of couples). 
  • Let  the IMR Office know if you are a family or couple.  We always try to accommodate our volunteer’s needs!  Please use the link to email our office. 
  • IMR does not discriminate in any way – please let us know your rooming needs.  
  • Please understand if we are unable to accommodate your specific needs based on availability at the hotel or lodging on your trip. 
Are single rooms available?

Yes!

  • Contact the IMR Office to find out if single rooms are available and at what cost
  • Standard IMR sleeping arrangements are double or triple rooms, twin beds

Sleeping the way you want too!!

Travel Assistance

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

Fundraising

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!

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 Jan 31st, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Jan 31st, 2019.
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 stay 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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