Nepal and Bhutan Signature Trip - Medical & Dental Relief

Nepal and Bhutan Signature Trip

February 22, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Join For As Little As: 3,400*

  — Including Airfare: 4,400**

  • * Includes $300 rebate for bag scholarship & $200 Earlybird discount. ( Earlybird & Bag Scholarship Info »)

  • ** International Airfare cost guaranteed until Nov 26th, 2019.

  • $200 Earlybird discount expires Nov 26th, 2019

  • See More Info below for full details and additional options for travel

IMR Signature Trip
  MR Signature Trips always have something special! The Nepal Signature Trip includes a 3 day guided tour of Bhutan, often considered to be the happiest land on earth.   <br><br> You will stay in Paro City, a sacred city with many temples to explore and will visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest),  a sacred site for Himalayan Bhuddists built in 1692.  While you won’t get there on the back of tigress, you wlil hike one of the most famous hikes in the world!  This temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. Your stay will include many local foods and the opportunity to learn about the culture of this fiercely independent country where tradition and happiness are prized more than urban development and the GDP.  This will truly be a special way to end your IMR trip!

About The Mission Trip

Kathmandu is located in a valley surrounded by the Himalayas and has a population of almost 1 million people. Nepal is a developing country with a low life expectancy and a very low per capita income. It continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty. Natural disasters are a significant contributor to mortality. Nepal is a beautiful and exotic country with great need to meet its most recent challenge, the April 2015 earthquake. The nation is highly religious, with more than 80% of the population practicing Hinduism and many people having deep belief in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition to being home to eight of the top ten mountains in the world, Nepal also has some of the most beautiful religious sites in the world. Services are extremely limited for anyone outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Your clinics will be outside of the city where the need is greatest.

After the medical mission, you will travel to stunning Bhutan for two days of touring, including a hike to Tiger's Nest! Tiger's Nest is a 17th Century Monastery complex with 9 temples. As you hike through the low hanging clouds the world will open you will see Tiger's Nest, sitting on the top of a steep cliff Along the way, you will see Buddhist temples, waterfalls, and hundreds of prayer flags along the trail. This is one of the most sacred sites in the world for Buddhists, As you hike, watch for the Monks as they practice the rituals of Buddhism.

About Clinic

In April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 9,000 people. It destroyed national monuments, homes, and villages high in the hillside. As an IMR volunteer, you will join IMR's partnership with local hospitals and medical providers to provide care to patients in distant villages who are left out of the health system.

Your clinics will give you the opportunity to get to know the people of Nepal outside of the big city. You'll stay in a comfortable guest house in the communities where your patients live, work, go to school, and age in place. You'll care for patients with acute illnesses including respiratory issues, skin rashes and infections, wounds, and common stomach illnesses. You will also care for patients with chronic respiratory issues, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Education is critical for patients with chronic illnesses and very limited access to care. Join us to help care for these resilient people!

Transportation & Lodging

In Nepal, you will stay in simple accommodations with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are safe, clean, and the best of what this community has to offer. Local foods will be served in Nepal, including the community staple, dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentils with a variety of spices.

During your time in Bhutan, you will be staying at comfortable accommodations in the city of Paro, surrounded by colorful buildings lining the streets and many temples to tour.

Trip Highlights

You will see patients through the entire age spectrum in Nepal but it is the elderly who will capture your heart.  Their resilience, strong backs, sense of family, and quiet good humor will cheer you on throughout the clinic day.

There are too many highlights during this trip to mention them all. You will visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, including Durbar Square, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. 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. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO site, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city. In Bhutan you will have one full day in Paro and the opportunity to hike up to the famous Tiger's Nest.

Weather permitting, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Mt. Everest from an aerial perspective as a passenger on a private plane. Get up close and personal as you glide around the awe-inspiring Himalayas. This excursion merits a certificate of honor for your journey after landing. Preceding your trip, plan for an even grander tour of Everest by extending your stay for a trek. Expeditions can range from an exhilarating hike outside of the valley to more adventurous treks up the numerous trailheads accessible to tourists. Even take on the challenge of conquering the journey to Everest's base camp! Ask your in-country host how to add this experience to your trip!

Extend Your Stay

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You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Nepal’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!

Trek guided by sherpa company, home to the first Nepalese woman to summit Annapurna IV!
Breathtaking views of multiple peaks towering over 8,000 meters
Participate in conservation efforts to keep trails pristine & sustainable

Click here to view the itinerary!

Ready for the adventure? Connect with Worldwide Navigators today!

Trip Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

Please note:  Independent flight arrangements should not be made until after the group flight is booked.  You will be notified about the group flight at the Early Bird deadline. If you are planning on flying independently and want to book your flight in advance, please contact Worldwide Navigators at travel@worldwidenavigators.com for the most up-to-date trip information before you book your independent flight.  Thank you.

 

If you are not traveling on the group flight or joining an extension, please contact IMR at office@imrus.org if you wish to arrange transportation between your arrival airport and your clinic location.

 

February 22, 2019 - Arrivals

You and the team will fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal on March 23rd and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.  The required arrival to your hotel is 5:00pm on February 22nd,.  You will meet your team for dinner and an orientation meeting in your hotel tonight.  If you are flying on an IMR group flight your airport transportation will be provided for you.  If you are flying independently, please contact the IMR office to arrange transportation or take a taxi to your hotel.  You may reach the IMR office at office@imrus.org or 970-635-0110.

Meals: Dinner

February 23, 2020 - 1/2 day sightseeing; Transfer to Nuwakot 

Wake up to breakfast provided to you at the hotel and prepare for sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.  You will tour some of the most important sights in the Kathmandu valley including the medieval city of Bhaktapur and Durbar Square, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. 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. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO site, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city.  The Monkey Temple is also a treasured landmark in the heart of Kathmandu.   Later in the afternoon you will depart for Nuwakot!  This beautiful drive will not disappoint you as you travel out to the remote villages for clinic.  Upon arrival you will have dinner and be free to explore the beautiful countryside and local town near your lodge.  Get a good night's sleep - tomorrow is your first day of clinic!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

February 24 -27, 2020 - Clinics in Nuwakot

You will be working in small communities that were hit hard during the April 2015 earthquake. You will be able to provide your patients with the immediate care they need and the education to help them help themselves long after you leave.  Your team will debrief in the evenings after clinic to discuss the day and prepare for future clinics.

After clinic on February 27th, you and your team will depart for Kathmandu.  You will enjoy your beautiful hotel in the tourist district of Kathmandu  but if you want to venture out, you will find busy streets filled with coffee shops, restaurants, shops filled with art and of course, mountain gear, and more.  Thamel is where it's at in Kathmandu!!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner   

February 28, 2020- Departure for Bhutan

Wake up early to breakfast at your hotel and depart for the airport for your flight to Bhutan! Upon arrival, you and the team will transfer to your hotel, check-in, and have the evening to explore the city of Paro!

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

February 29 - March 1, 2020 - Paro and Trek to the Tiger’s Nest  

Start your day off right with breakfast at your hotel - make sure you eat some protein as you gear up for your hike to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery! The trek up to the site is about 4 miles roundtrip and will gain 1,700 feet in elevation. Be sure to pack your hiking boots and reusable water bottle. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria.

After your hike, you and the team will drive back to the city center and enjoy your evening in Paro, eating traditional food and continuing to explore the charming town lined with temples and colorful buildings

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

March 2, 2020 - Departures from Bhutan to Kathmandu and additional flights as required

Today is the last day of your IMR Signature Trip!  Bid farewell to beautiful Bhutan as you head to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. If you are flying independently, your international flight departing Kathmandu should be booked for the late afternoon or evening to allow ample time to clear customs and transfer to your next flight. We recommend that you do not book this flight until after we have completed booking your Bhutan tickets.  Thank you for joining us on this magical trip - come back soon to your IMR family!!

 

PLEASE NOTE: It is important that you do not book a return flight out of Nepal until the evening on the 2nd. Please do not book anything departing before 6:30PM as you will be in transit back to Kathmandu from Bhutan on this day.

Meals: Breakfast

Trip Donation & Flight Options

Pay 2,450 and complete your application to secure your place as a TEAM MEMBER!

Payments / Requirements & Earlybird Discount

How much do I need to pay?

Cost Per Volunteer: $3,900

  • * Amounts below INCLUDE a discount for the Bag Scholarship Rebate ($300)

Before Nov 26th, 2019: 3,400

  • Pay 2,450 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 Jan 31st, 2020

After Nov 26th, 2019: 3,600

  • To confirm your space on the team: Pay 2,450 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 Jan 31st, 2020
  • Unfortunately, eligibility for the $200 savings on this trip is no longer available after Nov 26th, 2019.
     

$300 Bag Scholarship

$300 Rebate To Carry IMR Supply Bags - Bag Scholarship
  • We need your help to take IMR supply bags internationally to Nepal and Bhutan Signature Trip!
    • 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.
    • You will receive the funds in the form of a rebate check after your IMR bags have been received at the IMR warehouse following your trip.
    • How It Works...
        • You will be notified via email if you been chosen to receive the IMR bag scholarship!
        • If chosen, you will receive the IMR supply bag(s) to the address provided in your application within a week of departure
        • We will email you prepaid shipping labels to return the bags to us once you're back in the US! All you have to do is drop the bag off at your nearest UPS office!
      • Note:
        • You are responsible for any checked baggage charges on your domestic and international tickets (check your baggage policy with your airline)
        • Bags may weigh up to 50 lbs and are not always on rollers
        • You will receive a rebate check for $300 approx. 4-6 weeks after returning your bag(s) following your trip (using your pre-paid UPS mailer).

Flexible Flight Options

Is group airfare available through IMR?

Before Nov 26th, 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 2,450 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 Nov 26th, 2019: You may still be able to join the group flight on a space-available basis only

    • Pay 2,450 of the total cost AND upload all of your required documents and forms by Nov 26th, 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.

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 INCLUDES:

  • Transportation, Accommodations and Meals after joining the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country
  • Cultural activity outlined in itinerary
  • Clinic supplies & medications for patients

You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased.  You will receive details regarding the group flight at your trips earlybird deadline.  For more information please contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

NOT included in the donation amount:

  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
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 Nov 26th, 2019.
      • Early Bird Special: A discount of $200 is awarded to team members who raise / pay 50% of the required donation on or before Nov 26th, 2019.
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • 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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What does the donation amount include?

The donation amount INCLUDES:

  • Transportation, Accommodations and Meals after joining the IMR team at the designated meeting location in country
  • Cultural activity outlined in itinerary
  • Clinic supplies & medications for patients

You may choose to join an economical or premier group flight, priced at the time the tickets are purchased.  You will receive details regarding the group flight at your trips earlybird deadline.  For more information please contact our preferred travel agency Worldwide Navigators - flights@worldwidenavigators.com 

NOT included in the donation amount:

  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
Are there additional costs / expenses for the trip?
  • Domestic and International Airfare
  • Passport fees, visa fees, and transit fees, including baggage or overnight accommodations/meals while in transit
  • Vaccinations and medications common for travel
  • Travel Insurance
  • Malpractice Insurance
  • Spending money for souvenirs and personal purchases
  • Any lodging, meals, and transportation outside of the scheduled team itinerary, payable at the time of service to the local vendor