Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Medical Red CrossWilderness Medicine CME:

Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekking to Mt. Everest base camp is exhilarating. While trekking to Mt. Everest base camp you will pass by small villages full of mystery and wonder. The prayer flags fly high. The yaks stand strong. The stone tablets carved by ancient spiritual leaders (mani walls) continue to display a sense of  worship and humility. There is nothing quite like it.

Experience the Himalayan awe with trained, professional guides who not only know the region, but who also care about you and your well being. All trip details have been fine tuned to cater to your needs. Each leg of the journey has been meticulously planned and prepared so that you can let go of the minutia and fully focus on imbibing the here and now, i.e., the awesome power of the Himalayas, the local food and culture, and the ancient ways of the East.

For those who desire AMA category 1 CME credits, 16 will be available. Learn the intricacies of practicing medicine in the back-country, far from modern technology. The highly trained medical professionals from Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital will be the instructors for the course. Come learn from the best.

Our 16 Day Trekking Adventure

  • Day 1: Kathmandu – Arrive – Explore Swayambunath Temple, Boudhanath Temple, Durbar Square (D)
  • Day 2: Fly to Lukla and hike through ancient villages to Phakding. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3: Hike from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4: Acclimatization day hike for our first views of Everest, then return to Namche Bazaar. (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Hike through thick forests and cross a major river to arrive at Tengboche (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Hike to Dingboche, the highest permanent Sherpa village in the Khumbu. (B, L, D)
  • Day 7: Acclimatization day hike to remote monastic caves and views of Makalu. (B, L, D)
  • Day 8: Traverse the Pheriche Valley and ascend past the Khumbu glacier to Lobuche. (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Depending on weather, climb Kala Patar or hike to Everest Base Camp. Gorakshep. (B, L, D)
  • Day 10: Depending on our previous day, climb Kala Patar or hike to Base Camp. Pheriche. (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: Cross Pheriche Pass; ascend to Phortse Tenga through rhododendron forest. (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Trek to Namche Bazaar, with views of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. (B, L, D)
  • Day 13: Leave Namche Bazaar and descend to Phakding Village. (B, L, D)
  • Day 14: Hike to Lukla and enjoy a final night in a comfortable lodge. (B, L, D)
  • Day 15: Return flight from Lukla to Kathmandu, weather permitting. Enjoy the sights of Kathmandu (B, L, D)
  • Day 16:  Transfer to airport: Depart (B)

Course Content Includes:

  • Altitude illness
  • Hypothermia/frostbite
  • Avalanche/snow emergencies
  • Wilderness trauma (with a winter/climbing slant – climbing falls, falls though ice, skiing accidents)
  • Snow shelters and winter survival skills
  • Water detoxification and traveler’s diarrhea
  • Designing a wilderness medical kit
  • Evacuations – who, when, & how
  • Treating locals while abroad and international ethics
  •  Tropical illnesses (dengue/malaria/etc – more relevant in Kathmandu and low lands)

Course Instructors

Hillary R. Irons, MD, PhD

Fellow in wilderness medicine in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. She is also an instructor of surgery at Harvard School of Medicine.

Clinical Interests

  • Wilderness medicine
  • Altitude illness
  • Traumatic brain injury

Lara L. Phillips, M.D.

Fellow in wilderness medicine in the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine.

 Clinical Interests

  • Wilderness medicine
  • Altitude illness
  • Cognitive changes at high altitudes

Prativa Pandey, MD

Medical Director, CIWEC Clinic, Kathmandu

Dr. Pandey attended medical school in New Delhi, India, and was residency trained in Internal Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. She became Board Certified in that specialty in 1984 and practiced for 10 years in the Boston area. She joined the clinic in 1993 and became the Medical Director in 1998. She is the past president of the International Society of Travel Medicine ISTM) and is site director for the GeoSentinel project, an international cooperative project to monitor emerging diseases through research of travel related illnesses. She has worked one season as a Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) volunteer doctor in the Everest Region and currently serves on the medical board of the HRA.

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By phone: (801) 651-7208

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