Himalayan Medical Expedition
Study Medical Science & Public Health in Nepal
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Upon arrival to Kathmandu, all of your senses will be ignited. View the vibrant colors whirling by in the fast paced city. Smell and sample tastes of mouthwatering traditional foods, including momos, Dal-Bhat, and thukpa. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the winding alleyways of Thamel as you begin to get to know this uncomparable city.
Bright and early we’ll head out to begin our trek. 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.
Along the way, you’ll partner with IMR to provide medical care to these remote villages. Type of care depends upon specialties of the providers on team.
This 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
Upon returning to Kathmandu you’ll recognize the stark contrasts that this country holds. The most pristine and remote mountain peaks to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. We’ll spend the day exploring some of Kathmandu’s cultural sites including Swayambhunath, the Hindu Monkey Temple, and Boudhanath, a Buddhist stupa.
Enjoy one last meal of momos, snap a few final photos and head to the airport for your departure home.
स्वागत मित्र !
According 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. 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.
International 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.
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