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Continuing Medical Education in Nepal

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There are two continuing medical education trips coming up in the spring of 2012 that might appeal to anyone who wishes to trek in Nepal. The first is the “Everest Experience” sponsored by the Wilderness Medical Society and hosted by Peak Promotion Pvt. Ltd of Kathmandu. There will be three trips offered, each with a trek to Everest Base Camp from Lukla and of approximately 21 days duration (which includes travel time from the U.S.). The start dates (arrival in Kathmandu) are March 31, April 10, and April 23. The approximate itinerary is:

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu  transfer to Hotel Welcome dinner

Day 02

Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Preparation day

Day 03

Fly to Lukla Trek to Phakding

Day 04

Namche

Day 05

Namche - Hike to Khumjung, Syangboche

Day 06

Tengboche

Day 07

Pheriche

Day 08

Pheriche - Rest day

Day 09

Lobuche

Day 10

Gorakshep-Kalapatthar-Gorakshep

Day 11

Everest Base Camp

Day 12

Everest Base Camp

Day 13

Pheriche

Day 14

Namche

Day 15

Lukla

Day 16

Fly to Kathmandu

Day 17

Rest in Kathmandu, Farewell dinner

Day 18

Final Departure

There’s also a 28-day option for each of the trips that includes climbing to Camp 2 on Mount Everest, and even a 40-day option that includes climbing to Camp 4. I plan to be on the 21-day trip that begins April 23. You can review the programs and opportunities at the Wilderness Medical Society website: www.wms.org.

Another good-looking trip is being headed by my wonderful friend Robert ‘Brownie’ Schoene, MD of Bozeman, Montana. Entitled ‘Trekking Nepal: Rocks and Docs in the Annapurna Sanctuary’ and under the auspices of Princeton Journeys and Outdoor Action, this trip will take place in another part of Nepal from May 5-22, 2012. I was hoping to travel with Brownie on this adventure, but I will be trekking to Mt. Everest while he begins his journey in Pokhara and then takes in the panoramic vistas on the way to Annapurna South Base Camp. You can review this program at http://www.princeton.edu/~oa/alumni/programs/Nepal2012.shtml

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