Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Trekking Symposium: An Everest Adventure

Date:     15 April 2018 - 1 May 2018     (10 Seats Only)

Join us for the inaugural Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Trekking Symposium!   

This trekking trip to the amazing Khumbu region of the majestic Hymalaya Mountains will be a trip that you will never forget. You will visit the most spectacular and highest mountain on the planet. Travel along ancient trails that many famous climbers and trekkers have traveled. Visit amazing cultural towns and remote Sherpa villages, all while learning about expeditionary and mountain medicine.

Our trip will begin in Kathmandu where you will meet your guides, training staff, and Sherpa escorts. We will talk about the trail and the epic adventure you are about to undertake. The next morning we will then fly to Lukla and spend a day talking about the challenges of high altitude rescue and flight. We will even rack your brain with what happens to the body in flight and at altitude.

The next morning the challenge begins with a beautiful morning trek through the amazing village of Chaurikharka and we will begin to follow the Dudhkoshi River. Then 8 days later we reach the pinnacle of our trip, Everest Base Camp! We will spend two days trekking to and from Everest base camp and will be meeting with the Doctors that will be manning Everest ER in the 2018 climbing season. If you are lucky we will be at Base Camp to congratulate some of the climbers on their return from the summit of Everest!

There will be hours of hiking, some relaxing lectures, and some amazing views of Everest and it surrounding mountain peaks. You will spend days acclimatizing while learning about the challenges of expeditionary medicine, and also get to explore places such as the Namche Bazaar, the Thyangboche Monastery, and of course Everest Base-Camp. This symposium stands to be the highlight of your career and experiences in expeditionary medicine!

Be advised: The Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Trekking Symposium trek to Everest Base-Camp is strenuous and you should be in excellent physical condition. This trekking experience does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. All you need is the willingness to endure the stress and potential hardships of the trip and be a avid adventurer at heart!


(Details of itinerary are subject to change including changes caused by weather conditions. All times are estimates based on a reasonable trekking pace.)


"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians."  

The Wilderness Medical Society designates this educational activity for a maximum of [number of hrs yet to be approved] AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This is a true trekking experience. There will be limited availability of showers and creature comforts. Participants should know that trekking to Everest Base Camp is strenuous! Please come in good physical condition. If you need a conditioning plan please ask us to help you with one. You should come equipped with a great sense of adventure and need to explore!

Trip Cost:    $3250.00       (Per Person) (Payment Plan may be available)

Additional CME / FAWM Credit Cost:  $675.00 (Physicians, RNs)  

                                                             $350.00 (Paramedic, EMT)

Cost Inclusions:

- Airport transfers

- 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu

- Round trip airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla

- 17 day professionally guided trekking adventure

- 15 days of 3 meals a day and 2 of breakfast or lunch Only

- Accommodations while trekking

- Everest trekking permit and TIMS (Traveler Security) Card

- Porter services

- Local and Government Taxes

- Farewell Dinner

- 1 Himalayan Wonders T-Shirt & 1 Trip SRTC T-Shirt & 1 Trek Fleece Pullover

Cost Does Not Include:

- Airfare to and from Kathmandu

- Trip cancelations (See cancelation policy)

- Medical, Rescue, and Evacuation Insurances

- Select Meals in Kathmandu

- Bottled Water ($2-$4 per bottle)* (See Information sheet)

- Expenses should you need to depart early from the Trek

- Entry Visa ($40)

- Tips for Guide & Ported (Typically $100 per person is requested)

- Any unforeseen meal, lodging, & travel expenses due to weather delays or flight cancelations.

- Any items or services of a personal nature (Soda, Alchoholic Beverages, Laundry, Etc)

Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting


- Acclimatization
- Animal Attacks / Snake Bites
- Bites & Stings
- Wilderness Dermatology
- Orthopedic Assessments
- Splinting
- Dislocation Management & Reduction
- Pain Management
- Lightning Emergencies

- Telemedicine

Day 10 - Trek to Gorakshep & Everest Base-Camp.
The day has come! Participants will trek the remaining distance to Everest Base-Camp. We will tour Everest ER and meet the physicians that have volunteered to man it. May even get an opportunity to observe some treatment. We will return to Gorakshep for the night.
(6-8 Hour Trek)

Day 11 - Everest Base Camp: Class Time
Participants will return to Everest Base Camp and engage in discussions and presentation on treatment of Frostbite, Hypothermia, and Altitude Illnesses. We will all try to arrange for an orientation to a Gamow Bag Use. We should also have time and some opportunities to meet some of the climbers, team physicians, and possible a couple expedition leaders. That evening we will return to Gorekshep.
(4 Hour Trek) {3 Hours of Discussion}

Day 12 - Trek to Pheriche.
We will climb Kala Patthar for the sunrise on Everest one of the highlights on the trek and return to Gorek Shep for breakfast before heading back down the trail to Pheriche to begin the return decent trek back to Kathmandu. We will pass through Kalapathar on our way to Pheriche. The pace will increase slightly as descending is much easier. An evening discussion on Wound Management and Field Suturing considerations will round out the day.
(5 Hour Trek) {3 Hours of Discussion}

Day 13 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.
We will continue our decent down the trail as we head to Namche Bazaar. This will be a strenuous trekking day so no classes will take place.
(7-8 Hour Trek)

Day 14 - Namche Bazaar: Rest Day
We will rest up, stretch, and get a final chance to explore Nameche Bazaar. In the afternoon and early evening we will discuss The importance of Expedition Pre-Health Screenings and the importance of Physical Readiness Testing for potential expedition clients.
(0 Hour Trek) {3 Hours of Discussion}

Day 15 - Trek to Lukla.
We will make the final trek of the trip as we cross the Hillary Suspension Bridge and make our way through several villages on the decent into Lukla. We will discuss Remote Medical Assessment Techniques and Telemedicine as a final topics to this exciting and informational trekking adventure!
(6-7 Hour Trek) {2 Hours of Discussion}

Day 16 - Fly to Kathmandu.
We will board the flight into Kathmandu. Upon arrival we will be shuttled to the hotel where you can get some lunch, a long shower, and a much needed nap! Or you can explore beautiful Kathmandu and pick up a few keepsakes to bring home. That evening we will have a final dinner together at an amazing local Napalese restaurant. We will reflect on the trip and get some much needed feedback. At the end of the evening we will bid you farewell and safe travels before allowing you to pack for your return trip home.
(35 Min Flight) {0 Hours of Discussion}

Day 17 - Fly home! Plan your return for the next adventure!
(It is highly encouraged that you make return flight plans for at least a day after this to account for any delays returning from Lukla.)


Symposium TERMS, Conditions, & policies

Himalayan Wonders is a top notch guiding agency that has organized trekking trips all over Nepal! They are dedicated to making your trekking experience the best possible. They employ expert guides that not only get you were you want to go, but also will help you explore and experience the culture of Nepal!

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu.
Participant will enjoy a lovely lunch meet and greet with the staff and instructors. We will talk about safety during the trek and training evolutions. Courses for this day will covers preparing for foreign travel, surviving the unexpected night out, and water purification. The main goal is to begin to get to know one another.
{3-4 Hours of Discussion}

Day 2 – Flight to Lukla.
We will fly to Lukla which is the official starting point of our journey! Lectures for the day will cover the Challenges of Helicopter Mountain Rescue, Aeromedical Physiology, Challenges of Expedition Medicine and Expedition Medical Kit Composition. We will also visit the Alpine Rescue Sevice Nepal, one of the only Emergency Helicopter Rescue services in Nepal.
(35 Min Flight) {4-5 Hours of Discussion}

Day 3 - Trek to Phakding.
An easy trek out of Lukla to Phakding will be a great start to the actual trek we will engage in. Discussions on this day will cover Medical & Trauma Assessment Techniques, and Treatments of Common Expedition Ailments.
(3-4 Hour Trek) {4 Hours of Discussion}

Day 4 - Trek to Namche Bazaar.
The morning will start with a lovely trek to the famous Namche Bazaar. Upon arrival a discussion on the Need for Acclimatization.
(5-6 Hour Trek) {1 Hour of Discussion}

Day 5 - Namche Bazaar: Acclimatization Day.

Participants will be able to explore the famous Namche Bazaar after a morning stretching and acclimatization Hike to the Everest View Hotel where you will have some stunning view of Everest, Lhotse, and Ama Dablum. In the evening discussion sessions on Animal Attacks, Bites and Stings, and Wilderness Dermatology will take place.
(2 Hour Trek) {3-4 Hours of Discussion}

Day 6 -  Trek to Tengboche.
We will begin our day with a trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche. This trek will provide breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Orthopedic Assessments, Splinting, Dislocation Management, and Pain Management will be the theme of the afternoon.
(5-6 Hour Trek) {4-5 Hours of Discussion}

Day 7 - Trek to Dingboche.
At day 7 you will hit a wall. So it is time for some R&R and an early night!
(6 Hour Trek)

Day 8 - Dingboche: Acclimatization Day.
We can take a morning hike towards Chukhung and will get some great views of Makalu the worlds 5th highest mountain. The we will take the day to rest and stretch, while doing some light reading and engaging in some discussions on Lightning Injuries, Environmental Heat Illnesses, Mass Casualty Triage, and Preventative Medicine.
(2 Hours Trekking) {4-5 Hours of Discussion}

Day 9 - Trek to Lobuche.
Participants will spend the day on one of the more challenging section of the trail. We will also get an opportunity to see the memorial stupas dedicated to all the climbers and trekkers who have lost their lives to Everest.
(7 Hour Trek)

Come tour Everest ER with us and meet the amazing physicians and staff that volunteer to help and save climbers on Everest!


Symposium content includes

Challenge your body and mind while feeding your soul!

Proof of Travel Insurance

Each participant must show proof of travel, rescue, and evacuation insurance prior to being committed to the symposium. Standard policies cover evacuation from 4000m of elevation. Be sure that your policy covers evacuation from up to 6000m of elevation.

Flight Delays, Flight Cancelations, Unforeseen Problems

Flights in and out of Lukla are generally reliable. However, in the event of a flight cancelation we may attempt to get the team on a chartered helicopter flight. The cost of this helicopter is at your expense. Any extra lodging expenses due to inclement weather are also your responsibility. (Generally $30.00 a night) It is highly suggested that you allow at least 2 extra days at the end of the expedition to account for any weather possible delays.

Registration Policy

Tuition for The Wilderness & Expedition Medicine Symposium is $3250.00 per person. Airfare to and from Kathmandu is not included in this price. A minimum deposit of $650 is required to hold your spot for the symposium and must be provided upon registration. A monthly payment plan will then be calculated based on length of time until the 45 day cut off. Trip must be paid in full by 45 days out from the symposium. Confirmation of Travel and Evacuation Insurance must also be provided at this time. Sergeant Rescue is not obligated to allow anyone to participate.

Lodging for the trek dates only are included in the symposium tuition.

CME & FAWM Credits

Those wishing to receive RN or Physician CME or FAWM credits may purchase this option at the additional cost of $675.00. Those that are EMTs or Paramedics that wish to receive CEUs or FAWM credits may purchase these for $350.00. CME and FAWM credits do not need to be pre-purchased. At any time during the symposium you may purchase CME credits. However, this cost will not be pro-rated, discounted, or refunded once you decide to purchase them.

Cancelation & Refund Policies

If the participant withdrawals from the symposium:
- If greater than or equal to 4 months from the symposium SRTC will retain a $300.00 administrative fee.
- If less than 4 months from the symposium only 50% of what was paid toward the symposium will be refunded. Himalayan Wonders will also retain a

  $150.00 cancelation fee.
- If less than or equal to 45 days from the symposium all tuition is due and is non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- Once CME / FAWM payment is received it is non-transferable and non-refundable.
- If for any reason you become ill, injured, or must return home for any reason, this will be at your own expense and the trip cannot be refunded, pro-rated, and tuition will not be credited to another trek.

If for any reason Himalayan Wonders of Sergeant Rescue Training & Consulting cancels the trekking symposium prior to the start date, a full refund of all course fees and tuition will be awarded.

- Environmental Heat Emergencies
- Mass Casualty Triage
- Preventative Medicine
- Frostbite
- Hypothermia
- Altitude Illnesses
- Orientation to Gamow Bag Use 
- Wound Management
- Field Suturing
- Pre-Expedition Health Screenings
- Remote Medical Assessment Techniques

- Water Purification

- Preparing for Foreign Travel

- Surviving the Unexpected Night Out

- Challenges of Helicopter Mountain Rescue

- Aeromedical Physiology

- Expedition Medical Kit Composition

- Challenges of Expedition Medicine

- Medical Assessment Techniques

- Treatment of Common Expedition Ailments

- Physical Readiness Testing