This trip involves travel into the breath-taking Himalayan foothills to help set up and run a medical and dental clinic in two beautiful and remote Nepali villages. This trip offers a unique and fascinating insight into healthcare in a setting where there are currently no permanent medical facilities, and the nearest doctor or dentist is a 2 day walk away. We will trek through the foothills to reach the villages of Bumburi and Bupsa, where we will set up the medical camp.
We have been running free mobile medical camps since 2010. These are led by qualified Nepalese doctors and dentists and supported by volunteer medical and dentistry students from the UK. The clinics attract people from miles around, many of whom have walked for hours or even days to reach the clinic. In previous years we have seen over 1,000 people in 10 days. Through these camps we aim to see as many patients as possible, and provide free medical and dental attention, treatment and advice. We also aim to collect medical data to help gain a better understanding of the most common health issues in the area - this can help Moving Mountains to tailor this work in the area to provide effective medical clinics and also guide their research in building a permanent medical clinic in this area; which is the long term aim. We also aim to provide some basic medical education to the local people, such as basic first aid skills, oral hygiene education and other topics which the current volunteers and medical staff feel are necessary.
There will also be the opportunity to fundraise for this medical clinic and the long term project. This project is a unique opportunity to become fully immersed into a different lifestyle, culture and medical practice and treatment. Everyone is immediately welcomed and integrated into the local community, by the strong network of Moving Mountains’ Nepal representatives and staff. You can read more about the clinic here.
This trip is a fantastic challenge, setting up a vital medical clinic and getting involved with Moving Mountains Trust, a charity that is highly committed to long-term sustainability and supporting community ownership and development.
There will also be the opportunity for travel in this beautiful and fascinating country – from exploring the wonders and charm of Kathmandu, to the mystical Kathmandu valley, the magical lakes in Pokhara, or riding Elephants in Chitwan National Park - there is something for everyone.
The core dates cover a 19 day period, which starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. The second day is a rest, briefing and sightseeing day. We fly up into the mountains on day 3 and arrive into the village on day 4. We then live, work and experience the local way of life and undertake the project in this stunningly beautiful part of the world up until day 15. We then head back to Lukla (a 2 day walk) for our return to Kathmandu on day 18.
There is the option, if you have the time, to stay on for longer in Nepal. You can either work in the villages, trek to Everest Base Camp or in any of the other regions of Nepal, such as the Annapurna Circuit or the Langtang Valley. Alternatively you can visit the jungle, white-water raft, kayak or mountain bike! Nepal really does have something for everyone.
|1-2||On day 1 arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to the Adventure Alternative guesthouse. Day 2 will be a rest day, with time to prepare for the project, explore the city and visit local temples. Overnight at Adventure Alternative guesthouse.|
|3||Leave the guesthouse early to catch a mountain flight to Lukla. After landing in Lukla trek to Puiyan. This trek is up and down through the green countryside, staying in lodges in villages on the way. The days are about 5 or 6 hours long, and will begin at about 8:30, after breakfast. The trek will be at a relaxed pace, and there is plenty of time to stop and meet people, take photos, have long lunches and enjoy this amazing region called the Solu Khumbu. Altitude sickness is extremely unlikely to be an issue, since Bumburi is at an approximate height of 2,300m. Throughout the trek you will be very well looked after by the Sherpas.|
|4||Trek from Puiyan to Bumburi and Bupsa where the medical clinics will be held.|
|5-15||Medical Clinic in Bumburi and Bupsa. Our time will be split between the two villages. The clinic will start on day 5 and finish on day 15. In the evening of day 15 you will have the finishing celebrations|
|16||On day 16 we will bid farewell to our hosts and leave the villages to trek back through the valleys to Puiyan.|
|17||Trek from Puiyan to Lukla. Overnight in Lukla.|
|18||Fly back to Kathmandu and head home to the guesthouse, where Pasang's wife, Saraswoti, will have prepared a welcome meal.|
|19||Either continue your stay in Nepal or onward travel (home or elsewhere). In Nepal you can relax and visit the sights around the Kathmandu valley. In Kathmandu there will be time to explore temples and sacred sites in this eclectic capital, while staying in our own guesthouse with the family of Pasang. We can help you with any optional add ons at this stage, such as exploring the Kathmandu valley, riding Elephants in Chitwan National Park or discovering more of Nepal.|
Medical Camp in Nepal cost from £855.00
- All accommodation and meals provided in the mountains
- Accommodation (either in shared rooms or tents pitched in the garden of our Kathmandu Guest House) - 3 nights
- Return internal flights to Lukla & airport transfers for these flights
- Adventure Alternative leader and guides
- Adventure Alternative porters (one porter carries 15kg for every 2 clients)
- Staff food, insurance and equipment
- Personal project fundraising target; £750 per person, which is paid directly to our charity, Moving Mountains Trust, so you can set up online fundraising pages and claim gift aid
- International flight
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Meals and drinks in Kathmandu
- Personal expenses such as extra snacks, bottled water and soft drinks, souvenirs
All of our International Development Projects have been identified, researched, assessed, priced and approved by our charity Moving Mountains. The next stage of the process is project implementation. For this we need people to help us firstly raise the funds to cover the project and then assist with implementation on the ground. If, after the project, you would like to stay for longer and take part in any of the other activities we run this is easily organised.
Our local provider is Adventure Alternative Nepal. Adventure Alternative Nepal complies with UK tourism standards.
Where we do use providers such as tea house owners on the trek these are people our Adventure Alternative Nepal staff have known for years, and spent time with to build up the trust between both parties.
GENERAL FITNESS REQUIREMENTS
You do not need to be super-fit for this trip as it is focussed more on social interaction and team work than physical exertion. Having said that, you will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly and eaten nutritiously over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip. Some of the hills are steep and there are quite a lot of them! You will carry a small rucksack containing things you will need for the day, but we have porters to help with the main luggage and medical supplies. The whole thing is great fun and the Sherpas are such sociable people that even with a language barrier there’s rarely a problem.
You do need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.
TYPE OF TERRAIN
The trails are well made and used as they are the main transport arteries through the region. They are traversed by mules and people. They are often constructed as rough steps from local rock as they wind around the hillsides. They can be muddy in places if there has been recent rain and a lot of foot (or hoof!) traffic. Where-ever possible the paths have been constructed to minimise the ascent and descent between villages. However this is the Himalayas we are dealing with so there are some fairly demanding ups and downs to deal with along the way. Also bear in mind that the altitude will mean that something that you may bound up at sea level may slow you considerably at 2500m. You don’t have to be super fit but some of the hills are quite steep and there are a lot of them! You will carry a small rucksack but we have porters to help with the main luggage.
The basic idea of your kit is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun/rain and comfortable in the various environments that we will find ourselves in.
There is a detailed kit list via the menu to the right and the main principles are:-
- BAGS - A duffle type bag ~100L (carried by a porter) + A Small Day-Pack ~25-35L (for you to carry)
- GENERAL CLOTHING - Clothing and footwear for travel and during the camp
- SHELL - Waterproof layer to keep off wind/rain. An umbrella can be extremely useful.
- INSULATION - Layered system to keep you warm - body hands & Head
- FEET - Sturdy trekking Boots, General trainers, Flip flops/Sandals
- SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag and camping mat to get a good nights sleep
- EATING/DRINKING - Water bottles and favourite high-energy snacks for the trek
- WASHING & MEDICAL - Suncream and a small 1st aid kit to allow you to wash and maybe stave off a headache or blister (leaders will have a larger group one)
- We have many years of experience managing University groups in development trips
- We have close links with StudentHubs and Gavin Bate, the founder and managing director of Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains, is an advisor for the StudentHubs Impact International Scheme
- We have Moving Mountains Societies based within Universities in the UK
- Well established developmental perspective with a keen eye on integrity and emphasis on social entrepreneurship and global health education
- Our funding model fulfils the criteria of Fair Trade Volunteering
- We do not outsource our operations, and we own and run a full time offices in Kenya, Tanzania, Nepal, Russia and Borneo
- We we employ full time staff throughout the countries in which we work, offering job security and good benefits
- All our full time staff are trained and experienced in working with Western people
- We actively support the local economy and promote social entrepreneurship through an equitable model of collaboration and â€˜trade not aidâ€™
- Our UK office staff regularly visit Kenya & Nepal so you can chat to people who understand what itâ€™s like to go to there for the first time
- We run free Medical Camps in Nepal and Kenya and depending on your Elective dates it may be possible to get involved with these.
- Comprehensive pre-departure advice and support, 24/7 medical support during your trip and qualified supervision who have worked with us for many years.
- Safe accommodation and a cash kitty for your use to buy your own food and cook yourselves, or staff on hand to help teach you local culinary cuisine!
- We work in just a few destinations where we have worked hard to promote long term relationships that have a clear benefit for all stakeholders.
- Very interesting variety of cases, treatments and patient care in different environments offering a chance to expand your medical knowledge and enhance understanding of disease progression.
This scheme fits into a wider ongoing initiative to improve the overall quality of life for members of two small communities in rural Nepal, working in partnership with Moving Mountains Nepal.
Medical students are invited to participate in a 'Medical Camp' whereby they staff a temporary clinic for local people to attend, free of charge, for medical consultation and provision of treatment and medication where required. The students are supervised by a fully qualified and experienced Nepali doctor, dentist and nurse. This project has been running very successfully since 2010. More information about the medical camps can be found here.
In this way a two way process is established whereby the local communities benefit from the medical skills of the students and the students benefit from the practical experience of performing diagnosis and treatment in a new and different setting. Everyone also benefits by taking part in a unique cultural exchange and contributing to development in this area. Students can see how a charity can transform an entire region in the remote kingdom of Nepal. It’s a perfectly safe and beautiful area to visit, and just going there will bring work and income to the villagers. The work of Moving Mountains has enabled Sherpa communities to decide and run their own businesses, bring back wealth and families to the region and become sustainable and successful.
This trip is an International Development project run hand in hand with our charity Moving Mountains. It therefore seeks to recruit a group of motivated people who will carry out fundraising up to the project capital cost and then to travel to the project location to implement stages in the realisation of the project. We welcome interest from individuals and groups to make up the project team. There are two costs involved with our International Development trips a) your own land based trip costs and b) the specific project costs that the team will need to raise for the project to be practically viable.
In November 2011 Adventure Alternative was awarded the Roger Diski Community Project Award for Sustainable Tourism by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO). The award was made in recognition of the work that we carry out in partnership with Moving Mountains Trust in these Himalayan villages. We have also won this award in 2012 for our work with the Penan communities in Sarawak, Borneo.
Adventure Alternative was a winner of the Responsible Tourism Award in 2009 in the Best Personal Contribution category, and we are member of the Tourism Concern Ethical Tour Operators Group. We are a member of Fair Trade Volunteering and all of our trips fulfil the criteria for this.
On the trek you will be staying in tea houses and lodges and in the villages you will be staying in local houses. You will be extremely well looked after by the families! The accommodation is not western hotel standard, but it is comfortable. You will have a bed and a mattress. These are traditional buildings which are very much in keeping with the environment and the Sherpas have been perfecting their way of life for hundreds of years.
Food is of a good quality, will be mainly local foods such as dal bhat (lentil stew with rice and curried potatoes or meat), boiled potatoes with chilli sauce, Sherpa stew (meat, potatoes, vegetables in a rich sauce) or curry with rice. These are the staple foods for Sherpa people.
Bottled water is for sale on the trek to the villages but we do not recommend the purchase of plastic bottles which are environmentally unsound. The best option is to ask for boiled water from the kitchen to fill your water bottle in the evening, and use water purification tablets, or an AquaPure traveller water bottle (see section “h” - equipment list) during the day. Please note that cheap Nalgene water bottles bought in Nepal are fake and they split! So remember to bring a suitable bottle from home. River water is generally full of glacial silt and could possibly be contaminated with animal urine and the run-off from toilets, so do not drink this.
There will be electricity in the lodges while you are trekking and while you are in the villages. You must bring a two pin round plug adaptor though. The output is usually 110V. Power comes from a solar panel which is stepped up, or from hydro-electric power. Electrical charging in the villages is free, however there will be a charge for this in the lodges on your trek.
For this trip you don't need to be a fully qualified physician although we usually encourage groups to me mainly made up of year 3 students. The programme is designed so that you are giving a valuable service but also gaining fantastic experience. At the same time it is allowing you to interact with our professional medical practitioner who can show you specific applications tailored to the local needs. We are not expecting you to be experts in any specific or even related fields, but we will expect you to come back with a great deal of knowledge at the end of it.
The most important characteristics you need are openness, willingness to learn and take part, enthusiasm, initiative and a sense of curiosity. Your experience simply as a person from another culture will give you an enormous amount to share with local people who perhaps have less opportunities than you. The trip is very emotional, and you will meet people whose lives seem almost impossible to live, but your interaction with them will help in ways you can't measure.
ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT
We run our treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. All of the guides have been employed for over 10 years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude climber, Gavin Bate, who has climbed Everest 6 times. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs. The porters will carry your main bag, up to a maximum of 15kgs and cater for all the group needs, including assisting you if you need to go back down to the valley. All accommodation is in lodges or teahouses which are well equipped, warm and sociable.
Pasang Tendi Sherpa is our operations manager in Kathmandu and Director of Adventure Alternative Nepal. He organises the staff, equipment, permits and hotel arrangements. He is the organiser, translator, problem solver, advisor and the main link between you and the UK office. He will talk to your Sherpa guides regularly on the trek and can make arrangements while you are on the trek. You will also have continued support from the main office in Northern Ireland. Should a problem arise of significant proportion then you only need to call us. In the Khumbu region, although there is little mobile phone signal, there is still the opportunity to communicate since most lodges now have satellite phones, you will have one in the villages too.
We run our treks from a permanently staffed office in Kathmandu and our dedicated team provide an excellent service. As well as Pasang, our director in Nepal, our other guides include Geljun Sherpa from Bupsa, Tsering Sherpa and Lopsang Sherpa. You can read more about our Nepal team here.
All of our guides have been employed for over ten years with us, and they have been trained to our high standards personally by Director and high altitude climber Gavin Bate, who has climbed Everest 6 times. They know how to deal with medical emergencies and speak good English. They are very attentive and after so many years have a good understanding of western needs.
We give the full recommended wage and are a Responsible Partner for the International Mountain Explorers Connection. We provide clothing, food and tents for all of our staff and have proven policies for payment and tipping. This means that you are not hassled by people looking for handouts at the end of the trip, and the staff themselves are happier.
We give full time salaries to all our staff, rather than day rates, and we work with other organisations like International Porters Protection Group (IPPG) and Community Action Nepal (CAN) to help provide facilities for the mountain workers. You can read more about our support of porters right here.
As an Everest summiteer and climber in Nepal for twenty years, Gavin is well known in the Sherpa community of Solu Khumbu and is in regular contact with organisations like the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) through our offices there, and occasionally the British Council, to help provide advocacy, training and skills.
This scheme is part of a wider ongoing initiative to improve the quality of life of people in the lower Khumbu region of rural Nepal. The village regeneration project is the implementation of a long-term development plan focussed around two rural villages. Overall enhancement of quality of life and sustainability of the community has so far been achieved via investment in infrastructure, education and healthcare as well as training and reliable employment.
Aside from the more obvious physical and material elements, one of the main achievements of the project has been the rejuvenation of a community that was in serious decline and plagued by emigration to the lowlands and Maoist related violence. Through improvements in sanitation, schooling, employment and future prospects the communities have again begun to be an attractive proposition for life-long habitation.
The sustained close links of Adventure Alternative to the area has provided locals with a reliable and ethical source of employment and training. Throughout the course of ten years, Adventure Alternative has been running Mount Everest expeditions and Everest base camp treks. These have brought in charitable donations and also a reliable revenue stream. Many of the local Sherpa people have been employed to staff these trips as guides, porters and logistical organisers. In so-doing they have gained invaluable skills and experience.
A number of local Sherpas have now summitted Mt Everest with Adventure Alternative. This is an achievement that is held in huge esteem by the Sherpa community, helping to further raise the profile of their home villages as successful and thriving communities.
So far the physical achievements of the project include:
- Design, building, installation and commissioning of 6kw hydro-electric plant in Bumburi
- Electrical connection of 66 Bumburi homes to the hydro-electric plant
- Installation of hydro-mechanical milling machinery at the hydro plant in Bumburi
- Building of 6 new classrooms at Bupsa school
- Building of 6 new classrooms at Bumburi school
- Building of improved toilet facilities and water tap at Bumburi school
- Renovation of Bupsa Buddhist monastery
- Renovation of Bumburi monastery
- Provision of 66 improved cooking stoves in Bumburi
- Provision of clean running water to 66 homes in Bumburi
Other initiatives include
- Annual medical camps in Bupsa and Bumburi providing free medical consultation and medication.
- Funding of 4 teachers’ salaries in each of the two village schools
- Sponsorship of 11 local children to go on to higher education in Kathmandu
- Training and employment of local villagers to run and maintain the hydro-plant
- Establishing community cooperative programmes for wealth generation
Visit the Moving Mountains website for more information on our work in Nepal and beyond.
VALUE OF YOUR VISIT
Moving Mountains' main support comes from the clientele of Adventure Alternative, and these trips are very much part of the policy of the company to raise funds for Moving Mountains projects and provide revenue and support for our programmes. The money that comes from the trip costs provides an external cash injection into a small community, which could be everything from the local tea growing business to the hydroelectric power station.
We don't allow your visit to prevent local people from gaining employment, in fact it will achieve the opposite. The whole company is set up to provide training and development and careers for local people, and your visit enables Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains to maintain a high level of investment into capacity building and providing full time employment.
TYPE OF PEOPLE
This guided trip is for young people who are fit and enthusiastic and open minded. It will really appeal to people who are interested in travel and trekking, sustainable tourism, charitable work in remote regions and learning about new cultures.
This expedition in to the foothills of the Himalayan giants is not just for medical students, we've had a number of qualified doctors and dentists from all over the world in previous years and we would love to hear from you if you are in this category and have some spare time over the summer!
The project involves a 19 day travel and working stay in the village. However the fundraising and preparation work will take place over an extended period of 6 months or more, leading up to the expedition.
Our International Development Projects have advertised dates for individuals to sign up and collectively take on a project. If you represent a group look at our tailormade options below. Our Medical Camps are looking for committed and enthusiastic people who want to go on an adventure but undertake a worthy project whilst there.
If you represent a large group (usually 10 or more people) then we can work with your dates so that this, or a similar project can be undertaken at a time that suits you. Generally in Nepal the main seasons are March, April, May and September, October and November.
PRIVATE GROUP OPTION
We can adapt our standard programme to the requirements of indivual groups such as school or college initiatives or University Societies, please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.
Adventure Alternative shares it's profit margin with our local company in Nepal, Adventure Alternative Nepal, which provides training and development opportunities for local people and communities. The profit share scheme ensures that our local company can run a good company and provide proper wages and training, which is an unusual thing to find in a tourist company in a developing country.
Every place you visit also has a share in the profit, and we always make sure that we bring clients to the same places over many years so that they can develop and compete against the bigger corporate places.
Places which are supported by Moving Mountains where you stay, for example the villages of Bumburi Bupsa, also share in the profits. This is a highly successful way of using tourism to fund some of our developmental work.
This trip has been entirely thought out in terms of the local people and the impact upon them, and the benefit they can gain from having visitors. It’s not just a tourist trail, it really is an unusual adventure which is part of a wider ongoing initiative to improve the quality of life of people in the lower Khumbu region of rural Nepal.
In that respect the trip falls within all the categories of the FairTrade Volunteering trademark, the visit is about making a positive impact on the people who live there. You can find more information about the benefits of your trip here.
Without doubt you will witness the strong links between Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains and the communities that you are placed in. As such, you will be an ambassador for both Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains and there will be many young people looking up to you as a role model. You need to appreciate what responsibility you are taking on in this respect and to conduct yourself in an appropriate way. Don't be afraid of this, it's simply something to be aware of. Most cultures in developing countries are naturally conservative and traditional, but they are also fun-loving and naturally demonstrative and curious, so you might be surprised by just how much they fit in with our culture.
Also, don't forget that they will be a role model to you, this is not a one way process where you get to do all the giving! Actually, you may be surprised to find that the person benefitting the most is you. The staff who work for Moving Mountains and Adventure Alternative are all inspirational and motivated people, highly educated and passionate, and many of them came from very difficult backgrounds. Their life story will amaze you, and their natural positive attitude to life will mean that they will almost certainly become a role model to you as well.
You will not be expected to be a visiting ambassador who sees patients although sometimes of course misunderstanding occurs, we recommend you discuss clearly with the supervisor what you can and can't do, and also make it clear to patients that they are being seen by a student and not a qualified Doctor. Read our paper on Ethics of a Medical Elective to see more. This takes communication and an ethical attitude from us to make sure your time in-country is not misused.
THE PROMISE TO MOVING MOUNTAINS
Adventure Alternative works with the Moving Mountains Trust which operates NGOs in Kenya and Nepal and carries out many long term projects and programmes. ‘MM’ was started by Director Gavin Bate during many years working in aid work and development, and ‘AA’ is the company that provides revenue and investment for many of them to become financially self-sufficient.
This relationship between company and charity began in 1991 and our medical programme has sprung from the relationships we have with the medical authorities and the communities which you will visit.
We run long term ongoing medical programmes alongside Moving Mountains, and also at the request of local communities and hospitals. We have worked with medical authorities in many locations to ensure ongoing continuity as well as medical co-operation with other aspects of our work, for example the children’s homes we build and run, and the satellite private clinics which serve smaller remote communities.
We provide the convenience of an organised medical project, and we work to ensure that the time overseas is a highlight of your undergraduate years as well as a necessary addition to your competencies and clinical experience. You can also explore non-clinical skills like teaching, or getting involved with the Moving Mountains programmes.
Clearly there is an appeal in visiting a different country and culture, but this is also a chance to see relief work first hand and understand how an NGO runs.
Perhaps most importantly it will allow you to see how an organisation with a developmental perspective is upholding the principles of the Millennium Development Goals. Director Gavin Bate has been involved in the overseas development industry for many years and has developed a structure in Adventure Alternative which reflects the unprecedented opportunity of the post-2015 agenda once the MDGs expire. He regularly attends events at the Overseas Development Institute and Business Fights Poverty to ensure that the integrity of the AA trips is upheld.
ADDITIONAL KIT INFO
Females will have to dress conservatively in public and especially in schools and the childrens homes. You will draw unnecessary attention to yourself and maybe cause offence if revealing clothing is worn.
Also don't forget:
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your return date. Remember to leave a copy of this with friends or family
Insurance - comprehensive travel and medical insurance cover. Remember to leave a copy of your policy certificate with friends or family
Immunisation booklet - with details of all the jabs you've had.
Passport photos - take about six of these to be used as identification and if you are getting your visa on the border
List of emergency telephone numbers - to cancel/call insurers, credit/debit cards
Flight tickets - remember to leave copies of these with friends or family
Money - a mixture of some cash and credit/debit cards - you won't need to buy anything when you are on the trip in the villages, but you may want to take money with you to buy extra soft drinks and snacks (where these are available!). You will also need this while you are in Kathmandu for example for souvenirs, extra soft drinks and snacks or for independent travel.
There are many brands/types of water purification bottles and you can get them in good outdoor/travel shops and online shops. The Aquapure Traveller Bottle or something similar work well.
Personal Medical Kit
- Anti-malarial tablets (these are not required in the villages however you may need these elsewhere in Nepal - please see your GP or a local travel clinic for more information)
- Plasters & blister plasters
- Zinc oxide tape (very good for putting over plasters to hold them in place)
- Savlon/antiseptic cream
- Antiseptic wipes
- Anti-histamine tablets (e.g. certirizine/zirtec)
- Immodium (NB this should only be taken if absolutely necessary e.g. if you are on a journey or trekking)
- Dioralyte rehydration sachets
- Personal Medication as required e.g. asthma inhalers, insulin, epi-pen etc. Make sure you keep this on you at all times (i.e. in your day bag)
Possible Additional First Aid Items
- Gauze & dressings
- Crepe bandage & micropore tape
- Safety pins
- Latex (or similar) gloves
- Throat Lozenges
- Hydrocortisone/Eurax Hydrocortisone cream
- Antifungal cream: Canesten or Daktacort cream (Daktacort also contains Hydrocortisone)
- Antibiotics (optional) - these require a prescription, therefore you should talk to your GP
Co-amoxiclav: for skin, chest, throat, ear and urine infections. NB this is Penicillin based, if you are allergic to penicillin then Erythromycin can be used for skin, chest, throat and ear infections and trimethoprim for urine infections or cephalexin for all mentioned above
Ciprofloxacin: used for severe diarrohoea
Chloramphenicol eye drops: used for conjunctivitis
Fucidin cream: used for skin infections
Note: you must check with your GP for your personal suitability to all medicines and their possible side effects and interactions. Please inform us of the details of all regular medication that you intend to use though the course of your trip and any relevant allergies and medical history related to them. You also need to check the requirements and regulations of the airline and all countries visited in relation to medications. For example; laws governing transport of some pain control medication and the need keep insulin at a suitable temperature, ie not in the cargo hold.
For trekking to the villages it will be quite warm during the day and likely to be raining at some point (if you are travelling in monsoon season, June - September). The evenings can get quite chilly, so bring something warm to wear in the evenings. In terms of working in the villages, just take normal clothes however keep it conservative, the Sherpas are very traditional people. You can also buy any type of T-shirt or clothing in Kathmandu for very little money and contribute to local enterprises. There are literally hundreds and hundreds of equipment shops in Thamel and thousands of tailors.