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Mountain Medicine | Nepal | October 2022


The ultimate Mountain Medicine Nepal course, the path of which follows the Everest Base Camp Trail along the Khumbu valley to base camp, situated in the shadow of the world’s most iconic peak.

Led by a world-class faculty of expedition medics and a strong local Nepali support team.

Start: 16 October 2022, 18:00
End: 2 November 2022, 09:30

  • Spaces Left: High
  • Prerequisites:
    • Medical or Allied Health Professional
    • Students in the final year of study
    • Attendance of Expedition & Wilderness Medicine course (or similar) highly recommended
    • Basic navigation skills
    • Basic knowledge of expedition planning
    • Good fitness level

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During the 17-day Mountain Medicine course in Nepal, you will follow the Everest Base Camp Trail from Lukla, 14 days will be trekking at an easy pace, staying in Nepalese teahouses and enjoying the spectacular scenery along the route.

The price includes accommodation, meals (unless otherwise stated), expedition medicine course manual, all mountain medicine course activities, support services on Everest Base Camp trail and return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. For a full mountain medicine course kit list see below. The only additional costs are for your international flights, drinks and items of a personal nature.

Travel insurance is compulsory, must include the facility for helicopter evacuation in case of emergency and must cover high altitude trekking – a suitable policy can be obtained through Campbell Irivine Ltd.

What’s included?
All tutoring, accommodation and meals during this mountain medicine course
Safety equipment

What’s not included?
Travel costs
Travel and health insurance
Personal equipment
Additional drinks and food purchased from teahouses and shops

Do you need travel and health insurance?
We recommend all participant travelling outside of their home country, or where aero-medical evacuation may be required, have specific travel insurance in place for the expedition.

For your safety and security, we reserve the right to refuse access to an expedition until we have details of adequate insurance cover provided to us.

Please note: Should a course be cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, you will receive a full refund and our usual terms and conditions apply. Full details of our COVID-19 policy here

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The group will meet in the Thamel district, Kathmandu at 1800 on Sunday 16 October.

The course will end after a group breakfast on the 2 November.

Due to flight delays and baggage issue we recommend that you allow at least a day either side of the course dates when booking your international flights.

When making travel plans we find a super helpful site.

Course Content

    • Role & responsibilities of expedition doctor
    • Personal trekking and medical kit
    • Pre-expedition planning and Casevac
    • AMS
    • Introduction to HACE & HAPE
    • Staying well in KTM & Beyond: H2O, UV, personal hygiene
    • Wilderness Wound Management
    • Frostbite
    • Wilderness H2O treatment
    • Wilderness gastrointestinal disorders
    • HACE (detailed)
    • HAPE (detailed)
    • Ophthalmology
    • Wilderness Fracture Management
    • Improvised splints practical
    • Everest ER
    • HRA Lecture & Gamow Bag practical (HRA doctors)
    • Medical Kit theory
    • Medical Kit practical
    • Hypothermia
    • Women’s Wilderness Health
    • Psychology & Team Dynamics
    • Debrief and review of medical cases encountered

Itinerary by day

Exact itinerary subject to change and course content might vary in content and order.


Martin Rhodes

“Doc Martin” recently returned from a trek in Peru where none of the clients could be convinced that he was really a doctor. Others are uncertain whether this is a compliment or not, but he continues to take it as one!

On the basis that to have a career means to rush along in a uncontrolled fashion, his career has included studying law at a minor English university, working as joiner, a language teacher, and for the Foreign Office in Latin America, and (honestly!) training in Paediatrics, A&E and General Practice in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire.

He is happiest running up and skiing down mountains, and sitting in tents in the Antarctic being brought cups of tea by Ben Cooper, with whom he is joined at the hip, having worked together in the UK as doctor and Deputy Team Leader of Edale Mountain Rescue Team, and on numerous Polar and Alpine expeditions . He hasn’t had a real job for years, but is Chief Medical Officer for Poles Apart and Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions, and runs an outdoor activities and gîte business in the French Pyrenees.





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