After the medical mission, you will travel to stunning Bhutan for two days of touring, including a hike to Tiger's Nest! Tiger's Nest is a 17th Century Monastery complex with 9 temples.
Kathmandu is located in a valley surrounded by the Himalayas and has a population of almost 1 million people. Nepal is a developing country with a low life expectancy and a very low per capita income. It continues to struggle with high levels of hunger and poverty. Natural disasters are a significant contributor to mortality. Nepal is a beautiful and exotic country with great need to meet its most recent challenge, the April 2015 earthquake. The nation is highly religious, with more than 80% of the population practicing Hinduism and many people having deep belief in both Hinduism and Buddhism. In addition to being home to eight of the top ten mountains in the world, Nepal also has some of the most beautiful religious sites in the world. Services are extremely limited for anyone outside of the capital of Kathmandu, Your clinics will be outside of the city where the need is greatest.
After the medical mission, you will travel to stunning Bhutan for two days of touring, including a hike to Tiger's Nest! Tiger's Nest is a 17th Century Monastery complex with 9 temples. As you hike through the low hanging clouds the world will open you will see Tiger's Nest, sitting on the top of a steep cliff Along the way, you will see Buddhist temples, waterfalls, and hundreds of prayer flags along the trail. This is one of the most sacred sites in the world for Buddhists, As you hike, watch for the Monks as they practice the rituals of Buddhism.
In April 2015, a devastating earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 9,000 people. It destroyed national monuments, homes, and villages high in the hillside. As an IMR volunteer, you will join IMR's partnership with local hospitals and medical providers to provide care to patients in distant villages who are left out of the health system.
Your clinics will give you the opportunity to get to know the people of Nepal outside of the big city. You'll stay in a comfortable guest house in the communities where your patients live, work, go to school, and age in place. You'll care for patients with acute illnesses including respiratory issues, skin rashes and infections, wounds, and common stomach illnesses. You will also care for patients with chronic respiratory issues, hypertension, diabetes, and more. Education is critical for patients with chronic illnesses and very limited access to care. Join us to help care for these resilient people!
In Nepal, you will stay in simple accommodations with beds provided for everyone. The accommodations, while not luxurious, are safe, clean, and the best of what this community has to offer. Local foods will be served in Nepal, including the community staple, dal bhat, consisting of rice and lentils with a variety of spices.
During your time in Bhutan, you will be staying at comfortable accommodations in the city of Paro, surrounded by colorful buildings lining the streets and many temples to tour.
You will see patients through the entire age spectrum in Nepal but it is the elderly who will capture your heart. Their resilience, strong backs, sense of family, and quiet good humor will cheer you on throughout the clinic day.
There are too many highlights during this trip to mention them all. You will visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, including Durbar Square, which was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. This beautiful and historic city sustained significant damage during the 2015 earthquake, but you will see its resilience as you stroll around centuries-old stupas and temples, many of which are dedicated to Lord Shiva. A trip to the famous Buddhist temple, Swayambhunath, another UNESCO site, lends itself a great vantage point for viewing the city.
In Bhutan, you will stay in Paro City, a sacred city with many temples to explore and will visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), a sacred site for Himalayan Bhuddists built in 1692. While you won’t get there on the back of a tigress, you will hike one of the most famous hikes in the world! This temple complex is located in the cliffside of the upper Paro valley. Your stay will include many local foods and the opportunity to learn about the culture of this fiercely independent country where tradition and happiness are prized more than urban development and the GDP. This will truly be a special way to end your IMR trip! Weather permitting, enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime tour of Mt. Everest from an aerial perspective as a passenger on a private plane. This sightseeing tour is not pre-included in your IMR program fee, but can be added while you're in Nepal! Get up close and personal as you glide around the awe-inspiring Himalayas. This excursion merits a certificate of honor for your journey after landing. Preceding your trip, plan for an even grander tour of Everest by extending your stay for a trek. Expeditions can range from an exhilarating hike outside of the valley to more adventurous treks up the numerous trailheads accessible to tourists. Even take on the challenge of conquering the journey to Everest's base camp! Not up for a base camp trek but want to do something a little easier? No problem! Contact Worldwide Navigators today at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your extension options!
You’re journeying halfway across the globe, have you considered extending your stay to visit some of Nepal’s top spots? Join International Medical Relief on an exclusive trip extension provided by our partner, Worldwide Navigators!
Trek guided by sherpa company, home to the first Nepalese woman to summit Annapurna IV!
Breathtaking views of multiple peaks towering over 8,000 meters
Participate in conservation efforts to keep trails pristine & sustainable
Feb 22-March 1, 2020
Costs / Benefits
Medical mission trips with IMR provide short-term volunteer opportunities abroad for medical professionals and dental professionals, students, and non-medical volunteers with any level of experience. Our medical and dental clinics provide free healthcare and health education in more than 70 countries in areas where care is limited or difficult to obtain.