Exact itinerary subject to change and course content might vary in content and order.
Day 1. Meet in Kathmandu
Day 2. Morning lectures, followed by lunch and dinner in local restaurants.
Course content: ALTITUDE ILLNESS, PRE EXPEDITION PLANNING & HYPOTHERMIA
Day 3. Depart for airport and fly in to Lukla
Trek to Phakding through the Dudh Kosi Valley along an easy valley bottom trail
Course content: WILDERNESS WOUND MANAGEMENT, FROSTBITE
Day 4. Trek from Phakding - Namche Bazaar
We continue along the trail, heading upstream along the banks of the Dudh Kosi until we come to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi.
We cross a large suspension bridge and begin a long uphill section through pine tree forests. Our efforts are rewarded along the way as the peaks of Everest (8,848m), Lhotse (8,511m), Nuptse (7,879m), Arna Dablam (6,856m) and Taweche (6,542m) come into view for the first time.
Eventually we reach the distinctive horse-shoe shaped bowl village of Namche Bazaar where we stop for our overnight stay. There is also the opportunity to visit the Sherpa Museum in Namche which details their home life and mountaineering achievements.
Course content: BACKCOUNTRY MEDICAL KITS for mountaineering, BACKCOUNTRY WATER DISINFECTION
Day 5. Acclimatisation Day in Namche Bazaar
Training walk up to 4000 metres
Course content: The Interpersonal Features of Group Travel and PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES IN ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Day 6. Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
A relatively easy trail on a generally flat trail with stunning mountain views
Course content: SIMULATED MOUNTAIN RESCUE
Day 7. Tengboche to Pheriche
We start leaving the trees behind as we gain altitude and the glaciated mountain landscape becomes more a feature of our walking and head towards the mountain settlement of Pheriche, the last inhabited village before Mount Everest for a couple of night acclimatisation.
Course content: TRAVELER'S DIARRHOEA, GIARDIASIS & OTHER WATERBORNE WILDERNESS INFECTIONS, MANAGEMENT OF FRACTURES & DISLOCATIONS
Day 8 & 9. In Periche
Acclimatisation & Rest Days
Visit to Himalayan Rescue Association Clinic, the HRA Aid Post is located at 14600ft/ 4600 metres and located at a important trekking junction where a high proportion of trekkers to the region really start to feel the effects of Altitude Mountain Sickness (AMS). The clinic provides medical support for over 5000 trekkers and sherpas annually and is staffed by volunteers medics from all over the world - and a high propotion of Expedition Medicine delegates!
Course content: CASE STUDIES REVIEW WITH HRA CLINIC DOCTORS
Day 10. Pheriche - Lobuche
Having, hopefully, been well rested and acclimatised by our stay in Pheriche we restart our trek by ascending to the remote accommodation stop of Lobuche, passing on our way a flat plateau home to the climbers memorial area a poignant reminder of lives lost in search of human endeavour.
Course content: WILD ANIMAL ATTACKS, PATIENT ASSESSMENT & TREATMENT IN WILDERNESS SETTINGS
Day 11. Lobuche - Gorak Shep
Kala Patthar or Everst Base Camp trek options
Course content: CASE STUDIES IN EXPEDITION MEDICINE, WILDERNESS OPTHALMOLOGY
Day 12. Additional Kala Patthar or EBC trek options
For those that wish to, a day trek to Everest Base Camp and Dr Freer's seasonal home, passing through Gorak Shep with superb views of the Khumbu Ice Fall flowing off the flanks for Mount Everest.
Return trek to Dingboche.
Course content: CASE STUDIES IN EVEREST
Day 13 Dingboche to Lobuche
A relaxed descent to Lobuche with additional time in Gorak Shep
Day 14. Dingboche – Namche Bazaar
We start to retrace our steps back over now familiar terrain of the Khumbu Valley.
Day 15. Namche Bazaar - Benkar
Course content: PREDICTING DANGEROUS WEATHER PATTERNS & LIGHTNING INJURIES
Day 16. Benkar – Lukla
Day 17. Morning flight back to Kathmandu
Course dinner in town and farewells
Course content: SUMMING UP AND COURSE END
Day18. Morning breakfast – course end