Expeditions

2021 Schedule

To fulfill longer elective requirements of certain medical schools, HHE now offers clinic work extension of 2-4 weeks on either end of an expedition to make it a total of 6-8 week international health rotation. Please contact us for more details.

february 1-28, 2021

outer himalayas (winter camp)

During this 4-week travel, our team will hold clincis in remote villages, Tibetan settlements, monasteries, monastic schools and a nunnery located in the Dhauladhar (White Mountain) Range of the Western Himalayas. Daily work schedule includes seven hours of clinical and preventive health care during which participating health care workers and students work under the supervision of US-based and board certified physicians to provide care and educate patients on issues related to personal and oral hygiene, diet and nutrition. Free medicines and supplies are provided to hundreds of patients of all ages. Five to six out-patient stations will be set up and teams will be rotated periodically to allow each team member to gain a supervised hands-on clinical experience in all available specialties. Each station will have one interpreter. Patients with serious ailments that require follow-ups will be referred to the closest state hospital.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

april 1-28, 2021

dharamsala

Dharamsala lies in the shadow of the Dhauladhar, or White Mountain, Range which reaches an altitude of 18,500 feet. Six miles north is Mcleodganj, home to the exiled Tibetans and their religious leader, His Holiness Gyatso Tenzing, the 14th Dalai Lama. The local population is a mix of Tibetans, Gaddis and north Indians, and the village buzzes with travelers from around the globe.

Please read 20 Days in the Himalayas: A Doctor’s Journey from Cardiology Magazine.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

June 6 – june 27, 2021

PIMU lA (WILDERNESS MEDICINE EXPEDITION)

Learn and practice wilderness medicine skills in one of the most scenic and awe-inspiring sites of the Western Himalayas. This is a 3-week, high altitude, ‘base camp style’ expedition that includes an 8-day, self-contained trek over a 17,135 feet high pass. Attend didactic sessions and instructions delivered by seasoned US-based physicians and local instructors. Practice experiential learning including evacuation on the trail while taking in the full force of this stunning wilderness. Designed for physicians, residents and medical, allied health and pre-medical students who have an interest in global health, altitude & mountain medicine, travel medicine, or backcountry first aid and who are willing to accept challenges of living and working in a resource-poor environment.

Location and Introduction to the expedition routes

June 25 – July 15, 2021

Pangi (Greater Himalayas)

Rugged and remote Pangi lies sandwiched between the two towering Himalayan mountain ranges of Zanskar and Pir Panjal. A challenging, vehicular road takes us over the famous Rohtang Pass (13,200 feet) into Lahaul valley and, further, to the thickly forested and isolated valley of Pangi. This 4 week medical & dental expedition offers a rare opportunity to trek through a lesser-known region of the Western Himalayas. Our team will hold clinics in several villages and settlements while experiencing the land and culture that few have had the privilege to witness.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

july 14 – august 4, 2021

spiti (indo-tibetan borderland)

Once a part of the ancient western Tibetan kingdom of Guge, Spiti’s villages provided a stop-over for trade caravans between Kashmir and Tibet. Spiti is a thinly-populated region with a population count of one person per square mile, its altitude and remoteness have limited the local health care providers to serve the region on regular basis. This is a land of 9th century Buddhist monasteries and the village of Kibber, the world’s highest, permanent human settlement. Camps are set up in several villages of Spiti Valley.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

august 2-28, 2021

kargiakh (High altitude trek)

This is a medical/dental trek through several remote Trans-Himalayan villages of Zanskar (Ladakh). Team members will fly to Leh (11,500ft). After rest and acclimatization of 2 days, team members will drive to Padum and set out on a trail which is high in altitude, rough, challenging and lies above the Himalayan tree line. All clinic and campsites are located between 12,000 ft – 13,500 ft. Access to health facilities is extremely limited for the local people and the only way to get to them is on foot.

Please read Iowa Medical Students Serve Remote Villagers in Ladakh, India

Trip Description, Route & Photos