Pimu La (Wilderness Medicine)
This expedition will provide a comprehensive introduction to emergency and wilderness medicine and enhance your practical experience. A team will comprise 25-30 residents, students of health sciences of all levels, and seasoned medical practitioners who will participate in this base camp-style expedition to two remote valleys of a lesser-known region of the western Himalayas. Field time, patient simulations and hands on learning in a resource-constrained environment follows didactic lectures, case presentations and group discussions. During the trek, the team will be divided in small groups of 4-5 people; team members will be required to carry their own backpacks and cook their own meals. In addition to personal items, each backpack will include a small tent, rations and fuel with total weight approximately 35 pounds (rations and fuel will be supplied.) There will be mule-supported resupply of rations before the pass crossing.
Pimu La is a 17,135 foot pass that connects Sainchu and Miyar Valleys located in the North Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The two valleys lie between two towering ranges of the Western Himalayas known as ‘Pir Panjal’ and ‘Zanskar.’ Due to extreme remoteness, there is little or no recognition of this region on maps.
Your port of arrival in India will be the New Delhi international airport. An internal flight from New Delhi brings you to Chandigarh where our staff receives you at the airport and drives you to our first base camp at TUAN settlement. Take in the sights and sounds of India as you drive through the plains of India and across the Greater Himalayan Range. Ample time has been built into our itinerary for you to recover from jetlag and acclimate on this fascinating drive through three Himalayan ranges. A challenging, vehicular road takes us across the Greater Himalayan Range to a thickly forested and isolated valley that sits between two towering Trans-Himalayan ranges – Pir Panjal and Zanskar. We arrive at our base camp at village Tuan (10,500 feet) which sits at the junction of two glacier-fed streams. We spend 4 full days exploring the valley and attending lectures before heading out for the 8-day self-contained trek over Pimu La Pass.
Trek and Terrain
The 8-day, self-contained trek starts at 10,500 feet and reaches a maximum altitude of 17,135 feet with minimal external support. Be prepared for a few hard hikes on a trail that is used by local sheep herders. Getting to the pass will involve hiking through a high pastureland and an unmarked trail through a large boulder field, and the descent from the pass will involve walking on rough scree and crossing two glaciers. Once across the pass, the valley opens up and trail conditions ease turning into an easy and fun hike with some awe inspiring views of the granite peaks of the mighty Zansakar range. The last leg of the trail descends all the way along a large stream to our 2nd base camp at village Tingrit.
Medical students and residents who participate in our medical camps may receive elective credit from their schools and residency programs. Check with your academic office to see if this experience will count towards an elective block. At the end of the expedition, each student and resident will be formally evaluated and provided a completed evaluation form from one of the physician instructors.
NOTE: You must be in excellent physical shape and be able to trek at high altitudes. Trek between the two base camps is self-contained which means you will be required to carry your own backpack and participate and prepare your own meal with your group of 4-5
people at least once daily during the 8-day trek Please take time to grasp the reality of this and conduct a personal inventory on yourself before signing-up.
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