Wilderness Medical Society Adventure CME
Everest Base Camp Trek: March 24 - April 11, 2020
Optional Island Peak Climb: March 24 - April 14, 2020
The Wilderness Medical Society and our prestigious Nepal partner, Wongchhu Peak Promotion (WPP), invite you to join us for a once-in-a-lifetime CME adventure in March/April of 2020. Ours is the ONLY CME trek that offers an overnight stay at Everest Base Camp (EBC). While at EBC, you'll have an opportunity to help set up the EBC Medical Clinic or Everest ER's clinic tent and thus support the mission of Everest ER to provide health care to native and visitor populations in the Khumbu Valley of the Himalayas.
If you'd like to join the WMS in a future Everest Summit climb, the optional Island Peak climb is a pre-requisite, and therefore worth considering.
Hikers who can walk up to 3-4 miles per day comfortably, while carrying a light day pack including water, snacks, and an extra jacket, but heavy duffels will be portered.
No previous climbing experience is needed for the EBC trek.
The optional Island Peak trek is a serious trek with a difficulty rating of Alpine PD+. Participants without prior climbing experience will gain training and altitude experience while trekking to EBC. Participants must then be approved by the Wongchhu Peak Promotion climbing leader prior to the Island Peak ascent. This climb meets the prerequisites to summit Everest with the WMS in the future.
The EBC trek is a CME course for medical professionals (both WMS members and friends), but is also open to any avid non-medical outdoor enthusiasts interested in supporting a great cause while embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime experience – proceeds will benefit the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital.
Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek: March 24-April 11, 2020 (19 days total)
Optional Island Peak Climb: March 24-April 14, 2020 (22 days total)
Due to a growing demand for adventure wilderness medicine training and experience, the WMS is pleased to once again offer this world-class program. Continuing medical education credit is available for the Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek. We have planned for a two-night stay at EBC in cooperation with Everest ER. Overnight stays at EBC are not offered on any other CME Everest treks, and so this is a unique opportunity offered only by the WMS!
Proceeds from this trek will help support the Wongchhu Sherpa Memorial Hospital, which will benefit the 30,000 people living in the Solukhumbu region who have little to no health services.
Optional Island Peak Climb
In addition to the regular EBC trek, we are pleased to also offer an optional Island Peak Climb (6,189 m) as well. Imja Tse, better known as Island Peak, is a mountain in Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayas of eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1953 by members of the British Mount Everest expedition because it appears as an island in a sea of ice when viewed from Dingboche. The peak was later renamed in 1983 to Imja Tse but Island Peak remains the popular name of choice.
This is a serious trek and climb with a difficulty rating of Alpine PD+ and participants must be in good physical shape, should have prior climbing and some altitude experience. All participants must be approved by the Wongchhu Peak Promotion climbing leader. This climb meets the prerequisites to summit Everest with the WMS in the future.
Khumbu Valley of Nepal. The trek includes a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, known as the “Gateway to Everest”, then treks to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, and Pheriche. From there you will trek to Lobuche, Gorakh Shep and then arrive for two nights of camping at EBC. You will then trek down to Pheriche, Khumjung and Monjo before boarding a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Enjoy an extra day in Kathmandu and enjoy a visit to a Tibetan rug factor along with a final farewell dinner before heading back home.
Optional Island Peak Climb
Those participating in the optional Island Peak climb will split from the main group in Lobuche and hike to Kalapathar, Dingboche and Chhukung before finally ascending to the Island Peak base camp and peak. The group will then trek down to Tengboche and Monjo before boarding a flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla. Enjoy a well-earned leisure day in Kathmandu and end with a visit to a Tibetan rug factor and a final farewell dinner before heading back home. Note that this optional climb will not offer CME.