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2016 & 2017 Schedule

Oct. 1 - Oct. 26, 2016 & 2017

Chansal (Tibetan Settlements and Schools)

Chansal This medical & dental trek is scheduled to provide annual follow-up care to our patients in several villages, monasteries, two nunneries and an orphanage located in the Inner Himalayas. Focus is on preventive healthcare; our team will trek and drive through remote villages and settlements and address oral hygiene and reproductive health issues while visiting the young resident populations of monasteries and nunneries. Clinics will be set-up in village community centers and monastic institutions. Altitude, rain and wet ground conditions can make this a moderately strenuous experience.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

Jan. 21 - Feb. 1, 2017

Outer Himalayas ("Ice Trek")

ChadarWhat was once a sacred crossing for the natives of Zanskar Valley has become, for the world, the "wildest trek”. Chadar - Ice Sheet - is the frozen Zanskar River Trek located in the Trans-Himalayan region of north India. This thrilling adventure takes our team on a week-long, high altitude 80km trek in extreme cold conditions.

Our team of medical professionals and volunteers flies to the second highest airport in the world- Leh (11,500 feet). A short drive takes us to the starting point of the trek at the confluence of Indus and Zanskar rivers. We spend a week on the trail and conduct morning and evening clinics with minimal shelter providing basic primary care and free medicines to the villagers, porters, and, perhaps, some not-so-well trekkers.

Note: Though fairly well established, ‘CHADAR’ is a demanding trek with minimal comfort and under severe winter weather conditions. Daytime temps under sunny conditions range between minus 5 to minus 15 degrees F dropping down to minus 35 to minus 40 degrees F at night. It involves high altitude trekking on a frozen river along a rough mountainous terrain. Day-treks extend 6 to 9 hours. All-weather tents, caves and low-overhangs provide nighttime shelter. Luxuries such as hot showers and baths are non-existent and warm water for wash-up comes in limited supplies for the full duration of the trek. Please take time to grasp the reality of this before signing-up.

Feb. 1 - Feb. 25, 2017

Outer Himalayas (Winter Camp)

Outer Himalayas This lower altitude winter camp will cover villages in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Our team will provide care to approximately 2400 patients in out-patient clinical settings. A 3-day stay is scheduled at Dharamsala-home to exiled Tibetans and their religious leader, His Holiness, Gyatso Tenzing, the 14th Dalai Lama. Team will depart from various international gateways on their way to New Delhi. A combination of rail and road takes us from New Delhi to the Shivalik range, or the outer Himalayas. We drive through the Shivalik range covering villages and finally enter the mighty Dhauladhar or the White Mountain Range at lower elevations.

Trip Description, Route & Photos Chorten


April 1 - April 28, 2017


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.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

June 5 - June 25, 2017

Chang Thang Plateau - Tibetan Borderland (Greater Himalayas)

Providing Care to Nomads 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 20-day 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

June 22 - July 12, 2017

Spiti (Indo-Tibetan Borderland)

Spiti Mountains 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

July 1 - July 20, 2017

Chang Thang Plateau - Tibetan Borderland

Dharamsala Himalayan Health Exchange (in conjunction with Northern Arizona University) is organizing a medical and cultural anthropological expedition to the Indian Himalayas in the summer of 2017. In order to enhance the learning experience of participants, this medical-anthropological expedition will also include socio-cultural and religious teachings of the Western Himalayas with daily yoga and meditations sessions. HHE will offer participants a practical approach to the study of India, Tibet and the Himalayan culture while attending a 6-day, preventive health camp. During their journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic life and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will observe the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily yoga & meditation sessions and academic lectures. Participation is open to medical and Anthropology students of all levels.

Location and Introduction to the expedition routes >>

July 17 - August 4, 2017

Chang Thang Plateau - Tibetan Borderland (Ladakh)

Providing Care to Nomads Team members fly into Leh, which at 11,500' has the second highest airport in the world. We set up our medical camps at three Tibetan Settlements. A drive over the 3rd highest motor able pass in the world –'Chang La' (17,350 ft) takes to the Chang Thang Plateau. Our team will provide care to the locals and nomads in improvised clinic sites in villages and settlements located around a glacial lake at 15,000 feet. Our expedition takes us there in the month of July.

Trip Description, Route & Photos

August 1 - August 28, 2017

Kargiakh (High Altitude Trek)

Kargiakh 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.

Trip Description, Route & Photos


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