All net proceeds from the handicraft sales are used to fund primary health care, medical and educational projects, giving to those involved in the production process a sense of pride that comes by helping and sustaining many others, in even greater need than themselves. Jeevankala
Medical treks are a unique way to see Nepal and meet and help local people. Treks typically take about two weeks and start in Kathmandu, itself an amazing tourist destination. HHC arranges for transportation from Kathmandu into a rural region, where the trekkers begin walking. Midway through the trek, HHC establishes a medical or dental camp for about four days. During the camp, trekkers treat villagers from the surrounding areas with the assistance of HHC staff. Treks have typically taken place in two regions of Nepal where HHC has been active. The Dhading region features remote villages and opportunities to see the beautiful mountains of the Ganesh, Lantang and Manaslu Himal. Treks in the Ilam region include at least a day or two at the Ilam Community Hospital. Trekkers in Ilam can see Kangchenjunga, the third highest mounatin in the world. From time-to-time, HHC will organize special treks focusing on particular medical needs. Examples have included dental and eye treks. See our news and events page for details of upcoming treks. The cost of normal treks are now $3,100 (USD), including all expenses while on the trek. Future costs may be different. Volunteers pay their own airfare to Nepal and any personal expenses. The only additional costs are the relatively modest cost of hotel accommodations while in Kathmandu and, in the case of Ilam, modest airfare to the trekking site. We regret that no stipend or other support is available for medical students. Physicians in training have volunteered and have had rewarding experiences. Non-medical volunteers have also accompanied medical treks and made valuable contributions. If you are interested in trekking please download our basic information packet, including sample itineraries and an application.