Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Wilderness & Expedition Medicine CME

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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Wilderness & Expedition Medicine CME

The Everest Base Camp Wilderness and Expedition Medicine conference is one of the world’s truly epic journeys. You will visit the highest and most spectacular mountains in the world. You will also travel through a wonderful cultural area and stay in inns in remote Sherpa villages. It should be on every adventurer’s list of things “to do”.

Our group will explore the exotic city of Kathmandu before flying into the remote mountain town of Lukla (9,250). At Lukla, we will begin our trek into the Khumbu region of the Himalayas for this unique Wilderness and Travel Medicine conference. We follow an ancient route that will take us through tiny villages, across high mountain passes, and through remote valleys. The views of the Himalayas are awe-inspiring as we venture up the Dudh Kosi River to Namche Bazaar – the gateway to the Khumbu region at 11,300 feet. We spend one night next to the Thyangboche Monastery (12,700), which has spectacular views of Ama Dablam, Mt. Everest, and Lhotse. We’ll have a chance to meet the friendly Nepali people and soak up the colors, sights, and sounds of Sherpa village life.

Then it’s on to the stunning rocky outcrop of Kala Pattar (18,450) where we feast on awesome panoramic views of countless peaks including arguably the best view of the South Face of Everest. Upon reaching Everest Base Camp (17,400) at the base of the Khumbu Icefall, get a first hand look at the expeditions preparing for their summit attempts in this spectacular and historical setting.

The Everest Base Camp Trek Wilderness and Expedition Medicine conferences are strenuous and you should be in excellent physical condition. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. You should be equipped with a spirit of adventure and the willingness to undergo the potential hardships of outdoor trekking and long days on the trail.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Center for Emergency Medical Education and Wilderness and Travel Medicine. The Center for Emergency Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Center for Emergency Medical Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Itinerary Snapshot

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu (Hotel Yak & Yeti).

Day 2 – Relax and explore Kathmandu on your own (Hotel Yak & Yeti) (B).

Day 3 – Flight to Lukla and trek to Monjo (Mt. Kailash Lodge) (B+L+D).

Day 4 – Trek 4-5 hours to Namche Baazar. (Hotel Namche) (B+L+D)

Day 5 – Acclimatization day in Namche Baazar (Hotel Namche) (B+L+D)

Day 6 – 3 hour trek to explore Kunde and Khumjung (Khumjung Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 7 – Trek 5-6 hours through Tengboche to Deboche (Rivendell Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 8 – 5-6 hours to Dingboche. (Peak 38 Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 9 – Acclimatization day in Dingboche w/ optional hikes (Peak 38 Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 10 – 5-6 hours to Lobuche (Eco Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 11 – 8-10 hours to Everest Base Camp, return to Gorekshep (Buddha Lodge) (B,L,D)

Day 12 – Ascend to Kala Patthar, return to Lobuche to sleep (Eco Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 13 – 5-6 hours to Deboche (Rivendell Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 14 – 4-6 hours to Namche Baazar. (Hotel Namche) (B+L+D)

Day 15 – Return to Lukla: 7 hours. (Namaste Lodge) (B+L+D)

Day 16 – Fly to Kathmandu, weather permitting (Hotel Yak & Yeti) (B)

Day 17 – Morning city tour of Kathmandu (Hotel Yak & Yeti) (B+D)

Day 18 – Fly home. (B)

(Details of itinerary are subject to change including changes caused by weather conditions)

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu (4,600’)
Your trip leader will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to the centrally located Yak & Yeti Hotel. In the afternoon you’ll meet with the group for introductions and a brief CME lecture from 5-6 pm at the Yak & Yeti Hotel.

Day 2 – Explore Kathmandu
Following breakfast, we will spend the morning attending a trip briefing and CME lectures at our hotel. In the afternoon, Kathmandu is yours to explore. By western standards, the city is intimate with many interesting sights, shrines, and markets. Overnight at the Yak & Yeti Hotel.

Day 3 – Mountain flight to Lukla and begin trek (9,300’)
Early morning transfer to the airport for the mountain flight to Lukla (9,300’) airstrip. During the short but spectacular flight you will leave the Kathmandu Valley and head into the Himalaya, the world’s highest mountains rising before you. Your first night on the trail will be at the Mt. Kailash Lodge at 9,300′ near Monjo, along the rushing Dudh Kosi River (5-7 hours hiking).

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar (11,300′)
The trail continues north up the glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi River to the Sherpa capital village of Namche Bazaar. A clearing on the way provides our first view of the summit of Everest – peeking over the massive Lhotse/Nuptse face. Overnight at Hotel Namche (4-5 hours).

Day 5 – Rest day around Namche Bazaar
A rest day in Namche Bazaar for acclimatization, with a short optional hike to gain magnificent views, and plenty of time to explore the quaint shops and markets of the beautiful village. Overnight at Hotel Namche.

Day 6 – Khumjung (12,400′)
A morning hike to the lovely village of Khumjung, with spectacular views of Ama Dablam on the way. Explore the school Sir Edmund Hillary established in Khumjung and the hospital he founded in close by Kunde in the afternoon. Overnight at Khumjung Lodge. (3 hours).

Day 7 – Deboche (12,300′)
Descend into the deep Dudh Kosi Gorge and ascend the other side – one of the most beautiful valley walks on Earth, full of blooming rhododendron flowers – to the spectacular and renowned Tengboche Monastery. After visiting the monastery, we will stay in the lovely meadows in Deboche just below. Overnight at Rivendell Lodge (5-6 hours).

Day 8 – Dingboche (14,300′)
Hike down through a beautiful forest of pine and juniper, cross the Imja Khola, and pass through the village of Pangboche. Keep your eyes peeled for Himilayan Thar and Musk Deer in this section. After lunch we will pass the tree line and ascend to the beautiful pastures and potato fields in Dingboche at the base of the dramatic Chukkung Valley. From here you’ll have up close-up views of the sheer Lhotse face, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Overnight at Peak 38 Lodge (5-6 hours).

DAY 9 – Rest day in Dingboche with optional hike to Chhukhung (15,500’)
Morning hike up the Imja Kola River Valley towards Chhukhung (15,500’) and Island Peak Base Camp — with the Lhoste face guarding Mt. Everest in the distance. Retrace your steps back to Dingboche to rest in the afternoon. Overnight at Peak 38 Lodge (optional 5 hours).

DAY 10 – Lobuche (16,200′)
Hike up along the broad plateau to Dughla (15,100′) where we stop for lunch. Continue to the high mountain village of Lobuche with views of Taboche, Cholotse, and Loboje East along the way. Overnight at Eco Lodge (5-6 hours).

DAY 11 –– Everest Base Camp (17,600′) — Gorak Shep (17,000′)
Walk along boulder fields and glacial debris to one of the highest small villages in the world in Gorak Shep. After filling our water bottles, we’ll make the hike up the Lower Kumbu Glacier to Everest Base Camp for views of the Khumbu Icefall, a visit to the Everest E.R. tent, and a close up view of the various expeditions preparing for their ascents. We will then make our way back to Gorak Shep to spend the night Buddha Lodge (8-10 hours).

DAY 12 – Kala Patthar (18,450)
From Gorak Shep make the optional early morning short but steep climb to the summit of Kala Patthar. Enjoy perhaps the most famous panoramic view of Everest, Nuptse, Pumori, and the entire Khumbu Glacier as the sun rises above the peaks. Return to Lobuche to stay at Eco Lodge (2-3 hours to Kala Pattar, 2 hours to Lobuche).

DAY 13 – Deboche (12,300′)
A mostly downhill walk along the Imja Khola with a brief tour of the Himalayan Rescue Association Post in Pheriche on the way. Overnight at the Rivendell Lodge (5-6 hours).

DAY 14 – Namche Bazaar (11,300′)
A steep descent to the Dudh Kosi River and a gradual climb back up to Namche Bazaar. (5-6 hours).

DAY 15 – Return to Lukla (9,300′)
A long, but leisurely trek down the Dudh Kosi to Lukla passing the quaint riverside villages along the way. Overnight at Namaste Hotel (7 hours).

DAY 16 – Return to Kathmandu
*Fly to Kathmandu in the morning (weather permitting!). Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel Yak & Yeti.

*Day 17 will be spent either in Kathmandu or Lukla, depending on our luck with the Lukla flight. Flights in and out of this small mountain airstrip are commonly delayed and we have no way of predicting the length of the delay; it’s something we just have to live with. With luck you’ll get out the first day. All meals in Lukla are included while waiting. Though while we devote an enormous amount of time, money and energy into securing reservations and obtaining replacement reservations when flights are cancelled, you should be prepared for potential disappointments, delays, and cancellations of Lukla flights. For those wanting to return to Kathmandu with less of a delay, a seat on a helicopter may be available for an additional charge. We have scheduled an extra day at the end of the trek to aid in not interfering with your homeward-bound flights.

DAY 17 – Kathmandu
If the Lukla flight is not delayed, you’ll have a fascinating guided morning tour of World Heritage Site Bodhnath Stupa. The afternoon is free to relax or do some last minute shopping or sightseeing on your own. Celebration dinner and overnight at Hotel Yak & Yeti.

DAY 18 – Fly home
Transfer to airport and depart Kathmandu.

Departure Dates:

April 2 – April 19
April 23 – May 10

Trip Length: 18 Days
Trip Price:

$4,485* Per person, based on double occupancy, plus $150 Nepal Government Tax

Optional CME Cost: $789 (Approved for 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits)
*per person, based on double occupancy, does not include internal airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla.

Due to a scheduled airport construction project at the Kathmandu Airport during the Spring trekking season, the current round-trip internal airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla is by helicopter. Though helicopter transport is more expensive than a fixed-wing aircraft, it has potential advantages including that it is less subject to weather delays and provides a scenic flight that is a highlight for many participants. There are risks involved with both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopter transport in Nepal (or any location). It is each participant’s responsibility to research and understand these risks and we are happy to provide any information we have (such as the name of the helicopter company we use).

The current round-trip helicopter pricing from Kathmandu to Lukla is $750 (significantly less expensive than what other companies are charging).


  • 4 Scheduled hotel nights in Kathmandu
  • Selected sightseeing in Katmandu
  • Professionally Guided trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp
  • Porters and yaks to carry your gear on trek
  • All meals while on the trek


  • Airfare to from USA to Kathmandu
  • Flight within Nepal (mandatory air transportation to/from Lukla)
  • Medical rescue insurance
  • Helicopter transport (for medical reasons or unforeseen weather delays)

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9 reviews for Mount Everest Base Camp Trek Wilderness & Expedition Medicine CME

  1. -The most amazing outdoor adventure I have participated in.
    David Ruiz:

  2. EBC CME 2022:
    -It is hands down the best CME course I’ve ever taken and you don’t even need to be a medical professional to enjoy this trip!
    Alina Wong:

  3. Just returned from the EBC Wilderness Medicine trip and highly recommend this trip. It was an experience of a lifetime, challenging both physically and mentally, but the beauty of Nepal and its people will make you forget any struggles getting up some of the hills. Our group bonded quickly despite our 37 year age range which made this trip an even better experience for me as a single traveler. Our lead guide Santiago was amazing and very skilled at bringing us all together and handling some of the little glitches that always occur along the way. Jhiban and our Nepali guides and porters were also amazing and seemed to have unlimited patience. Most of us took Diamox for the altitude which seemed to help, even at a low dose. Thorough water treatment is also very important. Come to this trip ready to open up to new experiences and prepare physically so you can enjoy this incredible place!

  4. This amazing trek to Mount Everest Base Camp was exhausting, exhilarating, and inspiring. I had 2 months to prepare, spontaneous decision but yet up to par with Santa Barbara hiking and fitness. Many members had this on their bucket list for decades of things they must do. As the oldest one on our team, I was loved and loved back. Our team camaraderie was quite special. We pulled each other through all the hard times. Everyone had unique personalities and unique contributions, including our team guide Santiago, our Nepalese team and our team instructors. This trek reached deep inside to inspire me to continue to push and find what else this world has to offer.

  5. Just completed the Bio Bio Wilderness Medicine trip to Everest Base Camp for 2022! It was an amazing journey and our Bio Bio guide Santiago was fantastic with planning and encouragement the whole way! Every day’s itinerary was well planned and flexible for various hiking speeds and altitude gain of 20 people.

  6. Just finished the trip (April 2022). What an incredible opportunity! Highly recommended. The weather was excellent on the way up, including spectacular views wherever you look! The guide (Santiago) was awesome, providing professional and memorable experiences along the way. The educators (Brian and ERA) where excellent as well. This trip is intense, demanding physical and mental endurance. But it is a trip of a lifetime. Kathmandu is heavily populated, requiring constant attention to where you go. The people in the mountains are friendly and giving. Beauty is all around on the trek. Everywhere you look you will find something to appreciate. Pictures do not give it justice. Altogether it was an amazing experience. We all made it to basecamp unlike other groups on the trail. I am glad we went on the early trek as the trail started getting very busy on our way down. Highly recommended!

  7. We just finished the trip (April 2022). It was the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve done. This is our second trip with Bio Bio (Kili 2012) and the service and overall experience were top notch. I can’t thank Santiago Ibanez, our guide, enough. Without him and our lovely Nepalese guides I never would have made it!

  8. I was on the trip back in 2010. All I can say if was the best adventure I have been on or will be on. Awesome scenery, eye opening experiences. Kathmandu was amazing. I felt very secure in the people guiding us. I will all ways remember this trip. Follow what to take with you and you will be fine!. All in our group made it to the Base camp and back.

  9. I did this trip in 2012. This is a life-changing trek. I cannot t recommend it highly enough. It is tough, but the beauty of the land and the people is unparalleled. I would do it again in a heartbeat.