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About TREKT Himalaya
Trekt Himalaya specializes in cultural immersion adventures and volunteer hikes to remote regions of Nepal. Local guides take you to the best of climbing, hiking and biking in Nepal.
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Imogen S wrote a review Jul 2020
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My experience on elective was mixed, with many positives but some difficulties. The Nepali people who welcomed me made my trip. I booked with Trekt Himalaya for the medical camp trek, with the addition of the hospital experience in KTM. I was assured I would be put up in a volunteer house with many others & structured induction etc, along with being told of the sustainable nature of the trek. Arriving in country- it was just me at the volunteer house and there was no induction/Nepali lessons. I didn't feel comfortable, but was moved to a home stay instead (arranged by the in country team). Basu and his family welcomed me, taught me about Nepali culture and I felt safe. Dr Achyut (his nephew) was my point of call at the hospital as well. I thought the hospital was a maternity house. However it was very small and hardly any births took place. Turns out it was a private hospital and the gynae doctors were away at the beginning of my time there. Also I thought English was more widely spoken in the hospital- I was the only non-Nepali people there. I ended up in A&E a lot of the time, in an observation role. The variation in healthcare systems is striking. Putting in a lot of effort, I made connections with some of the staff by the end and was able to go to a few clinics/theatres. The second half of the trip was working with a local Nepali doctor and pharmacist, and other volunteers, to run health clinics in remote villages. This was really interesting and learnt a lot more. The guides became like family and we were welcomed into the villages with incredible Nepali hospitality. We had added stress of COVID, and the team did their best for us! However the trekking between villages was unnecessary due to the infrastructure- so felt I was deceived about this. I would've preferred driving between the clinics, then completely a multi day trek at the end e.g. Poon Hill. On return we learnt that there had been some treatment of the trek guides by the company leads from USA. The money to run the trip was held back, the guides weren't paid on time, and many were let go from the company. It isn't as sustainable and transparent as they made out.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Angelique C wrote a review Jun 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
I took my 15 year old son with me on a TREKT medical mission. It was truly an experience of a lifetime for both of us. Well organized, we helped many people int he villages. The food was amazing! The people were welcoming, organized, and fun!!! I have been on many other medical missions all over the world but this was the absolute best.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Till M wrote a review Jun 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania10 contributions6 helpful votes
I am a nurse from America, and have been lucky enough to participate on several international remote medical volunteer trips, in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Colombia. This was my first time in Nepal, and I was glad that I got to experience the country while trekking to remote villages and providing medical care. My step sister is also a nurse, and had participated with this organization a few years back. The porters/cooks were amazing, we were well fed and had tea/coffee/chocolate in the morning and afternoon, and plentiful local food three meals a day. I don't want to go on about the specifics of my experience, because each team/trek is different. But we all became close and worked well together and had a lot of fun, including with our local Nepali nurses, physician, dentist, and pharmacist. Nights were spent talking, dancing, singing, and yes they enjoyed local raksi (rice wine/moonshine), but not ever drinking myself I never felt uncomfortable or excluded. Our team leader was excellent at explaining what to expect, which in Nepal means: who knows? Don't get me wrong, these are austere conditions, river/waterfall showers, squat toilets, piled into microbuses for hours in traffic and on roads like none anywhere else, and hours of exertion/trekking/packing on the days we hiked between villages uphill through dung and leeches. But it was wonderful, and the company supports the local economies far off the touristy path, and we got to work hard to bring medicine and treatments to very needy communities. Of course, as much as people thanked us, it was a selfish experience in which I gained so much more than I provided. Before and after the trek I got to spend days in Kathmandu and Pokhara, recreational adventure, shopping, seeing all the things I can. Definitely would be honored and excited to trek with them again!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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James M wrote a review May 2019
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Amazing experience provided by Ram and the whole Trek team. Challenging walks and fun filled days and nights. Thanks to all involved for an amazing time. Highly recommend. Thanks James M
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from BKAdventurer, General Manager at TREKT Himalaya
Responded May 17, 2019
Thanks for this review of our volunteer trek Medical Trek Nepal. We love our volunteers - we couldn't do this without you. We will be sure to pass on your kudos to your trek leader Ram and the rest of the team. We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us in Nepal. Thank you for recommending this trek!
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HappyTravels wrote a review May 2019
7 contributions1 helpful vote
Enjoyed my 4 weeks organised in Nepal. The communication prior from the American half of the team was poor but once we arrived we were well looked after. The 2 weeks in the hospital were insightful and practical, whilst the trek was a great test of our knowledge and skill whilst enjoying great hospitality and scenery. Admittedly not the cheapest, but a great experience I won't forget nevertheless.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Response from BKAdventurer, General Manager at TREKT Himalaya
Responded May 17, 2019
Thank you for reviewing Medical Trek Nepal. We love our Medical Trek volunteers and we are so glad you joined us. We will be sure to let Ram and his team know how much you appreciated their service while you are in Nepal. And apologies for not giving you 5 star communication from our USA office. We will be sure to look into anything we could have done to make that better in the future. Thanks again for being part of our Nepal Medical mission!
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