The Everest region is one of the most famous places in Nepal and across the world, mainly due to the majestic Mt. Everest being the world’s tallest mountain standing at the height of 8,848m. The Everest regions are one of the most famous trekking trails in Nepal, where you can find tourists from different corners of the world, making this pilgrimage.
The Everest region takes you through the majestic Khumbu region where you can get a magnanimous view of mountains such as Cho Oyu (8201m), Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8516m), Makalu (8481m), Nuptse (7861m), Amadablam (6812m) and Pumori (7161m). This trek provides the experience of culture and tradition of the friendly Sherpas, explore the Sherpa Museum, their colorful monasteries such as the Tengboche Monastery – the largest monastery in the Khumbu region, visit the Sagarmatha National Park and of course climb to the base of Mt. Everest – the highest peak in the world.
The Everest Base Camp trek is categorized as having a moderate level of difficulty. The individual just needs to have an above-average fitness level to make this trek. Upon any health issues there are health facilities in the Everest region for basic care and for intensive care, travelers have to bring to Kathmandu.
Health care facilities in the Everest region
The health care facilities in the Everest region are fully equipped with modern technology, and professional doctors, especially in the Kunde Hospital, which was first was one of the first hospitals built in this region in 1966 with the assistance of Sir Edmund Hillary himself. Before this hospital was built, the local Sherpas living in this area mostly depended on allopathic medicine and amchi’s, who are practitioners of Tibetan medicine. Due to this trail being one of the most visited treks in Nepal, there are many healthcare facilities and hospitals in the region. Some of the famous hospitals, along with their facilities, have been discussed below.
1. Kunde Hospital
Kunde Hospital is located in Kunde at the Khumbu district of Nepal. It is situated at an altitude of 3,840m and serves more than 8,000 people that inhabit this region. This hospital is one of the most famous in the Everest region because it was founded by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1966. The hospital was initially run by volunteers overseas, but since 2002 it has been staffed by the local people.
This hospital provides inpatient and outpatient services, OPD services, and other services required by the locals living in the region. This hospital also has several smaller service centers along with the trail and Solukhumbu villages, which provides first aid services to the trekkers.
2. Pasang Lhamu – Nicole Niquille Hospital
The Pasang Lhamu – Nicole Niquille Hospital is located in Lukla at the height of 2,800m and is also known as the Lukla Hospital. This hospital is one of the most prestigious hospitals in the region in terms of the modern services it provides and is managed by a non-profit, social, and non-governmental organization i.e., the Pasang Lhamu Mountaineering Foundation.
The facilities provided by this hospital includes inpatient and outpatient services, specialists in altitude sickness, X-rays, dental healthcare, eye clinic, first aid services, and maternity care. This hospital is fully staffed with highly trained and professional locals living in the area.
3. Phaplu Hospital
Phaplu Hospital is located in the Solu Dudhkunda municipality, which is situated in the southern region of the Solukhumbu district, which is one of the more densely populated areas in this area. This hospital was also the venture of volunteers from overseas, mainly from New Zealand, and it used to be staffed by volunteers doctors and paramedical staff from New Zealand. In 1985, the Phaplu Hospital came under the Nepal government’s control and hence was made the district hospital for the Solukhumbu district.
The facilities provided by this hospital are inpatient and outpatient services, emergency services in case of critical accidents, immunization services, first kit aids, OPD services, and maternity services.
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