Himalayan Medicine

Exploring Health in Urban and Rural India


  Our last night in Dehradun was Jan 13, which happened to be the same night as Lohri, a Punjabi festival. Once again, Mayank, our wonderful CFHI coordinator, had a connection and scored us an invitation to a Lohri celebration.... Continue Reading →


The Medical Landscape – a viewpoint from the streets of Dehradun

If you were to hop onto the nearest vikram and go for a ride down one of the streets of a Dehradun you would find yourself driving past a chemist shop (pharmacy) on every corner, a mixture of doctors practicing... Continue Reading →

A Visit to the Doctor’s Office

On our second day of the rotation, we had the pleasure of going to City Heart Hospital founded by Dr. Sanjay Gandhi for an evening clinic. Now, I want you to stop and take a moment to consider the mental... Continue Reading →

A walk around town – life in Dehradun 

Dehradun is a small-medium sized city of five hundred sixty thousand located in the state of Uttarakhand in the northeast of India near the Himalayas. According to our local contacts the city has undergone a massive and rapid expansion in... Continue Reading →

Arriving in Delhi – a glimpse of India

After an exciting but exhausting 2 weeks in Nepal, it was finally time for us to go to India to begin our medical rotation! Given our track record with public transportation on this journey, it will come as no surprise... Continue Reading →

Upwards towards Tengboche and Dengboche

Day 4 would take us from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3867m). The day was clear and beautiful, without a cloud in the sky - a much needed reprieved from our two previous days of gloomy grey cloudiness. We set off... Continue Reading →

Descending and New Years in Lukla

Waking up the next morning, still riding the high from base camp the day prior, we set out down the mountain and to meet up with out friends. The usual plan for getting off the mountain is to take 3... Continue Reading →

Base Camp and Kala Pathar 

Finally! Today was the day we had been waiting for. To come all this way and finally be able to check the box next to "Everest base camp" off my bucket list. We began with an early start to the... Continue Reading →

Lobuche and the Pyramid in the Khumbu

Day 7 began with a nice casual walk to the town of Thukla (or Dughla depending on which map you look at) where we had a light lunch before beginning the uphill climb to Lobuche. After a steady hour or... Continue Reading →

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