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Register for the trek!

Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the first summit of Everest in 1953 with the trip of a lifetime.  Trek to Everest Base Camp for an immersive Wilderness First Responder course!  

If you work or recreate in the outdoors or in other austere environments where access to medical care is delayed or communication is unreliable, our Wilderness First Responder course is for you! It is the industry standard for professional guides, trip leaders, search and rescue team members, outdoor recreationists, and international travelers.  ​Upon completion, you will be able to conduct a thorough physical exam, obtain a patient history, assess vital signs, provide emergency care in the wilderness, and make crucial evacuation decisions.


Along the journey, enjoy the villages of the Khumbu Valley staying in Tea Houses while completing classes, visiting local clinics, sharing meals with local Sherpa, joining in a Sherpa Dance, and visiting the Khumbu Climbing Center.  The trek and Wilderness First Responder will conclude with 2 days at Everest Base Camp.  Climb Lobuche Peak before flying back to Kathmandu via Helicopter.  Come a few days early and enjoy time in Kathmandu enjoying the trekkers' hotspot of Thamel, Durbar Square, and the local Stupas.

This Trek is organized and led by Kaitu Expedition, a veteran operator on many 8,000m peaks led by Dr. Nima Sherpa.  Idaho Rescue Training and NOLS Wilderness Medicine are joining the trek to teach the Wilderness First Responder portion of the course.  Kaitu Expedition will have many experienced Nepali trekking guides, climbing guides, base camp staff, and porters as we travel to the Kaitu Expedition Everest Base camp.

Not a climber?  No worries, the Lobuche climb is optional.  Enjoy a rest day in Periche or a day at Lobuche High Camp.



Trip Details

8-29 April 2023

  • USD $4900 per person (India Rs.400000)

    • Includes all meals, lodging, and flights during trek

  • Climb Lobuche East for an additionaUSD $600 (Rs.49000)

  • Register by April 1

  • Trek and climb led by Kaitu Expedition staff

  • WFR taught in English by NOLS Wilderness Medicine Staff

  • Max 24 students

  • Minimum age of 18 by 9 April 2023

Links & Downloads

NOLS Course Information page

COVID-19 Disclosure

WFR Course Overview

Student Agreement

Learn more about NOLS Wilderness Medicine

Learn more about NOLS WFR Courses

NOLS Wilderness Medicine Policies

Essential Eligibility Requirements

College Credits & CEU's

Approved for 3 College Credits

Approved for 70 Hours of EMT CEU Hours

EMT to Wilderness EMT Upgrade

Upon completion, NR-EMTs (all levels) will receive a
Wilderness EMT Certification in addition to 70 CAPCE CEU's.

Learning & Trekking Integration

In addition to trekking to Everest Base Camp, we will stay in several villages along the route to complete a NOLS Wilderness First Responder.  We will also have cultural and possible visits to local medical clinics, Everest ER, and training centers.

Participants will carry a light day pack while trekking and porters will support the trek by carrying up to 20kg (44lbs) per participant in additional personal gear.  More information is in the personal gear list.


8 April
Day 0 or earlier: International Arrival in KTM by 8 April 2023
KTM Hotel
9 April
Day 1: Preparation Day in KTM, Group briefing, Equipment checking & Official Formalities, WFR Class
KTM Hotel
10 April
Day 2: Fly to Lukla 2800M and trek 4 hrs to Phakding 2640M
11 April
Day 3: Trek 5-6 hrs to Namche Village 3446M
12-14 April
Day 4-6: Trek for 2 hrs to Khumjung Village, interactive visit with Hillary School and Khunde Hospital. Evening program with local Sherpas including shared meal and Sherpa dance. Khumjung WFR Class
15-18 April
Day 7-10: Trek 4 hrs to Phortse Village 3840M, visit Alex Lowe Foundation, Kumbu Climbing Center, WFR Class
19-20 April
Day 11-12: Trek 5 hours to Dingboche 4300m, WFR Class
21 April
Day 13: Trek 4-5 hrs to Lobuche Village 4900m
22 April
Day 14: Trek 3 hours to Gorakshep 5100m and hike 3 hours to Kalipather for Sunset
23-24 April
Day 15-16: Trek 2 hours to Everest Base Camp, WFR Class
Tent at EBC
25-26 April
Day 17-18: Trek 6-8 hrs to Lobuche High Camp 5400m, then Climb High Camp to Lobuche East Summit 6119m and back to Pheriche 6-8 hrs OR Rest Days in Pheriche
27 April
Day 19: Fly via Helicopter from Pheriche to Kathmandu
KTM Hotel
28 April
Day 20: Reserve Day
KTM Hotel
29 April
Day 21: Earliest Scheduled International Departure 29 April 2023

Questions?  Contact us!


  • All travel, meals, & lodging, including:

    • Ground transfer to your hotel from KTM airport

    • Lodging at a Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu beginning April 8 and after return through April 29

    • Flight to/from Kathmandu to Lukla 

    • Lodging in Tea Houses along the trekking route

    • Lodging in Expedition tents at Everest Base Camp

  • All necessary staff & porters

  • All necessary trekking & climbing permits

  • Welcome & Farewell dinners in Kathmandu

  • All required permits

  • ​NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Responder Course including Epinephrine Injection and CPR/AED for Adults, Children, & Infants

  • All required course equipment & textbooks

What is not included

  • Meals & lodging in Kathmandu before April 8 and after April 29

  • Travel into Kathmandu​​

  • Local activities in Kathmandu​

  • Nepal Entrance Visa

  • Personal Gear

  • Any additional activities in Nepal

  • Optional Lobuche Climb

  • Tips for guides, porters, and support staff ($200)

  • Extras on the trail and in Kathmandu (coffee, tea, beer, etc.)

  • Required Rescue Insurance


  • Kaitu Expedition is leading the trek & Lobuche Climb.  Kaitu Staff will care for all medical emergencies and evacuations during this trek and course.  Idaho Rescue Training and NOLS are present to teach the WFR curriculum.

  • All Credit Card payments will include a 3% fee.  Participants can also pay by check or wire transfer to Idaho Rescue Training or Kaitu Expedition.

  • All participants are required to provide proof of personal rescue insurance through Global Rescue.

  • Gratuity for Kaitu Expedition staff is not included in the cost and is required of participants.

  • Payment is refundable with a USD$500 fee up to 15 March 2023

  • Beginning 15 March 2023, a USD$1,100 fee will be retained if you need to cancel your reservation.

  • If a student needs to leave the course after it has started, their registration fee is retained.

  • Full Payment is due by 1 April 2023.

  • Students may purchase Tuition Protection Plan with Travel Insurance through MDM Group.

Trek & Course Partners

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Dr. Nima Namgyal Sherpa is an internationally certified expedition doctor, rescuer and mountaineer by profession. Born and raised in the Khumbu Valley and the mountains with love and respect for nature and adventure, he pursued his career in outdoor adventure.


He has been on many treks and expeditions with successful summit of Mt Everest, Manaslu, Amadablam, Denali to name a few and have been featured on Discovery Channel, National Geography Channel, Channel Ten, HBO and many International medias for his work. He is also an outdoor educator and wilderness medicine instructor and also a founder of Himalayan Medics in Nepal.


Paul Holle grew up in the Colorado Rockies before landing in Idaho by way of a few other mountain ranges and some flat states.  After completing his first WFR with NOLS on a student semester in 2003, he began teaching rescue in 2004 with Red Cross Lifeguarding and the American Heart Association, completed his NR-EMTB (and WEMT) in Stanley, Idaho in 2009, began teaching for NOLS in 2010, and teaching in Nepal in 2016.

Paul founded Idaho Rescue Training in 2014 to host NOLS Wilderness Medicine classes and now hosts 30+ classes across 4 states and 2 countries each year.  When not trekking in Nepal or climbing a volcano in the Cascade Mountains, he enjoys the whitewater of Idaho and local treks with his family, including boys ages 4 & 1.

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