Himalayan Rescue Association in MANANG
Manang lies at an altitude of 3560m on the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which leads to one of the best known tourist destinations in the world, the Thorong La pass (5416m). Every year more than 15,000 trekkers visit Manang.
The HRA was first established in Pheriche in 1973 (Everest region) and has since 1981 extended its services to Manang.
The HRA recruits volunteer doctors for three months during each trekking season (Spring & Autumn). The doctors provide medical services to trekkers at a reasonable cost which subsidizes medical care to the local Nepali people. They also deliver a daily lecture on altitude sickness to reduce the number of casualties in the Himalayas.
Every year HRA doctors have saved lives of trekkers and porters alike during their stay in Manang. Most trekkers passing through Manang visit the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) Aid post to attend the lecture, before heading for the pass.
The HRA team for Spring 2009 are Dr. Neil Waldman and Dr. Nory Garcia from the USA, Dr. Lara Attard from Malta, Gobi Bashyal from Nepal as medical assistant and interpreter, and Indira Ojha as Cook.
If you have any symptoms at high altitude (above 2500m.) it is altitude sickness untill proven otherwise.
"CLIMB HIGH AND SLEEP LOW"
I wish every trekkers to be safe and have fun, and if anyone wants to know more, log on to www.himalayanrescue.org