Mountain Medicine: in Nepal with the Himalayan Rescue Association


Leaving behind the white noise of NHS politics to rediscover the art of medicine, London doctor Ian takes you on a hike through the Annapurna region to Manang where he and his wife Tracy spend 3 months working for the HRA. They look after trekkers and locals, unruly teeth and feral dogs. They treat altitude illness and typhoid, nerve agent poisoning and the common cold. They play with helicopters and find new uses for Coke bottles. Immersed in local culture they find out why it’s better to be a crow than a yak, and they get uncomfortably close to the Manang Horse Racing Festival.

In his version of the HRA altitude lecture Ian describes the medical risks of trekking to high altitude, how to detect problems and how to avoid them in the first place.