Sometimes the tiniest things can make all the difference in the world, as Dean Cardinale found out when a toothache nearly de-railed his Everest plans. If it hadn’t been for Canadian-trained dentist Nawang Sherpa and the Namche Dental Clinic – the highest dental clinic in the world, and the only one in the entire Khumbu Valley – he would likely have had to give up summiting that season.
Nawang Sherpa fixed Dean’s severe toothache, allowing him to return to the mountain for a successful summit bid. The importance of Namche Dental Clinic was immediately clear, and when World Wide Trekking began running trips to Everest Base Camp we resolved to do something through Human Outreach Project to give back. WWTrek formed a relationship with a local dental supplier, Ultradent, to bring much needed supplies to the clinic. We have been guiding 2-3 trips to Everest base camp every year for over 10 years, and each time, we load up our bags and our Yaks with over 100 lbs of dental supplies. Recently, we partnered with Rays of Joy to equip the clinic with two solar panels.
Namche Dental Clinic
Over 15,000 people who are served by the clinic
Re-building after recent earthquake
Modernized facilities, including solar panels
We provide over 200 lbs of essential dental supplies every year
Namche Dental Clinic is now completely rebuilt after a 2015 earthquake caused extensive damage
Namche Dental Clinic now has two solar panels, a Yeti 1250 portable power pack, and nine solar powered lights
In October 2017, HOP will deliver another load of supplies to Namche Dental Clinic as part of a World Wide Trekking trip to Everest Base Camp.
World Wide Trekking leads trips to Everest Base Camp multiple times each year. Namche is a crucial point of support and services along our route, as well as for the entire Khumbu Valley. We will continue to deliver dental supplies to the clinic each time we pass through, as well as look for other ways that we can support the community.