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.