Health Tips for Travelers
When visiting Nepal one should be aware of health and safety concerns. Due to the varied climate and weather, taking care of one’s health becomes a top priority. Practicing hygienic habits, making sure food, water, and sanitation of restaurants and tea houses are good, and being aware of one surroundings helps to prevent and ward off illness that may come from traveling to a foreign land.
Stomach issues are one of the more common problems found in Nepal. Most bodies adjust quickly and a mild case of tummy trouble can be waited out without the need for medication. We live in the age of mega-antibiotics, which do a great job clearing up more severe problems (consult with your doctor at home which ones he/she recommends). Certain immunizations are crucial. Most countries have a national board that recommends the proper jabs for all countries based on what is endemic. Your doctor at home can check and administer the proper shots before your departure. Malaria is endemic only in small lowland areas of Nepal (in and either side of the monsoon). Doctor differ on prescribing. Most people are in Nepal without Malarial prophylaxis, and without any problem whatsoever – and that is our recommendation. HOWEVER, your heath is your concern so this is worth a discussion with your doctor.
AMS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
Some degree of altitude sickness may occasionally occur at or around 3,000 m+. Kathmandu Adventure Treks takes great care with altitude acclimatization and all Kathmandu Adventure Treks guides are able to respond quickly to symptoms, healing, immediate rescue and helicopter evacuation (which is best reason for good personal travel insurance) if such instances arise.
The medical infrastructure in Nepal is limited. However, Kathmandu does hold a world renowned tropical diseases and travel medicine clinic. CIEWC CLINIC (http://ciwec-clinic.com) is a private clinic that does take health insurance. It charges western prices for its services, which we would direct (or escort) you to.
FOOD AND DRINKING
On our treks at Kathmandu Adventure Treks we boil or sterilize drinking water. WE DO NOT supply plastic bottled water and do not recommend doing this either. This adheres to the environmental code of discouraging disposable non biodegradable containers in natural settings. All water should be regarded as potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or sterilized. Milk is unpasteurized and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and advised. Avoid dairy products likely to have been made from un-boiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Risk Management Policy
- We choose proper vehicles to take you from one place to another making your travel safe and comfortable.
- We give you proper packing information before pursuing the trek so that your trek becomes smooth. Some of the things are vital to make your trek easier or save you from potential harms such as snowblindness.
- We give you proper information regarding what to do and what not to do prior to the trek. Some of the information will help you bond with locals and enhance your experience. Our guides will instruct you on how to save yourselves from animal attacks, how to behave around animals so that they do not get violent and hurt you etc.
- We always prioritize your safety. If the weather conditions are not right or there are some potential risks. In case of any danger alert we back out from our plan and we only proceed further if things are safe and fine.
- We gather information from past experiences or reliable sources to predict the weather. It minimizes the risk of getting stuck in bad weather conditions
- In case you get stuck with some emergency problems, our guides and other staff members are well trained to handle such situations. They will deal with the situation before it causes you any harm.
- We give you suggestions on what to do and what not according to your personal situations. We check if the foods provided by tea houses are good for you prior to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner time.
- Our guides constantly remind you to drink water to avoid dehydration. They have profound knowledge of the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of local people. So, they help you behave properly according to the situation.
- Our guides will also help you figure out what animals are violent and how to act when you are near them.
- We design itineraries carefully so that you can cope with increasing altitude. We make the plans in such a way that you get enough time to acclimatize and do not get exhausted.
- In case of any emergency or evacuation due to injuries, altitude sickness, etc., our team members in Kathmandu are on standby to help you 24/7.
- We set realistic goals each day to avoid overexertion. Following the itinerary properly, you will get to enjoy trekking without getting exhausted at the end of the day.
- Our guides are very careful about any symptoms of altitude sickness or any other injuries or illnesses. You will be taken care of properly in such situations.
- Our guides are trained to give basic first aid treatments. Minor injuries during the trek will be taken care of properly.
- Sometimes, physical drains can also demotivate you. Our guides will also give you emotional support and keep you motivated.
- According to a recent announcement by the Nepal Tourism Board, starting April 1, 2023,tourists visiting Nepal will be required to hire a licensed guide or porter before trekking through the country’s wilderness. The move has been made to ensure the safety of tourists, as solo trekkers often face insecurities and are at risk of getting lost. This new regulation is expected to have a significant impact on Nepal’s adventure tourism industry, particularly on popular trekking routes such as Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani-Poon Hill, and Langtang Valley, which are frequently visited by solo hikers.
- WITHOUT GUIDE NO SOLO TREK
- According to a recent announcement by the Nepal Tourism Board, starting April 1, 2023, tourists visiting Nepal will be required to hire a licensed guide or porter before trekking through the country’s wilderness. The move has been made to ensure the safety of tourists, as solo trekkers often face insecurities and are at risk of getting lost. This new regulation is expected to have a significant impact on Nepal’s adventure tourism industry, particularly on popular trekking routes such as Annapurna Base Camp, Ghorepani-Poon Hill, and Langtang Valley, which are frequently visited by solo trekkers.