Should you experience any of these symptoms, please, notify your guide. Failure to do so (if altitude is continually gained) could result in the next stage of AMS, which, within a couple of hours, could lead to death, Resting at present level or descending to lower level generally alleviates the problem and you can continue.
Trekking in Nepal is a unique experience; so to get maximum enjoyment you should be physically and mentally prepared. No trek is easy so preparation should commence months before – walking, jogging, hiking (one or two bricks in pack) is helpful.
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), can affect any person, irrespective of age or level of fitness. No training can prevent this illness. Generally, those who trek too fast or gain altitude too quickly are more likely to be affected.
When trekking, “Bistarai” (slowly) is very good advise. Once over 3,000 meters, daily vertical gains of over 500, meters should not be exceeded. Your guide is aware of this so take his advice.
– Loss of appetite
– Persistent headache
– Dizziness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
– Slight swelling of hands and feet
– Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
– Reduced urine.
The company provides a kit bag (for your goods to be carried by porter) and tea
houses have foam mattresses. If you are on camping trek, company provides the
mattresses, tents etc. You may bring your own down jacket and sleeping bag or
you may purchase (one quarter of price in KTM) or hire for around US$ 1 per item daily. Do not come without “well walked in boots” – poor boots, poor trek.
Lightweight walking boots “walked” them in prior to arrival in Nepal to
– During day – light weight cotton pants, shorts, wrap around skirt.
– At night –track top, pants
– Cotton T-shirts.
– Long sleeve cotton shirt, if susceptible to sunburn.
– Sun hat – sunburn is severe at rarefied altitudes.
– Thick outer wooden socks, thin inner cotton
– Vaseline for feet and crutch.
– Water bottle – 2 liters.
– Iodine to purify water
– Sunglasses and strap
– Toilet paper and cig. Lighter, Toilet paper can be bough in Kathmandu and
some villages in the mountains.
– Small headlamp/flashlight /torch with spare batteries.
– Personal medical supplies – do not forget ban – aids, elastic bandage
– Pocket knife and sewing kit
– Sunscreen, sun bock, sun – tan lotion.
– Small daypack – 25 liters.
– Rain jacket – poncho style to cover back pack.
– Water proof pant
– First aid kit
– Small towels
Warm down fiber filled jacket.
– Sleeping bag to –15c with inner sheet
– Thermal underwear, woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
– Flannel shirt
– Beanie with ear flaps
– A pair of gloves
– Snow glasses and strap
– Snow gaiters
Sandals or slip on shoes
– Camera and film
– Spare boot laces
– Large plastic bag to line kit bag, day pack and for dirty clothes
No matter how well treks/tours are organized, the Nepali environment rules supreme. Flights and vehicular travel throughout Nepal are prone to cancellations and delays due to poor weather conditions at only a moment’s notice. When planning you itinerary it is advisable to add extra days. Just in case. Also take with you extra money o cover extra food/accommodation. The trekking company is not responsible for any additional expenses caused by delays.
To fully enjoy you trek/tour you must have a complete medical check well before you depart. Preventive measures – better than treatment. Do not travel without vaccination: Hepatitis, A/B/C, polio, meningitis, tetanus, typhoid. Treatment of any illness outside of Kathmandu is almost non-existent, a basic first aid kit is essential as porters and villagers often seek basic help and also for your use, don’t forget to have a dental check. Altitude can cause loose fillings to fall out, Kathmandu does have some excellent dental facilities, but outside Kathmandu……………..!
This is your responsibility. The trekking company takes no financial responsibility for any delays, cancellation, medical treatment or evacuation; appropriate insurance coverage must include evacuation by helicopter. If no such coverage, the cost is huge.
The company is not liable to refund any money should the agreed trek/tour be
shortened due to injury, illness, non-interest or changed weather/environmental and political conditions. If trek/tour is incomplete there is no refund. If trekker cancels trek after permits, bus/flight tickets and other arrangements etc. have made, a 70% cancellation fee is charged.