For those of you new to trekking, you have a wonderful experience in store.Trekking is walking, generally on good trails, usually up and down (sometimes 3,000 feet/900 meters a day), carrying only a day pack, through magnificent scenery.The day starts early – often the bulk of the day’s distance is covered before lunch. Lunch is a hot meal served on the trail by the staff. A shorter afternoon hike brings you to camp or your lodge with time to rest, have a cup of tea, take pictures, make journal notes, and wash up before dinner.
Nepal is not like home. It is exotic, it is wonderful, but it is also different. Remarkable elevation changes, different customs and language, new foods, and the many other mysteries and wonders of travel in Nepal are all conditions you must be physically and mentally prepared for. The itinerary may change and you may meet unknown hardships as well as unexpected pleasures. Come with an open mind and a positive spirit.
For all Nepal treks, you should be in good physical shape. Depending on the trek you finally choose, you should be comfortable hiking seven to twelve miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about ten pounds.
Remember, the better physical condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your trek. The more you can condition by closely simulating the activities of trekking, the better off you will be.Nothing prepares you for hiking like hiking.
Allow at least 3 months for all pre-trip preparations. Some vaccinations need to be taken as a series, so plan early. No Immunization is required for Nepal but the following are recommended. (Consult with your travel clinic)
In our years of experience organizing treks, the following three are the most common illnesses acquired by travelers in Nepal:
The best treatment for the two severe forms of altitude sickness is RAPID DESCENT. Pharmacological treatments include Acetazolamide (Diamox) for both prevention (125mg every 12 hours) and treatment (250mg every 12 hours) of Acute Mountain Sickness, Dexamethasone (4mg every six hours) for High-altitude cerebral edema and Nifedipine (10mg every eight hours) for High-altitude pulmonary edema. But with both HAPE and HACE, immediate descent is required.
All the above medications will be available in our first-aid kit.
“I’ve become a huge fan of probiotics and take two a day when I’m in Nepal and India. No tummy problems since I started doing this.”
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