Officially you do not require any immunizations to enter Nepal, however it’s a good idea to read up on suggested vaccinations and see what feels appropriate for you. In Nepal, one should be careful about getting travelers tummy. The golden rule regarding food is: if you can’t cook it, peel it or boil it, don’t eat it. Water should be bottled or boiled unless one knows the source. For the first days of your trekking use water purifying tablets, but usually the higher you are up in the mountains, the safer it is to drink the local water. Additionally you could bring medication for digestive issues like diarrhea, cold medicine, band aids (not only for blisters), eye drops, disinfection spray for open wounds, pain killers, multiple purpose antibiotics and any other medication you think you might need. There are pharmacies in Nepal where you can buy easily medication over the counter however if you are in the mountains it is good to carry these with you. If you have any issues with your knees it is advised that you bring a bandage and pain relief cream.
Altitude sickness is a common condition were a lot of trekkers suffer while trekking in Nepal in higher altitude as the rate of oxygen is less the higher you go. During trekking in higher altitude it is advised drink plenty of water, eat high carbohydrate meals like Dal Baht and to limit the rate of ascent to prevent high altitude illnesses. Loss of appetite, nausea, insomnia, decreased urination, and tiredness are some of the symptoms of altitude sickness. These symptoms sometimes resemble an alcohol hangover. Anyone experiencing high altitude sickness must either descend or wait for improvement before continuing to go higher. Climb higher sleep lower is the main mantra while ascent during trekking in higher altitude. In these cases, we always advise to listen to your body and the guide’s recommendation because your health & safety priority comes first than anything else.
For trekking in the Nepal, it is strongly advised to have a travel insurance that covers medical expenses & emergency evacuation from high altitude. In case of an emergency the helicopter evacuation can cost you upto $6000 or more than that. If you need to see a doctor, there are plenty of hospitals in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other major cities where you can communicate with the doctors easily. You need to pay for your treatment and medication either in cash or with a credit card. Later you can claim the amount with your insurance provider.
Despite of operating under the strict safety rules and policies of the Government of Nepal, sometimes incidents are inevitable. For example twisted ankle, altitude sickness, loss of belongings etc. Oneals Backpackers Adventure does not provide health & accident insurance for the trip participants. But we always will be there to help and provide you with the best possible options available.
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