Nepal Mountains Treking
A small Nepalese trekking enterprise that provides personal service
Each person in your group should read extensively on Altitude sickness. Become familiar with the symptoms for they should not be ignored. Trekkers who keep to a conservative ascending schedule and drink plenty of fluids should acclimatize fine. If anyone in your party begins to experience symptoms of AMS, they should not ascend further. If no improvement is seen then descending to a lower altitude is the only option. Each person has a slightly difference tolerance of Altitude sickness and your Guide has been trained to help prevent and to recognize symptoms when it does occur. Additionally, your Guide has been trained in basic first aidwill have a First Aid kit. Trekking by yourself and depending on self-administered doses of Diamox is NOT RECOMENDED, and in fact dangerous.
Water & Food Contamination
You must be careful what you eat and drink. Your Nepal Mountains Guide has been trained to assist you in understanding basic “dos and don’ts”. NEVER drink water from the open environment and make sure that all food has been well cooked or purchased from a restaurant that specializes in accommodating tourists. Pick up some antibiotics for stomach infections while at the pharmacy, getting a script for bacterial and a script for amoebic infections is recommended. Luckily pharmaceuticals are cheap in Nepal!
For drinking water, the best practice is to treat all water as being contaminated, including water in the cities. Although bottled water is often available, the disposal of the plastic bottles is a serious problem with no easy solution. The main two options for trekkers are to purchase bottled water along the trail or bring your own water purifiers. If possible, do not buy bottled water on the trek as there are no rubbish disposal systems on the trek. It is less expensive and better for the environment to treat your own water. Chlorination and iodine tablets are available in the main cities. You can also use a filter with a ceramic cartridge or a UV treatment system such as a Steripen which should remove anything 1 micron in size or larger. You might want to combine two of these systems just to make sure you have made the water completely safe. Use treated water for drinking and for brushing your teeth.
Always carry a head torch, water, some food, and the helicopter evacuation number (on Trekking Profile) in case of emergencies. Nepal Mountains will also get this information from you prior to departing Kathmanduu. People have gotten lost and have died while trekking in Nepal and the best way to avoid danger is trek with a trained guide, stay with your guide, and follow several basic rules.
Before the departure check that your travel insurance covers trekking activities and the conditions, and will evacuate you if necessary. Be aware that some insurance companies view even walking in the mountains as "mountaineering" and will not provide coverage. You may have to shop around. Nepal Mountains will require proof of rescue insurance before you start on your trek. It would be very costly to pay a helicopter rescue at 5000 meters and most helicopter evacuation companies refuse to evacuate trekkers without insurance or payment in advance.