Health and Medicine

Trekking in the lap of the Himalayas is a paradise and adventure at the same time. People should have a good fitness level and should be in a good state of mental health to go on a trek in the mountainous region. When you plan for a trek in the Himalayas, you may hope for the best and need to be ready for the worst. You need to take medical kits with enough supplies and medications needed in the trek. It is strongly recommended to go for a check-up and immunization before going on a trek as a precaution.

Pre-existing condition to consider before trekking in Nepal

  • Sickle Cell diseases
  • Risk of increased sickle cell crisis
  • Pregnancy
  • Puts fetus at risk at high altitude
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Increase risk for HAPE
  • Carotid Surgery
  • Difficulty to increase airflow in response to low oxygen at high altitude
  • Congenital Heart problems
  • High risk for HAPE
  • Diabetes
  • Recommended to manage blood sugar level and check readings regularly
  • Chronic Kidney Diseases
  • Hard to maintain fluid and acclimatize to low oxygen
  • Anemia
  • Bad fitness level
  • Epilepsy
  • You need to aware team members of your conditions
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Increase in risk of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • High blood pressure
  • You are recommended to check your blood pressure regularly and take medication regularly

Recommended immunization before trekking in Nepal

  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella
  • Influenza
  • Tetanus
  • Rabies
  • Cholera

Following health problems can occur during trekking

  • Upset Stomach, Constipation due to contaminated food
  • Common cold, sore throats, chest infection in the mountainous region
  • Muscle pains, spams, and joint muscle strains
  • Altitude sickness
  • Eye infection and loss of energy

Recommended medications and trekking first aid kit for trekking in Nepal

  • Antiseptic
  • Moleskin
  • Calamine lotion
  • Pepto-Bismol /Imodium
  • Aspirin
  • Rehydration salts
  • Antibiotic eye drops
  • Decongestant for colds
  • Pain Killer
  • Bandages, Gauze, and tapes
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Water purification tablets
  • Sunblock creams
  • Antacid tablets
  • Diamox

Useful Tips for Trekking

Ideally, you should go hiking between March and May, but you may also go in the fall. Traveling while it is hot and cold might be hazardous, so avoid doing it in the summer or winter. No matter how experienced you are as a hiker, acclimatization needs to be a priority. Altitude sickness may develop day or night, at any time of the year. You should eat and drink as much as your body needs at all times. Equipment selection, clothing selection, and medicine storage all need a high - level of concern when it comes to preparation. When you travel in a group, you have the chance to meet new people and gain knowledge from everyone around you. You are strongly advised to go on a group rather than a solo trek. You need to have a good fitness level so that you could walk uphill and can easily surpass the difficulty level provided by trails in the Himalayas