When visiting Nepal one should be aware of the health and safety concerns. Due to the varied climate and weather, taking care of one’s health becomes a top priority. Practising good hygiene habits, making sure food, water, and sanitation of restaurants and teahouses are good, and being aware of one surroundings helps to prevent and ward off illness that may come from travelling to a foreign land.
Stomach issues are one of the more common problems found in Nepal. Most bodies adjust quickly and a mild case of tummy trouble can be waited out without the need for medication. We live in the age of mega-antibiotics, which do great job of clearing up more severe problems (consult with your doctor at home which ones he/she recommends). Certain immunisations are crucial. Most countries have a national board that recommends the proper immunisations for all countries based on what is endemic. Your doctor at home can check and administer the proper immunisations before your departure. It is The Himalaya Trekking Company’s recommendation that you consult with your Doctor and get the recommended immunisations before departure.
AMS (ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS)
Some degree of altitude sickness may occasionally occur at or around 3,000m+. The Himalaya Trekking Company takes a great care with altitude acclimatisation and all off The Himalaya Trekking Company guides are able to respond quickly to symptoms. Treatments, rescue and helicopter evacuation whilst rare, are why we recommend good personal travel insurance.
The medical infrastructure in Nepal is limited. However, Kathmandu does hold a world renowned tropical diseases and travel medicine clinic, which we would direct or escort you to. CIEWC CLINIC (http://ciwecclinic.com) is a private clinic that does take health insurance and it charges western prices for their services.
FOOD AND DRINKING
On our treks at The Himalaya Trekking Company we boil or sterilise drinking water. WE DO NOT supply plastic bottled water and do not recommend doing this either. This adheres to the environmental code of discouraging disposable non-biodegradable containers in natural settings. All water should be regarded as potentially contaminated. Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or sterilised. Milk is unpasteurised and should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available and advised. Avoid dairy products likely to have been made from un-boiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.