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Safety tips for high altitude trekking in Nepal

Trekking is a form of hiking that involves multiple days of long walks, usually on trails or footpaths in the countryside to reach a destination. It can also be termed as an adventure activity that requires certain safety precautions for it to be completed successfully. Please be advised to follow the following guidelines while trekking in Nepal:

  • Stay on the safe side

    • When caravans of Yaks, Naks, Donkeys and Mules or if Himalayan Porters encounter on the trail, please take the mountainside and not the riverside / cliffside. You must also be careful at all times when on such trails and there are no fixed rules for your safety.
  • Prioritize your acclimatization

    • Many trekkers take their day of acclimatization very seriously. Make sure you do the same. The day is to ensure that your body reacts properly to the changing conditions from higher altitudes. The day makes your body use to the thinner air in the mountains and prevents you from any altitude sickness.
  • Stay hydrated

    • Drink plenty of fluids and water to stay hydrated at all times. Drinking water is scarce in remote areas and trekking does not always go according to plan. So stay hydrated and get ready to face all the adventures and thrills that may come your way.
  • Always opt for safer selfies and photographs

    • Selfies in the mountains and trails are very dangerous. If not careful enough it might be fatal to you and your teams. So please be careful at all times when taking a picture and as always be on the safe side.

    • Also never forget to get the locals consent before taking their pictures.

  • Carry proper ‘Travel Insurance’

    • As said earlier, trekking trails are never predictive. Weather conditions here change in a blink of an eye. So make sure you have proper travel insurance if needed be. They really come in handy in these paths.
  • Plan ahead

    • Make sure you begin your day with a proper plan. Ask your guide for the day’s plan and weather conditions. Never travel in a hurry. Please take your time and move ahead only when you are sure enough to be on the safe side.
  • Always travel with your guide

    • Never travel alone. Please be advised to travel with your guides at all times. They are for your own safety. Do not be brave enough to go on a stupid adventure on your own. The hiking trails can be really dangerous.
  • “When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do”

    • Please be advised to follow the local culture and rules when in the community. Respect the local cultures and traditions as well. Do not disrespect the local people, their cultures and traditions, monuments and whatsoever in any way. This is for your own safety.
  • Sleep well & Eat well

    • Your sleep and your food are your only true friends out there. Please be advised to sleep on time for your health to be kept in mint condition. Also try avoiding foods including meat, poultry and alcoholic beverages. We strongly suggest you to rely on a vegetarian diet while in higher altitudes. You may however eat dairy and eggs.
  • Wear appropriate clothes

    • Cold can be fatal. So please use appropriate clothing and a proper beanie cap to keep yourself safe from dry and cold air. We suggest wearing proper gloves and thermal wear as well.
  • Avoid having sex at higher altitudes

    • We strongly suggest you to avoid having sex at higher altitudes as it may be physically demanding in areas with thinner air. This may result in your body being deprived of sufficient supply of oxygen. This may as well be fatal.
  • Get your local currency (NPR) exchanged at Kathmandu

    • Please be advised to have your local currency (NPR) exchanged in the capital. We strongly recommend the same as it may benefit you for a proper exchange rate.
  • Halt in cases of AMS, HACE & HAPE

    • You need to stop and halt your proceedings in any cases of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) & High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). All these conditions are proven to be fatal if not taken seriously. Please be advised of such conditions.

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