Safety tips for trekking in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal is best thing to do while exploring the best of nature and culture around the foothills of grand Himalayas. But there are some important things that you need to know before and while trekking in Nepal. Nepal is considered safe destination to travel but just being aware of few simple things can really get handy and keep you out of trouble. Here are some safety tips for trekking in Nepal:
Trek with registered local trekking agency along licensed guide
Trekking with registered local trekking agency offers wide range of services like certified knowledgeable guides, porters, first aid kits, assistance in communication with locals, arranging trekking permits and most importantly guiding in taking right decision during flight delays and any other emergencies which can be the difference between matter of living and dead. And while choosing your ideal trekking agency do some research about their experience and travelers reviews; don’t just go after cheap price. In this way you will not only be safe while trekking in Nepal, you will also definitely make some Nepali friends along the way.
Travel Insurance is must
The copy of Travel insurance should be submitted to your trekking agency before joining any of treks in Nepal. Please be noted that travel insurance should be managed by the client’s themselves while they are on home country. Please check which perils are covered by your insurance company. Your travel insurance must be according to your trekking package. For example expensive helicopter rescue(costs more than 6000 USD) might be covered in insurance while joining Everest base camp trek and high passes trek but while joining easier and short treks, it might not be as essential. Therefore, travel insurance ensures your safety in every condition and rescue operation helping you focus on enjoying the trip.
Understanding altitude sickness
While trekking in Nepal, first of all you must know your itinerary in detail, how much elevation you will be gaining, your health and physical conditions etc. If you have never been crossed altitude 3000m and above then you might get common symptoms like mild headache, nausea, difficulty in breathing due to thin air and lack of oxygen. Ascending too fast may be the reason. It is common and can be prevented or diagnosed in simple ways. Drinking plenty of water (H2O helps circulating oxygen in your body), ascending slowly with proper acclimatization (acclimatization helps your body to adapt with current surroundings), dress properly with synthetic under garments and down jacket for avoiding hypothermia, descend to lower altitudes and consult medical assistance if case worsens are the best ways to prevent altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness (AMS).
These are some of the basic safety tips for trekking in Nepal. Stay safe, keep trekking!