What vaccines or medications do I need when traveling to Nepal?
The usual travel vaccines are recommended when traveling to Nepal. These include: Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Up to date boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. For trekking, it's recommended that you bring a broad-spectrum antibiotic for potential stomach or respiratory infections (such as Amoxicillin, Norfloxacin or Ciprofloxacin). It is possible to pick up any of these in pharmacies throughout in Nepal, or you can bring it from home if you prefer. If your trek is going up to high altitudes some people like to take Diamox (Acetazolamide) which helps the body adjust to altitude. If you choose to take Diamox you need to start taking it before you get up to high altitude. Generic Diamox (Acetazolamide) is available in pharmacies around Thamel and other tourist locations in Nepal. If you are traveling to the Terai – the southern, flat, low lying region of Nepal – during the monsoon, you may want to take antimalarial medications. Antimalarial medication is usually not necessary outside the monsoon season, but you may want to discuss it with your health care provider.