Information for trekkers

5 Things you need to know and do before teahouse trekking in Nepal.

  1. Get Medical/Evacuation Insurance

    We recommend that you have insurance covering helicopter evacuation if necessary. Keep in mind that some travel insurance companies require you to pay for supplementary “adventure sports rider” insurance to cover trekking. Many treks take place in remote places that are inaccessible to vehicles. While we do everything possible to ensure our clients will have safe trips, with itineraries are designed to provide adequate acclimatization, accidents do happen and people react differently to altitude. In the case of altitude sickness, the only guaranteed cure is to descend to lower elevation immediately. Below are a couple options for reasonably priced trip and medical insurance:

    Get a Travel Insurance Quote through World Nomad
    Covers hiking/trekking up to 6000 m under standard plan.

    Quote/Purchase Patriot Travel Medical Insurance® through IMG
    Requires Adventure sports rider

    Choose medical evacuation coverage through Travel Guard (AIG).

  2. Get in Shape (Fitness)

    Trekking is a physically demanding activity, although well within the capability of those in average physical fitness. Many people make their first trek in the high Himalayas, so there is no need to be intimidated. With that in mind, it is important you listen to your body and do not overexert yourself especially with respect to altitude. If you are not use to walking or hiking regularly then it is recommended that you prepare by doing some extra walking or hiking before arriving in Nepal.

  3. Know the symptoms of Altitude Sickness

    It is very important to be aware of symptoms of altitude sickness. For most people, a headache is the first symptom that occurs at high altitude. Loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness, light headedness, and trouble sleeping are all common effects of altitude sickness. While many people have a few mild symptoms especially at night, make sure you keep your guide informed to your situation. If your symptoms get worse or you do not feel better in the morning, then the only safe option is to descend. Taking Diamox can help you adjust to altitude faster when taken prophylactically, but it is not an alternative to descending once you have altitude sickness. A good review of altitude sickness can be found at: www.altitude.org

  4. Bring enough cash

    Please ensure you have enough cash in local currency to last the entire trek. It is also advisable to a portion of your cash in smaller denomination notes since getting change is often a problem in remote regions. You should have at least the equivalent of $25 a day for food and lodging. If you plan to drink beer or other beverages it will be more. Extra money for snacks and of course sufficient money to properly tip your guide and porter if you have hired one.

  5. Bring the right equipment

    Having the right (and not too much) equipment is critical to enjoying your trek. Below we’ve put together some guidelines on clothing and other equipment that many people find useful when trekking in the Himalaya.