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Health and Safety

Trekking in the Everest is a rewarding and unforgettable experience. However, it is important to keep your safety in mind. Weather conditions can change any moment and in case of an accident, medical help is not always easily available. Have a look below for some guidelines and tips on health & safety during your trip. Keeping those in mind will also help you to enjoy your trip more!

 

Preparation

• Read about the destination you are going to and make sure you know the details of your trek.
• Make sure you have proper clothing for all weather conditions (warm clothes, rain gear and hat, scarf and gloves).
• Make sure you have the necessary (mountain) equipment suitable for the specific terrain.
• Be prepared for challenging weather conditions, especially if you go trekking in high altitude areas (above 3,000 m/10,000 ft). “Wind chill”, the combined effects of high winds and cold air, can dramatically lower the body temperature. This is dangerous and potentially fatal. It is therefore very important to be properly equipped when walking high up in the mountains in bad weather.
• If you go trekking in altitudes above 3,000 m (10,000 ft), inform yourself about altitude sickness.
• Make sure someone knows your trekking itinerary and when you are supposed to be back from your trek.
• Make sure you are properly insured and take your insurance details with you, including emergency numbers. Share your insurance copy with your travel company
• While buying a Travel Insurance for Nepal, you got to be sure about the Insurance policy that covers the mountainous regions, rescue cost, evacuation, and others activities depending on your preferences.
• Carry a whistle with you (if you get lost, it is easier to get attention with a whistle).

 

While Trekking in Everest

• Never walk alone, go with a guide, friend or porter.
• Always carry warm clothes and rain gear with you
• Always carry a first aid kid with you
• Always carry enough water and snacks; make sure you know when you can restock/refill your water
• Always carry a torch (and spare batteries) with you
• Personal hygiene is important in order not to get sick: always wash your hands after using the toilet and before eating (if no water and soap is available, use disinfecting gel)
• If possible, try to get information about the weather forecast
• You will regularly encounter (caravans of) mules or yaks during your treks in the Himalaya: stay on the mountain side while you wait for them to pass and don’t go to close to the ridge.
• The animals usually carry heavy and wide loads and they might kick you off the mountain if you don’t watch out!
• In warm weather, the principle hazards are sunburn, windburn and dehydration. Sunhats, sun cream, and ample water can prevent serious sunburn or heatstroke.
• Make sure you have a map and compass and/or GPS and know how to use it (especially if you go without a porter/guide)
• Don’t take unnecessary risks by taking overly long or difficult routes
• As far as possible register yourself in the guesthouse/homestay where you stay