Are there any health risks in Nepal and what precautions can I take?

Are there any health risks in Nepal and what precautions can I take?

Seek Advice From Your Medical Professional

When you travel to any foreign country, you need to be aware of the health risks. We recommend that you visit your doctor or health professional at least four to six weeks before you fly, to discuss the health risks in Nepal. They’ll let you know if you need any vaccinations or other preventative measures (including for altitude sickness).

In some countries you can find a ‘Travel Doctor’ with special knowledge about health risks when traveling. It’s also worth checking your own Government’s foreign travel advice about travelling to Nepal.

Seek advice about what to take in your first aid kit and keep in mind that food poisoning can occur. So, it’s likely you’ll want something for that! Ice in a drink is often the culprit, so avoid it unless you’re fully confident that it’s safe to drink.

Your health and safety is our top priority, so we’ll do all we can to take great care of you!

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their experience or fitness level. We insist on designing an itinerary that allows enough time for you to acclimatise during your trek. There is a safe limit that we can ascend daily. So, some trekking days will be shorter than others.

It’s important to know the symptoms of altitude sickness so you know what to look out for. It’s also possible to speak to your medical professional about preventative medication. Find more information about altitude sickness in our Complete Guide.

Travel Insurance

Medical treatment is expensive, and scarce in remote areas of Nepal. Trekking can be very challenging and there are several health risks in Nepal that could affect you. That’s why all participants are required to obtain travel insurance that includes coverage for Emergency Medical Evacuation*, Repatriation and Emergency Medical Expenses for the duration of the trip. There are risks associated with trekking in Nepal and we need to be sure that in the event of an emergency, we can take action quickly.

*Your policy should include helicopter evacuation above the highest altitude on your trek (e.g. above 4,130m for Annapurna Base Camp).

We recommend that you organise travel insurance in your home country if possible. It is your responsibility to ensure the policy you buy covers all your requirements, which may include Trip Cancellation Insurance. Also, that you follow the requirements of your insurance provider when making a claim.

Find more information about travel insurance in this FAQ.