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Asia Travel Guide



Challenging Trek Grade
This grade is suitable for people with very high levels of fitness and previous
mountaineering experience is recommended. You should consider basic preparation
and training. Mountaineering and glacial travel is unavoidable and elevation could be up
to 7,000 meters. Sometimes, the use of fixed ropes will be unavoidable during
technical ascent and descent.
Below, you will find infographics of trek grade.

Being ill at high altitude on a trek can really spoil your karma! You have to pay close
attention to your personal hygiene. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is another risk
factor associated with high altitude trekking in Nepal. To stay healthy during your trip,
honor the tips below:

  • Use hand sanitizers before eating, after going to the toilet and even beforebrushing your teeth!

  • Never lick your fingers at the same time as eating food

  • If you are using a water pouch, ensure the nozzle never touches the ground

  • When sneezing, cover your mouth with your elbow and not with your handSanitize your hands after visiting a home, museum, changing money or meetingand greeting the locals

  • Avoid drinking unpurified water and don’t consume ice from the glacier!

  • Make sure your clothing, belt and bootlaces don’t touch the ground while usingcommunal Asian squat toilets

  • Follow basic preventive rules of acute mountain sickness i.e. trek high sleep low,allocate a day for acclimatization after each 1,000 meter gain in elevation, drinkadequate water and avoid ascending rapidly!

Whether you are travelling independently or in an organized group, you can use this
packing list as a guideline for what to take. You do need to pack carefully, otherwise
your pack will be too heavy for you, or your porter, to handle.
For safety, you need to be prepared for the worst. Mountain weather can be
unpredictable and conditions can be harsh, so it is better to take more layers of clothes
than to be cold.

Back to 2015, we had operated a Kanchenjunga Trek for the John and Nancy Coppock.
John and Nancy have itchy feet and they travel the world. They are worldwide travelers
and now clients of Magical Nepal. Check the packing list for trekking in the Nepal
infographic, which was kindly provided by them.

Still not sure? Download this packing list for trekking in nepal.
Also, do not forget to include a trekking map. You can buy a laminated map at any trek
here in Thamel and the damage will be less than five American dollars! In the meantime,
check our collection of trekking map.

Mountains are unpredictable! Trekking in Nepal itself is an adventure and there are
several risk factors along the trip. High altitude sickness, diarrhea and dysentery are the
major problems trekkers are facing. To prevent diarrhea and dysentery, you have to
pay close attention to your personal hygiene and follow some tips for staying healthy.
Human bodies need oxygen to function properly and, the higher you go, the less
oxygen. Acute mountain sickness is the result of less oxygen present in the air. AMS
can result in High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema
(HACE). If severe, immediate evacuation to proper medical facilities is required.
Certain trekking trails in Nepal are rough, rocky and exposed. They are prone to
landslides during monsoon and avalanches in late winter! The earthquake in April 2015
triggered an avalanche in Langtang, devastating the entire village. More than two
hundred and fifty trekkers were reported missing, probably buried beneath the rubble.

Nepal’s worst trekking disaster occurred in central Nepal in October 2014! This is known
as the Nepal Snowstorm Disaster, where a snowstorm and a series of avalanches
occurred on and around Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Both proper travel insurance and coordination are important and having a trekking
guide with you could be handy. The first calls for international assistance were raised by
the Israeli Embassy in Kathmandu, after a trapped tourist sent a hand-written note from
the top of the pass via a local guide who descended the mountain. Whiteout resulted in
deaths of at least forty-three people. Annapurna Circuit is considered an entry level trek
and most of those who attempt this circuit have little or no bad experiences. Most of the
hikers caught by the snowstorm appeared to be young backpackers with limited winter
gear. The Guardian wrote that officials in Nepal blamed budget tourists, who tried to
save money by not hiring a guide to cross a high mountain pass.

Good luck and enjoy your trip in Nepal

COPYRIGHT: From Trekking in Nepal: a Complete Independent Guide

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