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Purna answered all our questions, took an active interest in our respective well beings and was excellent company whilst trekking.
George Pitt (UK) Kopra Ridge

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What happens if I get sick in Nepal?

There is always some risk of getting sick when travelling in a developing country and even more so when trekking at high altitude when personal hygiene is less easily managed and the lower oxygen levels reduces everyone’s resistance to fight infections. Although having said this on the vast majority of our trips there are no issues with sickness as we allow sufficient time for acclimatisation to the high altitude and most people follow our guidelines regarding health and hygiene.

If you are in Kathmandu then there are a number of good clinics and hospitals we can take you for treatment. However when trekking in remote areas there will be only very basic medical facilities available (or none at all) so it is for that reason we bring along a comprehensive expedition medical kit with each group. In most cases we can treat in the field with our medical kit, the most common are mild altitude sickness or traveller’s diarrhea. For more serious illness or accidents then we would arrange a helicopter evacuation back to Kathmandu for treatment therefore it is essential you have trekking insurance that covers rescue as the current flying rate is US$2,800 per flying hour.

In Everest and Annapurna regions there are western trained doctors at Himalayan Rescue Association ("HRA") health posts at Pheriche and Manang. You can visit HRA for a consultation with one of their doctors if required. 

 

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