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No matter where you travel or plan to travel you must follow some certain rules as a precaution so that your trip becomes more secure and safer. Reading and knowing the way to make your trek safe will help you out on making your trip successful and enjoyable. If you are trekking to the Himalayas of Nepal, you must be prepared for the long hike and you need to have knowledge about symptoms of Altitude sickness and many other problems trekkers have faced while hiking to a higher altitude.
Nepal is a nation which has taken over the thinking of mountaineers, trekkers, and adventure fans for over a century. And every year millions of travelers around the world travel to Nepal for their thrilling adventure and life journey. Nepal has many places where you can hike, explore and understand the mountain life better from your perspectives. You will have a brilliant chance to satisfy local individuals in remote mountain villages and a chance to know about their culture, customs, and lifestyles. You will have the chance to explore mountain beauty and nature on your trek.
Trekking is one of the best ways to see and experience the beauty of nature from up close. Waking past the forest, meeting different people and the pleasure you get after the hardest climb is one of the best feelings in the world. Trekking to Himalayan part of Nepal has so much to offer. Walking past the community of various ethnic group, helps you understand more about the Nepalese culture and tradition. Its the best opportunity to experience the Nepalese life in such an extreme condition. Moreover, it is also the best opportunity to see how God has carefully crafted this paradise. The beautiful terrains, alpine forest, wild landscape, splendid peaks, and pristine lakes, this is where the dream meets reality.
However, trekking in remote areas is not easy. The difficult trekking trails, fewer facilities, and services make it difficult to trek in the rural areas. But if you take certain precautions then your holiday will be worth remembering for life long. Some precautions you need to take while trekking in Nepal is listed below:
- Always begin your trek early i.e. at 7 or maybe 8 am max. Starting early helps you cover more distance and you can have time to enjoy the beauty of Nature.
- Wear warm and comfortable clothes. As Himalayan Region is extremely cold you need to be warm or else, your health will be at risk.
- Always keep your body hydrated. Carry water bottles (camel Bag is recommended) and if possible carry energizer as it will boost up your stamina.
- Keep power bank, torch and other essential kinds of stuff along with you.
- Always carry a first aid kit. You also need to carry iodine/chlorine tablets to purify the water. Also carrying the sunglasses, lip balm, insect repellent, and Diamox (for High-altitude) is best.
- While trekking in Nepal, don't travel alone. It is always better to travel with a guide. If possible hire a trekking company. Do so you will be much safer and enjoy the trip to the fullest.
- As you trek to the high mountain region, taking the appropriate rest days to help with acclimatization will reduce the chance of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).
- If any signs of AMS, HACE or HAPE is seen, do not ascend further. In moderate condition, stay at the same height for 1 - 2 days or descend. In case of severe condition, ask for immediate evacuation and get hospitalized.
- The weather in the higher Himalayans region is unpredictable. So before you begin your trek make sure you check the weather conditions ahead of time. It is better you avoid off-season (June/ July/August). Trekking in those months of the year is difficult because of the rain.
- Always show culturally accepted behavior while trekking in the remote areas of Nepal. You are a guest in the area and it is accepted if you behave like a guest. Always dress decently, do not point others with one finger, always use right hand while receiving or giving something, ask permission before taking photographs, do not smoke, eat or speak loud on religious sites and lastly always go clockwise around temples and stupas.
- In the mountain region of Nepal, foreign currency is not accepted. So you need to carry, Nepalese Currency in order to buy food, shelter and other things.
- Don’t reach out to shake a hand or hug anyone especially the member of the opposite gender. In Nepal hug and handshake is consider not good while greeting someone you have just met. Instead, you should join your hands and greet people with “Namaste”.