Travel Health Guide

In Nepal, health services are provided by both the public and private sectors. Although the involvement of both sectors in health; the health service in Nepal are inadequate. The large hospital and clinics providing all kinds of medicines, and advanced health services are centralized in Kathmandu. In the rural part of Nepal, the government has set up a small health post that provides simple health services such as preventive, promotive, and curative services. Because of the limited health service, in case of a health crisis or emergency, one may have to be evacuated to Kathmandu.  So, before you venture to this exotic land filled with deep gorges and towering mountains, vibrant culture, and charismatic people, it is important to be prepared for your Nepal travel plans before you leave. Some of the useful tips that you need to know before you wonder about the serenity of Nepalese mountains are given below:

Useful Tips

  • A travel insurance policy that covers medical treatment is recommended for all tourists.
  • Similarly, we recommend you need to make sure that the insurance covers activities such as trekking, rafting, etc. that you will be undertaking 0during your stay in Nepal
  • Getting special vaccinations is not necessary when visiting Nepal.
  • We still recommend that you consult with your physician regarding special immunization against any tropical disease.
  • It may be a good idea to get a complete check-up before departure.
  • We recommend that you undertake training programs to be physically fit if you plan to go high-altitude trekking or mountaineering when you are visiting Nepal.
  • Please read up on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhea, Giardia, Dysentery, Cholera, Hepatitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Diphtheria,  Malaria, and HIV/ AIDS. Information and little precautions can often save lives.
  • Always make sure that your water is clean by opting for boiled and then cooled water, treated water, or sealed water.
  • Always carry a bottle of water when trekking or venturing off away from the city/ town.
  • Do not walk bare feet on damp mud and grass in unknown areas.
  • Please do not swim in lakes and water bodies, especially where depth and vegetation are not known.
  • Please have a handy medical first aid kit ready for any situation.

Medical Kit

While you travel to Nepal, it is better to carry a small medical kit. Carrying a medical kit, while you wander on the ruler and off the beaten tracks can be very helpful. Carrying the simple medical kit helps to prevent major medical crises or emergencies you may have to face while traveling through Nepal. Below is the recommended list of medicines that need to be included in your medical kit.

  • Lip Salve (chapstick, Blistex, or glacier cream)
  • Foot power
  • Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
  • Moleskin or other blister pads
  • Elastic (Ace) bandage
  • Antiseptic
  • Aspirin
  • Throat lozenges or cough drops
  • Decongestant tablets
  • Iodine-small bottle for water purification
  • Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
  • Bacterium or other diarrhea remedies
  • Thermometer
  • Antibiotic eye drop
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen)
  • Azithromycin
  • Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
  • Decongestant (Actifed)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • Hydrocortisone 1%
  • Loperamide (Imodium)
  • Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
  • Paracetamol
  • Painkiller
  • Promethazine (Phenergan)
  • Ranitidine
  • Rehydration Salts
  • Tinidazole
  • Suntan lotion or sun-block cream