Trekking in any parts of Nepal with the "Himalayan Dynasty" involves activity that is exclusively physical. Moreover, most of the time we are into the wild, in the wilderness where the existence of any medical facility or health posts can be very low or zero. Apart from Altitude Sickness and the life-threatening situation, there are everyday trekking injuries like sprain, strain, cuts, etc. and other mountain ailments like diarrhea, running nose, constipation, etc. that are involved when trekking. Though our Trekking Group Leaders are medically trained and carry a comprehensive medical kit with medication from painkillers to antibiotic yet we are not professional doctors. We use medication to treat some basic altitude ailments – but not treat your personal malady or to prove how responsible we are to guarantee a safe passage all the way to where they are going.
There some basic illnesses and injuries which you can personally treat yourself to which we the Himalayan Dynasty strongly recommend a personal comprehensive (small) medical kit to all trekkers going into the wilderness of Nepal. At the same time, we also recommend everyone to take the necessary precautions and consent from your respective doctors over your prescribed medication and the one that you are thinking of packing for your trip to Nepal. If you are carrying prescribed medication please do carry enough to last the duration of the trek, it is always wise to carry extra in case of emergency.
Below are few recommended medicine that should be in your personal comprehensive medical kit.
- Aspirin (painkiller/flu)
- Advil or Paracetamol (painkiller/flu)
- Ibuprofen or combo of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol (painkiller/flu)
- Diamox 250mg (High Altitude Sickness)
- Throat Lozenges and cough pastilles.
- Blister prevention tapes.
- Bandage – elastic
- Iodine tablets (for water purification)
- Lip balm.
- Sun Cream.
- Antiseptic Cream.
- Rehydration Solution (electrolytes)
- Imodium (Loperamide) – diarrhea
- Knee Support
- Emergency dental kit
- Safety pins
- Scissors – Swiss knife
- Anti-histamine tablets (Allergy)
- Antacid tablets.
- Adhesive tapes / Band-Aid tapes.
- Nail Clippers.
- Sewing Kit (highly recommended).
Most medications are readily available in Kathmandu without precautions. We request all our guests to notify your Group Leaders before taking any of your personal medication to make sure that our medication doesn’t react with your medication and cause any adverse effect. Sometimes the reaction can be life-threatening. As said previously all our group leaders are medically trained and are professional in dealing with any ailments usually trekkers get while in the mountains.