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High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment

High altitude sickness Prevention and Treatment

For people who are not accustomed to living in high altitude environments, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness is a common occurrence when traveling to sites with elevations of approximately 8,000 feet (2,400 meters above sea level) and above. This means popular destinations like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Makalu Base Camp, and other high altitude sites present a risk of AMS for hikers, skiers, and adventurers. Especially because these locations are usually remote, it’s important to be able to recognize and identify the symptoms of AMS and how to deal with them.

What to Watch Out For Altitude Sickness

AMS is caused by a lack of oxygen to the body and decreased air pressure which can be experienced during skiing, mountain trekking, or flying when the body does not have enough time to adapt to the change, or too much energy is exerted. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including:

  • dizziness, nausea, and/or vomiting
  • headaches and muscle aches
  • loss of appetite, irritability
  • swelling in feet, hands, and face
  • shortage of breath
  • increased heartbeat severe cases include coughing, chest congestion, skin discoloration, and loss of balance and ability to walk

These cases can lead to damage in the cardiovascular as well and muscular and nervous systems, and should be dealt with on an urgent basis; worst case scenarios can result in a coma or death. Less severe cases should also be dealt with immediately before they can progress.

Treatment of High Altitude Sickness

In non-severe cases, AMS can be resolved by descending to a lower altitude, hydrating with water, and taking time to rest between activity and before ascending to a higher altitude. Symptoms can take from a few hours to a few days to subside. If there is swelling in the brain and fluid on the lungs, however, oxygen may be administered. Patients may also be prescribed a range of medication including acetazolamide to aid breathing, dexamethasone to reduce swelling in the brain, aspirin for headache relief, and blood pressure medicine.

Prevention of High Altitude Sickness

Fortunately, most people can prevent the onset of AMS with some conscientious planning. This includes ensuring good physical health before exposure to high altitudes (such as assurance of no serious health conditions and reasonable fitness levels). Doctors can prescribe acetazolamide to be taken before climbing, and trekkers can also plan their route accordingly to allow for gradual ascent and days of rest (usually done in 2,000 ft intervals).

Keeping hydrated, carrying oxygen when ascending above 9,000 ft, eating regular, high-carbohydrate meals and avoiding unnecessary exertion (and allowing for plenty of rest) will also help prevent AMS.

Take Note If Altitude Sicknes

You suffer from heart and lung disease. Your cardiovascular system will experience strain under high altitudes. Additionally, if you are taking medications that lower breathing rates like narcotic pain relievers, tranquilizers, and sleeping pills, consult the doctor before climbing to high altitudes.

People who suffer from anemia should also consider taking iron supplements before trekking to high altitudes. Low red blood cell counts means less oxygen in the blood, which will be extenuated by high climbs.

Like any illness, AMS can be prevented and treating accordingly with conscientious planning and an acute awareness of its symptoms, and sufficient access to the right resources for treatment.

Father's Day celebration in Nepal...

According to Hindu Mythology, Fathers are considered as the God. They are teacher, Care Taker and Protector and they have great values in family members. This is the special day to pay respect and homage for every father by his children. During this day, every child celebrates with giving gifts, offering different kinds of delicious foods for Fathers and People from far away visit to their fathers to see his face and worship him. Nepal is the country of having various ethnic groups; they have their own culture and tradition. This day celebrates vary depending their communities and tribes.

This day is even popularly known as a Pitri Tirpani Ausi and held in the Nepali month, Bhadra every year in no moon day.  During this day, who has already lost their father, they perform some kind of rituals  with believe of passing soul will have place in heaven. Gokarna is the famous place within the territory of Kathmandu valley where Thousands of people visit to pay homage for the passing soul of father. It is believed that Gokarana is the holy place, which has religious values in Hindu Mythology and people prefer to go and do some rituals in the name of father.

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Nepal Tourism

 

Nepal Tourism
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Nepal Tourism

Whether heading off for a gap-year expedition before university or simply a chance to discover and explore a new and exciting environment, traveling abroad is a popular endeavor for many young adults and students. The chance to develop life skills, meet new people, and contribute to a community are all extremely valuable goals for young people, especially when in a different country – and Nepal is one of the most ideal destinations for this reason.

With its stunning mountains, picturesque forests and lush river valleys, there is endless variety of exciting terrain that the young outdoor adventurer can plunge into, from mountain biking, hiking, trekking, climbing and camping to hang-gliding, rafting, horseback riding and much, much more. Nepal is truly the nature lover’s playground, and sites like Chitwan National Park and Everest Base Camp are a huge draw for young backpackers getting their first taste of the big, wide world. And because other youngsters are traveling from various other corners of the planet, making friends is easier than ever, especially when trekking on a group tour.

Cultural Paradise

As well as the breathtaking vistas which crown Nepal’s heights, the country’s own bustling centers like the capital, Kathmandu, and other cities like Pokhara beckon with their myriad cultural delights. Just as the rural, remote villages are warm and welcoming, so too do the city centers celebrate visitors who come to marvel at the lively marketplaces, beautiful palaces and treasured temples. Nepal’s vast history and its spiritual legacy – intimately tied to Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Bon – make it an irresistible draw as well.

Nepal may have its own distinct cultural background, but anyone who chooses to make the Roof of the World their home, even for a short time, will find a place to fit in. And for young students, the opportunities abound. Whether it is a camping expedition in the Kathmandu Valley, an internship at a local tour operator or helping to build schools and other infrastructure, the skills which youth can learn about a solid work ethic and group participation are invaluable, as well as the pride in making a difference. Nepal awaits, along with the next big stage of life.

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tilak, being honored by Prime Minister and Tourism Minister at a special function in Kathmandu

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal

Tilak has been working as an expert guide since he was 19 years old, beginning his career as an assistant guide over 24 years ago in 1992. With vast experience of working in the region, Tilak can take you on whatever adventure you choose: either to Everest Base Camp or to the Annapurna Sanctuary, which is one of his favorite locations.

As one of the regions premier trekking and guide companies, Nepal Hiking Agency has been owned and operated by Tilak since 2003. He is dedicated to all of his guests, and has even been known to clear a path through chest-high snow in the past in order to get them to safety during inclement weather. Want to know more about Tilak and his passion for guiding guests through this beautiful and majestic region? Here are all you questions answered:

How Did Your Career Begin? When Did You Start Working as a Tour guide?

My career began in 1992 when I started working as an assistant guide (a position I held until 1999). As part of this role, I was excited to visit a whole host of tourist destinations, such as Annapurna, Langtang, Everest, and many more. These years were vital for gaining experience of the adventure tourism industry building my levels of experience, particularly for improving and honing my adventure trekking skills. This period also gave me the opportunity to improve my English speaking skills, enabling me to better serve my guests, whilst simultaneously achieving my Bachelor of Arts degree.

Once my education was complete I had all the skills I needed to guide guests from all over the world so, in 2003 I completed my formal trekking and mountain guide training, became certified by the Government of Nepal, and started my own business. I am committed to self-improvement and offering the best possible service, so in 2011 I achieved my certification for cultural and heritage sites touring, allowing me to broaden the number of experiences I could offer my guests.

What is a Typical Day for a Tour Guide Like Yourself?

One of the best things about being a tour guide is that there’s no such thing as a typical day: every day is slightly different! However on days when I am not on a trek or tour with my guests, I set my alarm for 5 am and enjoy an hour long morning walk to Swayambhunath Stupa, where I spend another hour doing yoga: this gives me enough energy and positive thinking for the day. I then drive to my office, complete all of my pending tasks and spend the rest of the day spending time with my friends and family.

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tilak, receiving Tourism Business Award 2018 by former PM Prachanda

Is It Safe For Tourists to Visit Nepal After the Recent Earthquake?

Nepal is perfectly safe to visit and has been reopened to tourists for quite some time. Whilst the after effects of the earthquake were devastating, the country is rebuilding incredibly quickly. We are stronger than ever. Tourism is hugely important for Nepal’s’ economy and therefore plays a significant role in the country’s recovery. That’s why we are encouraging tourists to continue to visit us now more than ever.

What Is Your Most Memorable Professional Moment?

My most memorable professional moment occurred during 1996. I was in the Langtang region with a group of guests during heavy snowfall, which meant that visibility was very difficult and the 4610 metres high Lauri Bina La cross where we needed to cross was blocked. There was no signage directing us to an alternative route instead and, because of the risks involved, nobody dared to move ahead! I took the lead, cleared up the snow, and guided both my own group and other guests that had been stuck at the cross through the blizzard. The snow came up to my chest and it is a journey I will never forget.

What Do You Like About Being a Tour Guide?

I love every aspect of my job and consider myself lucky to be able to work with interesting people in beautiful surroundings. The scenery that I get to enjoy every day is truly breath-taking. But the thing I like most about being a tour guide is the people. I love the interaction I get to have with all of my guests, both before and after they arrive in Nepal. Responding to their inquiries, personalising our services to suit their needs and ensuring their continued satisfaction all makes me feel great about my job.

And What Do You Like Least About Being a Tour Guide?

Every job has its ups and downs, and no one likes their job all of the time! Working as a tour guide in Nepal is an all-encompassing job. I live and breathe trekking and adventure, and it takes over almost every aspect of my life. This hectic lifestyle does sometimes mean I don’t have as much time as I would like to spend with my friends and family, which is what I would consider to be my least favourite thing about being a tour guide, but I also think the sacrifice is worth it!

Best tour guide and travel agency in Nepal
Tourism Business Award 2018

Should I Trek to Everest Base Camp and Why?

Everest Base Camp is very busy and crowded in peak trekking seasons, which are from the beginning of March to mid-May and from September to mid-November. Despite these high crowd levels, Everest Base Camp is still worth visiting. As the highest mountain in the world, the opportunity to see Everest really shouldn’t be missed. What’s more, the Everest region is famous for its fabulous views of the Himalaya ranges and for its friendly, trustworthy Sherpa people. The opportunity to explore the unique culture of these local people is one that should be taken advantage of, even if you find the crowd levels a little higher than you might expect.

I am a First Time Visitor to Nepal. What Should I See and Do?

There is a huge variety of different activities available to enjoy in Nepal. From day hiking to multiday trekking, from one-day cultural heritage tours to multi-day tours, the possibilities are endless, and visitors of all ages can enjoy what the country has to offer. Adventurous visitors can enjoy High Mountain trekking, whilst driving tours are ideal for those with lower fitness levels. Either way, the opportunity to view the high Himalaya ranges and learn about the Nepalese lifestyle should not be missed. If you’re interested in wildlife tourism, you can go to Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park to see the one horned Rhino and many species of birds and animals. The possibilities for fun and exciting activities really are endless.

We Aren’t Sure Whether We Need to Hire a Guide. What are The Benefits?

There are many benefits to choosing to hire a guide when you trek in Nepal. One of the biggest benefits is that all the guides working in Nepal native to the region where they work and are hand-recruited locally, meaning that we know the region better than anyone else. We understand the nuances of the mountains, and how to keep our guests safe as they explore them. When you choose to hire a guide you can relax knowing that you will have someone to take care of all your needs during your adventure. We are also best placed to share our passion for the region, and our in-depth knowledge with our guests.

What Qualities Do You Need to Be a Great Tour Guide?

My guests regularly tell me I am a great tour guide: something I feel really honored by! I think what makes me a good tour guide is that I have a wide wealth of knowledge about Nepal that I love sharing with my guests. I am also friendly and courteous to every new guests that I meet and am an expert in time management. Building a good rapport with your clients and listening to their unique needs is key to becoming a good tour guide: something I have worked really hard to achieve.

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp trek

The life of a Nepalese Sherpa has long been considered exotic and exciting: Sherpa Porters live their lives on the mountain, carrying the luggage of travelers hoping to glimpse the incredible views and altitudes that the Sherpa’s are able to enjoy almost every day. Sherpa’s live their lives high in the Himalayas and their lives are tied to the mountains.

The youngest person to ever reach Everest’s summit was a Sherpa boy named Temba Tsheri who was just 16 when he reached the peak in 2001. One of the most famous Sherpa’s though is Tenzing Norgay who, alongside Sir Edmund Hilary, became the first person to reach the mountain’s summit in 1953. It is famously said that Norgay did everything that Sir Edmund Hilary did, but whist carrying a tremendous weight at the same time.

The knowledge and strength of the Sherpa’s on Mount Everest is the stuff of legends. We use a wide range of Sherpa’s on our treks, with one Sherpa Porter being responsible for carrying the luggage of two of our customers.

Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek
Be a Sherpa Porter in an Everest Base Camp Trek

Take The Sherpa Challenge

If you would like to experience the life of a Sherpa and become a real Sherpa Porter on an Everest Base Camp Trek then we now offer this experience to our most adventurous customers who are booked to enjoy an Everest Base Camp trek.

You will be given a basket of trekking supplies to carry on your trek in order to experience the Sherpa Porter life. The basket you are given will weigh up to 25 kg, and in order to successfully complete the challenge you will be required to carry the basket for at least thirty minutes.

Once you have enjoyed your experience as a Sherpa Porter, and successfully completed the challenge, you will receive a certificate from the company confirming that you completed your Sherpa Porter mission. You will also be gifted with a T shirt from the company which reads: “I was a Sherpa Porter in Nepal” if you manage to carry the basket of supplies for the full 30 minutes. Will you be strong enough? Who knows, maybe this fun challenge during your time at Everest Base Camp could be the start of a brand new career path!