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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude At Khayar Lake 4, 620m and at Mardi Himal base camp 4,500m high.
  • Duration 19 Days
  • Group Size 1-15

Overview

Best Annapurna Trekking, one of the unique and dramatic combinations loaded with exciting adventure with three scenic and wonderful areas of Southern Annapurna Himalaya range where leads walk to daily views of mighty peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himal.

Truly a great fascinating adventure of a lifetime experience where you will be walking from low warm paddy fields to cool alpine woodland of tall rhododendron-oaks-magnolia and pine trees in spring the area will be magic in flowering season turning the whole hills and valley colorful with wild rhododendron (national flower of Nepal) in full bloom.

Ghorepani and Kopra ridge areas are regarded as the world largest natural garden with native rhododendrons, awesome walks to Pun Hill for stunning sunrise views over an array of peaks, and then into off the beaten trails to the holy lake of Khayar, where few trekkers often visit this hidden area, a great opportunity for trekkers to visit some of the remote and isolated areas of Annapurna region.

Our adventure begins from beautiful Pokhara city and its scenic valley heading first to Mardi Himal areas located beneath towering Machhapuchare South Face ‘Fish Tail’ peak, and then into main trekking routes to picturesque Annapurna sanctuary enclosed within high peaks to reach Annapurna Base Camp with mind-blowing scenery of great mighty mountains.

From Annapurna base camp walk leads towards hidden areas around remote adventure destination at Khyar lake, regarded as holy fed from the glaciers of snowcapped peaks, and then heading into main trekking trails at Ghorepani and Pun Hill for alluring and stunning views of the sunrise over a range of mountains before heading back to Pokhara.
Our marvelous and overwhelming journey completes at scenic Pokhara, a great combination of a lifetime adventure for you to experience in our Best Annapurna Trekking destinations.

What to expect from this trek ?

During the Trek, one will travel through the naturally rich region of the Annapurna Region where one can explore the different traditions and cultures of the region.

Similarly, on your Terk, you will visit different monasteries. Also, experience the life of the mountain people in the heart of the Himalayas. Furthermore, on this trip one will get a panoramic view of the surrounding from Syanbuche including spectacular mountain views from the Mardi Himal Base Camp

During this trip, one will get to experience the unique wildlife of the place. Also, get to taste the local cuisine of the region which will make your visit worthwhile.

Who can do this trek ?

This trek is a relatively easy trek. Anyone passionate about the trek can easily do this trek. Even though this trip is considered an easy trek in the Annapurna Region, one should consider various things. Similarly, one’s physical fitness plays an important role in the successful completion of the trek.

As important as one’s Physical fitness is, however, mental toughness is equally vital for the trip. Furthermore, if one is interested in trekking in the Everest Region then they should practice running or jogging prior to the trek this will help to improve their stamina and endurance which plays a vital role in the Best Annapurna Trek.

In addition, one should not have any illness in his/herself. Likewise, one should be younger then 60 years and above 16 years to get the traveling permit of the region.

Highlights of the trek

  • Adventure on scenic hills and valley of Southern Annapurna Himalaya with glorious views
  • Great combination of treks with Khayar Lake, Annapurna base camp, and hidden Mardi Himal
  • Enjoy a walk from mainstream trails to hidden pockets on off the beaten tracks into the wilderness
  • Explore traditional Gurung and Magar farm villages of great interest with age-old custom
  • In remote and isolated pristine environment to holy Lake of Khayar and at Mardi Himal areas
  • Stunning sunrise views from Pun Hill to scenic Annapurna sanctuary and base camp
  • From low warm climate to cool alpine forest and towards the arctic zone of ice and glaciers

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu via various airlines and transfer to a hotel.

On arrival at Kathmandu international airport, received by our Unique Path Trek staff and guides with warm greetings and then transfer to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu.

After checking into your lovely rooms and getting refreshed, our guide or tour escort will brief you regarding your trek Best of Annapurna Himalaya Trekking and a pleasant stay in Nepal providing you with the necessary information to make the trip more enjoyable.

Day 02

Explore Kathmandu

Today we explore the culturally diverse city of Kathmandu by bus with a local guide to ensure you receive the best explanations about the amazing sites seen on the tour. These include Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambunath (Monkey Temple), and Patan durbar square. O/N at Hotel.

Day 03

Fly to Pokhara 950m -30 mins flight and drive to Kande and trek to Forest Camp 2,520 m via Deurali 2,100m - 06 hrs.

A great scenic morning flight from Kathmandu to popular and beautiful touristic spot at Pokhara, where our guide and staff transfer you for the exciting short drive to start the trek further west from Pokhara heading valley towards high green hills with an hour drive to reach Kande, on drive facing scenic views of Annapurna range of peaks with magnificent Machhapuchare Himal ‘Fish Tail’.

On reaching our starting point of the trek at a small village at Kande located on Pokhara and Beni highway, where walk leads uphill past farmhouses and well-tended terrace fields to reach into the shade of forest as our route leads to a scenic view spot on a large pasture and meadow known as Australian Camp or Thulo Kharka (cattle grazing field and Sheppard’s shelter).

Herewith refreshing stop marvel at the panoramas of Annapurna-Manaslu and Dhaulagiri peaks with Machhapuchare ‘Fish Tail’. After a nice stop downhill into the cool shade of woodland and then with short up to Potana village with grand views of peaks, the walk continues as our route leads uphill into the forest of rhododendron and pine tree to reach Pitam Deurali.

From this scenic spot enjoy views of mountains and green landscapes and then continue walk heading into deeply forested areas with a slow climb to reach Kokar Forest Camp, a place with few good basic lodges facing views of beautiful mountains.

Day 04

Trek to High Camp 3,700 m - 06 hrs.

With a peaceful overnight stop and waking up facing views within lovely woodland, the morning walk leads up higher with some steep climb to reach a grazing pasture land for an overnight stop at a place called Low Camp which is on route journey to Mardi base camp.

From Forest or Low Camp with the sound of nature and birds call, starting our adventure with more climbs facing marvelous views of Annapurna and Machhapuchare peaks, as walk leads within the forested surrounding and then reaching an exposed open area at High Camp on route Mardi Base Camp.

After a good day’s walk where tree lines drop for short rhododendron and alpine shrubs facing an incredible panorama of Annapurna Himalaya.

Day 05

Free day at High Camp for hike to Mardi Himal base camp at 4,500 m.

A free day to explore this scenic and beautiful high country where a day hike leads you to the highest point of the adventure at Mardi base camp above 4,500 m with mind-blowing views of Annapurna Himalayan range of peaks with rocky and ice-covered Mardi Himal including Fish Tail peak, after a scenic and marvelous day hike return to High Camp for the overnight stop.

Day 06

Trek to Landruk 1,460 m via route past Low Camp - 06 hrs.

Enjoying fabulous time with amazing views from high hills and ridges of Mardi Himal, morning walk heading back to lower hills to reach Landruk village where our route leads into the forest of rhododendron and pines trees, as trek leads on the same trail to Jungle Camp and beyond where walk leads to long descend to reach on the base of the high hill at Landruk for an overnight stop.

Day 07

Trek to Sinwa danda 2,360 m via Chomrong 1,951 m via Jhinu village - 06 hrs.

After catching the views of magnificent Annapurna South and Huinchuli peaks, a walk leads to a short descent into farming areas and then crossing a bridge over Modi River to reach New Bridge a small village.

From here uphill on stone steps to Jhinu Danda and its village, as our journey continues higher up at the ridge and then downhill to a large Gurung village at Chomrong for a possible lunch stop. With a refreshing stop walk downhill to Chomrong River and climb for a few hours to reach a ridge top at Sinwa danda with a few simple good lodges for an overnight stop.

Day 08

Trek to Deurali 3,100 m - 07 hrs.

From this isolated spot, walk leads into the cool shade of forest till on a winding path and then descend to Bamboo, a place with a number of Lodges by the Modi River within the bamboo forest. After short rest, the walk carries on gradually up to Dovan in the middle of forest within Modi River gorge, from here on air gets cooler and fresher entering towards Annapurna Sanctuary and Base Camp, walk leads with gentle ups to Himalaya Hotel near Hinko large Cave, right beneath of Hiunchuli peak. From here walk on old glacier and moraine from a past avalanche, after crossing a small bridge short climb to reach Deurali for overnight stop, the last lodge before Machhapuchare Base Camp and Annapurna base camp.

Day 09

Trek to Annapurna base camp 4,130 m -05 hrs.

Morning walk today leads to another highlight of the adventure at Annapurna base camp within a scenic sanctuary enclosed by an array of giant peaks.

From here on green vegetation and tree lines fade as our route leads to a climb following the Modi river upstream, as the walk gets better in some places than with a short steep up to Machhapuchare Base Camp a great spot beneath Mt. Machhapuchare North Face, from here onwards within the Annapurna Sanctuary.

After Machhapuchare Base Camp, walk for short while to Annapurna base camp, walk uphill to reach higher ground near Annapurna Base Camp, facing stunning views of Annapurna peaks that circles the sanctuary with Annapurna I.

After a pleasant walk reaching Annapurna Base Camp within a magnificent spot that houses a few large lodges, offering a tremendous scenery of snow-capped peaks that encircle this lovely spot at base camp, afternoon at leisure to enjoy the mountain views.

Annapurna area was first explored by the British Adventure Col. James O.M. ‘Jimmy’ Roberts in the year 1956 and exposed to the world as the ‘Sanctuary of Gods’. The Sanctuary has been christened “Annapurna Sanctuary” ever since.

Day 10

Trek back to Sinwa danda - 06 hrs.

Catching morning super panorama of peaks and then heading back on the same downhill trails back into woodland and green vegetation, after being in arctic terrain of ice and glaciers as walk proceeds towards the Bamboo place.

From here with a short steep up and on a winding gradual path back at Sinwa danda for an overnight stop after a long good walk of the day.

Day 11

Trek to Tadapani 2,685 m - 06 hrs.

From Sinwa walk downhill to a river with uphill to Chomrong village top ridge, where our route diverts heading near to Kimrong valley, where walk leads past Gurjong village and then uphill into forested areas with some steep climb to reach Tadapani hilltop located within the forest surrounding with grand views of Annapurna peaks.

Day 12

Trek to Chistibung 3, 200 m - 06 hrs.

After a nice overnight stop at Tadapani morning walk leads away from the main trekking route of Ghorepani, where our trek leads into pure wilderness walking high into deep forested woods of rhododendron-magnolia-oaks and pine trees.

As walk progress into tranquil areas away from human settlement and farm village to reach an open field called Do-Bato (Midway of two paths) with fantastic views of the Annapurna Himalaya range within beautiful forested surroundings.

From here after a nice break, walk continues heading a little higher to a ridge, then on narrow the trail for a short while to reach our overnight stop in another remote and isolated spot at Bhaise
Kharka.

With refreshing break carry on walk for another few hour into rhododendron and bamboo forest, then a slow climb into woodlands following the route to Kopra ridge, walk leads by a small stream then with an uphill through meadow and summer pastures to Chistebung for overnight stop, a small place with few small huts serving as tea-houses.

Day 13

Trek to Kopra Ridge 4,020 m - 06 hrs.

Starting morning walk on off beaten tracks heading north into rhododendron and bamboo forest, then a slow climb into woodlands following the route to Kopra ridge for few hours to our destination at Kopra ridge, as altitude gains slowly after leaving the tree lines for short alpine bushes and shrubs, then walking high at Kopra ridge for overnight stop with grand views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Vara Shikar (Annapurna Fang), Annapurna South which towers high from this scenic spot.

Day 14

Trek to Khayar Lake 4,620 m and return to Kopra ridge - 06 hrs.

Morning walk leads to our final destination at Khayar Lake, located at 4,620 m. A scenic hike to reach the holy glacial pond of Khayar, a local pilgrimage spot where religious festivals are held annually in the auspicious month of August as per the Hindu Lunar calendar.

Villagers from the nearby hills and valleys assemble here to worship Lord Shiva and bathe in the icy lake, where villagers sacrifice sheep and goats to natural mountain spirits with prayer.

Enjoy the scenic surroundings enclosed within the high peaks of Vara-Shakar and Annapurna South and then head back to Khopra Ridge for an overnight stop.

Day 15

Trek to Swata village 2,277 m - 06 hrs.

From here an easy walk with long descent past Chistibung and into forested areas after crossing a few streams on a gradual winding path to reach back into farm villages at Swata village, populated by Pun Magar tribe of the areas facing views of the Dhaulagiri range.

Day 16

Trek to Ghorepani 2,860 m - 05 hrs.

After being in the complete wilderness within hidden pockets of Annapurna Himalaya today’s walk leads back on the main trekking trails after reaching Chitre villages with fabulous views of Dhaulagiri, from here a slow steady climb into rhododendron forest to reach a high ridge at

Ghorepani is one of the most popular villages due to its scenic views of Poon Hill.

Day 17

Hike to Pun Hill 3,210 m and downhill to Bhirethati 1,100m -– 06 hrs.

Early morning hike from Ghorepani to Pun Hill taking less than an hour where the hilltop stands at 3,210 m offering stunning sunrise views over the world’s three highest mountain range Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu with majestic virgin Machhapuchare Himal, enjoying the glorious panorama of more than 360-degree angle views of peaks then downhill to Ghorepani.

After breakfast enjoyable walk into pleasant woodland of rhododendron and then downhill from Ulleri village to reach at Tikhedhunga with views of waterfalls, where walk descends into more farm villages and into warmer temperatures to reach charming Bhirethati village for overnight by the river Modi.

Day 18

Drive back to Kathmandu via Pokhara - 07 hrs.

Depending upon road conditions where morning last day walk leads for short while and then reaching the road head for the drive to Pokhara, where the journey leads the following winding uphill road to Kande past farm villages and fields to reach Pokhara from here on the main highway to reach Kathmandu.

After a marvelous and exciting time with a fabulous and scenic drive back into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu, and then transfer to your respective hotels after a great wonderful journey and adventure on Best of Annapurna Himalaya Trekking.

(Flying options of 35 minutes to Kathmandu with Scenic Mountain views on air)

Day 19

Depart Kathmandu for international departure homeward bound.

Last day in the country of fascinating colorful culture and mountain panorama, as per your international or connecting flight transfer to Kathmandu international airport for the journey back home with timeless memories and great adventure on Best of Annapurna Himalaya Trekking.

Group Pricing

The trip cost will vary depending on the group size, please find Best Annapurna Trekking rates below.

Group Size
(PAX)
1 2-3 4-5 6-7 8-9 10 +
Price (USD)
per person
2000 1500 1400 1355 1295 1245

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation as per itinerary.
  •  3 star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast at 3 stars level.
  • Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Meals 3 times a day (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking and Pokhara for you. (Sample of Trekking Menu)
  • Seasonal local fresh fruits as available.
  • Twin sharing comfortable private room in trekking.
  • Annapurna trekking Map.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Token of trip achievement award certificate as a Souvenir. (Sample of Certificate)
  • An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and friendly English-speaking Government license holder trekking guide & strong Mountain porter.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide & porter.
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary.
  • All necessary officially paper works and Annapurna conservation entry permits.
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System).
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company.
  • Farewell  dinner in kathmandu.
  • All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu ( Expect farewell dinner in Kathmandu)
  • All kinds of drinks in the mountain (hot, cold and alcoholic).
  • Your Personal equipment.
  • Entry fee while sightseeing in kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges)
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

SEASONS & DEALS
February through May and September through November are the major seasons in Nepal. So, we kindly ask you to confirm your trip as early as possible for the best deal and good travel management.
For the most up–to–date information & latest pricing please contact us.

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Trip Info

The trip starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. Similarly, after one arrives in Kathmandu they can do a Valley tour and rest in a comfortable 3-star hotel afterward. Furthermore, the trip continues with the flight to Pokhara and drive to Kande, and trek to Forest Camp 2,520 m via Deurali 2,100m. Likewise, after that trek to High Camp.

Similarly, after reaching there will be a free day at High Camp for the hike to Mardi Himal base camp. Then after that, we trek to Landruk. Likewise, the trip continues to Sinwa danda 2,360 m via Chomrong 1,951 m via Jhinu village. From there the trek continues to Deurali. Similarly, After that trek to Annapurna Base Camp then to Sinwa danda, Tadapani, Chistibung, and Kopra Ridge 4,020 m via Chistibung. Likewise, after that trek to Khayar Lake 4,620 m and return to Kopra ridge. Then, trek to Swata village and Ghorepani. From there Hike to Poon Hill 3,210 m and downhill to Bhirethati 1,100m.

Then after that drive back to Kathmandu via Pokhara. And, depart from Kathmandu for an international flight homeward bound.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for the Best Annapurna Trek?

The best time to do the Best Annapurna Trek is during the spring and autumn seasons. Similarly, this is a long trek. So, you should be very careful while choosing the right time for the trek. During the spring and autumn season, the weather is pleasant and warm so you can travel in the clear sky enjoying the beautiful view of the surroundings.

Furthermore, you can enjoy the biggest festivals of the country Dashain and Tihar as this time is the festive season in the country. Additionally, traveling to Nepal during this time of the year will make you knowledgeable about the culture and tradition of the place. Moreover, you can also explore different other festivals of the country.

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Grade A: Easy *

Trekking is essentially day hiking and doesn’t require any special training. However, good physical condition, a love of walking, and a desire to enjoying the spectacular views of the mountains and encounter village life are essential. We offer a diverse range of easy treks. Categorizing a trek as easy means that no difficult climbing or ascents to high altitudes is involved. They take usually no more than a week and are suitable for anyone. Be assured that a loss of altitude in no way means a loss of interesting things to see and experience. While our more challenging treks get you closer to a small number of mountain ranges, lower altitude treks often provide better viewpoints from which to enjoy the colorful horizons of a whole series of ranges. The duration of a trek can be from 4 to 9 days with an average of 4 to 5 hours walking per day. The elevation of the trail will be between 800m/2624ft and 2800m/ 9240ft above sea level.

Grade B: Moderate **

These treks are suitable for any walker looking for something a little more challenging and energetic. They are a combination of some longer and shorter walks and hill-walking experience is desirable. The duration is usually from 10 to 15 days. Following the up and down terrain of Nepal and walking to higher elevations contrasts these treks to those in the easy classification. However, you will be rewarded for your efforts with spectacular close-up views of glaciers and of the high Himalayas. Although the terrain is not difficult, some vigorous hiking experience is useful. There may be up to 6 hours a day on the trail and the elevation rises and falls from 800m/ 2624ft to 4000m/13210ft above sea level.

Grade C: Fairly Strenuous ***

Since the terrain can be hard and the days long, hikers on these treks should be in good physical condition and have some previous mountain walking experience. Steep climbing may be involved, although it is never necessary to use ropes. Treks at this level can he arranged for periods of 16 to 21 days. Typically, a gradual ascent through a green river valley will lead you up to a number of high passes, where you will reach the altitude of 5416m. Often times, you will get a close insight into the Tibetan culture. Participants should except to trek above 5416m/17872ft.

Grade D: Strenuous ****

These real adventure treks are both technical and highly strenuous. Excellent physical condition is essential and mountaineering experience is preferable. Following rough terrain, they involve steep ascents to high altitudes with the possibility of some rope climbing. Stamina is needed to complete one of these treks, as it can take from 20 to 28 days to reach the heart of the wildernesses that they transverse. Participants should except to trek above 5600m/18480ft

EQUIPMENTS & GEARS

Nepal is one of the best places in the world for river rafting. Numerous fine rivers offer excellent opportunities for rafting, canoeing and simply immersing oneself in the magnificent landscape. Nepal’s thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalayan, provide unmatched thrills.

Clothing

Down Or Fiber Filled Waterproof Jacket And Trousers 1
Fleece Jacket Or Pullover 1
Warm Cotton Trousers 2 Pairs
Shirts And T-Shirts 4 Pieces
Lightweight Cotton Long Pants 3 Pairs
Long Under Wear 2 Pieces
Short Under Wear 4 Pieces
Sun Hat Or Scarf 1
Woolen Hat 1
Sunglasses 1
Lightweight Gloves 1
Rain Coat 1
Heavyweight Gloves Or Mittens With A Waterproof 1

Footwear

Trekking Boot 1 Pair
Thick Socks 4 Pairs
Light Socks 3 Pairs
Camp Shoes 1 Pair
Sandals 1 Pair

Other Equipments

Sleeping Bag(4seasons) 1
Down Jacket 1
Daypack 1
Water Bottle 1
Sun Cream, Sunglasses
Flashlight With Spare Bulbs, Batteries, Lip Salve, Gaiters.

Optional

Insect Repellent Toilet Articles Note Book & Pen Toilet Roll
Laundry Soap Pocket Knife Towel Sewing Kit
Plasters Binoculars Camera Film
Cards And Personal Medical Kit

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc.

For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please go through the links below:

For Canadians And Americans

  1. http://www.travelguard.com
  2. http://www.worldnomads.com
  3. http://www.mondial-assistance.ca
  4. http://www.travelassistnetwork.com
  5. http://www.travelex-insurance.com
  6. http://www.travelite.com
  7. http://www.travelunderwriters.com
  8. http://www.hccmis.com/atlas-travel-insurance

For Australians And New Zealanders

  1. http://www.covermore.com.au
  2. http://www.allianz.com.au
  3. http://www.worldnomads.com.au
  4. http://www.bupa.com.au
  5. http://www.itrektravelinsurance.com.au
  6. http://www.1cover.com.au

For British

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.uk
  2. http://www.worldnomads.co.uk
  3. http://www.thebmc.co.uk
  4. http://www.direct-travel.co.uk
  5. http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk

For Europe And Slovenia

  1. http://www.coris.si
  2. http://www.europaeische.at

For South-Africa

  1. http://www.travel-guard.co.za
  2. http://www.tic.co.za

For Indians

  1. http://www.internationalsos.com/en/asia-pacific_india.htm

MAJOR SYMPTOMS OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

INITIAL SYMPTOMS

  1. Periods of sleeplessness
  2. Runny nose.
  3. Extra tiredness
  4. Occasional loss of appetite
  5. Feeling laziness
  6. Wish to vomiting
  7. Periodic breathing

Above are normal symptoms which may occur into your body that you should not be worried. Every trekker will experience some or all of these, no matter how slowly they ascend.

ADVANCE SYMPTOMS

  1. Headache and vomiting
  2. Dizziness
  3. Racing heartbeat
  4. Exhaustion
  5. Nausea
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Loss of apatite
  8. Weakness
  9. Hard to breath
  10. Extra tired
  11. Dry Raspy cough
  12. Sleeplessness

When above symptoms will occur into your body, these symptoms usually resolve by spending one or two extra nights at the same altitude or using medicine. Even you are resting at the same altitude or using medicine, if symptoms are becoming worse, then it is necessary to descend.

SERIOUS SYMPTOMS

  1. Worsening headache and vomiting
  2. Swelling of hands and face
  3. Reduced urine output
  4. Walking with a staggering gait
  5. Confusion
  6. Increased tiredness
  7. Breathing irregularity
  8. Visual hallucinations (seeing things that are not real)
  9. Changes in the ability to think
  10. Changes in normal behavior

If above serious symptoms will occur into your body, these extremely dangerous symptoms are called High Altitude Cerebral Edema (or HACE). They can lead to unconsciousness and death within 12 hours. Increasing shortness of breath, cough and tiredness may also be signs of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema or HAPE. HAPE can also be rapidly fatal if ignored.

TO PREVENT ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS

  1. If possible, don’t fly or drive to high altitude. Start below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) and walk up.
  2. If you do fly or drive, do not overexert yourself or move higher for the first 24 hours.
  3. If you go above 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), only increase your altitude by 350 to 500 metres (1,000 feet) per day
  4. Climb high and sleep low! You can climb more than 300 to 500 metres in a day as long as you come back down and sleep at a lower altitude.
  5. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don’t go higher until symptoms decrease.
  6. Drink plenty of water, tea or juice etc (at least three to 4 liters per day). Urine output should be copious and clear to pale yellow.
  7. Eat high-carbohydrate foods (rice, pasta, cereal) for more energy.
  8. Take it easy and don’t overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
  9. Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don’t smoke.
  10. Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.
  11. Avoid taking sleeping pills.
  12. Avoid active movements and try to relax in the first one or two days upon arrival at the high altitude areas.
  13. Bring adequate medicine.
  14. If nothing else works, return to the areas with the lower elevation.
  15. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters).
  16. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast.
  17. Do not trek/travel alone, take guide/porter.
  18. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book.
  19. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  20. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  21. Avoid getting cold.
  22. Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if its longer

MEDICINE

Following is a list of items you should consider including in your medical kit – consult your pharmacist for brands available in your country.

  1. Aspirin or paracetamol – for pain or fever
  2. Antihistamine – for allergies, eg hay fever; to ease the itch from insect bites or stings; and to prevent motion sickness.
  3. Antibiotics consider including these if you’re traveling well off the beaten track’ see your doctor, as they must be prescribed, and carry the prescription with you.
  4. Loperamides or Diphenoxylate ‘blockers’ for diarrhea’ Prochlorperazine or metaclopramide for nausea and vomiting.
  5. Rehydration mixture to prevent dehydration, eg due to severe diarrhea; particularly important when traveling with children.
  6. Insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm and eye drops.
  7. Calamine lotion, sting relief spray or aloe vera-to ease irritation from sunburn and insect bites or stings.
  8. Antifungal cream or powder – for fungal skin infections and thrush.
  9. Antiseptic, such as povidone-iodine for cuts and grazes.
  10. Bandages, band-aids or plasters and other would dressings.
  11. Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer (note that mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines)
  12. Cold and Flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
  13. Multivitamines – consider for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.