Everest Trek Via Jiri
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Everest Trek Via Jiri

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Trip Facts

  • Max Altitude 1450m - 5550m
  • Grade Moderate
  • Duration 21 Days
  • Group Size 1 - 15

Overview

Everest Jiri Trek, although relatively easy compared to some other treks, takes you up high along trails to Tengboche Monastery (3850m). This is a short  Everest trekking but a very scenic trek that offers a superb view of the world’s highest peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and other many snowy peaks.

We fly from Kathmandu to Lukla airstrip in the Khumbu region and trek up to Namche Bazar, Tyangboche (famous for its monastery), and into the Khumjung village, a very nice settlement of Sherpas people. Everest Jiri Trek is a great introduction to Sherpa country and its culture with great mountain views, a very popular destination for first-time trekkers in Nepal.

This trek is best suited for those who do not have enough time for longer treks into the high mountains.

The Everest Jiri Trek is suitable for any kind of trekker. Similarly, Jiri Everest Base Camp Trek is the classical trekking course to the coronary heart of the Everest region which become utilized by the Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary on their Mt. Everest expedition in 1953.

It is one of the most famous trekking trails withinside the world which gives a mixture of herbal and cultural beauty. This trekking gives the possibility for the trekkers to discover the panorama of the entire Khumbu/ Everest area, unique forests with uncommon wild animals and birds, lush valleys with a wonderful view of the large world’s tallest mountains.

In this trekking, you may revel in the superb vistas of the mountains like Mt. Everest (8848m.) the tallest mountain withinside the globe, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Pumori, Mt. Thamserku, etc. In addition to the subculture and way of life of the ethnic Sherpa community.

What to expect on this trip ?

Jiri Everest Base Trek starts with a street adventure from Kathmandu to Jiri. And Staying at Lodge Jiri or Shivalaya as much as our program. This hiking path passes through the Khumbu and Gokyo Valley following the route of the medieval trans – Himalayas exchange course. Everest Base Camp is a hundred seventy-five kilometers from Jiri through Namche Bazaar.

The trekking journey is full of one of the most luxurious mountain scenery, well-known Buddhist monasteries, lush valleys, rivers flowing effects from the mountain ridges fed with the aid of using the beautiful glaciers, the Essence of heaven at mother earth.

As the trekking starts from the relatively low lands then different treks withinside the location give you amazing acclimatization and exploration through the villages and glaciers withinside the Khumbu region. Everyone should do this trek when they are in Nepal.

Who can do this trek ?

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

Along with your physical fitness your mental toughness is also important. 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 Gokyo Valley Via Renjo Pass Trek.

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

 

Itinerary

Day 01

Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m), Transfer to Hotel

Today you arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal for your trip. As soon as you leave for Kathmandu Airport, our staff will be waiting for you in the waiting room just in front of the arrival hall. The representative will warmly welcome you and guide you to the vehicle. Our car will take you to a suitable Hotel, 20-30 minutes drive from the airport, depending on traffic conditions. After checking in at the hotel, there are no scheduled activities today, except for our travel briefings, so you can take a little time for yourself. And, just before the evening our staff member will provide you with a short briefing about the trip.

Day 02

Cultural Tours around KTM Valley/Trek Preparation, Hotel

After, a healthy breakfast at the hotel of Kathmandu. An experienced guide from our company will give you a city tour around Kathmandu Valley. Where you can explore different sculptures and ancient temples. Similarly, you will be traveling to the world heritage sites of the city.

Day 03

Drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar (2,200m), Lodge

The journey of the day begins today with a drive to Bandar via Jiri and Shivalaya, east of Kathmandu. It’s a day to experience a country drive or take a look at the country lifestyle, albeit from the bus. The drive arrives at Jiri Bazaar and continues via Shivaraya to Bandar. It will be a long day on a bumpy road, and by the time we get to our destination, we will be tired enough to sleep straight.

Day 04

Trek to Sete(2575m), Lodge

It is the first day of trekking on the trekking route of Classic Everest Base Camp. Today’s trek will take you to Sete, which shows the atmosphere of the countryside of Nepal for your first trekking experience. Trekkers and climbers at Everest Base Camp will follow the path they walked to their destination before Lukla Airport goes into service. Before arriving in Seto and staying overnight, enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of the area.

Day 05

Trek to Junbesi(2670m), Lodge

Today’s route from Sete to Junbesi  brings us some incredible countryside and natural beauty. The first section leads to a steep uphill to the Ramjura Pass at an altitude of 3,600 meters above sea level. The road to reach the pass is very tricky and difficult to concentrate and traverse. The trail also passes through a wooded area that gives us a natural hiking experience. After arriving at Ramjura Pass, we will descend to Junbesi and spend the night.

Day 06

Trek to Nunthala(2220m), Lodge

We wake up to wake up a welcome view of several chimes from the hill ledge line. Walking to our Nuthala is a pine forest forest, lamilapass, malapik, katataga, tumcel, and Panoramy Himalaya scenery such as Everest, and some of other strange views. Himalaya’s view is slowly slowly slowly to stay at night and reach at night and stay overnight. We walk past Phurteng, Ringmo, and several small pagoda and mani wall village.

Day 07

Trek to Bupsa(2360m), Lodge

Today’s trek to Bupsa begins with a descent after breakfast. The rocky and unstable path runs through the woodlands to the banks of the Dhudh Kosi River. The river runs all the way from the Ngozumpa Glacier in the Gokyo region. After crossing the suspension bridge over the river, the road to Bupsa becomes a steep uphill, which is what we have to do for the rest of the day. Uphill, you can experience many wonderful natural and cultural beauty. You will pass the rice terraces and the surrounding villages of Jubing and Kharikhola. Finally, we arrive at Bupsa and spend the night there.

Day 08

Trek to Surkhe(2290m), Lodge

Trekking from Bupsa to Surkhe is still a great day. The first section of the trail continues to climb towards Khari La. The trails are fairly tricky, with uneven rock surfaces on rocky hills. On this day, you can get a glimpse of some mountain views and the expanding valley of the Dhudh Kosi River. When you reach Khari La, you can see it along the Lukla and  river valleys. Pass Paiyan village, go down to Surkhe and stay overnight

Day 09

Trek to Phakding(2652m), Lodge

Today we will trek to Phakding from Surukhe. During this trip we will travel through some of the most beautiful lush forest of the region and you will experience the unique bio diversity of the place. Similarly, on this journey the view of Dudh Koshi river valley still accompanies us and reliefs us of walking tiredness with its vast and mysterious charm. We reach Cheplung village to meet the regular Everest base camp trail that comes from Lukla. We finish walking the classic trail route and enter regular and commonly used trail walking towards Phakding along the Dudh Koshi valley. Phakding village lies beautifully on the bank of Dudh Koshi River where we spend the night.

Day 10

Trek to Namche Bazzar (3440m), Lodge

From Phakding the trail follows the western bank of Dudh Kosi passing through forests of Blue Pine until it reaches the village of Benkar (2700m). From here the trail crosses to the eastern bank of the Dudh Kosi and climbs gently to the village of Chumoa. Between here and the next village of Monjo (2800m) the trail drops steeply to cross Monjo Khola. From Monjo, the trail crosses a small rock saddle and then descends abruptly to re-cross the Dudh Kosi at Jorsale (2804m). Beyond Jorsale the trail undulates up until the confluence with Bhote Kosi is reached. From here the Khumbu region begins. Above the bridge, the trail zigzags up 300m of the steep spur between the two rivers through sparse forest. From the top of the spur, Mt. Everest can be seen rising above the Nuptse-Lhotse wall. The next section of the trail climbs less steeply, traversing above the Bhote Kosi until Namche Bazaar is reached. Namcha Bazaar is a market town, where every Saturday morning traders from lower altitudes sell goods to sherpas. Most of the trading is over by mid-day and the traders return to their villages. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 11

Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazzar, Lodge

Known as the ‘Gateway to Everest’ we will spend today here in order to acclimatize and adjust to the thinning air. A short trek to the museum celebrating the traditional customs of the Sherpa people, as well as about flora & Fauna & its land, more importantly, from here you will get the proper glimpse of Everest and the surrounding mountains. And we hike up the Syanbuche airport, and Everest views hotel and sightseeing at the Khumjung village (3800m / 12,466ft), which is the biggest settlement of Sherpa. Khumjung is one of the most beautiful villages in the Everest area. Its symmetrically laid-out stone dwellings house the families of many of our Sherpas. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 12

Trek to Tengboche (3860m), Lodge

An enjoyable walk down to the river at Phunki Thangka to lunch next to water-driven prayer wheels. A steep but short climb takes us to Tengboche Monastery through forests of blue pine, fir, and black juniper. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 13

Trek to Dingboche (4410m), Lodge

The trek from Dingboche We leave the lodge comfort and head to Dingboche. Trekking passes through the villages of Dingboche and Pingboche. The village of Pamboche is home to the region’s largest beautiful monastery, with the Yeti scalp. After exploring the monastery, follow the road to Dingboche. Similarly, Dingboche is a beautiful Sherpa village at a height of 4,410 meters above sea level, with stunning views of the mountaintops. This village is a frequent stop for trekkers and climbers to Everest Base Camp, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 14

Acclimatization Day at Dingboche, Lodge

On our acclimatization day, the group will be taken to Nagarjun Hill(5050m/15291ft). This point offers fantastic views of the fifth highest mountain Makalu 8463m/25625ft. After appreciating the surrounding scenery we trek back to our camp in Dingboche, relaxing in the evening. Overnight at the guest house.

Day 15

Trek to Lobuche (4940m), Lodge

On the 15th day of your Everest Trek Via Jiri, you will be traveling from Dingboche to Lobuche. Similarly, on this trip, you will be at an elevation of 4940m above sea level. This is the same reason we acclimatize at Dingboche for a day. Likewise, the day will bring us breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks. After, we return back to Dingboche from the hike and go to explore the surrounding area for a while. Overnight in Lodge.

Day 16

Trek to Gorakshep (5,165m) to EBC (5,365m) back to Gorakshep, Lodge

Today is the day to reach the end of this epic journey. After stopping there for lunch, trek to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep. Gorakshep acts as an overnight location for the day. After checking in at the Gorakshep lodge, embark on a journey to the magnificent Everest Base Camp. The road to the foot of the highest mountain in the world is full of glacier moraines and rocks. We arrive at the base camp, where we take pictures and have a great time absorbing the mountain atmosphere. Then return to Gorakshep and stay overnight

Day 17

Trek to Kalapatthar (5,545m) and Trek to Pheriche (4,250m), Lodge

Today the hike we do this early morning takes us to the highest altitude of the trip. When trekking to Kala Patthar to enjoy a spectacular sunrise from the panorama of the Himalayas, we are at an altitude of 5,545 meters above sea level, the highest point of this trek. We are beautifully watching the rising sun from the glorious mountains and a 360-degree view from the top then you can take pictures of the mountains and sunrise and later return to the Gorakshep lodge for breakfast. We have our breakfast and recharge the battery for our return trip. We will be going back to Pheriche today. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 18

Trek to Namche Bazar (3,440m), Lodge

After having a wonderful night at the Dingboche we continue our descent to Namche bazaar for the trip. Leaving Everest and various mountains in the region far behind, we descend long hours down to Namche Bazaar.

Day 19

Trek to Lukla (2,860m) via Phakding, Lodge

Finally, the final day of this trek is here today. Return to Lukla along the Dhudh Kosi River via Monjo and Pakding. The round trip on the Everest Base Camp Trail ends here. To celebrate the end of the trekking part of the trip, we thank our wonderful and wonderful support crew members for their service and efforts to safely return to the base camp and take us. Overnight at the lodge.

Day 20

Fly to Kathmandu (1,400m), Check-in at Hotel

After we reach Lukla we will fly to Kathmandu enjoying the birds eye view of the surroundings. This will be about a 30 minute journey.

Day 21

Free (Contingency) Day in Kathmandu, Hotel

This is an additional day in the itinerary to compensate for any possible delays on the trekking or cancellation of the flights. We extremely recommend that you have at least 2 extra days after the itinerary so as to maintain any possible delays or cancellation of the flight. If everything goes without any problem, you can utilize those extra days doing some other activities.

Day 22

Departure Day

On the final day of the trip, we drive you to the airport for your scheduled flight homebound or other destination. We will pick you up 2 hours prior to your flight schedule.

Service Includes and Excludes

Service Included in this Trip

  • All the ground transportation by tourist vehicles. 
  • Hotel in Kathmandu, inclusive breakfast at 3 stars level (1 night- Before trekking and 1 night after trekking).
  • Meals 3 times a day( Breakfast, lunch and dinner) in trekking for you.  
  • Seasonable Local fresh fruits after dinner.  
  • Twin sharing private comfortable room in trekking.
  • Everest trekking Map. 
  • Both ways domestic flight tickets from KTM/Lukla/KTM, inclusive taxes.
  • First aid medical kit, Ox meter to check pulse, heart rate and oxygen saturation at higher altitude.
  • Trip achievement certificate.  
  •  An experienced, knowledgeable, helpful and English-speaking trekking  guide.
  • Strong and friendly mountain porter to carry your trekking baggage. 
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipment’s, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter.  
  • Four season sleeping bag and down jackets to use for trekking, if necessary. 
  • All necessary paper works and Everest national park entry permits. 
  • Pasang Lamu rural municipality entry permit. 
  • Emergency helicopter rescue arrangement which will be paid by your insurance company. 
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System). 
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  •  All our government taxes, vat, local tax, tourist service charges.

Service Excluded in this Trip

  • Extra accommodation and meals in Kathmandu (Except Farewell Dinner)
  • All kinds of drinks (Hot/cold & alcoholic) in trekking.
  • Personal equipment.
  •  Travel and rescue insurance.
  • Extra personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, laundry, shower, excess baggage charges).
  • Tips for trekking staffs 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 trek starts with the arrival at Kathmandu and a tour of Kathmandu valley. Similarly, you will be diving to Shivalaya (1767m / 5350ft) by bus from Kathmandu. From there the trekking starts with an ascent to Bhandar. Likewise, from Bhander the trek embarks on its new trekking journey with a steep climb to Sete. Then from Sete after having a good night’s sleep the trek continues towards Junbeshi at an altitude of 2675m. For the following days of your trip, you will be trekking through different beautiful places like Taksindo, Khari Khola, Payu, Phakding until you reach Namche Bazaar for acclimatization.

Then after a good acclimatization period at Namche Bazaar, the trek continues with an ascent towards Tengboche. After Tengboche, the trek stops at Dingbouce for another acclimatization period. Similarly, from Dingboche, the trek continues towards Lobuche at an altitude of (4910m / 16108 ft). Likewise, from Lobuche, the trek continues with an ascent towards Everest Base Camp. Then after Everest Base Camp a small hike to Kala Pather will make your trip worthwhile. Furthermore, after the hiking trek back to Namche Bazaar and to Lukla. From there an early morning flight back to Kathmandu from Lukla and transfer to the hotel at 3 stars level.

After that the trip ends, our Airport Representative will drop you at the Kathmandu international airport for your final flight departure from Nepal.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to visit Everest Trek via JIRI?

The best time to visit the Everest Trek via JIRI is during the spring and autumn season. Not only through climate and weather but also through the festival point of view. Meaning during this time the visitors will experience different festivals. During this time the biggest festivals of Nepal Dashain and Tihar falls which can make all the visitor’s visits worthwhile. Similarly, at this time of year, the weather and climate are stable. And, you can travel in a clear sky.  Moreover, the sunshine will help to get a clear view of different peaks in the Everest region.

Can I visit Everest Trek via JIRI alone?

Is Everest Trek via JIRI difficult?

What is the cost to do the Everest Trek via JIRI?

What kinds of hotels will I find at the Everest Trek via JIRI trek?

What showers and laundry facilities will be available on the trek?

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Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?

What kind of physical condition should I be in for this trek?

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What is the food like on the trek?

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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.