Medical Tips Nepal 2008
Jabs Before travelling you will need to take the essential vaccinations - hepatitis A, tetanus and typhoid. These are free on the NHS. We also opted for rabies jabs ( expensive! ) and, although the biggest problem we encountered with dogs was their habit of barking all night, the knowledge of that medical insurance was reassuring - though it only provides you with time before you can receive full treatment. If you are going to lowland areas in Nepal such as the Terai further medication may be necessary.

Altitude Sickness This can be fatal if you fail to heed the symptoms ( nausea, headaches, vomiting ). The only cure is to descend for a while - you may be able to climb again the next day. Plan your route to ensure you climb slowly and build in rest days : attend any medical centre talk for advice : after you arrive at your overnight accommodation climb several hundred metres higher and then descend to sleep. It is more likely to affect the young than the old!! Consult your own doctor for advice before leaving or visit the Travel Doctor website. Having said all this, we climbed to beyond 5,400 metres without any difficulty.

Other medication It is also worth taking a good supply of Imodium to counteract diarrhoea and Malarone to protect against malaria if you are going to the low-lying regions. Your doctor will advise you on any further antibiotics together with something like Diamox to cope with high altitude.