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Safety

 

Nepal is now a very safe place to travel. The conflict between the Maoists and the government has ended and peace has been restored. Maoists became a main stream political party after the peace agreement and they have been in power several times since.

 

Return of peach in Nepal has helped boost tourism since 2010. More and more facilities and services are being established in the country to meet the increasing demand. 

 

 

Travel Insurance

To travel with us on any trip, we require you to have Travel insurance. We require that, as a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that you take a policy which also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
 

Our trip leader in the destination country will ask for evidence of your travel insurance including a 24 hour emergency contact number of your insurance company.

 

Trip leaders won't be able to call for an emergency helicopter evacuation on the trek unless you are covered for this.

 

 

Food And Drink In Nepal

Clean drinking water is readily available and your tour guide will advise you on safe water drinking stations throughout your travels. Upon booking a tour, Sherpa Tours will provide advice on hygienic eating while in Nepal. As a general rule; ensure your drinking water is clean, avoid ice cubes in drinks and “if you can peel it” it will be safe to eat in reference to fresh produce.  It is advisable to avoid eating food prepared at improperly set up shops in the street.

 

It is quite unknown that Nepal offers a fine dining experience with high quality food prepared to a standard known in the west.  As well as offering very hygienically prepared food, some of these fine dining restaurants (particularly in Kathmandu) will offer a cultural show along with dinner.

 

 

Physical fitness and health required

For the treks, the general rule is 'The fitter you are and the more preparation you have done for it, the more you will enjoy it.'

 

Note:   At the time of your booking, we provide you a chart which compares different trips against components that define the difficulty level of trips which helps you to plan suitable fitness training.

 

All travellers who travel with us need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully in the group travel experience. If, in the opinion of our group leader or company representative any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, we and our representatives reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.

 

Please consult with your doctor if you have any doubts about your health condition and suitability for a trip.

 

 

Altitude Sickness

When we ascend above 2500 meters, our bodies have to acclimatise to the decreasing amount of the oxygen available. During the acclimatization process, you may experience adverse effects on your health due to the altitude, potentially including Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) and High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE).

 

Because of this, it is very important that you make yourself aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude and monitor your health during this trip. For further information, please refer to the following website     http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm.

 

The symptoms you may experience in the high altitude may be headache, tiredness, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite/nausea, shortness of breath, cough, palpitation, and swelling of the hands and face.

 

Individuals acclimatise at different rates. Your best strategy is to take your time and drink plenty of water. These symptoms may not indicate the onset of Acute Mountain Sickness (A.M.S.) and if you experience them it does not necessarily mean that you should not continue.

 

Sherpa Tours have carefully designed all itineraries so that you ascend slowly, allowing acclimatisation to occur. All trekking leaders used by our agent have extensive first aid training and we urge you to communicate with your leader at all times should you believe you have any symptoms. The only cure for Acute Mountain Sickness is to descend. Please note that your group leader may ask you to descend if symptoms persist.

 

 

Vaccinations

Please consult a travel vaccination specialist for up to date information.

 

Further information on vaccinations will be provided at the time of your booking a trip.

 

 

Emergency Contact

Upon booking a trip, we will provide emergency contact in Nepal.

 

 

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional AUS $500, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of any diseases) necessitate a change to our planned route.

 

 

Issues On Your Trip

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

 

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip but we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.

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