Health and Altitude

Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions goes to great lengths to maintain the highest standards of safety. Your health and happiness are our greatest concern.

Our guides are all trained in first aid and carry first aid supplies with them, enabling us to cope with a full range of possible illnesses.

One of the questions we are most frequently asked relates to acute mountain sickness (AMS) otherwise known as altitude sickness. This is caused by ascending at too rapid a rate and becoming dehydrated. We minimize the risk of AMS by carefully planning the route and itinerary.  We follow the 400m a day rule and walk at a reasonable pace and take plenty of breaks to rest, refresh and acclimatize.

Communicate carefully with your guide during the trek as your guide is highly experienced in the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness.  Remember, AMS can affect anyone, even the youngest and fittest member of the group.  You may be the only one in the group to suffer AMS.  In many cases stopping to rest, or even descending to lower altitude is enough to avoid AMS.  Your health is more important that the itinerary or keeping up with the group.  

For trekking peaks, the approach trek is a means of acclimatization and getting fit.  Rest days included in the itinerary are important to allow your body to acclimatize.  Even a physically fit person will notice that everything becomes more of a challenge at higher altitudes.

You are advised not to consume alcohol and cigarettes until you reach your destination if you are doing a high altitude trek above 4000m. (Beer and whisky are available.)

Travel Insurance 

Annapurna Foothills Treks strongly recommends that you purchase specialized travel insurance that covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your adventure into remote areas of Nepal.  It should include emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Rescue / Evacuations

In case of serious sickness or casualty, we will arrange your evacuation to the nearest hospital. You will be liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. Therefore, please make sure that it is covered by your insurance. Be prepared to cover the evacuation cost after getting back to Kathmandu.