You will probably be drinking at least two-three litres of water a day whilst trekking,
it is thirsty business. All fresh water is to be considered contaminated unless
it has been boiled. You can also drink water from a bottle with an unopened seal,
or treat your own with iodine. A small pich of Vitamin C will neutralise the taste.
On the trek there are also Safe Water Drinking Stations. See below.
Before embarking on your trek you should contact MASTA (www.masta.org) for up to
the minute health advice. It is important that you look after your health but make
sure you do not become obsessive. Make sure that you have the correct immunisations.
If visiting the Royal parks you will need to check on any Malaria advice for the
area. However, current advice suggests that there is no risk in Kathmandu, Pokhara
or the main trekking areas.
Dental care whilst trekking is non-existent so it would be a good idea to have a
check up before leaving the UK.
High Altitude Mountain Sickness is not to be taken lightly and Tika is well aware
of the first signs. There is a separate section on this web site dealing with this.
Medical Care is available at Manang. This village is a usual one day acclimatisation
stop and a couple of Doctors are stationed here during the main trekking season.
In the afternoons they give a lecture on AMS and these are well worth attending.
I have been to them and can vouch that they are very good indeed. There is no charge
for attending but a small donation goes down well. They are also available for consultations
but a fee is charged in this instance.
There are hospitals at Besisahar, Jomosom, Baglung and Pokhara and Medical Posts
at Ghandruk, Tatopani and Manang.
I have never needed Medical aid but it is nice to know that there are some facilities
along the trail.
Operated by ACAP safe water drinking stations are dotted along the Annapurna Circuit.
You can fill your water bottle from these stations cheaper than the cost of the
bottled variety. It is also a way of maintaining a Low Impact Trekking policy whilst
in Nepal. Plastic discarded water bottles are a huge problem. Disposal of plastic
is a world wide problem and even more so in a country like Nepal.