A high altitude trek known as an adventurous trek. But embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by Go The Himalaya (GTH) to minimize or address the risks in the best possible way. The main risks of trekking in Nepal are as follows.
1) Risk: Acute Mountain Sickness (High Altitude sickness)
Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. We like to suggest you that aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness), HACE and HAPE. The symptoms are mild headache, breathlessness, vomiting, fatigue, Anorexia, dizziness, sleep disturbance, nausea, general discomfort, hallucination, confusion, behavior change, blood stained sputum, dry cough etc.
Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader or your guide and follow his instructions. Every campsite has a first aid kit, (maybe oxygen cylinders) to address the situation. If situation is getting worse then the guide or team leader inform us and we send rescue Helicopter as soon as possible.
2) Risk: Weather
Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favorable.
Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.
3) Risk: Injuries
While trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.
All our guide are trainer of First Aid. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head or charted helicopter and is led to nearest medical Centre.
4) Risk: Landslides and Avalanches
Trekking in deep valley have a several risk like landslide, flood, collapse of bridge or trekking trials, and avalanches. This is mostly happens in monsoon season in lower region. In winter, there is high risk of avalanches in some part of trekking. Sometimes this can become a disaster because of heavy rain and snow due to global warming and climate change.
Response: This problem occurs due to the bad weather and heavy raining. We frequently check the weather and plan accordingly. Our experience guide know that which place have a possibility of landslide and avalanches as well as the idea how to avoid it.
5) Risk: Robbery
Nepal Himalaya is 100 percent secure for trekking. We don’t have an example of robbery and stolen. However you always clever in this kind of things.
Respanse: Our team always careful about the losing things. So they always check after check out and rest. You are not alone in the trekking. Our team always with you. We advise you that please
- don’t carry the jewelries and expansive materials during trekking,
- do not walk alone in dense forest and quite areas
- Always lock your hotel doors and window when you are going out.
- Do not spent time much with suspicious person
- Keep your data secret like where you are staying, how many you are etc
- Inform your guide as soon as possible when you lost somethings.
- Always recheck and reconfirm yourself.
6) Risk: Get Lost
In trekking there is so many confusing trials. And it is easy to get lost. We have a news every year that trekkers lose the way and get lost. It is quite hard to choose correct way without experience and expertise. You need to be very careful in this case during the trekking.
Response: Our guide are very experience in the field. They know every trail and ways even in the glacier and High Mountain. So there is no risk of losing way if you follow our guide. However, we advise you that:
- Do not walk alone.
- If you like to walk alone then make sure that people are surrounding.
- Always inform your team if you go somewhere alone or by yourself.
- Always keep phone with you, call your guide if you confuse.
- If you find confusing then return as soon as possible by same way.
- Call the Nepal police in 100 if you get lost.
These are the major risk found in trekking in Nepal. If you find anything confusing and then contact us 24/7 via Whatsapp, Kakaotalk, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat or Mail.