Medical Considerations

Medical Considerations
On most treks, you will always be within a few days of medical help. If you are on a group trek, the leader should have the medical knowledge necessary to deal with emergencies and evacuation. If you are on your own, you will have to shoulder most of the responsibility for medical problems yourself. The sherpas who will accompany you are not doctors, nor are they first aid practitioners. It is essential that you bring your own first aid kit and be prepared to take care of your own blisters, cuts and scrapes. In the event of a real emergency, the sherpa sirdar will do his best to get you transported quickly to a qualified physician or an airstrip from which you may be evacuated to Kathmandu.

Medical Supplies
The supplies listed here are recommended for any trek. Since some of them are prescription drugs, you should visit your doctor and discuss the trip with them and obtain prescriptions. If your doctor makes recommendations contrary to the suggestions here, follow your doctor's advice, and obtain substitutes for these items. It is not necessary to burden yourself with a lot of medicines for the trek, though you should carry enough to take care of minor problems. The ones listed here are sufficient for most situations. You should be sure to provide your supply of own aspirin, band aids, etc. If you are taking an extended trek, you should consult Dr David Shlim's medical chapter in Stan Armington's Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya and equip your party to deal with possible problems and emergencies.

Basic first aid supplies
• Suntan lotion or sun blocking cream
• Lip salve (Chapstick, Blistex, or Glacier Cream)
• Foot powder
• Bandaids (plasters) and tape
• Moleskin or other blister pads
• Elastic (Ace) bandage
• Antiseptic cream
• Aspirin
• Throat lozenges or cough drops
• Decongestant tablets
• Iodine - small bottle for water purification
• Toilet paper & matches or a cigarette lighter to burn used TP
• Bactrim, Norbactin or other diarrhoea remedy