Health care services in Kathmandu Valley are sound. All kinds of medicines, including those imported from overseas are available in Kathmandu. Kathmandu Valley also offers the services of major general hospitals and private clinics. Health posts have been set up by the Government in different parts of rural Nepal. For major health crisis or emergency, one may have to be evacuated to Kathmandu.
- A travel insurance policy that covers medical treatment is recommended for all tourists.
- Similarly, we recommend you to make sure that the insurance covers activities such as trekking, rafting etc. that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal
- Getting special vaccinations are not necessary when visiting Nepal.
- We still recommend that you consult with your physician regarding special immunizing against any tropical disease.
- It may be a good idea to get a complete check up before departure.
- We recommend that you undertake training programs to be physically fit if you plan to go high-altitude trekking or mountaineering when youre visiting Nepal.
- Please read up on altitude sickness (AMS), diarrhea, Giardia, Dysentry, Cholera, Hepatitis, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Meningitis, Diptheria, Malaria and HIV/ AIDS. Information and little precautions can often save lives.
- Always make sure that your water is clean by opting for boiled and then cooled water, treated water or sealed water.
- Always carry a bottle of water when trekking or venturing off away from the city/ town.
- Do not walk bare feet on damp mud and grass in unknown areas.
- Please do not swim in lakes and water bodies, especially where depth and vegetation are not known.
- Please have a handy medical first aid kit ready for any situation.
A simple but adequate medical kit can be very useful while traveling to Nepal. A list of the recommended medicines is as below-- Suntan lotion or sun-block cream
- Lip Salve (chapstick, blistex, or glacier cream)
- Foot power
- Band-Aids (plasters) and tape
- Moleskin or other blister pads
- Elastic (Ace) bandage
- Throat lozenges or cough drops
- Decongestant tablets
- Iodine-small bottle for water purification
- Toilet paper and matches or cigarette lighter to burn used TP
- Bacterium or other diarrhoea remedy
- Antibiotic eye drop
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (ibroprofen)
- Clotrimazole 1% or miconazole 2%
- Decongestant (Actifed)
- Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
- Hydrocortisone 1%
- Ioperamide (Imodium)
- Norfloxacin 400mg or ciprofloxacin
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Rehydration salts