Safety & Security
Manaslu region is a safe trekking area to trek provided the basic rules are observed. When the trek is being arranged by a trekking agency, most of the contingencies will be handled by its staffs. But when trekking alone, you may not have anyone to turn to help you. Therefore, trekkers should either hire a good trekking agency or hire reliable guides if trekking in smaller groups. Women guides are available for women trekkers.
The best way to avoid risks while trekking is by planning, playing by the rules and realizing human limitations. In case of misfortune, a detailed message should be dispatched to a reliable organization or individual immediately for rescue operation. If communication facilities are unavailable, the normal first aid principle should be followed till help arrives.
Some of the safety rules to abide are:
- Do not trek alone
- Do not display your cash or expensive items
- Keep belongings secure and within sight
- Make arrangement for handling emergency situation beforehand
- Register personal information and trekking plan details with the respective embassies
- Buy a travel insurance policy that covers helicopter rescue cost. Leave a copy of the details with an agency in Kathmandu
- Choose only authorized government registered trekking agencies, guides and potters.
While trekking, these are the more frequent problem you could face:
- An upset stomach, often caused by a change in diet or consuming contaminated food or water is a common ailment. To avoid it one should pay particular attention to hygiene and quality of food and drink.
- Cough, cold and sore throats are common in the dry mountain air. It can lead to chest infection. Sore throat can be best avoided by attempting not to breathe cold air directly through mouth. Smoking should also be avoided.
- Joint muscle strains, foot problems and blisters are also common. Wearing good footwear will go a long way in avoiding them. For sprains and strains, apply cold water to reduce swelling and support the joint with a crepe bandage.
- Try to go up too fast too soon can lead to high altitude sickness. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) occurs due to the effects of thin air at high altitudes and can be fatal at time even resulting death. Climbers going up to 3,000 meters or above should give their body plenty of time to acclimatize. Should you develop initial symptoms of AMS such as headache, loss of appetite, swelling of the limbs, nausea, and difficulty in sleeping, irregular breathing and unusual weariness, descend to lower altitude immediately and seek medical advice? Maintaining good fluid intake helps combat altitude sickness.