Sickness plagues the Everest region in April 2019

I have been coming to Nepal for years and I have never seen so much sickness, helicopter rescues, coughing and under prepared people as I have seen this season.

Physical strength, endurance walking long distances with weight is critical not only for a safe and successful trek to Everest. This preparation is essential for your health and well being in a remote area. The reliance on local staff to carry extra back packs, more horses than ever better carrying people up the trail, not down the trail is adding the challenges of Everest being more accessible than ever.

Sick before the trip, CANCEL!

Being Physically fit and strong before coming to the Everest region is important to remain healthy while trekking. By having put in the hours of training, coming with a strong immune system and both critical for your safety and the safety of everyone else trekking in the region. If you are sick before the trip, CANCEL!!!  Activate your insurance and reschedule your trip, especially if you are going a group of other people. You will ruin their once in a lifetime experience. Once you’re sick, it lowers the patient’s threshold for altitude sickness.

Here is the training we recommend. Do not show up under prepared on one of our trips or we will have to send you home early. If you are signed up to one of our trips you can set up a time to chat about training so you can fully understand this challenging and strenuous trek to high and extreme altitude.

The Unseen Threat

Cases of Swine Flu have been detected in the Everest region this season with confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu strain, known as swine flu.  Hundreds of people being shipped out in helicopters is not right. Sick people getting sicker and spreading this to other people when there is no need.  There are lots of challenges trekking to Everest but it is a reminder that if you are sick before your trip just cancel, get better and reschedule your trip. It’s simple, the trek is no going anywhere.

Doctors have detected a significant rise in influenza cases originating from the high-altitude trekking lodges of the Mount Everest region, this is an alarming new risk for international trekker and our local Nepali staff and lodge owners.

Spring is not the typical flu season. “Some of us are wondering if animals are keeping it alive, perhaps the yaks or birds. But most likely, a sick traveler has gone up there and spread it to the others. The flu is easily transmitted through the air via coughs and sneezes. Make sure you are using a buff in lodges and on the trail.