When I found out that the most common causes of death among trekkers in Nepal are trauma, accidents, falls and violence, I was like ‘WHAT!’ With further research, I came to know that among all the accidents, only 10-15% were due to adverse conditions (even more ‘WHATT!’). This means that about 85% of the accidents occur due to human errors. Records of last few years suggest, out of 275,950 trekkers who visited Nepal, 40 died by falling from cliff paths.
Moreover, trekking accidents don’t just happen to the inexperienced ones. So, I decided to write on things you can do to lessen or even avoid these accidents while trekking in Nepal.
Planning your trek
I would recommend you to choose a good travel agency with good guides. I have come across instances where the travel agencies were terrible. The guides know the dangers in trails and how to stay safe during the treks. Now, I am sure, some of you would certainly want to go solo trekking. If so, I would advise you to stick to the regular trails avoiding difficult and less-traveled trails.
Also, NEVER try to trek too fast. If a trek is supposed to be completed in 10 days, complete it in 10 days or more. Reducing time would mean increasing the difficulty and making the trek more dangerous.
The best time to trek in Nepal is the Post-Monsoon (Mid September to November) season. If you are trekking at this time, Great! Other seasons are also ok but try to AVOID Monsoon and Winter seasons! In monsoon, it would rain (get a raincoat), the trails get slippery (good boots) and crossing rivers would be dangerous (increase in level of water and current).
People also suffer, as landslides are common during monsoon so considering it is important.
In winter, it gets really cold. It usually snows in the mountain regions, even piles of them get collected on the ground and slopes that make trekking more difficult. There are even chances of avalanches occurring so stay careful.
Be Fit and Suit up
It is very important that you are both physically and mentally prepared for your trek. Visit your doctor for checkups, do some workouts, go running, do yoga, do meditation; anything that suits you. Take care of medications, getting ill during a trek is the worst. If you are unwell, let others know, don’t keep it to yourself.
Now that you are fit as a fiddle, the next thing to do is to gear up. Have all the necessary gears that you will need. Clothing is also very important. Make sure your boots and other gears are proper and suitable for trekking.
Mountains! Trekking on mountainous region is scary, at least for me. Death rate of trekkers in Nepal is 14 in 100,000 and there is approximately 10% chance of dying when climbing above 6,000m. Now you must be scared too right? You will go along fine if you are careful about altitude sickness, high passes, climbing on a rope and this may sound funny but, passing through animals.
Similarly, there are certain restricted areas, and they’re restricted for a reason. Be wise while choosing your trekking route and crew! Pay special attention to whatever you do throughout the trek!
You should not take trekking too lightly. Your small inconsiderate action can turn into a disaster. Your adrenaline may propose you to climb a rock or jump into the water. But before you do anything crazy, think about the aftermath. Taking alcohol or other intoxicating drugs might seem fun but avoid them. Also, learn and respect the culture and practices of the people living in those areas. Maintain goodwill and don’t get into trouble with the locals. Simple formula for a happy stay!
Even a cut from a razor blade taken carelessly during your trek is fatal! You may land up losing your finger! I am not trying to warn or scare you off but advice you! Giving special attention to these things would keep you safe, secure and glad!
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