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There are various permits such as trekking permits, national park permits, conservation area permits required for trekkers and tourists.

 
TIMS
 
TIMs is an abbreviation of ‘Trekkers’ Information Management Systems’. TIMs is kind of a permit card issued by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board. TIMs is mandatory for entering all normal trekking areas in Nepal.
 
In the TIMS Card, you will have to fill in information about the dates of your trip, the itinerary, and a contact number. These data will be inserted in the visitors’ database, where they can be accessed for park management purposes or for rescue missions in case of accidents and/or natural calamities.
 
Trekkers and tourists can avail the card at specific counters designated by TAAN and NTB including their own head offices in Kathmandu.
 
There are two types of TIM Cards:
 
(a) Individual (Green coloured) TIMS
 
Free Individual Trekker (FIT) or Single trekkers who are planning to trek without the help of assistants (guides or porters) are required to obtain Green TIMS card. Green TIMS card can be obtained by paying Nepali currency equivalent to US$20 per person. The form can be filled out by the trekkers themselves by visiting the nearest TIMS Center. Such FIT trekkers will have to take full responsibility of the possible risks while trekking. 
 
(b) Group (Blue coloured) TIMS
 
Blue TIMS card is for those trekkers who are travelling in groups accompanied by assistants (guides and/or porters). Such groups of trekkers will be taking the service of government-authorized trekking agencies. The trekking agencies will help the groups to obtain Blue TIMS card by paying Nepali currency equivalent of US$20 per person.
 
Please note: Citizens of SAARC countries will have to pay NRs. 200. Nepali currency equivalent of US$ 10 per person
 

 

Restricted or Controlled Area Trekking permits
 
There are many remote and cultural and naturally sensitive areas in Nepal which are not fully opened for tourism. The government of Nepal has designated certain areas as ‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ to preserve the unique culture and nature of the area from the negative impact of mass tourism.
 
Dolpa, Taplejung, Upper Mustaing, Manaslu, Gauri Shankar, Humla, Rasuwa and Sankhuwasabha are some of the Restricted areas in Nepal.
 
‘Restricted or Controlled Area’ in trekking parlance means those areas where limited number of trekkers is allowed every year. Anyone who wishes to trek in Restricted or Controlled Area will have to travel in groups of at least two people and only after paying certain royalties to the government.
 
Such trips are usually organized by government registered trekking companies. As said before, the group size should comprise a minimum of two members. In additions, while trekking in such areas will require trekkers to be accompanied by guides and porters. 
 

Please find below a list of Restricted/Controlled Areas and the corresponding fees required to obtain Trekking permit:

 

  S.No. District/Areas Season  Permit Fees
  1. Lower Dolpa
Upper Dolpa
Throughout
the year
US$10 per person per week.
US$500 per person for first 10 days and afterwards US$50 per person per day.
  2. Kanchenjunga Region (Olangchungola, Lelep, Papung & Yamphudin) Throughout
the year
US$10 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency
  3. Upper Mustang Throughout
the year
US$500 per person for first 10 days and afterwards US$50 per person per day
  4. Manaslu Sep-Nov
Dec-Aug
US$70 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$10 per person per day
US$50 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$7 per person per day
  5. Chhekampar & Chunchet Sep-Nov
Dec-Aug
US$35 per person for first 8 days
US$25 per person for first 8 days
  6. Dolakha District (Gauri Shankar & Lamabagar)   US$10 per person per week and afterwards US$7 per person per day
  7. Humla District (Simikot, Yari, Limi, Muchu, Darma)   US$50 per person for first 7 days and afterwards US$10 per person per week
  8. Rasuwa District (Thuman & Timure) and Sankhuwasabha District (Kimathanka, Chepuwa, Hatiya & Pewakhola)   US$10 per person per week for first 4 weeks and afterwards US$20 per person per week
National Park/Conservation Area permits:
Nepal has a total of 10 national parks, 3 wildlife reserves, 6 conservation areas and 1 hunting reserve. To enter into these protected areas, tourists/trekkers will be required to obtain government permit.
 
Below is the list of entrance Fees applicable to tourists visiting National.
 
  National Parks /
  Wildlife Reserves /
  Conservation Areas
SAARC
Per person
per entry (in NRs.)
Foreigners
Per person
per entry (in NRs.)
Child Discount
Per person
per entry (in NRs.)
  Chitwan National Park 750 1500 Below 10 yrs free
  Langtang National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
  Everest National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
  Bardiya National Park 500 1000 Below 10 yrs free
  Rara National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
  Shivapuri National Park 500 500 Below 10 yrs free
  Shey-Phosundo National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
  Makalu-Barun National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
  Khaptad National Park 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
       
  Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve 500 1000 Below 10 yrs free
  Parsa Widlife Reserve 500 1000 Below 10 yrs free
  Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve 500 1000 Below 10 yrs free
  Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve 1500 3000 Below 10 yrs free
       
  Annapurna Conservation Area 200 2000 Below 10 yrs free
  Kanchenjunga Conservation Area 200 2000 Below 10 yrs free
  Manaslu Conservation Area 200 2000 Below 10 yrs free
  Gaurishankar Conservation Area 200 2000 Below 10 yrs free
 
 
The Filming (Documentary) fee in all Protected Areas of Nepal are as follows:
 
SAARC nationals: NRs. 25,000
Other foreign nationals: US $1,000 ( or Equivalent Nepali Rupees)
One liaison officer will be sent with each filming (documentary) team.
 
# Note: Prices are subject to change without any prior notice.
 
Trekking peaks are regulated by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) in Nepal. Anyone wishing to climb trekking peaks will first have to obtain trekking permit issued by NMA. We are a member of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
We can arrange all the necessary permits for you beforehand. 
 

How much fees (royalties) do I have to pay to obtain trekking peaks permit?

 
Royalty for Foreign climbers (per person in US dollar)
Group 'A' Peaks
 
S.N Name of the peak Region Height Permit Fee (In US dollars)
Spring
(March-April-May)
Autumn
(Sept-Oct-Nov)
Winter
(Dec-Jan-Feb)
Summer
(June-July-Aug)
1 Cholatse Khumbu 6423m 250 125 70 70
2 Kyazo Ri Mahalangur 6151m 250 125 70 70
3 Phari Lapcha Mahalangur 6159m 250 125 70 70
4 Nirekha Mahalangur 6169m 250 125 70 70
5 Langsisa Ri Jugal 6412m 250 125 70 70
6 Obmigaichen Mahalangur 6340m 250 125 70 70
7 Bokta Kanchenjunga 6114m 250 125 70 70
8 Chekigo Gaurishankar 6121m 250 125 70 70
9 Lobuje  West Khumbu 6135m 250 125 70 70
10 Larkya Peak Manaslu 6416m 250 125 70 70
11 ABI Mahalangur 6043m 250 125 70 70
12 Yubra Himal Langtang Himal 6048m 250 125 70 70

 

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Royalty for Foreign climbers (per person in US dollar)
Group 'A' Peaks
 
S.N Name of the peak Region Height Permit Fee (In US dollars)
Spring
(March-April-May)
Autumn
(Sept-Oct-Nov)
Winter
(Dec-Jan-Feb)
Summer
(June-July-Aug)
1 Hiunchuli Annapurna Himal 6423m 250 125 70 70
2 Singhu Chuli (Fluted Peak) Annapurna Himal 6501m 400 200 100 100
3 Mera Peak Khumbu Himal 6470m 250 125 70 70
4 Kusum Kangru Khumbu Himal 6360m 250 125 70 70
5 Kwangde Khumbu Himal 6011m 250 125 70 70
6 Chulu West Manang 6419m 250 125 70 70
7 Chulu East Manang 6584m 400 200 100 100
8 Imja Tse(Island Peak) Khumbu Himal 6160m 250 125 70 70
9 Pharchamo Rolwaling Himal 6187m 250 125 70 70
10 Lobuje Khumbu Himal 6119m 250 125 70 70
11 Ramdung Rolwaling Himal 5925m 250 125 70 70
12 Pisang Peak Manang 6091m 250 125 70 70
13 Khongma Tse Khumbu Himal 5849m 250 125 70 70
14 Ganja-la Chuli Langtang Himal 5844m 250 125 70 70
15 Paldor Peak Langtang Himal 5896m 250 125 70 70
     
 

 

Nepal is world renowned as the land of Himalayas. Out of fourteen 8000m above peaks in the world, eight of them including the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, is in Nepal. Nowhere else on earth can one find such a concentration of high snow peaks than Nepal. These highest peaks provide the greatest opportunity for climbing expeditions on earth. We organize mountaineering expeditions to all the major peaks in Nepal with years of expertise in arranging permits, guides and all other logistics for the mountaineers. Following are the major peaks we organizing expeditions for.
 
 
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation    Grade
Mt. Amadablam Khumbu Region Camping 30 Days 6856m. Challenging
Mt. Amadablam with Island Peak Khumbu Region Camping 35 Days 6856m. Challenging
Mt. Everest Khumbu Khumbu Region Camping 60 Days 8848m. Challenging
Mt. Pumori Khumbu Region Camping 35 Days 7525m. Challenging
Mt. Nuptse Khumbu Region Camping 54 Days 7855m. Challenging
Mt. Lhotse Khumbu Region Camping 55 Days 8516m. Challenging
Mt. Baruntse Khumbu Region Camping 39 Days 7129m. Challenging
Mt. Dhaulagiri I Annapurna Region Camping 60 days 8167m. Challenging
Mt. Annapurna IV Annapurna Region Camping 43 Days 7525m. Challenging
Mt. Annapurna I Annapurna Region Camping 40 Days 8091m. Challenging
Mt. Tilicho Peak Annapurna Region Camping 40 Days 7135m. Challenging
Mt. Manaslu  Manaslu Region Camping 68 Days 8163m. Challenging
Mt. Makalu I Everest Region Camping 69 Days 8463m. Challenging
Mt. Thapa Peak Dhaulagiri Region Camping 22 Days 6015m. Challenging
 

 

Climbers who are interested in climbing mountains above 7000m, called expedition peaks, should get permits directly from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation. We can arrange all the necessary permits for you.
 
How much fee (royalties) do I have to pay  for expedition on mountains over 7000m including Mt. Everest?
 
Royalty for Foreign Climber per Person in US Dollar
S.N. Mountain Spring Season Autumn Season Winter/Summer
1. Everest Normal Route 11000   5500 2750
2. Everest Other Route 10000 5000 2500
3. Others Mountain more than 8000 m. 1800    900 450
4. 7501m.-7999m. 600 300 150
5. 7000m. – 7500m. 500 250 125
6. 6501m – 6999m.  400   200 100
8. Mt. Amadablam (6812M)  400 400 200
9. Less than 6500m. 250 125 70
 
 
Getting Visa to travel to Nepal is simple and easy.
 
Foreigner who intends to visit Nepal must hold valid passport (with at least 6 months validity from the expected date of arrival in Nepal) or any travel document equivalent to passport issued by their respective government.
 
A. Entry
No foreigner is entitled to enter into and stay in Nepal without valid visa. 
Tourist entry visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following immigration offices/points in Nepal:
 
  1. Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  2. Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  3. Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  4. Kodari, Sindhupalchowk, (Northern Border)
  5. Kerung (Northern border)
  6. Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  7. Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  8. Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  9. Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
 
 
B. Visa fee:
Visa Facility                     Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days     US$30
Multiple entry 30 days US$50
Multiple entry 90 days      US$125
 
C. Tourist Visa Extension
1. Visa extension (within Valid Visa Period) US$3 per day.
2. Visa Extension (with Multiple Entry) Additional US$25
3. Visa Extension (After Visa Expiration) Late Fee US$5 per day
 
For Visa extension, you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
 
Visa Requirements
A valid passport and one passport-size photo with a light background. 
 
Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. 
 
Credit Card, Nepali currency and Indian currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee. 
 
 
Step by Step On-Arrival Visa Process:
Before you start the visa process, please be sure to have following documents with you:
 
  1. Passport (with at least 6 months validity from the expected date of arrival in Nepal)
  2. Two Photographs (1.5” * 1.5”)
  3. Cash to pay visa fees (in US Dollars or equivalent convertible currency) Note:  Credit Card, Indian Currency and Nepali Currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee. 
  4. A completed Online Tourist Visa form which is available at https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np/online. You can also fill it at the airport on your arrival. 
 
 
First Step 
Fill in ' Arrival Card' on your arrival at the airport/immigration points
A completed Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form 
 
 
Second Step 
Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days) and get receipt. You are advised to carry some cash for making the payment (Cash could be in US Dollars or equivalent convertible currency)
 
 
Third Step
Hand in your form at Immigration Desk along with your receipt and passport
 
 
Gratis Visa (Free Visa)
Gratis Visa is issued free of cost for following foreign applicants:
 
Children below 10 years from SAARC region
 
Children who are below 10 years and from SAARC region (except Afghanistan)  are offered free visa for up to 30 days provided they are visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on-arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration.
 
Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
   
Chinese Nationals
 
Chinese nationals can get free visas from the Nepal Embassy in Beijing, and the Nepal Consulate Office in Lhasa, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Chinese citizens can also get free on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport as well as at all the immigration points. 
 
Other Visa Information
 
Nationals from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan do not get On-arrival visa at the immigration entry points of Nepal. They will need to obtain visa from Nepal embassies or Diplomatic mission from their respective countries. 
 
(For further information, please look at the following link: https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
 

 

Payment in hotels, trekking/travel agencies, and airlines are made in foreign exchange. Most of the International Cards  including Visa Card, Master Card, JCB, Maestro, Americal Express etc. are widely accepted by hotels, restaurants and leading travel/trekking agents. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepalese Rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted by the bank. ATM and Debit cards are widely in use in major cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini etc. 
 
Nepalese Rupees are found in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. One rupee equals 100 paisa. The rate regularly fluctuates and is fixed and published by Nepal Rastra Bank every other day.
 
 
For Current Exchange rate, Please click here  (Official link).
Nepal basically has four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February).
 
However, owing to its varied geography, weather conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another. The higher you give up north, it tends to be cooler whereas the deeper the south you go the hotter it is comparatively. 
 
In the hilly and Himalayan regions, summers are cool and balmy and winters are severe, while in tropical plains of the Terai in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. The temperatures in the valleys  of Kathmandu and Pokhara tend to be pleasant with average summer and winter temperatures. 
 
The temperature ranges from below zero to 25 degrees in the Hills and Himalayas where as it can reach up to 35 degrees in flat lands of Terai. 
 
The monsoon rain fall occurs during the summer. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones. Travelling in Nepal is possible throughout the year. 
 
There are multitudes of trekking areas you can visit in Nepal throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to do trekking are during spring and autumn. These are also the seasons when many of the biggest festivals of Nepal are observed. 
In Nepal 33 peaks with an elevation ranging from 5500m to 6600m have been designated as trekking peaks. Some of the trekking peaks are technically difficult and some are easy to climb. We organize trek and peak climbing on 27 peaks (please see the list below) which are located in the Khumbu, Langtang, Annapurna and Manang regions. We provide all necessary camping equipment, experienced climbing guides, Sherpas, porters and arrange for necessary climbing permits from NMA. 
 
Trekking Peaks 
 
Group A NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association) Peaks
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation Grade
Mt Cholatse Peak Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6440m. Challenging
Mt. Labuche West Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 22 Days 6145m. Challenging
Mt. Kyazo Ri Mahalangur Camping 27 Days 6186m. Challenging
Mt. Phari Lapcha Mahalangur Camping 19 Days 6017m. Challenging
Mt. Nirekha Mahalangur Camping 25 Days 6159m. Challenging
Mt. Ombigaichen Peak Mahalangur Camping 16 Days 6340m. Challenging
Mt. Abi Peak Mahalangur Camping 24 Days 6097m. Challenging
Mt. Langsisa Ri  Jugal Camping 20 days 6427m. Challenging
Mt. Bokta Kanchenjunga  Camping 30 Days 6143m. Challenging
Mt. Chekigo Gaurishankar  Camping 24 Days 6257m. Challenging
Mt. Larkya Peak Manaslu Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 15 Days 6010m. Challenging
Mt. Yubra Himal Langtang Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 14 Days 6035m. Challenging
 
 
 
Group B NMA Peaks
Name of the Peak Location Trip Type Duration Elevation Grade
Mt. Hiuchuli  Annapurna Himal  Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 21 Days 6441m.  Challenging
Mt. Singu Chuli (Fluted Peak) Annapurna Himal  Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 23 Days 6501m. Challenging
Mt Mera Peak Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 25 Days 6654m. Challenging
Mt. Kusum Kangru Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 26 Days 6367m. Challenging
Mt. Kongde Ri Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6011m. Challenging
Mt. Imja Tse (Island Peak)  Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 16 Days 6160m. Challenging
Mt. Lobuche East Peak Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 18 Days 6119m. Challenging
Mt. Khongmo Tse (Mehra Peak)  Khumbu Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 17 Days 5849m. Challenging
Mt. Chulu West Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 24 Days 6419m. Challenging
Mt. Chulu East  Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 21 Days 6584m. Challenging
Mt. Pisang Peak Manang District, Gandaki Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 28 Days 6091m. Challenging
Mt. Pharchamo  Rolwaling Himal Camping 21 Days 6187m. Challenging
Mt. Ramdung GO Rolwaling Himal Camping 24 Days 5925m. Challenging
Mt. Ganjala Chuli (Naya Kang) Langtang Himal Lodge (teahouse)/Camping 14 Days 5844m. Challenging
Mt. Paldor Peak Ganesh Himal Camping 17 Days 5996m. Challenging
 
 

There is no scarcity of electricity in Nepal as before. Nepal is now a load shedding-free country. Almost all the cities and villages in Nepal have 24 hours electricity. Nepal is investing more on developing micro and mega hydropower along with tourism and agriculture. Alternative energies such as solar, geothermal, wind, biogas are also being developed on a national scale in many municipalities.

Nowadays, strikes and bandhs rarely occur in Nepal. There is a stable government in Nepal following the 2017 election. The present government has focused on prosperity, peace and development. Tourism, Infrastructure development, agriculture and hydropower are the main priorities of the government. 

Flood and landslides occur occasionally, especially during monsoon or rainy season (June, July, August). Because of the hilly terrain, Nepal is prone to such landslides and floods on a regular basis.
Here is a comprehensive of list of equipments and clothing you would require whilst trekking in Nepal:
 
  • Lightweight walking boots, spare laces
  • Sleeping bag and down jacket
  • 2 Long shorts, A water proof jacket with hood or Poncho, Underwear
  • 2 cotton T-shirts, 2 trousers – (loose and comfortable), Waterproof pants
  • Thermal underwear(Top and bottom)
  • Gloves, Sun-hat, One pair of sandals, Woolen hat, 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks
  • Flash light, Toiletries with towels
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen with a high SPF factor
  • Lip balm with a higher SPF factor
  • Water bottle, Purification equipment (Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets are highly recommended), Iodine for the purification of drinking water, Daypack, Rucksack
Aspirin, Moleskin and blister kits, Diamox, Imodium for diarrhea, Knee support, Band- Aids for minor cuts and burns, Feminine hygiene materials, Insect repellant with DEET are some of the important items you need to include.
Below is a list of mountaineering equipment you will require for your climbing adventure.
 
  • Mountaineering Equipments
    Trekking poles, Crampons, Ice axe, Helmet, Harness, Carabiners, Shovel, Climbing pack, Rope 
 
  • Clothing and Wears
    Trekking shoes with spare laces, Mountaineering Boots, Gore-Tex pants, Long shorts, Insulated Parka, Jumper, Waterproof Jackets, Down Jacket, Fleece Vest, Wool cap, Neck Gaiter, Gloves, Climbing Socks, Thermal Underwear, Sandals
 
  • Essential Gears
    Backpacks, Sleeping Bag + sleeping pad, Tent/Bevy, 
 
  • Gadgets
    Map, Compass, GPS, Two way radios, Binoculars, Head Lamp, Flashlight
 
  • Sun Protection Items
    Sun glasses, sun scream, Lip balm
 
  • Medical 
    First aid Kit
 
  • Other Essentials
    Energy Bars, Water bottle, Water Purification Tablets, Toiletries, 
 
 
Note: You can bring the above mentioned equipments from your home country or you can also hire (rent) in Kathmandu. Our climbing guide will assist you to select necessary equipments.
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.
 
Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:
  • Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Insomnia
  • Needles and Pins Sensation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nose bleed
  • Persistent rapid pulse
  • Diarrhea
  • Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet and face)
 
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:
  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid HAS
  • Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
  • Make sure you have previous experience of trekking and/or climbing in high altitude regions
  • Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
  • Take enough rest at lower level to acclimatize with the climate.
  • Cross check with your medical practitioner before trekking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice.