GET INSURED as i have trekked Everest, Annapurna and various other treks several times. I have seen people badly injured, i have seen a dead tourist on the Thorang La, i have seen sick people carried down on a yak and i have seen a small porter carry a heavy Italian in his basket as in the photograph. . The helicopters will not come and rescue you without a payment or insurance beforehand.
Make sure that you are acclimatised properly before arriving at Phortse. I felt a little altitude sickness there and was extremely worried as i could not go to a lower altitude without ascending a few 100m first. If you want to continue on the trail it's only upwards from now on, Dhole, Maccherma to Gokyo and if you want to return to Namche you must first go over the pass to Khumjung.
Make sure you eat!!!
No matter how bad the food can get when you are in the middle of the mountains, you have to eat it!!!
I was so sick of trekking food, I started to eat less and this caused head spins and not being able to recover from a simple cold and losing lots and lots of weight!!
Whatever you do, just eat lots! Even if everything tastes like onion soup...think of the yummy Nepalese food you can have back down the mountain!!!
This effects most people to some extent with shortness of breath, headaches, sleep disturbance and loss of appetite the commonest symptoms. To prevent the more serious brain and lung problems it is important to ascend slowly especially if trekking. The guides recommend 300 metres day if trekking. We were not trekking and did 500m /day. I took half a Diamox twice a day and I think it helped. Drink adequate water and only have one Everest or Lhasa beer at a time (it is great beer).
Beware the Yeti
The Yeti otherwise known as the Abominable snow man, believed to live in the Himalayas, has never been officially traced.
Many sightings of the mythical Yeti have been reported by locals and western visitors alike.
So convincing were the stories of huge ape/human like creatures feeding on the boughs of trees, leaving strange trails in the snow, that even Sir Edmund Hillary spent a time in the Himalayas on the Yeti trail, to no avail.
Although the Yeti’s existence has not been proven, you will no doubt here him running through the moutains when trying to sleep in your tent at night!!
CAREFUL OF EATING MEAT
Sagamartha Park is a non-killing zone so try eat vegetarian food as all meat is carried up by porters from below Lukla, so try and avoid yak steaks and burgers.
Be extremely cautious crossing glaciers as they are moving slowly all the time, stick to the routes that wind across them and don't stray from the path.
- Hiking and Walking
Careful of the yaks on the trail as they get out of the way for no-one, so stand well back to give the beast room to pass.
When you reach high altitudes make sure that you have a good pair of polaroid sunglasses as the strong sun reflecting on the snow can give you temporary snow blindness.