Langtang Region Trekking

Acclimatization   and Safety   precautions

High altitude sickness  (HAS)  can be  life  threatening if  elevation is gained  too rapidly without proper acclimatization. Over exertion   and dehydration contribute to  HAS.Drink at least 3-4 liters of water everyday besides tea and coffee which   act as diuretics .Watch the health of your companions and porters. Medical doctor’s advise against ascending more than 400m a  day once  above 3000m elevation is important. Alternatively , one can spend an extra night at 3000m and  3,500m before ascending further .The symptoms are -headache ,difficulty in   sleeping,  breathlessness , loss of appetite  and general  fatigue .  If someone develops the symptoms ,stop ascending immediately . If symptoms persist , the only  proven cure is to descend to a lower elevation.Carrying a comprehensive first- aid kit is advisable as there are no medical facilities out side  Dhunche.

The  Langtang  Helambu trails are rocky and slippery after rain or frost .Watch out for falling rocks while crossing landslides  but do not stop. Never hike  along . Hiring  local guides is  strongly recommended on the  Ganja la(5,120m) trek and on Lauribina la ( 4600m) during winter. Emergency radio facilities are available at the  army posts at Ghora Tabela  and  Langtang .Telephone mobile facilities are available at singh Gompa and at major  settlement in Helambu .