Nepal is a popular destination for adventurous Australian travellers. The country offers a variety of attractions including elephant rides and encounters with tigers in the Royal Chitwan National Park, rafting trips, trekking in the foothills of Mount Everest and the Annapurna Circuit as well as very challenging high altitude climbing opportunities. Nepal really has something for everyone.

Pre-travel Preparation Will Help Protect Your Health While You Are Away

Air pollution, altitude sickness (or acute mountain sickness) and major health issues and diseases can affect even the most frequent traveller. Consult a travel doctor prior to departure to assess your risks in relation to your medical history and travel plans.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude illness affects many travellers visiting mountainous regions or undertaking high altitude treks, in some cases with very serious consequences. Medication can be used to facilitate the process of acclimatisation to the rarefied atmosphere at high altitudes. Before your departure, it is important to discuss your specific risk with a doctor that understands the effects of high altitude travel.

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Safe Eating and Drinking Practices

One of the great pleasures of travel is sampling the local cuisine. However, contaminated food and beverages are a common cause of traveller’s diarrhoea and other gastrointestinal illnesses. Safe eating and drinking practices are essential in minimising your risk of contracting traveller’s diarrhoea.

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