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Information on Rabies and Malaria in Nepal


As you are preparing for your upcoming adventure in Nepal, many of you will be visiting travel doctors and making a plan for vaccinations and medication. We wanted to take this opportunity to provide some additional information regarding rabies pre-exposure vaccination and malaria prophylaxis.

Where There Be Dragons has no specific stipulations or requirements regarding these medications and vaccinations and you should know that it is up to your discretion. We hope the following information from us can supplement info you’ve already received. Please consult your travel doctor for ALL medical recommendations. We do our best to provide clear information, but also recognize that we at Dragons are not medical professionals and cannot give specific medical advice. This is to be worked out with your doctor.


While rabies is present in the region and dog bites can occur, “Clinics in Kathmandu that specialize in the care of foreigners almost always have complete post exposure rabies prophylaxis, including human rabies immune globulin,” according to the CDC.


According to the CDC, “Malaria is not a risk for most travelers to Nepal. There is no transmission of malaria in Kathmandu or Pokhara, the 2 main cities in Nepal. All the main trekking routes in Nepal are free of malaria transmission.”

Also note that many malaria prophylactics have side effects that should be considered before committing to 12 weeks of travel in a foreign country.

We hope this helps and please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions.