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Trek View on Nepal: Himalayan Studies Gap Year Semester with Where There Be Dragons

Staying Healthy

Dear students and families,

As we look forward to welcoming you in Nepal, we want to share a few tips that may help you stay healthy. The more proactive we are with health, the less likely it is that we will experience problems as individuals or as the group. As soon as you arrive in Nepal we will share more tips and information on this topic with you. For now we have a few suggestions for you that might be helpful. There are a few things to keep your immune system in good shape.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! And replenish (:
We stressed this in our packing yak too – having a bottle of clean water at hand will keep a ot of problems at bay. You may want to consider taking vitamin C and probiotics before you board the flight and remember to stay hydrated before and during your flight as airplanes can make your quite dry. (Pro tip: set your watches to Nepal time when you board and try to sleep accordingly, you’ll be less jetlagged when you land)

We strongly suggest that if you menstrate you bring reusable pads (like these http://lunapads.com/) or a menstrual cup (like the Diva Cup or Moon Cup). (Both are available in Nepal too, but only at select stores). Disposable pads are available widely throughout Nepal, tampons sporadically so. However, it can be very difficult for students to find appropriate places to dispose of used pads and tampons, especially when we are on a trek or staying in villages (and even in some urban homestays). Students have found it much easier and cleaner to use reusable pads or cups.

Staying fit!
Fitness means different things to different people, and staying fit (physically, emotionally, spiritually) will help you make the best out of your semester. While we hope you will learn a number of ways to do so here, it is advisable to set up some good habits for yourself before your arrive so as not to overwhelm yourself. Running, yoga, bodyweight excercises, mindfulness – try pushing yourself to do one fitness related thing a day and we’ll trade tips when you get here (:

We travel with a fully-stocked medical bag that includes prescription and over the counter meds. This includes generic forms of immodium, pepto-bismo, Ibuprofen and advil as well as nasal decongestant and cold medicine. There is no reason for you to bring your own stash of these medicines. That being said if it makes you more comfortable to have them you should feel free, just remember that all over the counter and prescription medications stay with the instructors throughout the duration of the trip. If you need prescription medication, bring enough to last you for the whole trip. Do not assume you can get the same medicine in Nepal. Apart from that if you deem necessary there are a few supplements that you can choose to bring along. Please note that these are only suggestions.

Here is the list:

1.Pro-Biotics- helps strengthen your gut.

2.Vitamin C – overall immunity boost, it is available in Nepal too.

3.Echinacea or Airborne- to fight off colds.

4.Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)- acts like a natural antibiotic (nutribiotic)

5.Activated Charcoal- absorbs bacteria and toxins in the intestines.

6.Vitamin supplements- We try to make sure that most of the meals we eat during our stay in Nepal is healthy and wholesome. But if you think you might need extra vitamins for the trek you can bring it along. (Omega supplement is available in Nepal)

7.Additionally, you could bring 1-3 paper face masks – with an N95 rating – to use while walking around Kathmandu or traveling on dry dirt roads, if you think you may be sensitive to dust and pollution. Instructors and students in the past have found them very handy. You can buy these at a home improvement store in the US (like Home Depot).

8. Nail clippers – keeping your fingernails clean keeps dirt out of your face, eyes and mouth!

If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us through the yak board or through email.

To health!
Your I-Team