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If I could summarize our trip to Nepal would be the most exciting and spiritual trip we have ever done
Geortina Serpieri (Greece) | Annapurna Luxury Lodge, Nepal

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Do I need to take malarial medicine as a prophylactic when travelling in Nepal?

Malarial protozoa generally do not survive over an altitude of 1,400m so once you have arrived to Kathmandu and when you have started a trek in Everest region malaria poses a low risk (Lukla is at 2,800m and Kathmandu is at 1,450m).

When visiting the lowland regions of Nepal you should seek advice from your doctor about if and when to take malarial medicine as a prophylactic. For example the altitude of Chitwan National Park varies from 100m to 800m and Pokhara is at an altitude of 850m.  When visiting these places the chances of contracting malaria can be reduced by standard precautions such as sleeping under mosquito nets, applying insect repellent and wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers.

We strongly recommend you visit your local doctor or travel clinic before departure to get their latest advice.

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