There are a few reliable medical posts in the hills, such as the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) posts at Pheriche, Machhermo and Manang, and the Khunde Hospital which are all staffed by Western doctors. However, most accidents or illnesses will occur in the absence of reliable medical care. If you find yourself ill or injured in the mountains, here are the steps Agile Adventure Treks will take to rescue you.
Our staff will try to treat the medical problem themselves. If altitude sickness is suspected, we will descend with the victim immediately.
For the more serious medical problems emergency helicopter rescues will be arranged by Agile Adventure Treks.
If helicopter infiltration is possible, it may be necessary to transport the patient to a place where it is possible to land the helicopter.
Helicopter rescue services will rarely come to your aid without you either making a cash deposit or a promise in Kathmandu.
If you are trekking with Agile Adventure Treks we will arrange the rescue and initial payments, but the victim is responsible for reimbursing the cost of the flight which can be as high as USD 2000 per hour. Again, make sure you have insurance covering emergency helicopter rescue.