Safe drinking water is crucial during your Everest region trek to stay hydrated and maintain your health. The availability of drinking water can vary depending on the location, but there are several options for obtaining and treating water during your trek:
Bottled water is available for purchase at most lodges and teahouses along the trekking route. However, this option can be expensive, especially at higher elevations, and contributes to plastic waste in the region. It is recommended to seek more sustainable alternatives.
Tap or stream water
You may come across tap or stream water sources along the trail. While this water might appear clean, it could contain bacteria, viruses, or other contaminants, so it is essential to treat the water before consumption.
Water purification methods: To ensure safe drinking water, use one of the following purification methods:
a. Water purification tablets or drops: Chlorine or iodine-based tablets or drops are a lightweight and portable option for purifying water. Follow the instructions on the package for proper use. Keep in mind that some people may be sensitive to the taste or the iodine content of treated water.
b. Water filters: Portable water filters can remove bacteria, protozoa, and sometimes viruses from the water. They are available in various forms, such as pump filters, gravity filters, or water bottles with built-in filters.
c. UV purifiers: Ultraviolet (UV) purifiers like the SteriPEN use UV light to kill bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in the water. These devices are compact, lightweight, and effective but require batteries to operate.
Most lodges and teahouses offer boiled water for a small fee. Boiling water is an effective way to kill bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, making it safe to drink. Make sure the water has been boiled for at least one minute (or three minutes at higher elevations) to ensure proper purification.
To stay hydrated during your trek, it's essential to drink at least 3-4 liters of water per day. Be prepared with your preferred water purification method and avoid relying solely on bottled water for environmental reasons. Always ensure that the water you consume is properly treated to minimize the risk of waterborne illnesses.