Altitude Sickness

When people think about trekking in Nepal, a question comes in their mind about altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is a sickness caused due to climbing to a high elevation with low oxygen level quickly. Altitude sickness generally occurs above the altitude of 2500 meters. You should not be concerned about it; however, you must take precaution.

We have designed our itinerary allocating ample time for you to acclimatize with the environment before ascending to the higher altitude, so there is a slim chance of catching by altitude sickness. Besides, our trained team is always with you to respond to this sickness and evacuate you in case of necessity.

There are three kinds of mountain sickness:

1) Acute Mountain Sickness

2) High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)

3) High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)

You might have the following symptoms if you caught of Mountain Sickness:

• Headache

• Dizziness

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Fatigue and loss of energy

• Shortness of breath

• Problem in sleeping

• Lose appetite

How to prevent altitude sickness?

The practical approach to prevent altitude sickness is to walk to altitudes above 2500m gradually. Your body takes few days to get acquainted with a change in elevation.

The followings are also some ways to avoid this sickness:

• As far as possible do not fly to the high altitude places directly

• Take time to be used to with the elevation before and while you are traveling above 2500 m

• Do not climb to the altitude too fast

• Drink enough water

• No alcohol

• Eat a light food with high calorie

• No Smoking

How to treat/respond Altitude Sickness?

If you know that you have this sickness, please follow the followings:

• Stop where you are and take rest

• If the case is severe, climb down as quickly as possible

• Do not dare to climb higher until you get fully recovered

• Drink enough water

• Take medicine as suggested by a fellow traveler/guide who knows about this disease

• Stop your trip and visit a medical doctor if your signs remained the same or worsen

Complications

Please do not ignore the symptoms of altitude sickness as they can be life-threatening.