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Altitude Sickness

When you travel around the high mountains of Nepal, you are likely to get altitude sickness due to low density of oxygen in the higher altitudes. It is known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and it typically occurs at an altitude above 3000m. Its symptoms occur as being light -headed, nauseated, loss of awareness, or to being in a hangover. While some symptoms like occasional breathlessness, runny nose, sleeplessness, dizziness are considered normal, whereas having a persistent severe headache, vomiting, hallucinations, rapid heartbeat or breathless even at rest, pale face and lips, losing consciousness and worse -coughing pink phlegm or blood are considered the signs of a serous AMS.

It is important that climbers and trekkers take necessary precaution in order to prevent altitude sickness that can lead to fatal injuries. Altitude sickness can be prevented by proper acclimatization in the higher altitudes. Ascending too quickly to your destination also makes your body susceptible to AMS. To prevent some mild symptoms like persisting breathlessness, fatigue and headache, you need take in fluids regularly and prevent walking under the intense sunlight. You can pace your walk and take adequate rest at times since your body muscles need time to relax as well. You can carry Diamox, after consulting with your physician, to alleviate the symptoms. But if the symptoms persist and none of the above method is working, it is suggested to descend a few hundred meters if you are not able to acclimatize in the current altitude as ascending would only make it worse. Finally follow advice from your guide, and as much as possible do not travel alone, or take a guide/porter along with you.

Himalayan Monk is always there for the best servic We have guides with expertise in health problems faced in all types of trekking. Feel at ease should you have altitude sickness, and believe in our experienced guide to cure your symptoms. Following the advice of the guide will yield in best result to prevent altitude sickness. However, it is also suggested that you visit your physician for a proper checkup of your body and seek advice on altitude sickness too before you set on your journey in the mountains. Taking measures to prevent getting sick and then making a steady progress is the right attitude at the mountains.

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