Thursday, January 5, 2012

Avoid Altitude Sickness When You Are Trekking at High Altitude

You are close to book your trek and it is easy to forgot the most important issue. I am not talking about specific equipment or checking your flight details all over again, but actually to look after yourself while you are trekking at high altitude.

It is hard to know exactly what you should look out for when you are surfing the net to find your dream trek. There are many travel agents trying to seduce you with selling arguments like, "best price", "most experienced guides" or "we know this mountain better than anybody else". Maybe they are the most experienced, but for you to know what you should look for, you must ask them about how their acclimatization schedule is like.

Tips that you should know before talking to a travel agent.

• Altitude above 3000 meters (10000 feet) is usually defined high altitude. You must not race up the hills. Do a nice and slow ascent to give your body the best chance to adapt to higher altitude.

• Your sleeping elevation should not increase more than 300-400 meters daily. It is fine to get acclimatized a little bit higher than 400 meters during the day, BUT you must get back down lower to sleep. Every second or third day you should sleep at the same elevation as your prior night.

• A good rule of thumb, listen to your body. Light headache is okay, but developing severe headache and/or you feeling fatigue, weakness, nausea, vomiting or sleeping problems is bad. These are the ways your body is ringing the alarm bells. Trek lower if you are feeling worse or at least do NOT ascent.

It might be fatal to neglect these warning signs, so please be cautious and talk to your guide and friends if you feeling strange or sick.

1 comment:

  1. There will be ups and downs, but it is important to remember you're on your own beautiful journey, and once you're on it you have to see it through to it's own conclusion. And try to never be afraid to do anything because what's the worse that can happen?

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