Trekking in Nepal, especially in high altitudes like the Everest Region, Annapurna Region, Manaslu Region, Langtang, etc. requires the high altitude climbing. Higher elevation means a more thin oxygen level and low air pressure which causes the altitude sickness problems for many trekkers and mountain climbers. Altitude sickness is common when the trekkers either climb or transport the higher elevation within the short period and most common factor that makes the trekking trip a little non-enjoyable.
Luxury holidays Nepal runs the trekking trips in such a special way to avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Here are the tips that the LHN team and its guides use to prevent altitude sickness:
During High altitude trekking in Nepal, some amateur trekkers use to hike more height to reduce the days and complete the trip fast. Such kind of quick ascend may cause the symptoms of Altitude sickness or Acute mountain sickness.
While Trekking in Nepal, Luxury Holidays Nepal shows the calmness and ascends gradually. Our bodies can handle such a shift of altitude and the air pressure however need some time to adjust with such changes. Usually, trekkers use to climb about 1000m per day up to 3000m, and 600-800m per day above 3000m up to 4200m. While above 4000m, they use to ascend about 400- 500m per day.
Luxury Holidays also use to trek at a normal pace which also allows enjoying the journey more.
Most of the challenging trekking in Nepal which requires the higher elevation has few days as the acclimatization in the interval of 1500m /2000m ascends. For example, in Everest Base Camp Trek there have acclimatization days in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche.
As trekking in Nepal is a high physical task, it requires high energy and lots of calories. Though fewer calories in daily life are healthy habits, we suggest eating little more during trekking Nepal. It helps you to adjust your body with high altitude and also helps to warm the body in snows. So pack plenty of healthy snacks and high calories foods.
Alcohol drinking causes a low water level in bodies. It causes dehydration so please avoid drinking while trekking or if you want to drink at least give enough time to your body to adjust the environment and drink enough water so no problem of dehydration arises. Remember one more thing that smoking causes breathing problems so avoid smoking also at high altitude.
Trekkers often say that walking in cold and mountain areas doesn’t exude sweat. Despite none exude of sweat, the body uses more water than in a hot climate. So drinking water enough and eating fluids more help to maintain water level and rehydrate the body. Low water level in the body also causes altitude sickness as the oxygen is not supplied properly due to the lack of water level in blood.
Staying hydrated is also important in preventing altitude sickness. Drink water regularly during your climb.
Trek altitudes means something bad may happen. Climb or ascend at the pace that’s comfortable for you. Don’t try to walk too fast and in a hurry, take all the easy and walk normally!
Trekkers usually take medicines to prevent acute mountain sickness. Some trekkers say that AMS medicines prevent the AMS totally but we suggest not to fully relying on medicines. We know the cases that even such medicines have not prevented AMS.
Acetazolamide is the most common medicine that trekking use to prevent AMS. But before using such medicines please visit your doctors and get the suggestion whether to take it or not.
Summarizing all the things, AMS or altitude sickness is the most common factor ruining the whole journey of the most trekkers in Nepal. Due to the AMS, they have to quit their journey in the mid. These tricks and tips are not fully trustable. These are trick but may work or not.
We suggest every trekker who is looking for trekking in high altitude to do some physical exercises, breathing exercises, some short hiking tasks and Yoga too which helps to adjust in the low 0xygen level and thin air.