Altitude Sickness

What is altitude sickness, and how to prevent this?

Mountain sickness, also known as altitude sickness, is a common condition that affects trekkers and travellers in high altitude areas such as Nepal and Tibet. It is caused by the lower levels of oxygen available at high altitudes, leading to symptoms such as headache, fatigue, nausea, and shortness of breath.


To prevent mountain sickness, it is important to follow some key guidelines while traveling in Nepal or Tibet:

  1. Gradual ascent: It is important to ascend gradually, allowing the body to acclimate to the change in altitude. This can be achieved by taking regular breaks and spending a few nights at a lower elevation before moving higher.

  2. Hydration: Staying hydrated is crucial when trekking at high altitude. Drinking plenty of water can help prevent altitude sickness and other related symptoms.

  3. Proper nutrition: Eating a healthy and balanced diet can help the body acclimate to the change in altitude. It is recommended to eat high-carbohydrate foods, as they provide more energy and help the body adjust to the thinner air.

  4. Rest: Getting enough rest and sleep is crucial when trekking at high altitude. Sleeping at a lower elevation and avoiding strenuous activities can help prevent mountain sickness.

  5. Avoid alcohol and drugs: Alcohol and drugs such as sleeping pills can worsen altitude sickness symptoms. It is best to avoid these substances while trekking in Nepal.

Trained trekking guides

Our trekking guides are highly trained in mountain sickness and know how to handle the condition while trekking with tourists. They are equipped to recognize the symptoms and provide appropriate medical care if necessary.

In addition to these guidelines, it is also important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of mountain sickness and to seek medical help if necessary. Common symptoms include headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, and shortness of breath. If these symptoms persist or become severe, it is best to descend to a lower altitude immediately. Again, our trekking guides will assist you at any time, and are highly trained to recognize symptoms. 

In conclusion, mountain sickness can be a serious condition that affects trekkers in high altitude areas like Nepal or Tibet. By following the above guidelines and being aware of the symptoms, and with the added reassurance of our highly trained guides, it is possible to prevent mountain sickness and have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience in Nepal.

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