Altitude Sickness

  • Feb 26, 2020
  • Rajesh Thapaliya

Altitude sickness is the problem to the people by the low pressure and lack of oxygen in the mountain. There are many people travelling to the high Himalaya but only some people suffer from altitude sickness. Altitude problem should be a huge problem and can kill. Here is the general information about the altitude sickness, what to do to avoid this problem and how can be safe from this? Please read this article before going to the mountain.

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What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness is known as acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high altitude sickness. It is an effect of high altitude for human, caused by the low pressure of oxygen at high Himalayan altitude. There are two types of altitude sickness as high altitude cerebral Edema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Altitude sickness can kill if you won't take seriously.


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Cerebral Edema and symptoms 

It is an effect on the brain by the high altitude. A headache, nausea, dizziness, numbness, weakness, vomiting and double vision are the main symptoms of this effect and lost imagination.

Pulmonary Edema and symptoms

It is an effect of the lounge by altitude. Shortness of breath even you are resting, frequently coughing, difficulty walking uphill and even on flat, Fever, rapid and irregular heartbeat, chest discomfort, loss apatite, can't sleep and headache at the beginning then start tinged with blood when you have the chough if it goes serious.

How to be safe from altitude sickness?

Before going to high altitude, you need to be well prepared mentally and physically. Make strong mind and stop thinking about altitude sickness, Walk slow however you feel comfortable to walk, drink plenty of clean and purify water, keep warm yourself, avoid alcohol and smoke, they may effect on brain and lounge and don't go directly to the very high altitude.


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Main medicine of altitude sickness is descending. Diamox is a pill for altitude but don't be depended on it. Having Diamox and keep continue to higher places is not a smart idea. After having Diamox, if still, you have the problem then descend as soon as possible. Don't forget to drink more water after Diamox, it can make you dehydrate. Have garlic soup, it helps a bit. If you have very difficult then don't stay on the mountain for a long time, inform your insurance and come back to the hospital as soon as possible.

Note: If you can't sleep in altitude, never try to use sleeping pills to sleep and if you feel altitude don't stay or sleep alone. Always inform your guide about your problems.

Rajesh Thapaliya

Rajesh Thapaliya

Namaste! I am Rajesh, Nepal travel blogger providing Nepal travel tips to the travellers who are planning to travel Nepal and know about Nepal.

I am a tourism service provider in Nepal So far, I have been to the Nepalese Himalayan base camps as a tour leader and collected lots of information about the Nepalese Himalayas. You can find my experiences in my travel blogs so it may make a lot easier you to travel to Nepal.

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I was born in the countryside and finished my high school from there. After my high school, I came in Kathmandu and started to work as a trekking porter then I improved my English and started to work as a trekking guide at the same time I was a university student. While I was working as a tour leader, I visited all the Himalayan base camps in Nepal and collected lots of information about these areas. So my work inspired me to write and provide information about travelling Nepal to the visitors.