Altitude sickness is not generally a problem below 3000m. The secret to avoiding it is to walk at your own pace and take adequate rest days. Sedatives and alcohol aggravate altitude headache. Most walking in Nepal is up and down and a lot of it is steps. Try and do a lot of pre-trip exercise on steps. My trekking schedules have been carefully designed to minimise the effects of altitude.
We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days to enable safe acclimatisation. Myself and the guides, who are trained to recognise early symptoms of acute altitude sickness, keep a close watch on each member of the group. These symptoms include bad headache, nausea, lethargy and, in extreme cases, ataxia or loss of co-ordination and severe breathlessness on rest. A mild headache and breathlessness are not uncommon at altitude but in combination with any of the above more serious symptoms, immediate descent is imperative. If you or your friends display any of these symptoms please make sure that you inform the Group Leader immediately. It is essential that you keep your fluid intake up and it is important that you drink at least 4/5 litres of liquid per day at altitude.
Your Group Leader can advise you more thoroughly regarding altitude problems. If you wish to know more about acute mountain sickness a free pamphlet is available from the KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) office and also the Himalayan Rescue Association in Kathmandu. Whilst in Kathmandu we will visit the office of KEEP and, if time permits, a slide show will be shown for your information. Lyn Taylor’s Adventure Travel is a life member of this very worthwhile project and Lyn works closely with KEEP in its endeavors to minimise any negative impact on the environment and the Nepalese culture as a result of tourism. The office is full of interesting information on Nepal and tales from other trekkers as well as constructive tips on “eco friendly trekking”.
ON ALL OUR HIGH ALTITUDE TREKS WE CARRY A PAC (PORTABLE ALTITUDE CHAMBER)