Preventing altitude sickness during Trekking in Nepal

Altitude Sickness is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. However most people can ascend to 2,500 meters with little or no effect.

Symptoms

Symptoms often manifest themselves six to ten hours after ascent and generally subside in one to two days, but they occasionally develop into the more serious conditions.

Symptoms of Mild AMS:

  • Headache
  • Nausea & Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disturbed sleep
  • General feeling of malaise

Symptoms tend to be worse at night. Mild AMS does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms generally subside within two to four days as the body acclimatizes. As long as symptoms are mil ascent can continue at a moderate rate. When hiking, it is essential that you communicate any symptoms of illness immediately to others on your trip.

 Symptoms of moderate AMS:

  • Severe headache that is not relieved by medication
  • Nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased co-ordination (ataxia).

With the gain in the altitude, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can affect the trekkers and mountaineers. Here are few to be listed in Nepal

  • Annapurna Base Camp
  • Langtang Goshainkunda Trekking
  • Everest Basecamp
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking – Thorang la pass
  • Upper Mustang “Forbidden Kingdom”
  • Kanchenjunga Trekking
  • Manaslu Area
  • Larke La Peak Climbing
  • Pisang Peak
  • Makalu Trek
  • Everest Expedition
  • Island Peak Climbing
  • Mera Peak Climbing
  • Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Everest Expedition
  • Upper Dolpa and others Himalayas.

 Prevention

  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol as it tends to cause dehydration, which exacerbates AMS,

Altitude acclimatization

is the process of adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations, in order to avoid altitude sickness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness – cite_note-Acclimatization-16 Extending the time spent at higher altitudes let the body adjust to the oxygen level there, a process that involves the production of additional red blood cells. Once above approximately 3,000 metres most climbers and high-altitude trekkers take the “climb-high, sleep-low” approach.

 Treatment

The only reliable treatment and in many cases the only option available is to descend. Attempts to treat or stabilize the patient in situ at altitude is dangerous unless highly controlled and with good medical facilities.

Top 10 reasons to travel Nepal in 2017

Nepal, the dream destination for the Himalayan lovers has the best of the life time experiences that anyone is looking for during their vacation trips. There are so many unique experiences that makes Nepal as the most valued travel destination in the world:.

  • Cultural wonders of Nepal

Nepal has living Goddess, one of such which doesn’t exist in any part of the globe. And Nepal has array of unique cultures which for the travelers to experience and explore.

  • Ancient world heritages

The capital city houses the seven world heritage sites in within 20 Kilometers. All these heritages gives you the feeling of middle age civilization and also the city planning in the ancient time.

  • Landscape

From 60 meters of the sea level to the 8848 meters of the sea level, Nepal has unique beautiful landscape of rivers, flat lands, hills, mountains and Himalayas.

  • Village life

More than 70% of the total population lives in the villages and the life style is simple. They work in the field for their living and also resemble the simplest form of living where you feel the real happiness. Apart from the modern amenities, the pure form of life makes you feel that you are the part of the nature.

  • Adventures with Nature

Trekking, river rafting, Canoeing are the best adventure moments that can be experienced in Nepal. These all adventures go with the nature. So anyone willing to be in nature for the adventures, Nepal is the ultimate choice.

Views from Thokla Pass 4830m.
  • Beautiful weather

Monsoon, from June to August ist the rainy season. Apart from that weather remains good throughout year. You enjoy the best of the sun shines, free from the weather extremities. Its neither too much cold nor too much hot.

  • Guest Friendly Culture

ATITHI DEVO BHAVA is the quotation written in the holy books. This means that the Guests are God. So, born up with this tradition and the culture, they make you feel that you are with the people of friendly nature.

  • The people of Nepal

Nepal houses more than 90 ethnic communities People of Nepal greet always with the smiles in their face. They are well known for the best hospitality in the world. Their welcoming nature during the trip makes you feel that you are in the world beautiful travel destinations of the world.

Responsible travel
  • Responsible travel and value of money

Tourism stands as the third major sector of the National economy. Every trip you make to Nepal create the jobs to the people working in tourism. So your travel is creating the added value to the economically backward communities.

  • Safe to travel

Nepal is one the safest destination in the world. Nepal neither has any sorts of racial violence nor any forms of discrimination based on religion. Nepal is free from the terrorism and any other forms of global unrest.

So, the travel decision waits in your hand. Plan either during your GapYear or your sabbaticals or during your holidays. GAPNepal will maximize the best of Nepal experiences for you.

Somersaulting in Poonhill: Lifetime memorable Trekking experience in Nepal.

It’s going to be hard work today crossing all those 3500 steps of Millennium Trek from Tikhedhunga to Ulleri. Keep going up, these steps will end for your lunch break, with the excellent view of Annapurna South. You have to search the pain again.

Still 2 hours to reach Ghorepani but be excited, tomorrow is going to be the highlights of this small Annapurna Circuit with the highest altitude of 3218 m in Poonhill.  Now you need to wait for the welcome door, which says Welcome to Ghorepani.  Be fully relaxed!  You can take a shower.

Ghorepani is now fully facilitated with the hot shower with the attached bathroom class Tea Houses. It’s simply the best destination for anyone; old or young, foreign or native; Groups or the individuals. Thus there has been a significant improvement in the hotel facilities in Ghorepani.

Now its time for the excitement as tomorrow the sunrise and it takes around 45 minutes to reach the hill top of Poonhill. A grazing ground for the indigenous Poons of that area which is now a piece of a heaven for the Himalaya fans.

By the time sun rises be ready to somersault in this top of the hill. Or just take a simple Gymnastic or simply jump. You feel that you are being lifted up, a rarest experience being close to the Himalayas. Capture those moments. It looks like you are jumping higher than 8000m.

 Not a fantasy!  You are going to feel it.