27th Aug, 2022
If you're planning on trekking in Nepal, there are a few things you should know about altitude. Here are 9 Altitude Tips to help you make the most of your adventure
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1) Drink plenty of water and eat salty foods while at high altitudes.
2) Stay well-hydrated by drinking water regularly (don't wait until you're thirsty).
3) Stay ahead of dehydration by having water readily available. Fill up bottles and hydration packs with filtered or boiled water before beginning your journey and keep them close at hand while hiking.
4) Consume caffeinated drinks sparingly as they can cause dehydration, unless they have been diluted properly with water or juice - too much caffeine can also disrupt sleep patterns during the night when it's important to rest for the next day's hike.
5) Take short breaks if you find yourself breathing heavily and feeling exhausted.
6) Be aware that higher altitudes will affect everyone differently.
7) Slow down and take it easy if you start feeling lightheaded, dizzy or nauseous because these symptoms could be early signs of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is a life-threatening condition caused by low oxygen levels at high elevations.
8) Travellers often experience headaches, nausea, insomnia, and loss of appetite when they first get to higher elevations but these symptoms usually improve within two days of rest.
9) The best way to prevent AMS is through gradual ascent. You can increase your altitude gradually by spending one night every 100-200 meters (656 feet) until you reach the top of Everest Base Camp at 17,601 feet (5,365 meters). A good rule of thumb is to climb high and sleep low. You'll be surprised how quickly you adjust to being at a higher altitude.