What do I need to know about altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness can affect anyone, regardless of their experience or fitness level. We insist on designing an itinerary that allows enough time for you to acclimatise during your trek. There’s a safe limit that we can ascend daily. So, some trekking days will be shorter than others.

We recommend that you read our complete guide to altitude sickness when trekking Nepal, but at the very least you need to know and remember the symptoms listed here.

Common symptoms to remember and look out for include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shortness of breath

If you show any signs of altitude sickness when trekking Nepal, for your own safety we’ll take immediate action to descend quickly. This is the most effective treatment in the absence of a medical facility. You must talk to your guide or porter immediately if you’re feeling unwell.

Some longer treks have rest days built in. Don’t worry – we’ll still trek to some stunning places and vantage points! But we’ll return to sleep in the same place. This will help you to acclimatise to the high altitude.

There are things that you can do to take care of yourself during your trek. It helps if you drink a lot of water and avoid alcohol, especially at high altitudes.

Altitude Sickness Medication

Medication exists called Acetazolamide, commonly known by its trade name Diamox. It’s used for the treatment and prevention of altitude sickness. We’re unable to provide this, as it’s a prescription medicine. If you’re interested in taking this medication, either as a preventative or in the event of altitude sickness symptoms, please speak with your doctor or medical professional before you leave home.

For more information about altitude sickness when trekking Nepal, don’t forget to read our complete guide or you can visit this website.