Altitude acclimatization while trekking in Nepal
30th July 2013
The golden rule of altitude acclimatization is to increase altitude slowly. The usual rule of thumb says that trekkers should not ascend more than 400 meters per day after crossing the 3,000-meter mark. We always suggest not to climb each day more than 400m. If we climb 3,400m today, then next about climb 3,800m only. It will be better and easier for your health.
Drink lots of fluid to avoid altitude sickness
Drink lots of fluid but avoid alcohol. Go for 3-4 liters of water every day. You can buy drinking water in almost every tea house throughout the trail. Drink tea coffee/chocolate tea etc. to altitude acclimatization.
Avoid smoking, alcohol, and sleeping tablets
Our suggestion is that not to smoke, don't drink alcohol, and don't use during high altitudes. Smoking and sedatives may reduce the flow of oxygen to the brain while alcohol may cause dehydration.
Garlic soup or Acetazolamide (Diamox)
Garlic soup is a natural recipe for acclimatization. Most of the Nepal Trekking routes lodges served garlic soup. Although its effectiveness is not supported by any scientific study trekking guides. Usually recommend their clients to drink garlic soup every day during the trek. Acetazolamide, popularly Diamox is a drug that helps you acclimatize to the increase in altitude. Diamox tablets are sold without a prescription. You can buy them in Kathmandu before heading out on your trek.
Don’t overexert yourself
At times overexertion can also lead to altitude sickness. If you have a Sherpa this should not be a problem, but if you’re carrying the load, we suggest don't carry the load of luggage. you take at least one porter to carry luggage during the travel. It will be easier for your traveling dream success and much comfortable for your health. These medicines are available in Kathmandu any of Pharmacy.
In case of altitude sickness symptoms
If you suffer from mild symptoms of altitude sickness at a certain point. It is advised not to climb higher. So if you see symptoms of altitude sickness at 4,000 meters. You just stop right there and don’t climb higher. If symptoms get worse you should immediately climb down.