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Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS)

Altitude Sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (A.M.S.) in general may be caused when people ascend too quickly normally in altitudes of over 3000 m. Our company ensures minimal risk by building in rest days(acclimatization) into our trekking itineraries.

 Most people will feel some effects of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly light-headed, this is fairly common. Acute mountain sickness is very different and normally involves a severe headache, sickness, and loss of awareness. In almost every potential case there are enough warning signs to take appropriate action. Basically, there are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  1. Allow sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters)
  2. Don’t make rapid Ascent. Don’t go too far too fast
  3. No Alcohol, Sleeping pills and Smoking during the trek
  4. Drink more fluid 3-4 Liters a day, clean water-boiled or treated /tea/coffee/soup/juice, etc.
  5. Climb high and sleep low
  6. Do not trek alone, take guide/porter for your trek
  7. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, guide book
  8. Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
  9. Never leave or descent sick person along.
  10. Avoid getting cold.
  11. Take easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer