Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

Altitude sickness generally is known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). People might have AMS as they go for high altitudes above 3000 meters in the mountainous regions. Ganesh Himal Hiking Team ensures to minimize the risk of altitude sickness on our every trip & itineraries. Most trekkers might face some common altitude affects like shortness of breath and light headed. Sometimes AMS may cause a severe headache and loss of awareness. In most cases, you will observe enough warnings and information for safety and precaution. Our expert and professionally trained guides will flow you with personal advice on safety tips, health facts, and equipment requirements during trekking. There is no point to worry about health and altitude sickness as we leave no stones unturned in following your doctor’s recommendations. To minimize the risk at high altitudes, it is our effort request a copy of your insurance documents prior to departure date. Beyond these measures, our all guides and porters have personal cell phones. In some cases in remote regions, they have a facility of satellite phone in case of emergency.

 

Stages of High Altitude Sickness

In this stage, you may need to expect the following symptoms. Most of the trekkers may face these symptoms but there is no high risk. Most of the trekkers may have one or some of these symptoms.

 

1. Normal Symptoms: Level Basic

  • Need to sleep more than 10 hours
  • Nose running
  • Loss of appetite
  • Periodic breathing
  • Increasing urination
  • Need frequent rest

 

2. Mild Symptoms – Level Moderate

  • A Mild headache
  • Weakness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Sleeplessness
  • Tired/Exhausted
  • Hard to catch breath
  • Nose running

 

What should you do?

In case of this level of symptoms don’t go away you may follow some tips as follows:

  • Firstly just stop and get relaxed away from direct sun. Drink water frequently.
  • While waking, if you face some symptoms - have rest out of the sun, drink water and take 125-250 mg Diamox. Diamox helps you recover from these symptoms. Drink water frequently
  • Even after symptoms go away but if you still feeling low, take rest for 6 hours take another Diamox.
  • If you feel worse time-by-time, then it's better to consult our team for further tips

 

3. Serious Symptoms – Level High

  • Severe headache
  • Loss of consciousness & unable to walk
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Watery cough
  • Difficult to breath
  • Coughing fluid or blood (Serious)
  • Blue marks on face and lips
  • Mild symptoms getting worse.
  • Heartbeat rate above 130 per minute

 

Preventive measure of High Altitude Sickness

  • Do not go for rapid ascend. Make slow ascend. Do not go far too fast.
  • Take no alcohol, smoking and sleeping tablets.
  • Take rest and have comfortable acclimatization with enough time.
  • Drink (clean, treated or boiled) water or tea, coffee, juice or soup.
  • Do not trek alone. Consult guides.
  • Make yourself warm.
  • Follow easier route wherever possible.

 

First Aid Kits

The First Aid Kit covers some health troubles during trekking. You may need more equipment kits - if you are going for climbing or for trekking in remote, isolated regions.

  • Band-aids, plasters, and bandages
  • Plasters
  • Iodine and water filter
  • Antiseptic ointments
  • Aspirin/Paracetamol
  • Pills for Diarrhea
  • Diamox (250 – 500mg)
  • Hand cleaner/liquid
  • Rehydration Salts

 

Note: The company team will also have the First Aid Kit. However, it is safe to carry the basic necessities by yourself too.