If you are trekking in Nepal this spring, make sure to stop by for the daily altitude lecture given at the HRA clinics in Manang and Pheriche. Cards are also available at Everest ER at base camp. You may not only learn something, but you may be able to help others from getting sick.
Safe and healthy travels to you all. Jam Jam!
MYTH: “I run marathons. I am too fit to develop altitude illness.”
FACTS: Going up too fast and genetic predisposition are two of the main risk factors for developing altitude illness. Good physical condition won’t save you!
MYTH: “I drank 4 liters of water today. This headache and nausea cannot be due to AMS.”
FACTS: Hydration does not prevent AMS. The general recommendation is to drink when you’re thirsty while at high altitude.
MYTH: “The porter must be drunk. He is acting confused and is stumbling around. We should let him sleep it off.”
FACTS: Acting drunk could reflect HACE, a life-threatening condition that needs immediate treatment. Never assume that the person has been drinking without investigating further. Remember, Nepalis get altitude sickness, too. Do not leave this person alone until you are certain they are not in danger.