advise for first time at altitude and in developing country

Hi there

Does anyone have any advice for things to take on this trek?

I am experienced at tramping in NZ, and UK regards gear etc - typically do medium-hard trips.

Have been doing loads of training fitness wise but concerned about altitude - going to 4200m.

What special things might be useful, given it is my first time at altitude, first time on an Exodus trip, and first timein a developing country?

Can't wait!

Ann

Good Luck with your trip, take diamox :)

Try Diamox / acetazolamide 250mg tablet, half in the morning and half in the evening. Available by private prescription. But read up on it first of course.

Walk more slowly than normal as you ascend. Don't drink alcohol on the way up. Drink lots of fluids instead. Take ibuprofen rather than aspirin (because of the Diamox) for any headaches.

Finally, don't worry too much about the altitude. As long as you know the symptoms and report anything to the trek leader, you'll be fine. It's people who trek on their own or who hide the symptoms who are at risk.

Take a bottle of iodine as a back up but Amazon sell a drink-as-you-go water filtration bottle for £30.

"Travel Tap ' Flip spout ' 800 ml pure water filter bottle"

Hello Ann,

I echo DJ's advice, while it's quite reasonable to be concerned about the effects of altitude at the same time don't dwell on it or allow it to become a distraction.

With increasing altitude and decreasing oxygen levels you physically slow down and you will find yourself breathing at a quicker rate than you ordinarily would for the amount of work you are doing. A modest and steady pace is definitely the key to success at high altitude. I'm not sure whether this would be much of an issue at 4200m but just as there is less oxygen overall in the air to supply to your muscles there is also less to supply to your brain, it can slow down too. I know I had a bit of brain fade of the summit of Kilimanjaro and (less so) at Everest base camp but don't recall it being an issue around 4000m.

Many people experience some symptoms related to altitude sickness. You are in the minority if you don't. The most common symptoms are headache, nausea and loss of appetite, but for most the symptoms remain mild to moderate. If the symptoms progress and become quite severe it's time to get off the mountain. Staying very well hydrated is the frequent advice here.

To me being in a developing country is juat as much part of the adventure as the mountains themselves and while sometimes an "experience" and spectacle, it's fine.

Have a good trip!

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