Know Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness is the primary concern while trekking in the trails above 4,000 meters of elevation. But, Proper rest, exercise, and food will prepare you for extreme climbing and passes in Manaslu. But altitude sickness might be fatal, and we must adequately deal with it from the starting symptoms. So, lack of oxygen in the atmosphere than the standard volume due to high altitude is the main reason for altitude sickness. But the three levels of altitude sickness with their typical symptoms are with us below.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMC)
- A mild form of sickness
- Commonly encountered in the places above 3800 meters
- Hangover, muscle aches, dizziness, headache, and nausea are common symptoms.
- Precaution: Rest and slow advancing with generic pills if necessary.
High altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
- The buildup of fluid in the lungs
- A very dangerous form of sickness with extreme difficulty in breathing.
- It is life-threatening if precaution is not taken after advanced symptoms.
- Precaution: Hike back to the lower altitude, rest, and take oxygen from tanks.
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
- Severe altitude sickness and extremely fatal if not dealt in time.
- The buildup of fluid in the Brain
- Breathing problems, Hallucination and losing consciousness are the Symptoms
- Precaution: Lose the elevation and call for the rescue for extreme cases.
Acclimatization is a phenomenon of balancing body metabolism with the optimal volume of oxygen in the atmosphere surrounding it. Because it is a natural process for those who inhabit the high altitude regions for a certain time. However, for visitors from lowlands. So, they have to advance strategically to higher places to prevent altitude sickness. But here are some helpful tips to acclimatize in the Manaslu region.
- Rest in the midway point to higher altitude visits to give your body enough time to Acclimatize.
- Have properly balanced diet and drink enough fluids
- Advance slowly and steadily rather than fast advancements.
- Take small hiking breaks in the morning and evening spare time to the nearby higher grounds.
- Get enough rest and sleep every day
- Avoid foods and beverages with high salt or alcohol content.