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Altitude Sickness

Thursday, May 30, 2002
Sorrel gives some tips on how to avoid altitude sickness when trekking high in the mountains.

Virginia Stewart of Tenterfield in New South Wales is going trekking in Nepal and asked Getaway for advice on how to avoid altitude sickness.

Sorrel Wilby is Getaway's resident trekker, and has been climbing for years. She was happy to pass on some tips to Virginia. Here is her advice:

Most importantly, don't overdo it. You need to give your body time to acclimatise to local conditions. As a general rule, spend two or three nights at each rise of 1000 metres and try to sleep at a lower altitude than the one you reached during the day.

Avoid dehydration — drink loads of water.

Build extra energy — eat high carbohydrate meals such as pasta and rice.

Sorrel finds that Diamox works for her. It is a prescription drug and we strongly suggest you talk with your doctor about something which will suit you. Put it in your backpack and when you arrive, start the course of medication. It helps your body to get used to the higher altitudes a little faster.

If you have symptoms of headache or drowsiness, before you climb any higher, go to a lower altitude.

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