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Altitude Sickness

It is very important to understand the symptoms of altitude sickness so that a decision about possible descent or ascents can be made before it can do any harm.


-Headaches
-Strong nausea or vomiting
-Intense fatigue or muscle weakness
-Shortness of breath


The most common reason for people experiencing symptoms is through fast ascents in high altitudes. Ascending more than 600m a day from 2,500m and upwards increases the chance of altitude sickness. Over exertion and dehydration will further increase this chance which is why gradual ascent becomes even more important.

Symptoms of altitude sickness are grouped into mild, moderate and severe categories with the seriousness of symptoms increasing in each category. Deterioration in condition can rapidly lead to variants of altitude sickness, which pose much more serious and often life threatening risks. Therefore, it is important to be able to identify the mild and moderate symptoms so that this can be prevented.

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