Altitude Sickness

Acclimatization:
Proper acclimatisation is very important as ascending too high, too quickly above 10,000 ft. will increase the likelihood of developing altitude sickness. This is totally preventable problem and our routes are planned specifically to allow a gradual gain in altitude. By slowly gaining height we reap the benefits of a gradual gain the fitness and acclimatisation.
Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:
Rather than one or two, usually a group of symptoms begin to appear as a person gains altitude. These symptoms vary in intensity and in the elevations at which they appear, depending on the individual experiencing them. The predominant characteristic associated with maladaptation to altitude is headache. Usually a headache appears in the evening after a long day of ascending. The headache should be relieved by aspirins and should go away by the following morning. The principal symptoms that accompany the onset of altitude sickness are : headache and weakness, sleeplessness, often accompanied by irregular breathing, particularly at night, fluid retention [oedema], particularly about the eyes or fingers, depending on the degree of altitude sickness, dry cough, mild nausea, loss of appetite, ataxia or loss of co-ordination and severe breathlessness at rest.

If the symptoms are a mild annoyance then you should rest until they subside. If the symptoms become more severe or do not disappear after a night’s sleep, then you should descend until you feel well.
The basic treatment for severe altitude sickness is immediate descent: altitude sickness can progress rapidly once it becomes serious. The person afflicted should be taken down between 1,000 to 3,000ft. [300 to 450m.], the distance increasing with the extent of the symptoms.

The drug acetazolamide [diamox] has been used for assisting with acclimatization when travelling to altitude. Some reports indicate that the drug might be useful in treating the early stages of altitude sickness in addition to its use in prevention. It has been shown that people who had headaches, nausea and felt unwell improved considerably within 30 minutes of taking the tablets. The adult dosage is one 250mg. tablet twice a day. The most pronounced and irritating side effect is a tingling sensation which can occur at any site and without warning. The dose can be reduced to 250 mg. per day. It is recommended that the drug is started on the morning of ascent above 10000ft./300m. and is continued until descent or the person feels acclimatised. If you decide to take acetazolamide, please inform your group leader. It should not be taken by people who are allergic to sulphur drugs.

Severe altitude sickness affects few trekkers, most know when to stop and head back down. All of our treks are based on experience and are planned to gain height gradually, with days allowed for rest and acclimatization. The above brief notes on altitude sickness are to point out what it is and to note the symptoms. Prevention is simple; make a gradual ascent and allow sufficient rest at intermediate altitudes.

Medical emergency /evacuation
Incase of serious AMS – in some cases participants have to be evacuated by helicopter. Costs are very high for helicopter evacuation which may cost between USD $ 3,000 to USD $ 5,000 depending on area. You will need to have an insurance policy which also covers helicopter evacuation. If you have never purchased this type of insurance you can ask your health care provider, homeowner’s insurance agent or we suggest Global Care. Their website address is www.globalcare-cocco.com. Or a search on the internet, should find you an option suitable for you.

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4th March 2021

 

Dear Everest Marathon Runners, 

 

We are happy to announce that the Covid delayed Everest Marathon Event of 2020, will be organized this year on May 29, 2021, on our regular yearly Event date.

 

You are all requested to contact our Everest Marathon Desk with attention to Ms Sonika Bajracharya for an immediate update. 

 

Sonika@EverestMarathon.com

Cell / Whatsapp / Viber No: +977 9851 20 2233

 

The 2021 series will be held under the following conditions remaining convenient & safe :

 

1. That the Covid 19 situation will not further deteriorate for the month of May 2021
2. The Government of Nepal will not introduce more new restrictions for International Travelers to travel into Nepal
3. That you all carry 72hrs negative PCR test Report while arriving at Kathmandu Airport.
4. That you all carry an Insurance Package of US$5000 & over, stating that Covid-19 risk is covered.
5. That all International Flight will run smoothly for you to travel to Nepal.
6. That you all are able to take Nepalese visa from your respective countries through Nepalese Mission Abroad.
7. That Government will remove the present provision of quarantine time of 5 / 7 days by the start of May (Government is doing it soon anyway).

 

Thank you guys for bearing with us. Let's try to make this event possible this year, by running our Everest Marathon and paying tribute to Sir Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. At the same time, this year, you will also be contributing to the fresh start-up of the Tourist Movement to Nepal, which has been dead for more than a year due to the Covid-19 Crisis.

 

Many thanks. Welcome Aboard.

 

Bikram Pandey KAAJI

Concept & the Creator of the Event

TenzingHillary Everest Marathon, May 29, 2021

 

PS : This year marks an especial year for all of us because Everest has gone Higher in Height to 8848.86m. Feel Proud that we gonna be there in New Mount Everest 8848.86m..