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Travel Advice Can I Trek to Everest Base Camp With Asthma?

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Is your Asthma going to affect your trip to Everest Base Camp?

In a simple answer, no. However, there are some points to take into consideration.

Many people with asthma are worried that the high altitude and diverse conditions are going to affect their Asthma and potentially make attacks worse or more frequent. This article will explain everything you need to know about your asthma whilst on your Everest Base Camp trek.

Everyone’s asthma works in different ways so the effects of the climate and altitude can be different from person to person. However, for all cases, it is important to ensure your Asthma is in full control before starting your trek.

The Everest Base Camp trek goes up to approximately 5500m. The air at this altitude a lot colder and dryer. If cold and dry air is a trigger for your Asthma, then we highly recommend using a neck scarf (e.g. a buff). Another option would be getting a new medication or bronchodilators as this will make inhaling the cold, dry air easier.

Due to the extreme temperatures, an aerosol inhaler will freeze, so it is important to keep it in a warm place and in the case of you needing to use it, it is best practice to warm it up between your hands beforehand.

Climbing to Everest Base camp

Asthma can improve at altitude

Various research has shown that asthmatics actually suffer fewer symptoms at higher altitudes. This is because there are fewer levels of allergens in the air to act as a trigger for your Asthma. If it is only allergens that trigger your Asthma, you’ll most likely do better at altitude than at sea level.

Asthma through excessive exercise is going to be one of the hardest ones to avoid as you are constantly working your body and because of the lack of oxygen in the thinner air. Your body will be working harder than normal. It is important to take your trek slowly, take regular breaks and stay well hydrated. We recommend to be as fit as possible before starting your trek so you do not have to push yourself too hard.

Overall, asthmatics should not have a problem trekking to the Everest base camp, providing a few precautions are taken; you are fit and healthy, walking slowly and monitor your breathing closely. It goes without saying to consult with your doctor beforehand to get their opinion.

Hikers in the Everest region