Climbing to Everest Base Camp with asthma
It is important to start by saying that everyone that suffers with asthma will have difference triggers, experiences and preventatives. There is no reason, however, why someone with asthma can't climb to Everest Base Camp. Climbing Mount Everest is a different ball game and asthmatics should consult their medical practitioner before embarking on a trip of this magnitude. Saying that, it has been done, so it is achievable, if managed and monitored carefully.
Many people with
asthma worry that the high elevation and asthma may potentially make attacks worse or more
frequent. This article will explain everything you need to know about how to manage asthma whilst on your Everest Base Camp trek in Nepal.
works in different ways so the effects of combining asthma and altitude will be
different from person to person. However, for all cases, it is important to
ensure your asthma is under control before starting your trek.
The Everest Base
Camp trek goes up to over approximately 5,500m. The air at this altitude is a lot colder
and dryer. If cold, dry air is a trigger for your asthma, then we recommend using a neck scarf, like a buff. Another option would be getting a
new medication or bronchodilator that will make inhaling the cold, dry air
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.
Asthma might improve at altitude
Various research into hiking with asthma has shown that asthmatics may actually suffer fewer symptoms at higher altitudes.
This is because there are lower 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 attacks triggered through
excessive exercise ares going to be one of the hardest triggers to avoid as you are
constantly working your body especially because of the lack of oxygen in the thinner
air. Your body will be working much 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 and exacerbate your asthma.
should not have a problem trekking to the Everest Base Camp, providing a few
precautions are taken.