How to Prepare for Chadder Trek: Tips to Avoid AMS, HACO, HAPO

The Chadder Trek order also listed some tips for proper acclimatization and avoiding acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral edema (HACO), and high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPO). Let’s take a look:

  • Move slowly from lower altitude to higher altitude.
  • If you fly or drive rapidly to 2,500 meters or higher altitude, spend at least 3-5 nights at this altitude before visiting to the places located at more height.
  • Do not over exert at high altitude.
  • Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of liquids.
  • Avoid excessively rich protein diet, excessive consumption of salt, caffeine, and alcohol.
  • Avoid antihistamines, strong pain killers, sedatives, sleeping tablets, and other medicines that depress respiration.
  • Travel with reliable buddies. So buddies can keep a watch on each other for AMS symptoms.
  • The order also advises administration of Diamox tablet. But we do not agree with this because medicine-based acclimatization is not good. You should give enough time to your body to gradually acclimatize before going to any high altitude destination. What is the hurry? Holidays are for fun not for gobbling medicines.