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Everest Base Camp Trek: How to Prevent Altitude Sickness

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The Everest region is the highest in Nepal, averaging 4,000 meters (12,800 ft.) with Mt. Everest (8848m; 28,313 ft.) being …

The Everest region is the highest in Nepal, averaging 4,000 meters (12,800 ft.) with Mt. Everest (8848m; 28,313 ft.) being the tallest mountain in the world. The combination of cold, wind, strong sun, low oxygen, and dry air creates an inhospitable atmosphere for trekkers on the high altitude trail. As we hike higher, there is less oxygen in the air to breathe. According to the Center for Disease Control, at an altitude above 2800 meters, there is 60% less oxygen than at sea level. Altitude illness can afflict anyone. If untreated, it will end your trek short and in some cases prove to be life threatening. Continue reading