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Inca Trail Altitude sickness (soroche)


Andean Enjoy Peru advise you everybody who decides to trek the Inca Trail along the winding and steep road that make up this famous way, should be in a good physical shape in order to fully enjoy this experience. However, anyone in a normal physical condition should be able to carry out this trail. More so the reason if you can count on an adequate support.

However, the traveler should never forget that he is visiting the Andes and, thus he should take precautions to avoid altitude sickness. The upward parts are often very steep and the heights to ascend are located between 2000 to 4200 meters (6562 ft to 13780 ft).


For this reason, acclamatization plays an important role in any trip to high altitudes. It is considered that under normal conditions, it takes a person approximately one or two days to get acclimatized, depending on your physical disposition. When visiting Cusco, and the Inca Trail, it is necessary to take precautions about the altitude issue, which means a lack of sufficient air, specially if you are coming from a low zone. In order to avoid this sickness , you have to have time enough to get accostumed to this altitude, thus gradually adjusting to this altitude in order to avoid the inconvenience of the altitude sickness ( soroche ). Besides, take into account just to eat light meals, or anyway, to eat without excess, and of course, always drink the coca infusion. We also recommend carrying a good supply of lemon to counteract dehydration and other altitude symptoms.


As a preventive measure, but always observing any counter indications, one can take two to three daily pills of Acetazolamide (125- 250mg), starting 48 hours before the ascension until 48 hours after reaching the top.
Another efficient way to counteract altitude sickness is to take 4mg of Dexametasone every six hours always starting 48 hours before the ascension and during the stay at high altitudes.

Altitude sickness (soroche)
Also known as acute height sickness, it is a consequence of lack of sufficient oxygen. It usually strikes non-acclimatized persons that ascend above 2000 meters above sea level (6562 ft). Those travelers that arrive in Cusco by air are more prone to suffer from this.


Symptoms tend to set in within the first two days of the ascension (although sometimes also much later), and include everything from headaches, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, shortness of breath, sleep alterations, vertigo, palpitations and problems to concentrate, even the risk of acute or edema of the lung, according to the physical conditions of every person.


Treatment
If soroche sets in spite of taking preventive measures it is important to drink lots of liquid. Paracetamol is ideal against headaches and Coramina helps to limit the effects of nausea. Once again, Acetazolamide (250 mg) taken orally two or four times a day is very efficient to combat the illness and to speed up acclimatizing.


It is always best to consult a physician in all cases and to observe the counter-indications. Do not wait until feeling very ill before asking for oxygen. It can be found in some hotels, most pharmacies and in hospitals. We are also provided with oxygen bottles for the Inca Trail, so in case you need it, you`ll be given a well administered amount of oxygen.

                      

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