Grading a trekking holiday is very subjective – after all, one man’s hill is another man’s Everest!
We have chosen not to grade our trekking trips as it is such a personal issue. Thus it is vital you read the detailed trip notes to understand exactly what the trek involves.
This generally does not tend to affect people below 3000m. Our success rates on higher altitude treks are very high. Our itineraries around the world allow for a safe approach to high altitudes, following the guidelines set out by the Himalayan Rescue Association which is why we have one of the best safety records in this respect. Everyone reacts to altitude in a different way, at different times. Some can experience little more than discomfort, a general shortage of breath and a dull headache no matter how high they go. Others suffer from virtual migraines, nausea, difficulty breathing, eating, swollen limbs, dizziness etc….and the only way to recover is to descend. The best way to cope with altitude is to go slowly, walk high and sleep low where possible. The other requirement is rehydration. Drink water, water and more water – 5-6 litres a day. Which is of course a pain at night (especially where there is usually a lack of ‘en suite accommodation’), but certainly helps with any altitude-related headaches. Avoid any medications which can act as a sedative. You must accept your guide’s decision and instructions if symptoms become severe – impaired judgment can also be a symptom of altitude sickness!
Anyone with respiratory or cardiac problems, or over the age of 60, should consult their doctor prior to booking and we may require full medical clearance. On certain trekking holidays you will need to fill out a questionnaire.