Acute mountain sickness in Spiti Valley – Everything you want to know
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Acute mountain sickness in Spiti Valley – Everything you want to know
Blog By : Akash Gupta

Spiti Valley is truly an a spectacular spot for Peace, Adventure and Serenity. Though it’s not hyped and commercialised like Leh-Ladakh, yet that’s actually a bonus point for this heaven on earth! Paradise at the height of 12,500 ft with the weakest of network zones but strongest of bonds. Located in the lap of the mystical Himalayas and that too at a height you and your body is really not used to, Spiti offers you the deadly risk of the most common and a very serious problem— AMS  (Acute Mountain Sickness). In the blog, we will explain everything you want to know about the Acute mountain sickness in Spiti Valley.

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What is Altitude Sickness?

In layman’s language, Altitude Sickness is physical distress from difficulty experienced by someone while adjusting to lower oxygen pressure at high altitude. Altitude sickness doesn’t usually doesn’t happen until 2500 ft. and as Spiti valley is at a height of 12,500 ft., so it’s a common problem suffered by a lot of people going up there. It’s not like altitude sickness hits off to everyone going up there. For people living in places already at a high altitude, getting to Spiti won’t be much of a problem.It’s the sudden increase of altitude which kick starts this sickness👀.
So for anyone staying in plain areas, this is the problem which could be faced commonly.

We could divide this altitude sickness into 3 different parts i.e., Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High-Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE).

AMS is the most common type of altitude sickness, caused by reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels.

HAPE is a slightly more serious condition of altitude sickness as it includes shortness of breath, continuous coughing and may affect your lungs. HACE is an even more serious condition of altitude sickness as it affects even walking through simple paths, breathing even during rest, excessive dizziness and even fainting of the person.
HAPE and HACE are considered to get fatal if not given proper treatment on time.It depends upon how quickly and efficiently your body can handle the change in your surrounding environment.
When does it all start??

The problem starts after Manali as that is from where the altitude gets increases above a certain level. During the gradual increase in altitude, some may feel slight changes in their health conditions and feel dizzy, but the actual problem starts over and after the Rohtang pass. On reaching Rohtang pass, the oxygen level in air starts dropping at a quick rate and many people experience problem in breathing. From this point, anyone who has serious problems with the dropping air level is advised not to continue after this point.

What causes High mountain sickness?
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