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Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

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Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

I've been following the post about hiking to base camp and the dangers of altitude sickness. What about if you make a trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaarthen (2 days) then take

a helicopter ride to Everest base camp, sight see around Everest base camp area then helicopter back to Lukla same day?

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1. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

Hi

That should be safe in terms of altitude sickness and having a helicopter at hand you can go down quickly if necessary. However, any sightseeing at EBC will probably be limited by the pilot's supply of oxygen and your ability, or lack thereof, to walk around after a sudden 2000 meter altitude gain.

Eric

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2. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

Any problem with helicopter at EBC and you have a real problem (altitude wise).

Kathmandu, Nepal
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3. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

many peoples doing EBC by helicopter there is no any problems for the 5 to 10 minutes .. All the best

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4. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

Ensure you don't run here and there at EBC :D haha else I don't see any other issue with the plan.

I have seen many 60+ people in India visiting places like Gurudongmar and khardungla pass within a day and coming back with no problems at all.

You may carry a couple of tabs like Lasex for instant relief.

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5. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

There are varying helicopter companies offering trips to EBC including https://www.airdynastyheli.com/everest-base-…

The problems are

1) As already pointed out, if the helicopter runs into trouble at EBC and for some reason can’t take off, then the chances are high that you will die – This would be the same regardless of starting at Namche or Kathmandu.

2) The increasing noise pollution of helicopters going up and down from EBC spoiling the experience for everyone else.

Therefore, I would say If you want to trek to EBC, generate a two week timeframe and follow all the guidelines on http://ismm.org/prevention/

If you want a view of Everest and don’t want to trek then take the mountain flight

Good Luck and Happy Safe Travels

Rob

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6. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

Re #4... I saw plenty of people chucking their guts up at Khardung La and Pangong Tso after deciding to take a trip within 24hours of arriving in Leh.

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7. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

The docs in Leh and the Leh admins have a completely different view than # 4 . That is why they reinstated the Inner Line Permits : as forewarned a number of people did Khardung La & Pangong Tso runs with zero acclimatization after the permits were scrapped ... and a few of them not only got sick but died. This experiment lastad less than two years. Similar situation with the Chaddar winter trek : the new rule is that you need a medical check up on the second day , and they only release the permit in the afternoon. Thus guaranteeing minimum two acclimatization nights .

The 60+ comment is also a red herring : sixty plusers ( like me ) are statistically at lower risk for AMS .

Edited: 06 November 2018, 17:21
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8. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

More crap info : Lasix ( furosemide ) does not give "instant relief" , or any relief. Look for reliable info at ismm.org/prevention , CDC @ http://korta.nu/cdcalt etc

Edited: 06 November 2018, 17:27
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9. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

Good info - & thanks for posting

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10. Re: Altitude sickness getting to Everest Base camp

"2) The increasing noise pollution of helicopters going up and down from EBC spoiling the experience for everyone else."

Amen to that. Buzzed all day.

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