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Altitude sickness deaths

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Sadly, a couple of recent reports of AMS deaths.

http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2018-10-05/taiwanese-dies-of-altitude-sickness.html

https://thehimalayantimes.com/nepal/indian-pilgrim-dies-of-altitude-sickness/

Little detail or confirmation but warnings nonetheless.

scoodly

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Yeah, I too considered posting these. Sad.

That's why we keep (trying to) remind people of the dangers of going too high too fast.

Too bad more info not provided in those articles.

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Further articles with details and confirmation of the cause of deaths seem rare, or we miss them. The warnings could be stronger with confirmed details.

scoodly

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I observe that both reports indicate these people were on tours. Does that imply organized treks with guides who are supposed to looking out for the welfare of their clients?

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The EBC tour was most likely to be with a guide and it's not uncommon for the set itineraries to be too fast. I think many if not most pilgrims travel independently(perhaps a cost-based choice) but tours are possible. I suspect AMS awareness is quite limited for pilgrims. Muktinath/Ranipauwa is 'only' 3800m and can be reached in a day from Pokhara. I guess this pilgrim could have gone there in a day.

scoodly

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Hi all

In my opinion, the problem is not just the availability of information but the resistance of guides and trekking companies to seriously address this issue. We keep seeing unsafe itineraries posted on this forum almost every week and no acknowledgement by any of the guides whatsoever that these schedules aren't just unsafe but actually kill people.

Eric

My Nepal Pages https://wanderingeric.org/category/nepal/

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Agreed Eric. I sometimes ask guides who post dodgy itineraries to explain their thinking. Occasionally a guide will engage but silence is more common. Asking them to compare their itineraries to the guidelines is yet to provide any kind of considered response. We keep at it.

scoodly

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