High Altitude: Acclimatization and Illnesses

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
This time I was much better off while doing the Manali ? Leh stretch, got only a mild case of AMS. All this was thanks to the fact I was carrying roughly 4 liters of water with me, which made sure I didn?t ran out of a water when I needed it the most, on top of that I mixed a small packet of Glucose D in a liter of water for two days on the Manali ? Leh highway and drank that on regular interval and it really helped me fight off AMS.
 

popsha

Incredible Bulk
For me the best way to be healthy in any trip is to drink a lot (A LOT) of water. And if the trip is in high altitudes just mix one box of Glucon-D to each bottle and off you go.

The only downside is that you need to take leak breaks more frequently, and since I consume a lot of water they come very frequently for me. During Munsiyari ride other fellas had some trouble stopping for me to take leaks but it works wonders, during my whole Leh trip I didn't felt low on energy or altitude sick for even a single second.

You might add 2 Diamox everyday to be on a safer side if only water doesn't work for you. Start taking the Diamox at the start of journey: so lets say u take one here in Delhi at the start and the next one when you reach Manali. Then 2 everyday for the Manali-Leh strech.
 

Salil

Super Moderator
Staff member
Yogesh Sarkar said:
Try going to Leh from Manali, a night at Sarchu would be enough for the AMS to set in.
hehe tried that too. No AMS for me. Now what?
 

hitanshu

Master of the OT Universe
I took the highway slow thanks to some calls I had to take at Rohtang :p

So stopped at Manali, Keylong, Pang before Leh.

As discussed from Eric, Roy - I kept sipping a rasna sharbat I had with me, and frequent munchings, with one-two disprin tablets daily as well as a diamox by night time, I had no side effects, no AMS, nothing.

Being an asthamatic and in the round shape I am, the only problem I had was trying to push start the bike in Pang - else I had ZERO problems. Just as I'd hoped. Thanks for all the tips guys:)
 

SachinOnTop

Full Use Else Lose
hitanshu said:
I took the highway slow thanks to some calls I had to take at Rohtang :p

So stopped at Manali, Keylong, Pang before Leh.

As discussed from Eric, Roy - I kept sipping a rasna sharbat I had with me, and frequent munchings, with one-two disprin tablets daily as well as a diamox by night time, I had no side effects, no AMS, nothing.

Being an asthamatic and in the round shape I am, the only problem I had was trying to push start the bike in Pang - else I had ZERO problems. Just as I'd hoped. Thanks for all the tips guys:)
so our round-ish Tau came out of it unaffected!
felt really very happy to know that!

'Rasna' guys should have sponsored your trip! :lol:
btw, you 'survived' the ordeal with only rasna, snacks, disprin/diamox... and no glucose/electral???

well, i guess, i m a bit more fitter (thats not a typo! and it is NOT 'fatter'!:p) by now to take on the harsh climate of such extreme hills!
 

hitanshu

Master of the OT Universe
Basically had kept Rasna khus khus for the Ahd-Del ride. But it turned out too sweet, so didn't drink it then.

It was only by Rohtang that I realized that I wasn't carrying electral, so switched to rasna :)
 

Yogesh Sarkar

Administrator
Worked in the same way as glucose, I guess this just proves we bikers are a sturdier lot than those who claim spending a night at Sarchu and Pang is an invitation to disaster.
 

popsha

Incredible Bulk
@Yogesh: Can't agree more to you ... when you have slogged your ass off by riding thousands of kilometeres to reach Sarchu/Pang a little AMS is easily managable.
 
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