What Ailments Do You Face After A High Altitude Trek?

What Ailments Do You Face After A High Altitude Trek?

Category Injuries And Recovery Altitude And Health

By Swathi Chatrapathy


I have a question for you today. After coming back from a high altitude trek, have you faced any physical ailments?

I’m looking to put together a serious article along with videos to help tackle them.

And I need your help for that.

Earlier in 2017, I had published an article on Trek Fever. Although 38% of our trekkers experienced it, it was something new. I also put down ways to avoid trek fever. That really helped trekkers.

But I notice that Trek Fever is not the only concern trekkers have. There are many more.

Painful toes, numbness in their extremities, fever, headaches, intense body pain — these are issues I hear about pretty often. This is after people complete their trek and come back to their cities.

And trekkers get alarmed when they face these issues. It’s mostly because it catches them off-guard. For instance, my sister got a sudden shooting pain in her toes a few days after coming back from a winter trek. She didn’t know what to do and panicked. Finally, after consulting my colleagues and a doctor, she dipped her feet in hot water twice a day and the pain eventually went away. I’ve seen that many trekkers face this issue.

While my sister’s issue was relatively small, there are others who suffer more debilitating problems. And they don’t know how to tackle them. I feel we can completely avoid panicked reactions if we just put together some expert tips to tackle them.

So I’m trying to figure out what exactly these issues are.

I’ve created a form where you can put down whether you have had any ailments after a trek. (Even if it’s a no, it will help me understand how many people face issues).

Find the form below. Please share it with anyone you know who has faced such ailments too.

See responses so far.

If you have any questions related to this, drop in a comment below.

Thank you!

Swathi Chatrapathy

Chief Editor

About the author

Swathi Chatrapathy heads the digital content team at Indiahikes. She is also the face behind India's popular trekking video channel, Trek With Swathi. Unknown to many, Swathi also writes a weekly column at Indiahikes which has more than 100,000 followers.

A TEDx speaker and a frequent guest at other events, Swathi is a much sought after resource for her expertise in digital content.

Before joining Indiahikes, Swathi worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters's in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to bring about a profound impact on a person's mind, body and spirit.