Kedarnath is located at a high altitude of 11,500 ft. Being at such a high altitude involves exposure to extreme cold, low humidity, increased ultra violet radiations and reduced air pressure and oxygen.
Since you will only be there for a couple of hours, the body cannot get enough time to acclimatize and adjust to the low oxygen levels, therefore you must not exert yourself, go slow and always catch your breath. If anyone exerts themselves too much too quickly, depending on individual fitness levels, some of the common high altitude sicknesses and their symptoms are listed below:
1. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): AMS is the most common form of mountain sickness and may occur after you ascend to altitudes above 2,500m.
Symptoms: Breathing problems, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, dizziness and difficulty in sleeping.
2. High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): HACE is a severe form of AMS and occurs due to swelling of the brain tissue which may eventually impair the brain. The illness often manifests itself at night and may result in coma/ death within hours.
Symptoms: Breathing problems, headache, fatigue, visual impairment, bladder dysfunction, bowel dysfunction, disorientation and partial paralysis.
3. High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): HAPE results in respiratory failure due to accumulation of fluid in the lungs. HAPE manifests itself at night (typically the second night of climbing in high altitude areas), progresses rapidly and may lead to fatality within hours.
Symptoms: Shortness of breath even when resting, persistent dry cough, bright red stained sputum, weakness, fatigue, drowsiness, chest tightness, congestion and increased heart rate. Younger people are held to be more susceptible to this ailment as, in exuberance, they are inclined to over exert while trekking.
Yatra Package from Mumbai, our endeavour is to keep the tour hassle free and convenient at every step. We also understand that it can be a tiring journey thousands of kilometers from Mumbai to the Garhwal Himalayas and you may not have time in abundance, thus, we also handcraft for you Ek Dham, Do Dham (Badrinath Kedarnath Yatra) and (Yamunotri and Gangotri), Teen Dham Yatra. Each of our pilgrimage packages in Uttarakhand boasts meticulously crafted travel itineraries ensuring that along with saving time you do not miss out on any of the experiences.
HIGH ALTITUDE DO’S & DON’TS
1. Increase your fitness. Start at least a month prior to the Yatra at least a 4-5km Morning/Evening walk. For Improving the oxygen efficiency of your body.
2. Take Palkis/Horses instead of trekking to avoid high altitude sickness.
3. Take short breaks to catch your breath when tired.
4. Notice any symptoms such as extreme tiredness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite or vomiting.
5. Saree is NOT a suitable dress for the Yatra. Salwar Kameez, pant-shirt or a track suit will be better. Ladies who are more than 6 week pregnant shall not be allowed to undertake the pilgrimage.
6. Keep spare clothes and eatables in a suitable water proof bag.
7. Carry some cold cream/Vaseline/sunscreen to protect your hands /face against sunburn etc.
8. Keep in your pocket your identity card with emergency contact number, incase of an emergency.
1. Don’t exert yourself too much and go out of breath.
2. Don’t ignore any symptoms such as extreme tiredness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite or vomiting.
3. Don’t stop at places which are marked by warning notices.
4. Don’t use slippers because there are steep rises and falls on the route to the Holy Cave. Only wear trekking shoes with laces.
5. Don’t attempt any short cuts on the route as doing so would be dangerous.
6. Don’t trek alone. Always stay together as a group. Your mobile network may not work at Kedarnath, only BSNL works.
WHAT TO WEAR
Chances of flight cancellation due to bad weather are common during monsoon. All passengers are strongly advised to be prepared incase you get stuck at Kedarnath due to bad weather. These items are essential as the climate is highly unpredictable and changes abruptly from sunny weather to rain and snow. The temperature can sometimes abruptly fall to 5 degrees Celsius or lower.
1. Trousers (preferably waterproof).
2. Adequate woolen/waterproof clothing
3. Small umbrella
4. Raincoat or wind cheater
5. Waterproof trekking shoes;
7. Warm Cap
9. Woolen socks
10. Spare clothes