the world, looking down on creation…” goes a popular song. And if there
is anywhere in the world that you can sing that refrain and feel as if
you are in your own music video, then the top of a mountain has to be
it. With nine of the world’s 14 peaks above 8,000 meters in China, including
the two highest (Mt. Everest and K2) and countless others
above 6,000 meters in height, China has been the focal point of mountaineers
around the world for years.
several mountaineering organizations in China and since it is impossible
to make it to your personal music video site without assistance from experienced
mountaineers, arrangements have to be made with such organizations. On
the other hand, if you would be satisfied with getting as close as possible
without having to actually pack serious mountaineering equipment then
a trip to the Everest Base Camp might satisfy you. There is a monastery
at Rongbuk, which is about a three hour hike from the Base Camp or twenty
minutes by 4WD.
that may be of concern is altitude sickness. The lack of oxygen at altitudes
above 2,500 meters affects most people to some extent. Acclimatization
to such altitudes takes several weeks at least and is usually done progressively.
Most travelers, however, come up from the sea level rapidly thereby experience
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). The symptoms of AMS usually develop within
24 hours but can be delayed for up to three weeks, and include headache,
lethargy, dizziness, insomnia and loss of appetite. Severe cases can develop
without warning and can be fatal. Watch out for a more serious altitude
induced complication though. High-altitude pulmonary edema is seen at
elevations above 3000 meters within 72 hours of ascent and symptoms include
coughing of frothy sputum, which progresses from white to pink to bloody.
The victim should be brought to lower altitudes as soon as possible and
medical assistance sought.