An important, but not pleasant to think about, part of the trip planning is preparing for the possibility of experiencing any number of potential ailments ranging from a mild headache and Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), to something much more serious like High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) or High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE). Other potential health issues, particularly when living with rudimentary sanitation and basic personal hygiene for two weeks, are stomach issues and nausea.
Ok… have I painted a graphic enough picture? Clearly we hope to avoid all, or at least the most serious of these health issues. In the event any of us do encounter a health issue, we have all visited our doctors to get prescribed a range of medications… in essence we are all walking pharmacies!
Another precaution we are required to have is evacuation insurance. In the event of a serious illness or injury, this insurance will guarantee immediate evacuation by helicopter to a medical facility and ultimate return to the U.S.