Dear hunters, todays question is quite simple. I have booked a hunt in Tajikistan at the Karakol lake camp. I am VERY concerned about AMS, HACE and HAPE. Am I overreacting? Do I need to take acetazolamide (diamox) or is it enough to acclimatize with the long drive into base camp and a rest day or two at that altitude? I have never been higher than 8,ooo feet. My age at the time of hunt will be 47. I am thinking about taking diamox and using it if symptoms of AMS occur. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, D.P.
I vote for "with". After watching two hunting partners not deal with altitude so well in China. We got one down after he was successful the first day. The other, half of your age, we put on diamox and threw in a gamow bag for a while. No problems after that, staying on the diamox. A doctor and I were on diamox the entire time and all went well.
Take the diamox unless you like the feeling of a hangover. I was in Tajikistan 10 years ago and was sick (hangover feeling ) for five days. Got my Marco Polo and left early. Passed on the Ibex. My interpreter did not get out of bed for the same five days. I will be taking diamox when I head to Kyrgystan in October.
Thanks to all for your input. RamDreamer, your advice was perfect and the info and knowledge from those articles has made me feel easier and more confident. I know I will have a great hunt in November of 2011. If succesful, my ram will adorn this wonderful forum for all to see. D.P.