QUESTIONS ON AGE & FITNESS LEVEL
1. Are there any age limits for climbing Mt. Kinabalu?
There are no particular age limits for Mount Kinabalu climbers. As long as you are good in health status or you have seek approval from your doctor if you are on any medication. We have served thousands of climbers ranging from 3 years old to 87 years old. However, we suggest young children to be at least 10 years old due to the numerous steps and steep slopes. Similarly, elderly climbers need to be in good health and fitness level to attempt the climb.
2. How bad are the effects of high altitude?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or commonly known as Altitude Sickness affects the individual differently, regardless of fitness levels. Symptoms vary from light headness or mild headaches, some even suffer from nausea and vomiting. These symptoms vary but might include dizziness, fatigue and difficulty walking.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, avoid physical exertion and keep yourself hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids. Return to a lower elevation if you are suffering badly. Also seek medical assistance from your guide and he will advice you from then on.
3. How do I prevent altitude sickness or Acute Mountain Syndrome (AMS)?
3 main things may help you :
- Drink a lot of water to keep hydrated.
- Acclimatize to altitude gradually, where it is advisable to spend a night at the highland areas before the day you ascend Mount Kinabalu.
- Avoid rapid ascents by trekking at a normal pace with plenty of rest stops in between.
You may wish to take altitude sickness tablets, Acetazolamide (Diamox) as a prophylaxis. This drug has the effect of increasing acclimatization rates; improving periodic breathing; and helping climbers to recover from AMS more quickly. Please note that Diamox is a prescription drug and a doctor should be consulted about proper dosages.