So, as I promised….
Manang is a special village along the way when trekking the Annapurna Circuit. It's the last village before people going up to the highest place on trek – Throng La or Throng Pass which is 5416 M high up. This is high!
volunteer doctors from the HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association)
come every season and stay at Manang and other villages around to help the trekkers. When going into the heights above 2500- 3000 M many people suffer from a Problem called mountain sickness, Which can be leth?l if you are not aware of the symptoms and how to handle them.
When reaching Manang you are advised ( or more like…YOU HAVE TO) stay there for at least one day to acclimatize yourself to the heights. It's just get higher and higher from there on until the pass and you want to survive that on perfect shape.
The clinic In Manang helps travelers and the local community in a few ways….Every day at 15:00 there is a lecture about mountain sickness. Many of the deaths from mountain sickness are caused because people were not aware what they should do when getting any symptoms of this illness and how to deal with it. It's very important to reach this lecture and learn about mountain sickness. IT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!
The Clinic also helps the local people for free and is funded by the medical treatment being given to the tourists coming there.
It's possible to buy medicine or other medical stuff you need and missing at the clinic or just donate by buying a T-shirt.
The HRA also operates a few more clinics around the Everest base camp for the same reasons.
I hope this small post would save many many lives. All you need to do is be aware of this mountain sickness. read about it, go to the lecture there and enjoy your trip!
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