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    Having asthma does not significantly raise your risk of having any acute exaceratbations or acute mountain sickness than a non-asthmatic individual. Though a few climbers have had some episodes, asthma does not significantly alter your ability to undertake trekking in the himalayas, or your overall stamina and performance. Studies have been conducted in trekkers climbing upto heights of upto 6400 meters, and a very small number of trekkers had any more severe or frequent episodes than non-asthmatics. The altitude, cold climate, and dry air do pose a slightly higher chance of an acute exacerbation than that in the plains; however, there is no difference in the severity or overall risk.

    That said, it is vital that you keep your trek organizers and group/team leaders informed about your status at the begininng itself and carry your routine medication at all times. Also, your tent-mates should be aware of your condition and instructed on how to administer your medications in case you have any untoward reaction or are indisposed to administer it yourself. 

    Happy climbing!

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