Problems You May Face While Travelling to the Mountains

Saudi Arabia is a land of extremes, when it comes to the temperature. The days are hot and the nights see a significant drop in temperature. Well, that’s what you get from living in a desert!

On June 23, 2010, the capital city of Jeddah recorded temperatures of 52oC, which continues to be the highest temperature in the city till date. However, the average temperature easily crosses the 40oC mark in the summers and Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, a climatologist, had predicted that it would hit the 65oC mark during the Ramadan in 2015.

Such heat can be unbearable at times and the best way to tackle is by taking a few days off and planning a trip to a relatively cooler place, such as the mountains. However, the sudden change in climate and altitude can cause a few problems for you. Here’s a look at what you should be prepared for.


To ensure a risk free holiday, where you stay physically, mentally and medically fit, the first thing you should do is consult a doctor. If you have symptoms of acute asthma, then the Rocky Mountains and the sudden climate change can intensify the problem, making the situation worse for you.

Ask your doctor to make a precautionary plan for you and carry the medication advised by him, since you may not find the right drugs in the local stores.

Sore Throat

This one of the most common problems and can be contoured by using lozenges for a sore throat. Going to a colder region increases your chances of catching a cold. It is caused by the inflammation due to the cold or other viruses. So, avoid eating ice-cream or drinking cold beverages.

Try to carry a bottle of hot water with you at all times, since it reduces the pain. Lozenges for a sore throat can provide instant relief from the pain too.

Altitude Sickness

This is a common issue with people who travel or climb to more than 25,000 meters (8,000 feet), especially when they ascend too quickly. Most of the times, it is a minor situation and the symptoms improve within a few hours of rest and sleep.

Having said that, sometimes the situation can get worse to a point that it is life-threatening. It can be recognized by that fact the person may not want to descend or come to lower ground. The best treatment is to stop climbing further and rest, but if the situation is not getting any better, it is advisable to come back to lower ground.


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