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High Altitudes and CPAP

Planning on a hike with High Altitudes and no electricity for 8 days. So batteries are a must.....and a travel machine. But what machines go above 10,000 feet, or up to 15,500 feet.

Have found no information on such machines, nor what adjustments to make to accomplish greater altitudes. Sleep physician has been little assitance.

  1. Thought I would followup on my own question. Earlier this September I successfully climbed Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 7 nights. Most nights above 13,000 feet, including one above 16,000. All nights run on batteries, a separate battery for each night. One night the battery ran out before the night did, all others had some charge in the morning. Weird - as in high, real high events per hour - that shrank back to normal when the nightly elevation decreased to usual levels. Tent mate one night said CPAP sounded like it was pushing air / running free flow. Other nights stated sounded normal. Glad to have had the CPAP during the trek; felt like near typical sleep resulted despite the fact i was sleeping in a tent, on the ground, in cold weather, for the first time in more than 50 years. And machine appears to be undamaged from its 7 high elevation nights. Kilimanjaro can be done by CPAP/APAP users - i am proof.

    1. How awesome, ! What a huge accomplishment! I am glad your CPAP proved helpful and that the batteries kept it going through the night. Thank goodness you brought so many! Do you have any photos you would like to share? I would love to see what that view was like when you reached the top. I am joyfully envious of you. What a fantastic adventure! Thanks for checking back. All the best! - Lori (Team Member)

  2. Just writing on this blog again to see if can generate a response . Hiker Jim

    1. Hi again! I'm sorry to say that the facebook post ( did not receive any responses. I did some googling as I'm sure you did as well. There was some potentially helpful information I saw out there, but no specific product recommendations. This leads me to think that - if you have time and if you haven't already - it might be a good idea to get in touch with your doctor or the sleep specialist who helped you get your CPAP. Might even be worth a shot to get in touch with the company for the CPAP you currently own to see if they have any suggestions. Good luck, and please be safe! Keep us updated! - Alyssa (Team Member)

  3. Hi there! This is a great question (and an exciting adventure)! I'm going to share a link to your forum on our Facebook page so we can try to get you some answers here 😊 Warmly - Alyssa (Team Member)

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