High altitudes send soldiers off course in China-India border region: experts

High altitudes send soldiers off course in China-India border region: experts

Acute altitude sickness is behind the numbers of people losing their way in the remote Himalayas between China and India, according to experts, who say the numbers of new troops from both sides in the disputed area are at risk.

A Chinese soldier who was returned to his own side on Monday by India was suffering from “acute altitude sickness”, according to Beijing-based military analyst Zhou Chenming.

The soldier was apprehended by Indian troops at more than 4,200 metres (13,780 feet) above sea level, near the south bank of Pangong Tso, a mountain lake along the Line of Actual Control (LAC), the de facto frontier between China and India.