The World Congress on High Altitude Medicine and Physiology is an initiative of the ISMM to share knowledge and competence in the broad field of mountain medicine including high altitude physiology and pathophysiology, high altitude illness, cold injuries, hypothermia, trauma and rescue between scientists, doctors, paramedics and mountaineering professionals. It provides a unique opportunity for mountain medicine national organizations and rescue organizations to share their knowledge and experience in the field.
Congresses have been held approximately every two years since 1986 in mountainous regions around the globe, including La Pace in Peru, Matzumoto in Japan, Arica in Chile, Arequipa in Peru and Xining and Lhasa in China/Tibet. Following the IX. World Congress in Taipei, Taiwan, in 2012, we are now more than pleased to welcome the X. event to the European Alps for the first time in the history of the congress.