The trek leader listened to my lungs and told me she heard rales. Does this mean I have HAPE ?

No, rales (a particular sound, also called crackles, heard with a stethoscope on listening to the chest) are common at altitude and do not by themselves mean a person has HAPE. If crackles persist after several deep breaths, HAPE or pneumonia could be present. Look for other signs and symptoms.

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