NO "TOUR GROUP" LIMITATIONS
YOU WANT TO GO
WE TAKE YOU!
TIBET ALTITUDE SICKNESS IT'S THE TOP, THE
ROOF, THE HIGHEST PLACE ON EARTH! BE PREPARED FOR ALTITUDE SICKNESS!
GO BACK DOWN!
The pleasures of trekking or
even vacationing in the world's highest mountain ranges
cannot be overstated especially when we are talking about
Tibet. Neither can the dangers! Altitude sickness can occur
in some people as low as 8,000 feet, but serious symptoms do
not usually occur until over 12,000 feet, however exceptions
are the rule. No matter your age or your shape, there is no
way to tell if you will get it until you go. Even then it is
not the height that is important, rather the speed in
which you ascended to that altitude.
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
High Altitude Defined
When acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms
occur. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) represents the body's
intolerance of the low oxygen environment at one's current elevation. There are
many degrees of AMS. See below
1500 - 3500 meters (5000 - 11500 feet)
Very High Altitude:
3500 - 5500 meters (11500 - 18000 feet)
Above 5500 meters (18000 feet)
Helpful Hints to Avoid Altitude Sickness
Exercise before going to Tibet - get fit as possible. Even
fit people experience AMS.
Take "pearls" and vitamins. Best not to have a cold in high
Get a full nights rest before flying to Lhasa.
You may acclimate easier by taking the long fast train from
Plan one full day in Lhasa to acclimate before heavy
sightseeing or side trips.
While acclimating, take it easy, walk slowly, rest, drink
Gradual assertion is the key. If you start to feel odd, wait
or descend. DO NOT GO HIGHER.
Bring a prescription for Altitude Sickness with you, as well
as a first-aid kit.
Take oxygen along. You can buy a supply in any sporting
High Altitude Issues
Feeling like you can't get enough air
Hyperventilation (breathing fast)
Shortness of breath during exertion
Nausea or vomiting
Swelling of face or hands
Changed breathing pattern at night, gasping
Awakening frequently at night
Feelings of panic, heart palpitations
Strange and vivid dreams
AMS Before You Go
various degrees of AMS not covered on this page. It is very
important that you know the signs and symptoms of altitude
sickness and the degrees. AMS can cause death and has many
times. Print out some information about AMS to take with you
in your medical kit. You will not remember all the details
about AMS when you are in the middle of a journey. Keep this
handy, it WILL come in useful for you and/or another. Here
are some good links:
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