Travel At High Altitude
tips for an enjoyable journey
We have compiled the following information that will be helpful both during the planning stage and while travelling at high altitude in the Himalayas. Please read through this carefully.
Many people entering Tibet and other high altitude Himalayan areas experience some degree of altitude problems. The effects can be severe for some, but for most they are more of a minor discomfort experienced on the first few days. Symptoms include breathlessness (especially when walking), headache and difficulty sleeping. If you experience a persistent headache, nausea or loss of coordination or disorientation, tell your guide and seek immediate medical help and then descend to a lower altitude (sometimes 300m lower is sufficient).
Altitude is thoroughly taken into consideration when planning our high altitude journeys. Where possible we acclimatise at lower altitudes before going higher. However, this is not possible when flying into Lhasa for a short trip (3,700m), so your first couple of days will be spent slowly in the city to ensure your body is not over-exerted. Altitude sickness is not usually a problem below 3,000m, but above that every 500m ascent will need time for acclimatisation.
Before arrival you can aid your acclimatisation by:
· Taking medicine such as Diamox, which you can get from a travel doctor in your home country
· Homeopathic medicines such as rhodiola, coca, gingko and garlic capsules can also be purchased from a pharmacy in your home country
Throughout your journey at high altitude we recommend that you:
· Move slowly
· Drink plenty of water, and avoid coffee and alcohol
· Eat foods rich in garlic and ginger
· Rest often
· Stay warm during the day and at night
If you do experience altitude sickness:
· Tell your guide
· Sit up, rather than lying down to rest
· Drink glucose (water and sugar)
· Inhale oxygen if necessary (all our vehicles carry oxygen as a precautionary measure)
· Return to a lower altitude if your condition does not improve