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Acute Mountain Sickness


The main health consideration in Tibet is altitude related illness or Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). You may experience some mild symptoms initially, such as headache, lethargy, nausea and difficulty in sleeping, but these should lessen within a few days. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times should it be required. A Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC) is also carried on all our Tibet treks and Mt. kailash tours in case of altitude sickness.

Hotels in Lhasa are equipped with oxygen. Doctors will also be available on call. A supply of bottled oxygen is carried in the vehicle at all times. If you have ever suffered from altitude sickness, or have a heart or breathing complaint, we highly recommend you consult your doctor about your suitability for traveling to Tibet before booking.

A good briefing is given to all the tourists about altitude sickness before they depart for the trip. Our staff constantly checks if someone is having some symptoms during trip days. Altitude sickness can be overcome if informed in time and if taken proper precaution.

The following precautions may help to prevent or lessen the effects of AMS:

  • Avoid catching cold before you entering Tibet. If you travel the plateau for the first time, you get ready to face the challenges. The more you are nervous, the more you tend to emerge the plateau reaction.
  • Don't do strenuous exercises and only take slight activities immediately after your arrival. Don't climb too fast and don't take too much luggage.
  • Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3-4 liters daily) and eat carbohydrate-rich food to keep the body properly hydrated when entering Tibet. Since the mountain air is dry and cold, it is necessary to drink enough water to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration. Don't smoke and don't take other depressants such as tranquilizers and sleeping pills, because these medicines will depress the respiratory drive and limit oxygen intake.