Tibet is the rugged mountainous regions and attitudinally varied. It depends what part of Tibet you visit. Thus taking careful consideration and proper prevention on High Altitude
High Altitude Sickness
What is High Altitude?
High Altitude: 1500 – 3500 m (5000 – 11500 ft)
Very High Altitude: 3500 – 5500 m (11500 – 18000 ft)
Extreme Altitude: above 5500 m
When acclimatization lags significantly behind ascent, various symptoms occur. Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) represents the body’s intolerance of the hypoxic (low oxygen) environment at one’s current elevation
What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) And How to Avoid It?
The high altitude and people’s reaction to it is one of the difficulties to travel to Tibet. But it is not so serious as you imagined if you know it and get prepared for it.
What kinds of physiologic reactions will occur?
Hyperventilation (breathing fast)
Shortness of breath during exertion
Changed breathing pattern at night
Awakening frequently at night
Tips to avoid AMS
Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet
Avoid catching a cold
Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you flying to Lhasa.
You’d better not to take any activities for the first day in Tibet
After getting off your airplane in the airport, walk slowly, take some deep breath. Do not do anything severely
Ascend to higher altitude gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you feel bad.
Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor’s suggestion.
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