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Altitude Illness

Altitude Illness, Tibet tour to snow mountainsAbout High Altitude Illness

What is Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) And How to Avoid It

Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) is common at high altitudes, and depends on the elevation, the rate of ascent and individual susceptibility. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days.

Symptoms tend to be worse at night and include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty in sleeping is another common symptom, and many travelers have trouble sleeping for the first few days after arriving in Lhasa. 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.

high Altitude Illness, Tibet travel to snow mountainsWhat 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 kinds of physiologic reactions will occur?
- Hyperventilation (breathing fast)
- Shortness of breath during exertion
- Increased urination
- Changed breathing pattern at night

What kinds of physiologic reactions will occur?

- Hyperventilation (breathing fast)
- Shortness of breath during exertion
- Increased urination
- Changed breathing pattern at night
- Awakening frequently at night
- Weird dreams

The altitudes of different places in Tibet






3658 m
12001 ft


3000 m
9843 ft


4507 m
14787 ft


3500 m
11483 ft


3205 m
10515 ft


3836 m
12585 ft


4200 m
13780 ft


4040 m
13255 ft


2750 m
9022 ft


4300 m
14108 ft


4800 m
15748 ft


2325 m
7628 ft

Tips to avoid AMS
- Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.
- Avoid catching a cold before you enter Tibet.
- Make sure you have a good sleep the night before you fly 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

-Avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration, and don't


Tibet Tour Experts suggest those clients who suffered from high blood pressure and severe heart disease to avoid travel in Tibet.

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