High Altitude: the first few days

If you live below an elevation of 5,000 feet, it may take a few days to adjust to moving around at high altitude. Your body needs to adjust to the amount of oxygen in the air and the new environment. Sangha Journeys plans easy, low-exertion activities for your first few days above 10,000 feet. To help you acclimate, you might consider the following steps:

 Did you know there are 432 steps up to the Potala Palace?

Did you know there are 432 steps up to the Potala Palace?

 

  • Drink lots of water. Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo recommends one bottle of water per hour for best results.
  • Take it easy. Walk slowly, don't stand up too quickly, and don't overdo it. Try to center yourself in a meditative and mindful state, and move your body gently.
  • Let nature help you. There are several natural remedies on the market that might help you acclimate to high altitude. Mountaineering blogs recommend a wide variety of herbal supplements, including ChlorOxygen and Acli-Mate Mountain Drink. Sangha Journeys does not represent any product, but we encourage you to research on your own if natural supplements are helpful to you.
  • Get a Doctor's Advice. Your doctor can discuss the potential effects of altitude on your body when you go for a regular check-up, and might recommend a prescription medication to help prevent altitude sickness.
  • Wait it out. Usually, even if you have some symptoms of altitude sickness (queasiness, slight headache, mild discomfort) they will disappear within a few days of your adjustment. If things don't improve, our guide can help you find local medicine.

 

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