The Travellers Lounge > Altitude Sickness (AMS)
sickness is a highly unpleasant experience and occurs when you reach about
2500 metres. It occurs because the air is thinner with less oxygen
available to you.
will adjust to this by increasing your breathing rate and also your heart
starts to work harder. Most people can acclimatise efficiently at heights
of 2000-3000 metres within a couple of days but if you are planning on
going higher you should allow up to 3 weeks.
more likely to get altitude sickness the faster you elevate. For example
if you fly direct into La Paz, Bolivia (3000m) or drive up to Lhasa, Tibet
(3600m) you are more likely to experience symptoms than if you were to
trek to altitude. Overexerting yourself before you have become accustomed
to the height will also increase your risk.
symptoms (when fluid has collected in your brain). These symptoms can be
life-threatening so DESCEND IMMEDIATELY:
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