How to avoid altitude sickness

An adventure holiday can be ruined by altitude sickness if you’re not sure how to fully prepare yourself, and deal with it if it does happen. When altitude sickness strikes it can be severe and can often be debilitating, so it’s important to learn the low down on how to avoid altitude sickness before you head off to climb whichever mountain tickles your fancy!

Here’s a few pointers to help you in your quest.

Acclimatise yourself properlyAvoid Altitude Sickness

Especially at altitudes of 2500m or above, you need to slowly get your body used to the altitude. Take your time to ascend, give your body time to adjust, listen to your body and pay attention to how you feel - don’t push yourself if you feel strange. When you are booking your trip, try and include a few days beforehand to give your body time to get used to the altitudes.

Take your time

Racing ahead will only lead you to symptoms and feeling worse, so instead, take your time. When you are above 3000m ensure you do not increase your sleeping altitude by more than 300-500m per night. When you are climbing above this rate, try and have a rest every few days to give your body time to take in what is happening and adjust, this will help majorly to avoid altitude sickness.

Be food and drink savvy

Make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and make sure you also eat a high calorie diet whilst you’re at altitude – consider this your free pass to eat calories with no guilt!

Avoid temptation

Don’t drink alcohol and don’t smoke – these will only cause more harm than good.

Listen to your body

You know how you should be feeling and what's normal for you. Don’t push any odd feelings aside, and listen to what your bodies telling you, if there is something wrong it will tell you! If your symptoms get worse, descend from your current altitude immediately, and seek help if you continue to feel strange or any worse than before you descended. Your health is more important than the success of your climb.

These useful ways to avoid altitude sickness will help you in your elevated quest, or even when you are simply holidaying in a destination which is at a high level.

XTM Performance is a company who caters for all types of adventurers, what we learn from working with the most talented athletes on the planet can be seen throughout our entire snow gear range. Our products can't help with altitude sickness, but we can definitely make sure you're warm and cosy on these hilly escapades you choose to partake in....

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