Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness

AMS is an illness that can affect mountain climbers, hikers, skiers, or travellers at high altitude (typically above 10,000 feet or 3,050 meters). AMS is due to a combination of reduced air pressure and lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes. The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you are to experience AMS.

Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you push or exert yourself. You may be more likely to experience AMS if:

  • You live at or near sea level
  • You have had the illness before

We will carry a Portable Hyperbaric Chamber (PHC) which allows us to simulate conditions at lower altitudes without actually moving from their location on the mountain. To read more about AMS download our AMS Information Sheet.

These notes apply to our Tours in Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet.

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