It is important to ascertain whether or not you are medically fit to participate in a trip that goes to high altitude. If you have any questions about trip difficulty, feel free to contact your Travel Specialist. Please consult with your physician if you feel this is warranted.

Traveling at High Altitude – Your ability to acclimatize to high altitudes will affect your comfort and enjoyment. Many travelers experience some symptoms of altitude sickness at elevations above 8,000 feet. But, if you are coming from sea level, even altitudes of 5,000 feet may be difficult. It is important to understand that touring may need to be adjusted and/or itinerary modified if altitude and health become a factor. Such symptoms include breathlessness, dizziness, fatigue, headache, irritability, trouble sleeping, loss of appetite and nausea. At elevations above 8,000 feet, some travelers suffer Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), a potentially fatal illness. Symptoms are similar to the above, but are more severe and include a dry cough, confusion and unconsciousness. If you or a travel companion experience AMS symptoms, immediately descend to a lower elevation and seek medical assistance.

If you have booked travel with us that includes travel at high altitude, you will receive a document detailing the same contents on this page. It is your responsibility to read and understand that traveling and sleeping at high altitudes could be strenuous or hazardous to your health. You understand that in the areas you visit medical facilities may not be up to western standards and that access to medical care may be limited. You also understand that if you experience altitude related conditions, your touring may need to be adjusted.

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