How to Deal with high altitude and adapt in Leh Ladakh

Adaptation is one important thing that you should keep in mind while planning for your Leh Ladakh trip. At high altitudes of Leh, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Ataxia can affect you and cause severe headaches, nausea, restlessness, or even inability to walk or think. To avoid AMS ruining your vacation, you should plan to stay in Leh for 2 days at least and let your body adapt to the high altitudes and then go to Nubra or Pangong. Apart from this, you should also keep in mind these:

Leh and Ladakh require utmost physical fitness; make sure you are not sick during your travel.

Give your body time to adapt, raise your altitude slowly. Stay in Leh for 2 days at least. During this time, you can go to visit monasteries and palaces.

Do not visit Ladakh, if you are suffering from high blood pressure, Asthma, or any other heart-related disease. High altitude may increase the problem.

Have proper water intakes. As Dehydration cause problem, so does excessive hydration.  For a normal person, increasing your daily water intake by one liter should be enough to fulfill the by needs.

Ensure wearing proper warm clothes. Covering your heads and ears is a must thing as low oxygen levels could cause fatigue, which leads to difficulty in breathing.

A garlic soup or any soup with a high content of garlic can be really helpful in adapting high altitudes and treating AMS.

If you notice any symptoms of AMS, such as a headache, nausea, dizziness, or fatigue, take rest. If you are at higher altitude places of Ladakh such as Kharadung La, it’s better to descend.

Do not drink or smoke at high altitude places.

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