Due to the cost of trekking adventures, these trips quite often include a rapid ascent to altitude and there is not enough time for sufficient adaption to the height that is reached.
Some people are fortunate enough to have the genetics to allow them to ascend rapidly without too much discomfort; however for the most of us (approx. 80%), during the rapid ascent to heights above 2500 metres (8200ft), the acclimatisation process can be unpleasant and many people experience some form of AMS.
AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness)
WHAT IS IT?
During ascents above 2500 metres, people may have a variety of symptoms, the most prominent of which are headache, exhaustion, insomnia, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms are collectively referred to as acute mountain sickness (AMS). Acute mountain sickness is a preventable and potentially serious disease. Travellers to the Himalayas, Tibet, Nepal, the Andes, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya, or the Rocky Mountains should be aware of AMS.
THERE IS A SOLUTION
IHT (Intermittent Hypoxic Training) Pre-acclimatisation is now possible with Intermittent Hypoxic Training (IHT). IHT is a non-invasive, drug-free technique aiming to improve human performance and well-being using the phenomena of adaptation to reduced oxygen. The Altitude Training Centre utilises high quality equipment, training protocols and education to achieve acclimatisation up to 6000 metres.
Pre-acclimatisation can be achieved by using the equipment at the Altitude Training Centre or by purchasing your own machine to use in the comfort of your own home. Altitude Training should commence 6 to 8 weeks prior to leaving for your holiday or adventure, however if time does not permit an intensive course can be undertaken to ensure you get the most out of your time away.
Altitude Training not only gets you altitude ready, it also improves you general health and fitness, so call today to arrange a free, no obligation appointment to try it for yourself.