The planning brought back the memory of a woman who was experiencing acute mountain sickness (AMS) during a lift up to the Mt. Jungfrau, and we were all trying to help with what we had, and it was only whiteflower embrocation medicated oil, but it was life-saving for the lady to help in regaining consciousness. Friends also started sharing stories of people who were sent back on chartered flight suffering from AMS. Alert mode went from yellow all the way to red, but I felt confident that I would have enjoyed this trip back then no matter what happened.
- Herbal: Helping oneself to adapt to high altitudes quicker is the number one goal, and that goal cannot be achieved on the first day of the trip. It had to start weeks before a two-week trip. I decided on a 4-week herbal protocol and started preparing the tincture that took two weeks.
- Exercise & Lifestyle: Oxygen is running low at high altitudes, and endurance at high altitudes was all critical to enjoying the trip. I decided on a 4-week Qi Gong regime. I was aware that sleep would be an important aspect of the preparation and kept my sleep schedule to be 11-6 as I always did.
- Clothing and Accessory: I got much help in this regard as travel mates were experienced traveler to Tibet and helped with a list of items that went onto the shopping list.