For those who travel to Durango from some areas of the world that aren’t used to being 6,512 feet above sea level you may need the following tips to get your body accustomed to the high altitude.
- First and foremost stay hydrated! This is the most important element to battling altitude sickness. Drink twice the amount of water you normally consume.
- Limit your intake of alcohol, tea, coffee or other diuretics, which may contribute to dehydration for the first few days of your trip.
- At the first sign of a headache, or right before your arrival, as a preventative measure, take ibuprofen, 400-6—milligrams.
- Protect yourself from the sun; wear a higher SPF sunscreen than usual and apply regularly. Wear sunglasses, a hat or other protective clothing.
- Avoid overexerting yourself for the first 24 hours or exercising mid-day.
- Mild symptoms are common, they include; headache, nausea, trouble sleeping, dizziness, but usually subside within the first 24 hours.
- Seek treatment if symptoms are severe or if they continue more than 24 to 48 hours.
- Try to arrive 1 day before trip departure in order to acclimate for Intermediate and High Adventure Trips.
A special thanks to Mild to Wild Rafting for helping us out with these high elevation tips! Definitely remember these when planning a high energy trip to Durango that includes rafting, hiking, ziplining and jeep tours, and check out more tips on the Mild to Wild blog.