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Altitude and Fitness

Bhutan is situated between India and China with the average elevation of 8000 meter above sea level. The northern part of the country is dominated by the Himalaya Mountains of Bhutan where peaks can easily reach 7,000 meters (22,966 ft). Gangkhar Puensum is the highest point in Bhutan also known as the highest unclimbed mountain in the world is situated at 7,570 meters (24,840ft). Weather is extreme in the mountains: the high peaks have perpetual snow, and the lesser mountains and hewn gorges have high winds all year round, making them barren brown wind tunnels in summer, and frozen wastelands in winter. The lowest point of the Bhutan is Drangme Chhu located at an elevation of 97 m (318ft) above sea level. The inner Himalayas range resides at an altitude of 2250m. The greater Himalayas are measured in the range of 2250m to 4500m. Between the Haa valley and Paro valley the altitude is around 3780m. Dochu La is at 3116m. Pele La that lies east of Wangdue Phodrang ascends upto 3390m. The eastern highway of the country that passes through Yotang La, Shertang La, Wangthang La, Trumshing La anf Kori La is at an elevation of 2298m.

As Bhutan is mountainous country one can be easily affected by the high altitude sickness while trekking at higher altitude. You are highly recommend you to acclimatize yourself before starting trekking in the higher region and also suggest you to trek slowly and comfortably as trekking in the higher altitude to fast might cause serious health problem enough to cause death. As higher the altitude you go the lower the oxygen you get so your itinerary should be planned in such a way that you could easily adapt the fluctuation of oxygen. The person having heart, blood or respiratory diseases are highly recommended to consult their medical professional before travelling. The High Altitude Sickness results in mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder.

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