Northern Sichuan in detail

Health & insurance

At elevations above 2800m altitude sickness and acute mountain sickness (AMS) are possible concerns that, while usually easily managed, can be fatal if left unattended.

It's important to give your body time to acclimatise as you proceed higher into the region, and to take heed of any signs of sickness as warnings to slow down and rest before proceeding any higher.

Early signs include:

  • Headaches
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath

More serious warning signs:

  • Confusion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Coughing up blood

If you or your travel partners experience any of these, particularly the more extreme signs of sickness, descend immediately to lower elevations and get medical help.