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At these elevations, altitude sickness and acute mountain sickness (AMS) are very real concerns, especially for those looking to get out into nature for long periods. Acclimatise slowly and carefully, and if you start to suffer from AMS symptoms descend immediately to lower elevations.

Western Sichuan endures up to 200 freezing days per year, but sunny summer days can be blistering. This, combined with the high altitude, can leave new arrivals vulnerable to bad sunburn in addition to altitude sickness. Pack layers and take a couple of days to acclimatise when you arrive and as you continue to gain elevation.