Getting up high with rarefied air

“Come fly with me, come fly away with me…”. Somewhere in that song, a reference is made to the rarefied air when one is up there in the skies. Well, not quite for us. It would be suicidal to be at 30,000+ feet in the air. We probably won’t last long…at least to us non mountaineers. And we probably HAFE at that altitude too!

But at a “lower” altitude of perhaps 10,000+ feet, one could still be actively exploring the space around one. Yep we are talking about the Tibetan highlands. This one though is not in Tibet as the province is defined today, but rather on the western edges of Yunnan province. Ok so we cheated. Sue us lah!

We had taken up the challenge and flew 3000m+ into the highlands to be amongst the first customers of the Banyan Tree Ringha resort many years back. It was supposed to be a relatively relaxing getaway, you know the resort facilities and all… but it turned out to be much much tougher than we thought. Because one needs to be careful with not falling ill at such altitudes from the low oxygen in the air. It will truly cause grief and a holiday nearly lost.

We learnt something about the effect the rarefied air have on our bodies during that journey. And it helped us prepare for future journeys with precautions and preparations that we know WE need. But incredible still it was the journey and you should try out this out too. Take some altitude medications with you though. Read more about our near disaster of a holiday here.

Might find the secret of being youthful forever… Wanna get to Shangrila now?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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