16 Apr Acclimatisation in Lhasa
It’s Day 2 and to help acclimatise to the new height at 3,600 metres, the challengers have been sightseeing in Lhasa and visited the Polata Palace.
“We’re definitely feeling the difference in altitude now.” said Matt Mitchell, Wooden Spoon Rugby Manager “Although I think we are still recovering from jet lag too. Some of us have been suffering with headaches, increased thirst, trouble sleeping and visiting the toilet a lot more. However, it is only day 2 at this height, and we know to take things easy. Paracetamol is helping with the headaches. Group morale is really good. We have been sampling some great Nepalese food and visited the Polata Palace. We all made it to the top of the monastery today, which is a good start to the trip.”
Fusion CEO Jay O’Malley gave us an insight into how that felt:
The Potala Palace was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Chinese invasion. It is now a museum and World Heritage Site.