Several medical camps and first-aid centres will be setup at the teaching ground and campsites to cater to the medical needs of the Kalachakra participants. Ambulances are stationed readily for emergency transfer to the district hospital (Sonam Norboo Memorial Hospital) in Leh for further medical treatments. The Men-Tse-Khang (Tibetan Medical and Astro Institute) is also planning to setup a clinic near the teaching ground for its patients. There will be visiting doctors from Dharamsala for consultation.
The organisers of the event had sent a formal request to the Executive Councillor for Health, Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council and the district administration for providing medical assistance during the Kalachakra event. The district administration and the health department had formed an ‘Ethic Committee’ and all the matters concerning the medical camps and health services should be referred to the committee for approval. Kindly contact the Executive Councillor for Health and the district administration (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any kind of collaboration on medical camps and health related services at the event.
All the tourists travelling by air are advised to take at least a full-day rest on the day of arrival in Leh for acclimatization. Leh is situated at an elevation of 3500 meters (or 11,483 feet) above the main sea level. Altitude acclimatization is the process of adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations, in order to avoid altitude sickness. Drink plenty of water as it helps to replace the fluids lost through heavier breathing in the thin, dry air found at altitude. Alcohol also tends to cause dehydration and exacerbates AMS. Thus, avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-48 hours at a higher altitude is optimal. In case of breathing problems, please ask for oxygen mask (oxygen concentrator) at the hotels and the hospitals.