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Must Know Travel Tips for Tibet

 2016-04-26    kate    Tips    Tibet    1786  


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1. What is altitude sickness? What are the symptoms of altitude sickness? 

Altitude sickness is a reaction to the lower amounts of oxygen available at high altitudes due to the lower air pressure. Symptoms of altitude sickness are usually: headaches, shortness of breath, chest tightness, lack of appetite, mild fever, dizziness and fatigue. More serious symptoms include rough skin, chapped lips and sudden nose bleeds. 

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2. How to avoid or alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness? 

When reaching a certain altitude, most people have some degree of altitude sickness to adapt to the pressure difference (about 700 meters or higher). The best way to avoid or alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness is to keep a good attitude. Many of the symptoms are the reaction caused by the psychological effects, such as the fear on the plateau, lack of mental preparation and determination to overcome the plateau. 

It is strongly advised that upon arrival at the plateau region that you don’t run or walk fast. You are also advised not to over eat, drink alcohol or smoke. Eating vegetables and fruit rich in vitamins and minerals will help ease the symptoms of altitude sickness. Also remember to take medication that helps with altitude sickness. 

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3. What to do if I suffer from altitude sickness? 

Mild altitude sickness requires plenty of rest and eating nutritious and healthy foods. Also make sure to drink water frequently so your body can acclimate to the new environment. If symptoms worsen you should go see a doctor as soon as possible. Generally, there are hospitals or health centers in hotels or at the town. But if symptoms of edema, pulmonary edema or severe flu continue you must go to the hospital for treatment as soon as possible. 

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4. What physical demands are required for visiting Tibet? People with what type of illnesses are prohibited from going? Health Check-up or training required? 

People with severe respiratory diseases, heart disease, cardiovascular disease and psychological illnesses are not suitable to visit Tibet. Those who suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, diabetes or common cold are all restricted from entering Tibet. It is advised that you before you plan your trip to Tibet that you undergo a cardiopulmonary examination to certify that you do not suffer from any of the diseases or illnesses listed. Also a fortnight before you are heading out to Tibet it is advised that you stop all physical training as frequent training means your body requires more oxygen which will put more strain on your heart which will bring on altitude sickness. 

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5. Why are people suffering from the cold not allowed to visit Tibet? What to do should I suffer from a cold after entering Tibet? 

People suffering from a cold already have a low immune system and by putting strain on the already low immune system there is a high chance that the cold will turn into other high altitude illnesses. Pulmonary edema is one of the most dangerous and requires hospital treatment. On the other hand, should you suffer from a cold after reaching Tibet, there is no need to worry as your body will have already acclimatized, though it is advised that you should bring cold medication with you and take the medication as soon as you feel the cold is coming on usually the symptoms will disappear in 2 days. 

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6. Is it convenient to take a bath in Tibet?

There are bathing facilities in some cities of Tibet, such as Lhasa, Shigatse, Zhangmu town, Gyantse, Tsedang, Nyingchi, Nagqu, 5 RMB each time. The standard rooms of general-star hotel have their own bathrooms, providing hot water, you can take a bath. Many hostels also have public baths, with regular supply of hot water, so it is rather convenient to take a bath in Tibet.

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7. It is true that it is much easier to have altitude sickness to enter Tibet by plane than by land? 

Yes this is the case but there are both advantages and disadvantages. If you take a flight to Tibet, you are more likely to have altitude sickness because of the sudden change of altitude. However, if you travel by land and the road condition is not good enough it is also dangerous. If you are not a experienced outdoor traveler and have no outdoor travel experience, we recommend that you take a flight to Tibet.

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8. If I’m strapped for time, how should I choose my Tibet travel route? 

If you have limited time we suggest you take a flight to Tibet and choose a four day Lhasa tour or the golden route which is a Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse 6 day tour. 

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9 Transportation to Lhasa Gonggar Airport 

There are airport shuttle buses available to and from Lhasa Gonggar Airport which cost 25 Yuan each way. There are also taxis available but remember to bargain with the driver! 

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10. How is the climate in Tibet? Is summer hot? Is winter cold? 

During the summer temperatures are always below 25 degrees during the day and drop to about 10 degrees at night. In winter the temperature during the day is about 15 degrees and drops to minus zero at night. You will be travelling and touring Tibet during the day so you feel much of the temperature change between day and night. 

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11. What is the winter scenery like in Tibet? 

Tibet is made up mostly of mountain scenery and mineral deposit rock landscapes. Apart from eastern Tibet there are not many trees in other regions, therefore there is not much difference between summer and winter scenery. However, you will be able to see the ice glaciers during winter. Winter is considered the off-peak season for tourists, this means that accommodation and transportation will be much cheaper. 

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