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Tibet Travel Tips

The opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway provides better access to Tibet. Travelers since ever have more choices to travel the mystical, once hard to reach highland. The pure blue sky, fluffy white clouds and the vista of vast green grassland, snow-capped mountains as well as the local minority groups who live harmoniously with nature in the area provide everlasting beauty, which enable visitors partly fulfill their ambitions to enjoy the wonders and spectacles of nature.       

Before embarking on your trip to Tibet, please well prepare yourself to avoid possible hazards on your journey.  

Here are some tips for you to ensure a happy journey.

Know what altitude illness is

Almost every visitor is affected by the high altitude as Tibet is over 3000 meters above sea level and many areas are above 5000 meters. Most of the visitors get acclimatized to the high altitude by taking it easy for one or two days, while still paying to their health.

According to experts, the most common symptoms of acute mountain sickness may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, malaise, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Some severe cases may be complicated by breathlessness, chest tightness, confusion, lethargy and loss of balance, which could be a sign of brain swelling.


How to avoid altitude sickness:

1. Try to keep healthy and not to catch a cold before entering Tibet.

2. The first day arriving in Tibet, suggest visitors not take a bath and smokers not smoke.

3. Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet.

4. Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy and avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration.

5. Do not engage in strenuous activities, like running or walking too fast in the first few days of reaching the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

6. Sleeping with your pillow raised will make breathing easier.


 What to pack

1 .It is advisable to use sunscreen, sunglasses lip creams to protect your eyes and skin, for Tibet's high altitude and the atmosphere    allow the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity.

2.  In addition to the normal medications for traveling it is advisable to bring high altitude medication. Ask your doctor for suggestions.

3.  Bring warm clothing even in summer time for weather in highland is unpredictable and changeable


Never hang around alone

Either on the mountainous terrains or in the wilderness, the topology usually looks alike, making it very easy for one to get lost or go astray at stops.

If you feel the urge to wander, go along with other travelers and always take a compass.


Don't touch wild animals

Some animals, like the pika and marmot, may transmit diseases to humans.

Stay away from them.