How to avoid high altitude sickness in Tibet

How to avoid high altitude sickness in Tibet

 What is altitude sickness?

Altitude sickness — also known as acutemountain sickness (AMS), is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. AMS commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 ft).  (by wikipedia)

Who is most likely to be affected by high altitude sickness?

It is hard to determine who will be affected by altitude sickness, as there are no specific factors that correlate with a susceptibility to altitude sickness. However, most people can ascend to 2,400 metres (8,000 ft) without difficulty.

Altitude sickness is considered as the biggest health risk for travelling to Tibet. Tibet is a land with average elevation above 4,000m.

Symptoms of Altitude Sickness

Shortness of breath
Loss of appetite
Disturbed sleep
Feeling unsteady

People with serious heart desease shouldn’t travel to Tibet.
Those with less serious heart problems need to consult a doctor before starting your trip.
People with high or low blood pressure need to consult a doctor before traveling.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Tibet?

Before coming to Tibet:
1. You need to get as healthy as possible, do exercise, have good sleep, eat healthy food, avoid consuming alcohol.
2. Try to avoid catching cold before you travel to Tibet.
3. It is recommended to take sky train instead of flight as your body will have more time to get adjusted to high altitude on the way to Tibet. Besides, you can enjoy some beautiful scenery!

While in Tibet:

1. .Don’t be get too excited when you arrive to Tibet: do not run, jump, hike or do exercise during the first two days.

2. Have a good rest: good sleep is important.

3. Do not consume any alcohol drinks in the first two days in Tibet.

4. Prepare enough water and energetic snacks, for example chocolate or nuts. Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy.

5. It is recommended not take shower in the first two days in Lhasa as it is easy to catch a cold

6. Drink a lot of water to decrease the risk of dehydratation.

7. Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet.

8. It is recommended to prepare high altitude sickness medicine such as Hongjingtian 红景天. Please consult your doctor before taking medication.

9. Inform your guide immediately if you do not feel well.

If you have symptoms of altitude sickness:

1. Inform your guide immediately if you do not feel well.

2. Do no go to a higher altitude.

3. Take prescribed medication and breathe oxygen

4. If it doesn’t get better, go to hospital or evacuate immediately to safe altitude.

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Lhasa – Gyantse –Shigatse  – Everest Base  

8 days tour in Tibet including visiting of Lhasa, the highest city in the world, the highest monastery in the world as well as overnight at Everest Base Camp! Make your dream come true!

Welcome to Lhasa, capital of Tibet located at the height of 3650 meters!

Sera Monastery, founded in 1419, is one of the ‘great three’ university monasteries of Tibet, to witness the “Monk Debates” on the teachings of Buddha and the philosophy of Buddhism.

The Jokhang temple was constructed by King Songtsän Gampo probably in 642. The famous Buddhist Master Atisha taught here in the 11th century and it has been considered the most important temple in Lhasa ever since, remaining a key centre of Buddhist pilgrimage for centuries.

The Barkhor is an area of narrow streets and a public square located around Jokhang Temple, and was the most popular devotional circuit for pilgrims and locals. Now the area is famous for its multitude of market stalls, selling everything from devotional goods to silk cloth to trinkets and jewelry. There are also many restaurants selling both native and international cuisine!

The huge Tashilhunpo Monastery, founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup, the First Dalai Lama. It is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lamas. In the 2nd week of the 5th lunar month (around June/July), Tashilhunpo Monastery is the scene of a 3-day festival and a huge thangka is displayed.

Old Tingri town: Places like Tingri will give you a true sense of what the real people of this area endure, with smiles on their faces, every day. This place will change you.

Gyatsola Pass at 5,220m., which is the highest enroute pass.

Mt. Everest Base Camp (5200 meters!) and Himalayan peaks.

Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest monastery in Tibet, for breath-taking views of Mt. Everest


Day 1: Lhasa

Take an early flight MU2335 to Lhasa.

Pick up from Lhasa airport, transfer to hotel, have a rest and get adjucted to high altitude. Stay in 3-Star Hotel (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel)

Day 2: Lhasa

After you take lunch and then head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the single most venerated object in Tibet Buddhism.
Around the temple Barkhor street where you can do kora (circling the Barkhor street) with pilgrims and locals and buy the souvenirs. Dinner in a local Tibetan family will be arranged.

Viist Sera monastery in the afternoon.

Day 3: Lhasa

Today’s tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace, the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It has been used since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collection are the gilded burial stupas of past Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.  Free time in the afternoon (we also offer 2 free activities for your choice)

Day 4: Lhasa to Gyantse by road (253 KM), Gyantse to Shigatse (86 KM)

Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain and in the distance you have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet’s third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half hour’s driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Stay overnight in Shigatse (Zangba hotel or Manasarova hotel)

Day 5: Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery (400 KM) – EBC

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can take lunch. After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive we will pass one of the highest Pass in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest pick in the world. Drive 2 more hours until we reach EBC. (Overnight at Rongbuk tent guesthouse, dorm beds 4-6 people sharing)

Day 6 Mt.Everest base camp – to Shigatse (400 KM)

Have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then you may trek to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus. After base camp, you can visit Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect. After that drive back to Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa by road

In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet’s second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After that we will go back to back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. Stay at Lhasa (Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel). The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

Day 8:

Drive from Lhasa to airport

Dates of departure and price:

December: 17th, 23rd, 24th, 26th

January: 1st, 5th, 14th, 21st, 26th

February: 8th, 16th

Price: 5800 rmb / person

April: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 13th, 17th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 30th

May: 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 16th, 20th, 23rd, 27th, 29th, 31st

June: 3rd, 6th, 10th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

Price: 6400 rmb / person

June: 27th, 29th

July: 2, 6, 8, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 29

August: 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 18, 22, 

Price: 7300 rmb / person

August: 26, 30

September: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30

Price: 6800 rmb / person

Including: Tibetan permit, transport in Tibet, English speaking Tibetan tour guide, traffic accident insurance, all entrance fees as per itineary, oxygen supply, 1 dinner in local Tibetan family, accomodation in the three stars hotel with breakfast (double occupancy; single suppplement – 1000) and hostel at the base camp.

Not including: flight/train to and from Lhasa, lunches and dinners (except for 1 dinner in local Tibetan family), breakfast at Rongbuk monastery, your personal expenses, tips to guide and driver,  invoice

Documents for Tibetan permit:

1) Flight/train

2) Scanned copy of passport in color

3) Scanned copy of visa in color

4) Scanned copy of entry stamp in color

5) a) Scanned copy of work permit in color (with work visa)

b) Scanned copy of university enrollement in color (student visa)

PLEASE NOTE: The schedule may be adjusted due to weather conditions or unforeseeable events. If Tibet closes its border and no permit can be issued, full refund will be provided.

How to book:

1) FIll up the booking form on our website:

2) BOOK YOUR SEAT by transferring 1000 RMB deposit (100% of price needs to be paid 10 days before the trip)

3) Receive confirmation by email

Cancelation policy: in case of cancelation, the deposit is not refundable and cannot be used for another trip unless the replacement has been provided.

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