Tibet Travel Tips

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1. When is the best time to travel Tibet?

The best time to travel Tibet is between April and October. The peak touring season is from May to September. The best months are May, June, September and October.

2. What documents do I need for travelling Tibet?

You need a valid passport, a valid China visa and a Tibet Travel Permit (sometimes people call it Tibet Entry Permit or Tibet Visa).

3. What is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude sickness-also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), altitude illness, hypobaropathy, "the altitude bends", or soroche, is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It commonly occurs above 2,400 metres (8,000 feet). It presents as a collection of nonspecific symptoms, acquired at high altitude or in low air pressure, resembling a case of "flu, carbon monoxide poisoning, or a hangover". 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.

4. How to prevent Altitude Sickness in Tibet?

A. Before visiting Tibet, get healthy as possible, both physically and psychologically. Visitors having heart disease, high blood pressure or other organ problems or anemia should consult their doctor before making the decision to visit Tibet.

B. If you go to Tibet for trekking, please make physical exercise plan one month before you fly to the high altitude, swimming, long distance walking, tennis or something.

C. Please take care of yourself and avoid catching cold before you go to Tibet, you will easily suffer from altitude sickness under weak physical condition.

D. Please do not drink any alcohol on the first two days you are in Tibet. You need to bring enough water or drinks and fruits, snacks with high caloric content, like chocolate.

E. It is better not to take shower at the first two days you are in Lhasa, because you are facing the danger of catching a cold.

F. Don't be so exciting upon your arrival in Tibet, and do not run, jump or do some taxing job at the first two days. Being peaceful and having a good rest are important.

G. Once you have the symptoms of altitude sickness, please report to your tour guide immediately, and don't go higher with symptoms of altitude sickness.

H. Medication and oxygen also help to prevent altitude sickness. Mild altitude sickness symptoms can be treated with proper medication. If medication and oxygen do not relieve the symptoms, go to hospital or evacuate immediately to a safe altitude!

I. Oxygen can help you relieve the symptoms of altitude sickness, but please do not use it often in Lhasa while your symptoms of altitude sickness are not serious. Most of our clients has more than 4 days itinerary covering Namtso(4800m), Everest Base Camp(5200m) etc, the oxygen treatment does not work at a higher altitude if they take too much at a lower altitude.

5. What to pack for a Tibet trip?

Bag: A large backpack and a smaller one. The smaller one can be used for daily activities and be put into the large backpack when necessary. A waist bag to put important documents and property.

Sunglasses: Sun radiation is extremely strong in Tibet because of its high altitude and the atmosphere. The sunlight in Lhasa is so intense that the city is called Sunlight City. Strong UV is harmful to both eyes and skin, so don't forget to pack your sunscreen, sunglasses, lip creams and sun block.

Clothing:Situated high above sea level, Tibet has fairly cold weather even in summer. Air temperature falls as the elevation rises and differs dramatically between daytime and night. Lhasa, the capital city, could have a temperature during daytime of around 10-25 Centigrade, but at night, temperature may plummet to 0 Centigrade or lower. You had better bring thick, warm coats when traveling Tibet. The roads are very dusty so consider wearing dark colored clothing. Do not forget a pair of durable and comfortable shoes, a backpack and a waist bag, which will make you move more freely.