This page is for Tibet Travelers who are more concern about their health during Tibet Tour. There are 3 main health issues you may experience during the trip, those are Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness, Diarrhea and Sunburn. All these 3 issues can be prevented very easily if you follow our instructions below.
Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness
Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is the main health concern for Tibet Travelers. Based on our long experience of working in the Tibet Tourism Industry, we have seen thousands of unprepared travelers getting altitude sickness due to the sudden change in elevation and different environment, with many Tibet travelers having to leave Tibet without completing their Tibet trip. The lack of knowledge about Tibet and its environment primarily affects the Tibet travelers of the high altitude problems. Therefore, we Yarlung Expedition took one more step to let Tibet travelers get more about the Altitude problems and how to prevent them.
What is Altitude Sickness?
Altitude Sickness occurs when you are not able to receive enough oxygen, causing symptoms like a headache, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. This is common and happens to most travelers who are not used to the high altitudes regardless of whether you are male or female, young or old. Tibet, the roof of the world has an average elevation of 4,300 meters. Because of the high altitude, the air is much thinner than at sea-level and therefore, when travelers move too quickly from lower altitudes to high altitudes, the body is not able to adjust as quickly as normal and cannot get enough oxygen. Because the body is getting lower than required oxygen level, travelers become sick with severe headaches and other symptoms of Altitude Sickness. As your body gets used to the high altitude, the symptoms will also go away.
Many people say High Mountain sickness feels like a Hangover. However, it can be dangerous and serious, as it can affect your Lungs and Brain. Travelers experiencing more severe symptoms, which can affect the lungs and brain include, confusion, not able to walk straight, feeling faint or lightheaded, and having a blue or gray color of lips or fingernails.
How to Prevent the Altitude Sickness;
Doctors and Experts have suggested taking your time when you go to higher altitudes, using medicines in advance and drinking lots of water for easier blood circulation.
1. Experts highly recommend regular exercise and getting prepared physically before you are going to higher altitudes.
2. When you arrive at your high altitude destination, it is highly recommended to get proper rest and drink plenty of liquids. Do not consume large meals, drink alcohol or become very active physically right after your arrival.
3. Eat lots of Carbohydrates, which includes pieces of bread, cereals, grains, potatoes, etc.
4. It is also good to take some medicines for altitude sickness, like Hongjintian or Diamox. It has helped some travelers prevent Altitude Sickness if taken three days before arrival. However, please consult with your Dr. or pharmacist to check all medication side effects and interactions with other drugs, especially if you are taking other medications or have health conditions.
How to be treated?
The Best method for treating Altitude Sickness is to go to a lower elevation. But if you have a mild or an average symptom, you are allowed to stay at that altitude. Tibetan Plateau Travel highly suggests you start your Tibet Trip from Lhasa, as it is at a low elevation of 3,600m (10,800ft) giving you 3 days and 2 nights in Lhasa to acclimatize, helping to prevent High Altitude Sickness. Once you are acclimated to the Altitude, then we advise you to explore Tibet with laughter and joyfulness.
The Second thing to keep in mind is Sunburns. Because of Tibet’s high elevation, thin dry air, and the thin Ozone layer, sunburns caused by ultraviolet rays are a serious concern for travelers. Sun protection such as sunscreen cream (highest SPF as it provides the best and longest protection), hats, and sunglasses are highly recommended for all travelers going trekking with us.
Due to the different culture, foods, and the environment of Tibet, it is also possible for travelers to get Diarrhea. It can occur due to illness, intestinal problems, food poisoning and many other factors. But do not worry, it usually goes away on its own, but it is highly recommended to drink plenty of water or liquids, eat a healthy diet, and take doctor’s prescribed medicines. For a serious case of diarrhea, medical attention is highly recommended.
A Note from Yarlung Expedition to all Travelers;
If Tibet Travelers are not feeling well during your travel in Tibet, always feel comfortable to know and let us help you with anything. Our sincere helping hands are always there for you. Your well being and safety is the utmost importance to us. Whenever you need, Feel Free to contact us.
Tibet based Tibet Travel agencies, who are registered under the law of Tibet Tourism Bureau, Tibet China has the basic business liability Insurance. It is wiser to have a Travel Insurance, which can cover medical evacuation, medical expenses, trip interruptions and etc.
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