Before Enter Tibet, it is best to have more knowledge of Health & Safty Information. This page is for Travelers who are more concern about their health during their Travel in Tibet. There are three main health issues you may experience during the trip. Those are
Altitude Sickness or Acute Mountain Sickness,
All these three health issues can be prevented or to be treated well.
Acute Mountain Sickness or Altitude Sickness is the main health concern for Travelers. Based on our long experience of working in the Tibet Tourism Industry. We had seen thousands of unprepared travelers are getting altitude sickness. It is all due to the sudden change in elevation and environment. Many travelers having to leave Tibet without completing their Tibet trip. The lack of knowledge about Tibet and its environment primarily affects travelers from getting altitude problems. Therefore, we Yarlung Expedition took one-step forward to make sure Travelers get good time during the stay in Tibet.
What is Altitude Sickness?
Altitude Sickness occurs when you are not able to receive enough oxygen. Thus, it causes symptoms like a headache, loss of appetite and trouble sleeping. This is common and happens to most of the travelers, who are not used to the high altitudes. There are no such factors like young, old, male and female for getting the altitude sickness.
Tibet, the roof of the world has an average elevation of 4,300 meters. Because of the high elevation, the air is much thinner than at sea-level. Automatically, there is less oxygen in the air. Therefore, when travelers move too quickly from a lower elevation place to a higher altitude place, the body is not able to adjust as quickly as normal and cannot get enough oxygen. Due to that reason, the body is getting a lower of oxygen level than required oxygen in the body. Thus, Travelers become sick with severe headaches and other symptoms of Altitude Sickness. As Travelers get used to the higher elevation, the symptoms will normally go away.
Many people say that Altitude sickness is feeling like a Hangover. However, it can be dangerous and serious. As it can affect your Lungs and Brain. Some people feel confused, not able to walk straight, feeling faint or lightheaded, and having a blue or gray color of lips or fingernails. These symptoms are the worst experience of High Altitude Sickness. It is always best to go to a lower elevation or get to the hospital as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Altitude Sickness?
The following 3 points are the advise made from the doctors and experts, who are specialized in Travel medicine. These points help for real to our travelers.
Take good and reasonable time to acclimatize the altitude before going higher altitude.
Take prescribed medicines in advance and drinking lots of water for easier blood circulation.
Do regular exercise and get prepared physically before you are going to higher altitudes.
When you arrive in Lhasa, Tibet, China. Then there are 3 more points, where you will need to follow;
Get proper rest and drink plenty of liquids, once you arrive.
Do not consume large meals, drink alcohol or become very active physically right after your arrival.
Eat lots of Carbohydrates, which includes pieces of bread, cereals, grains, potatoes, etc.
It is also good to take some medicines for altitude sickness, like Hongjintian or Diamox. Hongjintian needs to take before 3 days of your arrival in Lhasa, Tibet. For Diamox, you can take it once you arrive in Lhasa. These two medicines are the best medicines that, we saw and helped travelers prevent Altitude Sickness. However, please consult with your travel clinic Doctor or pharmacist to check all medication side effects and interactions with other drugs.
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. Yarlung Expedition Team highly suggests starting your Tibet Trip from Lhasa. As Lhasa is on the elevation of 3,600m (10,800ft), giving you 3 days and 2 nights in Lhasa to acclimatize the altitude. This planning of trip will help to prevent High Altitude Sickness. Once you are acclimatized to the Altitude, then you can enjoy your Trip in Tibet with laughter and joyfulness.
The Second thing to keep in mind is Sunburns. Due to the High elevation in Tibet, the air is thinner and also the Ozone layer is much thinner than the other places. Thus, the Sunburns in Tibet is common. Sunburns are caused by ultraviolet rays and there is a serious concern for travelers. To protect from the Sun burns, it’s highly recommended to apply sunscreen cream. The highest SPF as it provides the best and longest protection. The hats, sunglasses and long sleeve shirts are highly recommended for all travelers who are going trekkings in Tibet.
Many of travelers getting Diarrhea, because of difference in culture, eatables and the environment of Tibet. It also can be due to illness, intestinal problems, food poisoning, and many other factors. But do not worry, it usually goes away on its own. 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 Letter from Yarlung Expedition Team 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.