Altitude sickness (also known as acute mountain sickness) is a body reaction to the low pressure of oxygen at high altitude. Normally it occurs above 2400 meters. Tibet’s average altitude ranges from 4000 to 5000 meters. So you are likely to encounter altitude sickness when you travel there. The symptoms include headache, short of breathe, nausea, anorexia, light fever, dizziness and lacking in strength. Commonly speaking, men have bigger chance in suffering from altitude sickness than women; people who work out regularly will be affected more easily than those who don’t.
are medicines to help you avoid or ease altitude sickness. Hongjingtian
(Chinese written: 红景天) and Gaoyuanan (Chinese written: 高原安) are
commonly used. You can find them in normal drug stores in China.
Hongjingtian should be taken about 10 days before your arrival at Tibet.
Gaoyuanan should be taken after your arrival. In addition, ginseng
tablets and Nuodikang capsules can deal with fatigue; Bufferin can ease
headache caused by high altitude.
When you arrive at Tibet, we
advise you not to walk too fast, or run, or do any kinds excessive
exercises for the first 1 to 2 days. Eating and drinking too much,
alcohol consumption, and smoking should also be avoided during this
You should eat more vegetables and fruits, drink adequate
amount of water, and keep warm. One very important notice: don’t rely on
oxygen inhalers or any similar devices as soon as you feel something
wrong. Give yourself time to get used to the high altitude.
altitude sickness is better to be overcome by yourself. Rest more,
reduce activities, maintain a healthy diet and take medicine. Serious
one can be treated by the doctor. In Tibet, big towns and cities are
equaled with hospital or health center. In extreme circumstances such as
swollen body part, high fever, or pulmonary edema, one must receive
treatment in the hospital and is advised to leave Tibet as soon as
possible. Lhasa has flights leaving Tibet every day. Commonly, the
altitude sickness will be gone in no time when the patient board the
airplane or get back to normal altitude.
adaptive person can overcome altitude sickness in 1 to 2 days. For those
who are less adaptive, it will take 3 to 7 days. By the way, buttered
tea (a traditional Tibetan drink) is effective against altitude
sickness. If you can deal with its taste, try it.
Tibet Railway Company listed 6 types of people who are not suitable to travel to Tibet:
1. People diagnosed with serious cardiovascular diseases.
2. People with chronic respiratory diseases or severe obstruction pulmonary diseases.
3. Patients of uncontrolled diabetes, hallucination, seizures or schizophrenia.
4. Having or recovering from high fever.
5. People used to have high altitude related diseases.
6. Pregnant women close to labor date.
a matter of fact, unless you are expecting a baby very soon or in
serious health condition, you are fit to go Tibet. If you have any
doubt, always consult your doctor before travel to Tibet. Further Tibet tour packages here.