Altitude Sickness & Health Tips

Altitude Sickness & Health Tips


As you travel to higher altitudes, the pressure of air that surrounds you is called barometric pressure which drops due to lack of oxygen. Changes are observed in the environment that can affect you. Travelling in Tibet is an adventure involving high altitude and could be very strenuous.

While most visitors have only minor effects from the altitude, we advise specially the guests with known heart or lung condition, or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headache, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder can take place in the process of acclimatization. Our advice for better acclimatization is to drink 4 liters of water as a minimum per day, do not exhaust yourself too much, breathe deep and take rests more than usual.

It is common that most people usually get affected by altitude sickness (AMS) in a different ways, regardless of physical condition when ascending to a higher altitude. The most effective way of preventing Altitude Sickness is simply ascend slowly.

Tips to avoid:

  • Try to keep healthy and avoid catching a cold before enter into Tibet Make sure to get a good night's sleep the night before flying to Lhasa
  • It is advised not to take a shower for the first 2 days. Avoid strenuous activity during your first day in Tibet.
  • Make sure you are drinking enough water. Avoid alcohol and smokers should smoke as little as possible
  • When arriving in Lhasa, walk slowly, take deep breaths. Take time to acclimatize
  • Ascend to higher altitudes gradually. DO NOT ASCEND ANY HIGHER if you begin feeling ill
  • Prepare AMS medication, in accordance with a doctor's advice

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