Tibet boasts the world’s highest mountain-Mount Everest, Qomolangma, the highest river—Yarlong Tsangpo River, the highest lake–Namtso Lake, the “Sunlight City”–Lhasa and other tourist attractions like its Buddhist heritage.

Choose Tibet as one of the destinations of your China Tours.

You are advised to join a tourist package to go there instead of travel alone. Since the travel agent will arrange everything perfect for your, including China Flights, hotels, itineraries and things alike, so you don’t need to worry about them.

However, there is one thing you should thing over. Tibet is over 3000 meters above sea level and many areas are above 5000 meters. Chances are that you will be affected by this high altitude and suffer from high altitude sickness.

Those who are planning to visit Tibet should know something about the Acute Mountain Sickness and those who already decided the trip may need these tips to acclimatize the altitude and alleviate the sickness.

What Is Acute Mountain Sickness

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is common at high altitudes, and depends on the elevation, the rate of ascent and individual susceptibility. Most visitors to Tibet will suffer from at least some symptoms that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days.

For the majority of people, the reaction will be a matter of discomfort, breathlessness, poor sleeping patterns or limited capacity for physical exertion. In some, more serious reactions can develop. These can be potentially life-threatening conditions that may only be relieved by moving to a lower altitude; travelers should inform themselves about the symptoms so that they can recognize them.


People with serious heart diseases should not visit Tibet. Those with less serious heart problems need to consult a doctor before traveling.

Those with high or low blood pressure need to consult a doctor before traveling.

Tips to Alleviate the Sickness

No.1 Try to keep healthy and not to catch a cold before entering Tibet.

No.2 The first day arriving in Tibet, suggest visitors not take a bath and smokers not smoke.

No.3 Drink plenty of water while traveling in Tibet. The mountain air is dry and cold and moisture is lost as you breathe. Evaporation of sweat may occur unnoticed and result in dehydration.

No.4 Eat light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy and avoid alcohol as it may increase the risk of dehydration.

No.5 Tell your guide quickly if you don’t feel well and follow guide’s advice.

No.6 It is advisable to use sunscreen, sunglasses lip creams to protect your eyes and skin, for Tibet’s high altitude and the atmosphere allow the sun’s solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity.

No.7 In addition to the normal medications for traveling it is advisable to bring high altitude medication. Ask your doctor for suggestions.

No.8 Avoid sedatives.

No.9 Don’t push yourself when climbing up to passes, rather take plenty of breaks.

The best time to start your Travel to Tibet would be around May to July, and September to October. Wish you a pleasant an unforgettable experience there.

Jack Li

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