|Tibet travel tips on money saving, personal safety, sightseeing, and enjoying your trip to the fullest from InfoHub suppliers and community members.
To Avoid Acute Mountain Sickness
AMS is very common at high altitude. At over 3,000 meters (10,000 feet) 75% of people will have mild symptoms. The occurrence of AMS is dependent upon the elevation, the rate of ascent, and individual susceptibility.
... view more Many people will experience mild AMS during the acclimatization process. The symptoms usually start 12 to 24 hours after arrival at altitude and begin to decrease in severity around the third day.
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Tips to avoid AMS:
1. Do not overexert yourself or more higher for the first 24 hours.
2. If you begin to show symptoms of moderate altitude sickness, don't go higher until symptoms decrease.
3. Stay properly hydrated. Acclimatization is often accompanied by fluid loss, so you need to drink lots of fluids to remain properly hydrated.
4. Take it easy and don't overexert yourself when you first get up to altitude. But, light activity during the day is better than sleeping because respiration decreases during sleep, exacerbating the symptoms.
5. Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquillisers, sleeping pills and opiates such as dihydrocodeine. These further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of symptoms.
6. Remember: Acclimatisation is inhibited by overexertion, dehydration, and alcohol.
7. Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor's suggestion.
8. Do exercises to keep you fit before coming to Tibet.
Who can't go: Everyone should have more or less altitude symptoms. However, those who have the following symptoms may not going to Tibet:
- Something relating to Tuberculosis, pneumonia, serious tracheitis, bronchitis
- Serious heart attack, high blood pressure
- Have already got a serious cold.
Dos and Dont's in Tibet
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1. Always add a 'La' after one's name to show your respect.
2. When receiving a hada (a long narrow scarf made of silk, that represents purity and good fortune), it's proper to accept it with
... view more both hands.
3. When visiting a monastery, always walk clockwise around the religious shrines. It is ok to enter a chamber without removing your shoes, but it is proper etiquette to offer some money or ghee to the monastery
4. When offered highland barley wine, take it in both hands, lift the cup with your right hand, dip lightly into the cup with your left middle finger, and flick some wine to he sky to show your heavenly-mindedness. Flick a second and third time, showing respect to earth and Buddha respectively. Then, drink some before the host refills the cup. Drink some again before the host fills it once more. When the cup is filled for the fourth time, drink it up. Only in this way will the host feel respected.
1. When two friends meet after along separation, one friend's hand should not be put on the others shoulder.
2. Do not walk over or step on the other people's clothes or put your clothes in other people's hands.
3. Do not make a racket when arriving at a monastery.
4. In some places eating fish is forbidden.
What to Bring When Travel to Tibet
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- Aspirin-for pain or fever.
- Antibiotics-consider including these if you are traveling well off the beaten track.
- Cold and flu tablets, throat lozenges and nasal decongestant.
... view more for long trips, when dietary vitamin intake may be inadequate.
- And also you may ask your doctor to give you more advice; you know most places in the world are at too low altitude comparing with Tibet.
- Sunscreen (UV lotion) with a high sun protection factor (SPF>30)
- Sunglass designed for intense sunlight
- Long sleeve clothes.
Clothes: The temperature is around 25 centigrade degrees; the day time, (sunlight is rather strong) and night it could reach 6 centigrade degrees; casual clothes with dark colors would be suggested.
Note: The very important one is that avoiding catching a cold there, which would be rather dangerous especially for who do not get used to such high altitude. Bring a light down-jacket with you! It will be rather cold at night in the Base Camp!
Lhasa / Shigatse / Lhatse / Tingri / Nylam: Along the Friendship highway is basically in good conditions year around. But from December to February, the thawed road could make some trouble. Try to avoid August -
... view more landslide could happen in the rainy season.
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Mt.Everest Area: Early May and early October are the best time to visit Mt. Everest. Due to the clear weather, you have great chance to see Mt. Everest's true face (if you are lucky). From December to February, you'd better not to go to this area because it is too cold - except you are real Great Adventure People.
Ali (Mt.Kailash): Even without climate restrictions, this area is already inhospitable. Big rain and snow could make the journey worse. However, for those determined tourists, the appropriate time is May, June, July, September and October.
Eastern Tibet: Don't go to this area in July or August (the rainy season) because the rain could ruin the road, and make terrible landslides. In winter, the road could be frozen.
Northern Tibet: With the average altitude of 4,500m, this area offers very limited time for tourists. Summer (July to August) is the prime time to enjoy the great plain in northern Tibet.
Submitted by M15328 on 2007-11-01
Trekking tips for Trekker's from Adventure Pilgrims Trekking Pvt. Ltd.
1. Don't walk alone. Accidents do happen even to experienced and strong people. Be sure that if one happens to you, that someone is
... view more with you to immediately get help. If you are leaving your companions, even briefly make sure they no where you are going and someone waits for you to return...this includes going off in the forest for a call of nature.
2. If you are part of a trekking group, make sure that the Guide or Group Leader knows your plan and ask that a Porter accompanies you. Listen to advice. Ask about the trail ahead. Don't go, if the Guide or Group Leader tells you it is not safe to do so.
3. Always have at least a light jacket and some small snacks in your pack. The jacket is helpful when you stop for a rest as you will cool down quickly. An "emergency blanket", the lightweight, foil reflective type would have been very useful in making a shelter to reflect heat from the fire or simply wrap around her body.
4. If you are part of a group and feel that you must have some personal space and private time on the trail...make sure that you do not go ahead of the leader.... and know who is at the back of the group (support staff member) and make sure you do not get behind that person. If your Guide or Group Leader does not suggest this type of an arrangement....ask them. Everyone in the group should be aware of the guidelines (safety rules) recommended for the group's management. Don't perceive these guidelines to be limiting your personal freedom....they are for your safety and the safety of other group members.
5. Remember when one person fails to be guided by safety standards, they put others at risk who are part of the search and rescue team.
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it" (Viktor Frankel
Tips for Tibet Tour
Submitted by M20347 on 2010-06-27
1. You need to make sure your travel agent is legal or illegal before you book the trip. Your travel agent should be reliable.
2. Tibet tour comes in a package, such as tour guide, transportation, accommodation,
... view more various permits, sightseeing and it’s entry fees for monastery and spots. We operate tours in Tibet group size 1 to 100 persons. 4, 8, 8, 12, 16, 20 are good numbers of group size to make a good deal.
3. a) If you are traveling to Tibet China side, you need to issue your Chinese visa at your country and send us your visa copy and passport copy rest of the job for entry and travel permits we will do it.
b) If you are traveling to Tibet from Nepal then do not apply Chinese visa. You just send us your minimum 6 months valid clear scan passport copy to start all the permits process once you are in Nepal then you need to fill up one visa form with passport size photo on it and need to handover your original passport to us then we will do the rest of visa work.
For more details please contact us.
Prevention of Altitude Illnesses|
Submitted by M21076 on 2011-11-23
Prevention of Altitude Illnesses:
Basically, there are two categories to prevent it, proper acclimatization and preventive medications.
1. Proper acclimatization:
- Do exercises to keep you good healthy condition
... view more before coming to Tibet
- Avoid catching a cold
- Make sure you did not have any serious problem with heart and lungs
- Less activities for the first several days in Tibet, walk slowly, drink more water
- Ascend to higher altitude gradually.
2. Preventive medications:
- Hong Jin Tian, a kind of traditional Tibetan medicine, comes from Plant, you can easily buy the aqua distilled from the Hong Jin Tian plant.
- Diamox (Acetazolamide), it allows you to breathe faster so that you metabolize more oxygen, thereby minimizing the symptoms caused by poor oxygenation. This is especially helpful at night when respiratory drive is decreased. Since it takes a while for Diamox to have an effect, it is advisable to start taking it 24 hours before you go to altitude and continue for at least five days at higher altitude. The recommendation of the Himalayan Rescue Association Medical Clinic is 125 mg. twice a day (morning and night). (The standard dose was 250 mg., but their research showed no difference for most people with the lower dose, although some individuals may need 250 mg.) Since Diamox is a sulfonamide drug, people who are allergic to sulfa drugs should not take Diamox. Diamox has also been known to cause severe allergic reactions to people with no previous history of Diamox or sulfa allergies.
- Dexamethasone (a steroid) is a prescription drug that decreases brain and other swelling reversing the effects of AMS. Dosage is typically 4 mg twice a day for a few days starting with the ascent. This prevents most symptom