How to Avoid High Altitude Sickness in Tibet

09 March 2016 Last updated at 15:33

What is High Altitude Sickness?

High Altitude Sickness, also medically referred as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). It is a possible uncomfortable pathological reaction in high altitude regions where the air pressure is low and oxygen is thin.

What elevations may cause high altitude sickness? Usually an elevation more than 3000 meters (8000ft) may let you suffer from AMS. And Tibet’s average elevation is about 4000 meters. So high altitude sickness is a tough challenge you have to conquer during your Tibet journey.

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  • Definition of High Altitude
    Definition of High Altitude

You can acclimatize the high altitude sickness in a gradual process. The possible reactions differ by physical conditions. Usually, the symptoms of AMS are moderate.

Common Symptoms of High Altitude Sickness You May Have in Tibet:

  • Headache or dizziness
  • Difficult breathing
  • Feeling nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Chest distress
  • Somnolence
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal distension
  • Numbness in limbs

If not being treated well, the mild high altitude sickness may cause severe altitude sickness, even threaten your life. So you have to be well prepared before your Tibet trip.

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How to Avoid High Altitude Sickness?


  • Keep physically and mentally healthy. Keep relaxing in mind.
  • Take a full medical examination of your health.
  • Prevent from having a cold and respiratory disease.
  • Pack necessary medicines for treating AMS.

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On you Tibet tour:

  • Do not take strenuous activity after your arrival and during first two days.
  • Do some relaxing walking with slow and relaxing pace.
  • You’d better not take bath on the first day of arrival to prevent from catching cold.
  • Drink more water.
  • Eat more food with rich carbohydrate.
  • Don’t take depressant drugs.
  • Less smoke cigarette.
  • Don’t use oxygen bottle immediately if your symptoms are not worse, which is helpful to acclimatize faster.
  • If your AMS reactions are severe, go to hospital as soon as possible.
  • If you have to climb up to high regions, don’t go rush. If feeling uncomfortable, stay still or go to lower altitude.

Important note: You’d better have a full medical examination of your health, and take serious about your doctor’s advice. If your health may take risk in high altitude regions, you are not suggested visit Tibet. Commonly following situations not allow you to go to Tibet:

  • Heavy cold
  • Severe anemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Breathing diseases, including pneumonia, tuberculosis, tracheitis, and bronchitis

Recommended Hospitals in Lhasa

If you have severe high altitude sickness, you have to turn to your tour guide as soon as possible to take you to hospitals. Here are some recommended hospitals in Lhasa city.

TAR People's Hospital (Xizang Zizhiqu Renmin Yiyuan)-the largest hospital in Lhasa with integrated facilities and experieced doctor.
Address: No.18, Linkuo North Road, Lhasa
Telephone: (0891)6371322

Lhasa City People's Hospital (Lhasa Renmin Yiyuan)- another public operating hostpitals.
Address: No.1, Beijing East Road, Lhasa
Telephone: (0891)6323302

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Escorted by a skilled private drivers and companied by a professional local tour guide to organize all the activities, all you have to do is to enjoy your fantastic Tibet journey. Time can never be wasted waiting for a group, hopping on and off buses or negotiating unfamiliar destinations.

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