Altitudes of Top Destinations and Attractions in Tibet
Mount Everest(8844.43m) - Highest Peak in the World
Having an average altitude of about 4900 meters (16,000 ft), Tibet is regarded as the Roof of the World and the Third Pole. It is the highest land in the world. Everything seems to be high and far, such as the snow peaks, lakes, grasslands, glaciers, canyons, etc. The highest altitude in Tibet is Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world with an altitude of 8,848 meters (29,029 ft - the height of snow and ice calculated). The lowest altitude is only 115 meters in the Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon. Generally speaking, the northern (Nagchu), western (Ngari) and southern (Shigatse) regions are higher than the central (Gyantse and Lhasa) and eastern Tibet (Shannan and Nyingchi).
Most of attractions in Tibet are located over 3700 meters above the sea level. The elevations of some higher places, such as EBC, Namtso Lake, Yamdrok Lake, Mount Kailash(trek) may reach to more than 4500 meters between 5700 meters. Check details as below table:
|Destinations||Average Altitude||Tibet||Attractions||Average Altitude|
|Mainlin(米林)||2950m||Basum Tso Lake(巴松措)||3460m|
|Yadong(亚东县)||3400m||Yurlung Zangbo Grand Cayon||2880m|
How to Avoid High Altitude Sickness in Tibet
Traveling on a land with average altitude more than 4,900 meters, many of travelers may suffer from High Altitude Sickness of different levels. But do not to worry much, the High Altitude Sickness can be prevented if you prepare well. Besides, the High Altitude Sickness usually can heal itself by eventually acclimatizing your body to the altitude, air pressure and temperatures. Below are some useful tips about how to avoid Hight Altitude Sickness in Tibet:
• Take a physical examination and consult your doctor for advice on preparing AMS medication
• Avoid catching a cold before taking your flight/train to Tibet
• Avoid strenuous activities, such as running, jumping or climb up to high mountains during the first 2~3 arrival days
• Avoid taking a shower in the arrival day
• Drinking more water is helpful, but drinking alcohol is not recommended
• During your arrival and trip in Lhasa, you should walk at slow pace, take deep breaths. Leave plenty of time to acclimatize
• When you need to ascend to higher altitudes, you must ascent gradually. If you begin to feel High Altitude Sickness, stop ascend any higher, or retreat to lower altitude
• Some hotels in Lhasa also have Oxygen supply. You can also let your tour guide take you to local hospital for treatment
Travel from Lower Altitudes to Higher Altitudes
You are suggested to travel the lower altitude places first, such as Lhasa(3,658 m / 12,001 ft), Nyingchi(3,000 m / 9,842.5 ft), Shannan(3,500 m / 11,483 ft), Shigatse(3,836 m (12,585 ft), Gyantse(4,040 m /13,254.6 ft), then gradually extend your trip to higher places, such as Mount Everest(5,200m / 17,060f t), Namtso Lake(4,718 m / 15479 ft), Mount Kailash Kora (5,630m / 18471 ft), which will be very helpful for avoiding severe High Altitude Sickness.
Patala Palace (3700m)
Namtso Lake (4718m)
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