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Avoid Altitude Sickness

Tips to Avoid Altitude Sickness:

For travel to Tibet, you must be acquainted with high mountain sickness. According to our extensive experience working in the Tibet Tourism Sector, we have witnessed thousands of unprepared tourists experience altitude sickness. It is due to the rapid elevation shift.

Therefore, many travelers are forced to depart Tibet before finishing their journey inside Tibet. It is due to the human body being affected the most by the cluelessness of Tibet’s environment, which causes issues for many tourists. We would love to share our first-hand experience and knowledge with travelers, to get a very wonderful travel experience in Tibet. 


avoid altitude sickness

What is Altitude Sickness?

When you cannot get enough oxygen, you get altitude sickness, which manifests as headaches, nausea, and difficulty sleeping. This is common and happens to travelers who are not used to the high altitudes, whether male or female, young or old.

Tibet, the “roof of the world,” is approximately 4,300 meters above sea level. When people travel too soon from lower altitudes to high elevations, their bodies are unable to acclimatize as quickly as usual and cannot acquire enough oxygen, since the air is considerably thinner than at sea level because of the high altitude. This explains why the body receives less oxygen than is necessary.

As a result, travelers frequently have severe headaches and other altitude sickness symptoms.

The signs and symptoms often disappear as your body adjusts to the high altitude.

Many people claim that high mountain sickness is comparable to a hangover. But it can harm the brain and lungs, it can also be deadly and serious. More serious symptoms that might damage the lungs and brain in travelers include dizziness, the inability to walk straight, feeling as though they are likely to pass out, and the color of their eyes, lips, and fingernails turning to a gray or blue hue.

It is strongly advised that you consult a doctor or call us at that point. While we are traveling, we will make every effort to deliver you to the nearest, most suitable hospital.

To have more information, I would suggest that you read more about Altitude Sickness.

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1. Ascent Slowly:

When traveling to high altitudes, it’s essential to allow your body to adjust to the decreased oxygen levels. Ascend slowly, preferably not more than 1,500 feet (500 meters) per day above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). Taking rest days every 2-3 days of ascent can also help with acclimatization.

Therefore, taking a train from Xining to Lhasa, is a great idea for travelers to acclimatize the altitude. 

You can talk with us to get more information about your train travel to Tibet. 

2. Drink Plenty of Water:

Drinking lots of water will help keep you hydrated. Hydration is crucial at high altitudes since the air is drier, increasing the risk of dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids, mainly water, to maintain good hydration. Aim to drink at least 2-4 liters of water per day. It’s best to avoid alcohol and caffeine as they can contribute to dehydration.

3. Eat Light Diet:

In high-altitude areas, it is recommended to consume light, easily digestible meals, and snacks that are high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide your body with an excellent source of energy at altitude. It would be best if you avoided heavy, fatty meals since they can make you feel sluggish.

4. Prevent Overexertion:

When at high altitudes, it’s important to take it easy and listen to your body. Avoid overexertion, as intense physical activity can strain your body and increase the risk of altitude sickness. Allow yourself time to rest and adjust to the altitude.

5. Take Helpful Medications:

Acetazolamide (Diamox) is a medication that can help prevent altitude sickness or reduce its symptoms. It works by increasing the amount of bicarbonate in the blood, helping to speed up the acclimatization process. It’s important to discuss the use of any medications with your healthcare provider before traveling to high-altitude areas.

6. Avoid Alcohol and Smoking:

Alcohol and smoking can worsen the symptoms of altitude sickness and hinder your body’s acclimatization process. Both alcohol and smoking can contribute to dehydration, impair oxygen intake, and increase the strain on your body at high altitudes. It’s best to avoid them during your stay at altitude.

7. Go Down to lower places, if necessary:

If you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, such as confusion, severe headache, difficulty breathing, or persistent vomiting, it’s crucial to descend to a lower altitude immediately. Prompt action can save your life, as severe altitude sickness can lead to life-threatening conditions if left untreated.

FAQ for Avoiding Altitude Sickness:

What Is Altitude Sickness?

Altitude Sickness is a very common sickness for travelers to experience once they arrive at a high altitude.

Altitude sickness, also known as acute mountain sickness (AMS), is a condition that can occur when you travel to high altitudes too quickly. It is caused by decreased oxygen levels and lower air pressure at high altitudes, resulting in symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, and dizziness.

To prevent altitude sickness, it is important to follow these methods:

  1. Ascend slowly, allowing your body to acclimatize to the altitude.
  2. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, mainly water.
  3. Eat light, easily digestible meals and snacks high in carbohydrates.
  4. Avoid heavy exercise and give yourself time to rest.
  5. Consult with your doctor regarding medication like Diamox. 

The time it takes to acclimatize to high altitude varies from person to person. Generally, it takes two days to a week to acclimate. It is recommended to take rest days every 2-3 days of ascent to allow your body to adjust.

Altitude Sickness Symptoms may include headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath, and difficulty sleeping.

Severe altitude sickness can cause confusion, loss of coordination, and difficulty breathing, which require immediate medical attention.

Yes, anyone can get altitude sickness, regardless of age, gender, or physical fitness. However, some individuals may be more susceptible to developing symptoms, while others may adapt more easily. There is no definitive way to predict who will be affected by altitude sickness.

If you experience severe symptoms of altitude sickness, such as confusion, severe headache, difficulty breathing, or persistent vomiting, it is essential to descend to a lower altitude immediately.

Prompt action is necessary as severe altitude sickness can be life-threatening if left untreated.

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Sunburns are the second thing to consider.

Tibet’s high elevation causes the Ozone layer and air to be significantly thinner than in other regions of the world. Consequently, tourists should be very concerned about sunburns brought on by ultraviolet radiation.

Taking precautions such as,

  1. Putting on sunscreen (with the highest SPF as it provides the best and longest protection),
  2. Putting on a sunhat
  3. And for all visitors, especially those who are trekking with us, wearing sunglasses is strongly advised.


Travelers may get diarrhea in Tibet because of the region’s unique culture, cuisine, and environment. It happens as a result of disease, digestive issues, food poisoning, and several other circumstances.

Nevertheless, do not be alarmed; it usually goes away on its own.

It is strongly advised to consume enough water or other liquids, maintain a balanced diet, and take any prescribed medications by your doctor. It is strongly advised to seek medical assistance if you have a severe case of diarrhea.


Travel agencies with offices in Tibet that are licensed under the Tibet Tourism Bureau’s regulations have minimal business liability insurance. It is better to get travel insurance, which can cover medical evacuation, medical costs, trip disruptions, etc.


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