What is altitude sickness and what are the symptoms?
When one gets to a place like Tibet that has an elevation of 2,700m or above, he may notice some changes in his body as it adjusts to the thin air environment. The symptoms of altitude sickness include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness, irritability and difficulty sleeping, etc. This is a reaction of our bodies’ intolerance to the low oxygen of the high plateau, and a common experience among those travelling to Tibet.
How to avoid or ease altitude sickness?
Most people are likely to experience altitude sickness when they travel toTibet for the first time. There is no rule about who is more likely to have it. The best solution is to take it easy. It is important to maintain a good mood and the confidence to conquer it. If you are afraid and nervous, this will only agitate your situation and it will take longer for you to get used to the thin air.
Upon arrival in Tibet, it is advised to avoid moving fast, running, taking a bath or conducting many activities right away. The most important step is to have a good rest to allow time for your body to acclimatize. You can have light and high carbohydrate meals for better energy. Don’t drink alcohol or smoke, because strong inhaling of oxygen will result in a strong dependence on it. Your Tibet tour will not be as fun with an oxygen bag in hand all the time. To ease the altitude sickness, you can take certain medicines according to your doctors’ advice. We at Tibet Travel Professionals will also try our best to help whenever necessary.
In our experience, most people can get used to the environment of Tibet in the first 3 days, while some may need more time. So when planning your tour in Tibet, the first 3 days in Tibet shouldn't be rushed.