People Who Cannot Travel to Tibet

Tibet, with an average altitude of over 4000m, is known as the roof of the world. Complicated topography and varied weather bless it with rich natural and tourism resources. For that, thousands of tourists from domestic and abroad flock to Tibet for sightseeing. Though Tibet is really worth a visit, there are still some challenges for a Tibet trip. Extreme weather, thin air, low humidity, increased ultraviolet radiation, and decreased air pressure, all of which can cause problems. Among which, high altitude sickness is the most concerned issue. Inadequate acclimatization may lead to altitude illness in travelers at any age, even those who have trained before setting off. Besides, there are many physical limitations for some travelers to enter to Tibet, particularly those who are not fit enough to travel to high elevations. If you want to know whether your physical condition is fit for Tibet tour, this guide will tell you the answer. In this guide, we will tell you what kind of people are not advised to travel to Tibet.

People Who Cannot Travel to Tibet

1. Children Who Are Younger than 7 Age

High altitude should be avoided in children aged under 7 year. Researches show that children aged under 7 year are more likely to develop acute mountain sickness than adults. Symptoms like headache, nausea, fatigue, anorexia, dizziness, and sleep disturbance will occur when they suffering from acute mountain sickness. And these symptoms are not good for the development of their lungs, brains, and hearts. Though travelling to Tibet with children might be full of challenges, the beautiful landscapes are worthwhile.

2. People who Are Old and Not Fit Enough  

1). The Elderly who has the following health problems are not advised to travel to Tibet. Such as uncontrolled glycuresis, epilepsy, high blood pressure, heart diseases, blood diseases, cranial vascular diseases, chronic respiratory system diseases, cardiovascular or hepatic diseases. For ordinary tourists, we suggest you consult doctor for personalized health advice before beginning your tour plan.  

2). Travelers with organic heart diseases such as obvious irregular heartbeat,
resting heart rate is greater than 100 beats / min, hypertension II and above, various blood diseases, and cerebrovascular disease. 

3). People with chronic respiratory diseases and medium obstructive pulmonary diseases like bronchitis, bronchiectasis, emphysema, active tuberculosis, pneumoconiosis.

Oxygen Treatment for the adults

4). People who have uncontrolled diabetes, epilepsy, schizophrenia.

5). People who catch cold are not advised to travel to Tibet because high altitude sickness will be exacerbated if travelers catch cold. You’d better keep doing regular exercise to keep fit.

6). People who have once been diagnosed with high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude hypertension, high altitude heart disease, or altitude erythrocytosis.

7). High risk pregnant woman.

3. Notice for Tibet Tour

1). We advise tourists to eat some anti-altitude medicines like Acetazolamide before going to Tibet. Acetazolamide can prevent and reduce the symptoms of altitude sickness.

2). Go to your doctor for a complete medical examination before traveling to Tibet if you are not sure whether you are fit for Tibet tour.

3). Remember to bring enough clothes to keep warm since there is a large difference in temperature between day and night in Tibet.

4). Prepare certain drugs in case of emergencies.

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Ho*** from: When to get my Tibet permit
January 15, 2020 05:11

Hello, we are considering to travel in Tibet in summer. We are a family of 5, two adults and three kids, age 13(then), 10, 8. We are interested in the 10 days Mt. EBC & Namtso Lake Group tour. We are US citizens with valid 10-year Chinese multiple entry visa, which we have applied when we went to Beijing in 2019. We are currently living in South Korea.  


1. Are kids suitable (or even allowed) for this tour?  

2. If kids can join, are there any discount deals for kids?

Answered by Helen
January 15, 2020 07:54

Dear Ms. Ho***,

    Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour and welcome you to join our 10 days Mt. Everest & Namtso Lake group tour. For your questions: 1. Your kids are suitable for this tour. Travelling in Tibet is as safe for kids as it is for their parents. While the high Tibetan plateau may be the highest place on the planet, very often, the kids that visit this region are more adaptable and have fewer problems than their parents. We also have arranged wonderful Tibet tours for many families with kids such as a tour to EBC for a family with a 3-year-old son, a 9-year-old girl and a 11-year-old boy, they did have fun in Tibet and there is no problem for them. Or you can take some medicine under the guidance of doctor to prevent high altitude before enter Tibet. 2. If kids travel with you, we'll offer some discount for them, please check your email and find more detailed information. Thanks & Regards

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