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Tibet, the land we live in, charming and splendid as it is, though please read the following must-know pre-tour knowledge carefully, because based on Budget Tibet Tour's years of tour operation experience, we believe any kind of Tibet trip, regardless of its arduousness and duration, is worthy of full preparation. Moreover, sharing those considerately chosen pre-tour knowledge with your be-loved or friends who will travel with you will be a nice opportunity to show your deep affection or sincere friendship to him or her. Here are some of the potential Tibet conditions, including weather conditions in Tibet, to consider.

1. Low Pressure & Oxygen Shortage in Tibet

The atmospheric pressure decreases as the altitude increases, the same with the oxygen quantity in the air. While the available amount of oxygen to sustain mental and physical alertness decreases above 3,000 meters ,the oxygen quantity in Lhasa (Alt. 3650m) is only 62% of that in Beijing, the number decreases to 49% at the Mt. Everest Base Camp (Alt. 5200m).

Consequently, the symptoms of headache, lightheadedness, short breath, insomnia, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, and lassitude may occur individually while you arrive in Tibet. However, there are still a large number of people who are not subject to the high altitude.

Countermeasures:

  • Maintaining a good attitude is very important to you, most of time, the AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) is triggered by the fear of the high altitude, and a positive attitude helps reducing the chance of the AMS.
  • Do not carry out visiting activity on the arrival day, take more time to rest and acclimatize. Avoid exercises, such as climbing or running.
  • Prepare some AMS pills according to your doctor's suggestion. Diamonx has been proved useful in preventing the happening of the AMS. Note that Diamonx is not an immediate fix for AMS; it speeds up part of the acclimatization process which in turn helps to relieve symptoms. The only best way shall be descending to lower altitude if symptom is serious.

2. Coldness & Dryness in Tibet

The temperature in Tibet decreases as the altitude goes up. The lack of air and thin cloud layer in Tibet makes the temperature difference during the day and night time obvious. Therefore, it is very important to keep warm, avoid hypothermia or catching cold.

Countermeasures:

  • Even in summer time, you should put at least one layered cloth in your backpack in case you need it in night. And in winter time, it is important to bring one down coat if you travel to the EBC.
  • Do not take a shower upon your arrival day even you feel uncomfortable, because showering will put you at great risk of catching cold which is very bad for your acclimatization and stay in Tibet. If you need a shower seriously, do it the on the second or third day according to your acclimatization situation.
  • We suggest you bring a hat; it is your head that impacting the body temperature mostly. You practically need it at some high passes or lake when the wind is strong.

The moisture in the air decreases as well as altitude increases, temperature in Tibet is very dry though it is the origin place of many rivers. Plus, the strong wind there makes the evaporation faster, particularly when you have deep breath or strong exercise. The lack of air moisture and the fast evaporation makes your body dry, particularly your respiratory tract. As a result, you are more easily susceptible to pharyngitis, hacking cough, nose-bleed and cracks to your lips or limbs.

Countermeasures:

  • Every day, you should at least drink a bottle of mineral water to retain sufficient fluid inside your body. If you have tours like trekking, you have to drink a lot.
  • Do bring a lipstick with you or you will have lip cracks soon after your arrival.

3. Long sunshine duration & Strong solar radiation

Due to the thin air and cloud layers, the solar radiation in Tibet may be the strongest in the world. The strong solar radiation and ultraviolet radiation will cause damages to skin, like sunburns, edema, pigmentation and wrinkle increases. The strong ultraviolet radiation will bring about acute injuries to your eyes too if you do not wear a UV protection sunglasses, such injuries includes acute inflammation of the cornea, cataract and snow-blindness.

Countermeasures:

Bring a sun hat, UV protection sunglasses, muffler as well as sun cream. Do not underestimate those small things; they will be of great use then.

Others Tibet Conditions to Prepare for:

The shortage of oxygen often slows the peristalsis of the stomach and the intestine; reduce the secretion of saliva, gall; consequently, this will bring about loss of appetite and indigestion.

Countermeasures:

  • Do not eat too much food per meal. Have more vegetable and fruits that are rich in vitamins.
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol and other depressant drugs including, barbiturates, tranquillizers, sleeping pills and opiates. These further decrease the respiratory drive during sleep resulting in a worsening of symptoms.

Bearing these climate and weather conditions in Tibet and others in mind, you can better prepare for your next big trip to this country and maximize your comfort level.

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. Pa*** from: Can I apply for the Chinese Group Visa if I travel only by myself alone?
October 16, 2019 12:26

I want to take the train from Lanzhou to Lhasa on the 12th of Nov. 2019 and need a permit for Tibet. I want to spend 5-6 days in Lhasa. I need to book a train ticket and accommodation I am a U.S. citizen and a solo traveler. My 4th time to China.

Please help!! I have had no success with other tour agencies.

Answered by Nancy
October 17, 2019 02:03

Dear Ms. Pa***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. From your travel time, here we recommend one 6 days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities group tour to you, and we currently have one departure date on 14th of November. Taking train from Lanzhou to Lhasa will cost you about 24 hours, and we are happy to help you book train ticket. Please kindly note that there is no "permit-only" or "accommodation-only" service, foreign tourists are not allowed to travel Tibet alone, you have to book a pre-organized tour including guide, car, and hotel as well. As you are only one person, joining a group tour is the most economical way. We will prepare guide, car, accommodation, Tibet permit for you. Applying for Tibet Permit requires copy of your passport and Chinese visa, and it usually takes about 15-20 days, if you want to join our tour, please send copy of your passport and visa to us quickly. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Best regards.

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