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From: China Tibet Online 2013-12-25 08:43:00
by: Mirenda Wu
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Tips for easy winter tour in Tibet


Altitude in Tibet averages around 3,000 meters, which is likely to cause altitude sickness. Altitude sickness, also known as acute high altitude disease (AHAD), is a common physiological reaction caused by acute exposure to low oxygen content and air pressure as well as dry weather when people getting up to a place with a certain altitude.

It usually occurs within hours or days after a person goes up to a highland. However, experts point out that human bodies have a very magic capability of acclimation. Therefore, altitude sickness is not that scary.

Taking some anti-anoxic medicines like Hongjingtian and Gaoyuanan is suggested. Usually people take the Hongjingtian one week before entering Tibet and Gaoyuanan after arriving in Tibet. It is enough to ease the first few days’ uncomfortableness.

It is recommended to bring some other medicines in each one’s condition and the painkiller such as Aspirin-for pain or fever and Antihistamine- for allergies.


Breathable underwear is better than cotton underwear for cotton underwear is airtight and can make people feel cold.

Casual clothing and comfortable walking shoes are the must for your trip to Tibet. Make sure to take warm clothing.

What else to bring:

Don’t forget to put following necessaries in your suitcase.

1. Passport, Visa

2. Flight/train tickets

3. Money, Credit Card (Credit Card payment is available now in Tibet, but only a few big souvenir shops can accept credit card)

4. Medicine

5. Comfortable trekking boots

6. Water bottle

7. Backpack

8. Gloves and hat

9. Scarves

10. Sunglasses

11. Sun screen, lip balm

12. Warm clothes like pullover

13. Toiletries

14. Plastic bags

15. Camera, emergency charger, batteries

Besides, we strongly recommend at least one-way by train especially for those fresh tourists. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway travels across the vast Changtang grassland, meaning highland in the north, the paradise of wild animals such as the Tibetan antelopes and Tibetan wild yaks.

And don’t forget to visit the Base Camp of the Mt.Qomolangma as long as your health condition allows, and don’t retreat under your quilt too early as twilight finally darkens, or you will miss something. Night is cold, but people can always find a warm room, out of whose window a starred welkin is beheld, which is rare in the metropolis where the pollution is severe.

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