Covering an area of 1.2 million square kilometers, with average altitude above 4000m, Tibet is the largest and highest plateau in the world. Due to its huge landmass, Tibet is rich in natural and human tourism resources including snow mountains, lakes, ancient temples and cultural cities. Thanks to the abundant tourism resources, it has attracted a large number of tourists around the world. However, for many visitors who are planning to travel to Tibet, altitude sickness has become one of their biggest concerns during the journey. Are you also bothered with this problem? If you are, this post might help you.
Part 1. What Is Tibet Altitude Sickness? (Tibet Altitude Sickness Symptoms and Causes)
Part 2. How Long Does Tibet Altitude Sickness Last
Part 3. How to Prepare for Tibet Altitude Sickness Properly
Part 4. How to Cope with Tibet Altitude Sickness Under Emergency
In short, Altitude sickness is a group of general symptoms that are brought by suddenly getting to a high altitude area that is low in oxygen level. The typical symptoms of altitude are headache and vomiting. But different levels of altitude sickness have different symptoms. There are three types of altitude sickness: Acute mountains sickness, high altitude pulmonary edema and high altitude cerebral edema.
Basically, the high altitude illness affects everyone in various degrees, so does the duration. Well, how long does altitude sickness last?
Generally speaking, you won’t feel uncomfortable immediately after your arrival. But after 3-5 hours, you may experience some symptoms of altitude illness like headache, vomiting, or sensitivity to light. At this time, you are advised to have a rest in the hotel so that you can adapt to the high altitude. In general, you will get rid of altitude sickness in about 2-3 days. But if you unfortunately suffer from HAPE, you might need a few weeks to get rid of it.
Though the AMS is unavoidable, you can prepare or lessen the effects of AMS in the maximum extent by reading the following guide.
If you’re now planning tour to Tibet, you might require some preventive measures to curb high altitude sickness. And we have collected some useful tips for you, just refer them by reading the following text.
1. How to Prepare for Altitude Sickness Before Traveling to Tibet
2. How to Prepare for Altitude Sickness While Traveling in Tibet
Note: there are some temporary and harmless side effects of taking Diamox. For instance, your toes and fingers will tingle. While it can’t hurt you and soon you will be back to normal.
There is no 100% foolproof way to prevent or avoid getting altitude sickness in Tibet since different people have different responses to high altitude based on their genetics. If you are unfortunately suffering from altitude sickness under emergency while traveling to Tibet, don’t worry, we have some quick remedies to help you escape from Tibet altitude sickness.
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 via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.
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?
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
Email to Helen about any question or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side