Q. Is it safe to travel in winter time, especially from Tibet to Kathmandu (my port of exit)?
The Chinese-Nepal Highway is often blocked by heavy snow during winter. Therefore, it is not safe to go along this route.
Q. Is it advisable for me to bring a sleeping bag because the sheets/blankets in the hotels may not be clean?
In 3- or 4-star hotels in cities and towns like Lhasa, Tsetang, Shigatse and Gyangtse, you do not need to worry about sanitation. Though, it is a fact that the visit to Tibet is a bit hard. But if you are going to remote areas like the Everest, it is best to bring a sleeping bag to ensure that you have a nice sleep en route.
Q. Are the streets in Tibet safe?
Generally, it is quiet safe. Almost all Tibetans are devout Buddhists who believe good deeds will accumulate merit in their next lives; crimes are rare. But visitors need pay attention to dogs that are free to move everywhere.
Q. What medicines should I bring?
We suggest that you take some pain-killer pills with you and enough medicine for colds, diarrhea, nausea and fever. Some nasal ointment and throat-moistening pills will greatly be of help for those who are sensitive to chilly or freezing weather conditions. Please consult your doctor prior to your journey.
Q. I have a cold, but my visit to Lhasa starts tomorrow. Can I join it as scheduled?
We suggest that you postpone your visit and not take such a risk. People with respiratory problems will have great difficulties to recover from cold. The chilly weather might cause pulmonary edema or even death. People who are suffering from colds, heart/cardiac illnesses, severe respiratory problems, hypertension, liver or kidney problems, anemia and other serious health problems are advised not to visit Tibetan plateaus. Visitors suffering from such illness might have a hard time to adapt to the environment which might cause the worsening of their illness.
Q. What could I do to avoid mountain sickness?
Some visitors will get mountain sickness when on the Tibetan plateau. We have some tips for you:
Before you go
Seek advice from people who have similar experiences. The most important thing is that you should never be nervous or worried about your trip. Regard the visit to Tibet like a visit to any other cities. You should always be optimistic.
If you have respiratory problems, we advise you to postpone your visit till you are fully recovered.
A thorough physical examination is necessary. If you have problems like anemia or hypertension, or suffer from heart problems and other illness of lungs, liver or kidney, you should not go there.
You need to bring enough water or drinks and fruits. Snacks with high caloric content, like chocolate, will come in handy.
Since we are traveling with kids (around 2-3 years old and we have been hearing a lot about the high altitude adjustment problems for visitors to Lhasa, do you think we would have any difficulty?
Age has nothing to do with the occurrence of mountain sickness. Anxiety is the common cause of mountain sickness. You may click the link to have more information on avoiding mountain sickness. Always remember that if you have any problems or feel uncomfortable, you need to tell the guide about this immediately.