HiI am posting this hoping to hearfrom anyone who will travelling to Tibet in Sept. Post reply and I will rerespond.
Hi there, I've just come back from a trip to Tibet (not the one you are going on) but I can give you some tips if you'd like.
Firstly, DON'T take a guide book: they are not allowed, and we saw someone put back on the plane out of the country for trying to sneak her Lonely Planet in. The Chinese customs are VERY thorough! Also pack your clothes etc inside a large plastic bag before putting it all in your pack/case, as sometimes the luggage stands outside the airport on the tarmac in the pouring rain for half an hour or so before being brought inside (ours did!). Keeps it all dry!
Make sure lids are very firmly closed on all your tubes of handcream/toothpaste etc and be sure to open carefully and slowly one you are at altitude - they swell and the contents squirt out!! The air is VERY dry, and together with the harsh sun (not hot but strong!) and wind, your skin and lips take a pounding. Take very good face and hand creams and lip salve. (You may also want to take something pleasantly strong smelling like Vicks/Tiger Balm to rub beneath your nostrils when going to some of the toilets outside your hotel - they are the worst I've seen in the world!) And a head torch is also useful - your hands are free.
Weather can be 4 seasons in one day! So layering is useful, and don't undersetimate how bitingly cold the wind can be on the high passes: boots, wool socks, gloves, scarf and beanie are all essential, as are sunglasses for the glare from the snow. And naturally a fleece is a must. We had only a spot of rain, but I would suggest a brollie or a ponch in your daypack as it doesn't take up much space.
The altitude can really be an issue: it affects various people differently and has nothing to do with age, sex or fitness levels. I suffered mainly from lethargy and sleeplessness up to about 4850m. But some of the others were vomiting and needed oxygen as soon as they landed in Lhasa. Once I was over 4850m, the nausea, complete lack of apitite, throbbing headaches, absolutely no sleep and major exhaustion set in. It is extremely debilitating and I almost couldn't have cared whether I saw Everest or not!! But stick it out, and it all vanishes as if by magic as you descend! Within a couple of hours from feeling I wanted to die, I suddenly felt like a new person and ate enough for 3!!
So .... have a wonderful trip: it is a lifetime's dream! The Tibetans are wonderful, and their determination to hold on to their religion and culture in the face of the Chinese 'invasion' is awe-inspiring. Bon voyage!
(If you'd like to ask anything else, feel free..)
Such a delight to see your post tonight and thank you for the info. I have been to high alltiude before but not as high on this trip. It sounds hard but I think my determination will see me through. I am so looking forward to this and seeing the landscapes and meetining the people .
I had thought to sneak my lonely planet travel book in, but after reading your post no way. great to know re the plactic bags too I will visit Ikea. THe tips re clothing is so valuable.
The food appears not to be an issue as you cannot eat..
Anyway thanks once again.
if you have any further tips please post.
Hi there ,
All being well i'll be going on the 7th to Tibet. I had it booked last year only to have it cancelled at the last minute hey ho . I went to Patagonia instead which was brilliant .
A few good tips from the last post?
Great to hear from you. I too had booked last year and of course like you had gone else where. South India. I have plans to go to Patagonia so will pick your brain...
I know the tips have been very useful. I am having four days in khatmandu before the trip starts.
I am so looking forward to this trip.... see you in Nepal.
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