Travel Health Concerns

Things to Know about Travel at High Altitude

The Tibetan Plateau has an average elevation of 3600m. (12000ft.) It is important to know what to expect, and what precautions you should take when traveling at these elevations. There are many different factors that can affect how you respond to high altitude. Some of these are how much you excercise, how quickly you ascend, if you are ill, smoking, and others that are more comprehensively explained in the below links.

Some things you can do to help prevent altitude sickness are: stay well hydrated, decrease salt intake, do not be too physically active, eat high carbohydrate and low fat meals, reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.

Other factors at high altitude include intense sun exposure and colder temperatures. Make sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. In Tibet the temperatures can change by the hour. It is important to dress in layers. Have a wind proof and water proof outer shell, and insulate inside with good base layers and mid layers. In the fall, winter, and spring a down coat is a good option for easily staying warm.

Here is a list of links to help you:

http://www.highcountryhealth.com/articles/hchealth.htm

http://www.basecampmd.com/expguide/highalt.shtml

http://www.high-altitude-medicine.com/


Vacinnes


The Centers for Disease Control provides current information on recommended immunizations for those travelling to China. Please visit the following link for this information: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/china.aspx


Health and Travel Insurance


Most normal health insurance policies do not cover international travel. For travel insurance and medical evacuation insurance that covers you for the duration of your trip, you are likely to find that it is relatively inexpensive. Below are a few sites that may be of use when searching for travel insurance.  (This is only a suggestion. We do not officially endorse these companies.)
www.internationalsos.com
www.pacificprime.com