1. How’s the environment in Tibet? Is it hot in summertime? Is it very cold in winter?
Tibet remains in a high plateau, and it belongs to normal downy special climate. Climates are quite various in different locations of Tibet. The eastern Tibet which is at a lower elevation is warmer than western Tibet. In some mountain areas, there are four seasons at the same time in different elevation. The weather condition in a day differs considerably, too. The night is cold while the day is warm. It covers 12-15 degrees centigrade in a single day.
Environment in southeastern Tibet consisting of Nyingchi and Chamdo is balmy with a typical temperature level of 8 degrees centigrade; while in western Tibet (Shigatse and Nagqu) is quite cold with a typical temperature level below zero degree.
Nevertheless in the main location of Tibet, the climate of Lhasa and Tsedang is more beneficial for traveling. Travelers can visit these two areas all year around, not too hot in summertime and not too cold in winter.
2. How is the road condition in rainy season in Tibet? Need I take any rainproof with me?
The rainy season in Tibet is primarily from June to August and it does have an extremely bad effect on the roads. However, there are many track upkeep workers and regional army would also provide assistance to restore the roads. Normally speaking, it just takes a couple of hours to make the roads practical once again. When it comes to the rainproof, you are recommended to take raincoat, rain-proof pants and shoes if you wish to travel, climb up the mountain or ride a bike. If you have actually group tours arranged by some travel agencies, typically you don’t have to take rainproof with you, due to the fact that Tibet frequently rains at night and the weather is quite good in the daytime. Besides, the traveler bus is constantly together with you.
3. What is the best time to travel to Tibet?
Usually speaking, early April is the start of travel season, which lasts to mid-June when a large number of Chinese tourists rush to Tibet for summer vacation. Late June to the end of National Holiday is the peak travel season when some important celebrations kept in Tibet, like Shoton Festival, Gyantse Dawa Festival and Nagqu horse riding Festival. After mid October, Tibet relies on winter season and as the visitors minimize considerably, majority of hotels are closed for the bad reservation.
As for the best time to travel, it depends upon your travel requirement.
1. If you want a very low-cost price, go to Tibet in winter season, from December to next March. All the things are quite low-cost; even the traveler sites use 30-50% discount rate on entrance cost. Hotels are cheap, too. You can take pleasure in 5 star hotels with less than 100USD consisting of breakfast. Compared with taking a trip in August, the expense of a winter season tour is only 50% -60% of a summer trip. Because of the poor quantity of visitors, the Potala Palace enables you to spend even a whole day in it. Besides, the monks are not busy and have extra time to chat with you.
2. If you like trekking, do it at May or September when the monsoon will never trouble you and the weather is balmy and pleasant.
3. If you like Mt.Everest and wish to see the clear face of it, aim to prevent the rains season and foggy weather condition.
4. If you love to check out the grass land in north Tibet, do the trip in July when the flowers flower in huge grassland and groups of yak and sheep, Tibetan nomad tents spread out all over the meadow.
5. Those who wish to drive to Tibet through Sichuan-Tibet highway should prevent the rainy season. There will be mudslides, cave-ins and mire on specific sections of the roadway, blocking the passage of cars.
About high altitude sickness
1. Exactly what is high altitude sickness? What’s the sign of high altitude sickness?
High acute mountain sickness might occur at high elevations (over 2700m) due to the decreasing accessibility of oxygen. It generally occurs following a quick climb and can generally be avoided by ascending slowly. Signs often manifest themselves 6 to 10 hours after ascent and normally subside in one to two days, but they sometimes become the more major conditions. Typical symptoms of high acute mountain sickness consist of shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, stomach health problem, dizziness, and sleep disturbance.
2. The best ways to prevent or eliminate high acute mountain sickness?
Keep an excellent state of mind, don’t be too ecstatic or be too worried about high acute mountain sickness. Prior to checking out Tibet, get as healthy as possible, both physically and mentally.
Look after yourself and avoid capturing cold before going to Tibet, and not to take shower at the very first two days after you remain in Lhasa to prevent being cold, or you will quickly suffer from acute mountain sickness under weak physical condition.
Do not consume any alcohol on the first 2 days when you are in Tibet. Drink a lot of water and consume light, high-carbohydrate meals for more energy.
Do not run, leap or do some challenging jobs at the first two days. Being travel peaceful and having an excellent rest are necessary.
Once you have the symptoms of acute mountain sickness, take some medicine (it is stated that it’s useful to have some butter tea if you can adjust to the taste of it) and do not go higher. Medication and oxygen also assist to prevent altitude sickness. Moderate acute mountain sickness symptoms can be treated with correct medication. If medication and oxygen do not ease the symptoms, go to medical facility or leave instantly to a safe altitude!
Oxygen can assist you relieve the signs of acute mountain sickness, however do not utilize it too often in Lhasa while your symptoms of acute mountain sickness are not serious. If you feel chilly or feel really uncomfortable, you ought to go to the nearby medical facility readily available in the area.