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China, Tibet & the Yangtze: Altitude sickness
KittyKingmaKittyKingmaMember since 1/14/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 11:45 AM
Is anyone else concerned about altitude sickness in Lhasa. It is almost 12,000 ft high and this could present serious problems for a short visit. We are flying in. The Rx also has some side effects.
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cwsigmancwsigmanMember since 3/28/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013 4:41 PM
Drink a lot of water
Ginkgo: 120-180 mg/day (any history of asthma)
Milk Thistle: 120-240 mg/day (any liver complaints)
Vitamin C 2-3,000 mg/day
Vitamin E 400 iu/day
alpha lipoic Acid 150-300 mg/day
Raise glutathione levels:
Selenium 200 mcg/day (if you have a family history of cancer never stop taking this!)
N-acetyl-cysteine 1-2000 mg/day (especially if prone to nasal congestion)
l-glutamine: 3,000 mg/day (especially if prone to stomach irritation)
Adaptogenic herbs: your choice: Korean Ginseng, Siberian Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Reishi,(which has a growing reputation of being useful ) etc.
Cardiotonics: Hawthorne Berry Extract (Crataegus): 250-500 mg/dayand Co Q 10 90 mg/day (both especially if you have a weak heart)
The Bottom Line:
My favorite thing to use Cataplex E2: 2 tablets 3-4 times per day plus a multivitamin with high antioxidant levels. Having read through all these abstracts I am going to try to start adding l-glutamine, ginkgo and glutathione to my ski morning breakfast.
A friend also said Gatorade worked better than water.
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landsendlandsendMember since 5/1/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 3:45 PM
I am taking the same tour and am also concerned about the high altitude and the fact that we are flying into Lhasa, so there will be no chance for our bodies to acclimate. I have been as high as 9000 feet before (Lhasa is almost 12,000 feet) without feeling any effects. In talking with my cardioligist he sees no problem from a heart standpoint, but says that we will indeed feel the effects of the altitude. I would be interested in Uniworld's or past travelers' responses to this question. Specifically:
1. Will we have a chance to acclimate before doing any strenuous walking or climbing?
2. If someone does find themselves suffering severly from the altitude, what provisions are available for treatment?
3. What has been the experience of past tour groups in Lhasa?
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CommunityManager3CommunityManager3Member since 5/17/2012 Login to add friend Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 5:01 PM

Thank you for your post.

On the day of arrival into Tibet, our guests are checked into the hotel in Lhasa with time to relax before dinner and there are no excursions planned for that day or evening. In each hotel room, oxygen is provided. Additionally, in Tibet there are oxygen bars and oxygen forpurchase.

Please note that our tour guides do not carry oxygen with them, if guests are concerned about their physical response to the altitude, it is suggested they purchase oxygen to bring along with them on our excursions. The only strenuous tour involves a visit to the Potala Palace; otherwise, the other excursions have easy walking tours.

If an individual is not in good health, it is very important they consult their physician before traveling to a place with such high altitudes.

To date, we have not heard of any altitude issues or sicknesses from guests who traveled to Tibet with us.
I hope this helps. Should you have any additional questions or would like more information, please feel free to email

Katie (community manager)

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wowittwowittMember since 7/8/2013 Login to add friend Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:47 AM
There is an interesting article regarding prevention of altitude sickness on the net. I'm including the link if Uniworld will allow it to remain.
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