Issues that Shocked Me about Tibet – Diary of a Vacationer



To me, each journey I take brings many surprises. Some good, some not so good. However each is an opportunity to study and to broaden your horizons. Right here are some things that caught me unexpectedly throughout my journey to Tibet final 12 months.

The Outdated and the New

Tibet it s actual mix of the Outdated and the New.  There are temples that date to the 14th Century, with work and statues as previous because the temples, yak butter lamps. There are additionally monks reciting chants which are 1000’s of years previous, while holding the most recent cell phones with an ideal 4G sign.  One of many important causes for that is the pace of improvement in Tibet. In every single place we went, there we new roads, tunnels and railways. Cities – particularly Lhasa are increasing at a price of knots.




It stunned me to see how deeply spiritual the Tibet society was. Most individuals (in Lhasa at the very least), did a “Kora” or a round stroll across the temples on a regular basis, typically greater than as soon as a day. We additionally noticed many individuals prostrating themselves earlier than among the extra sacred temples, and making a fantastic effort with their choices.

A phrase about Temples: There are tons of temples in Tibet, lots of them centuries previous. We had been there for five days and visited a temple (some occasions 2 temples) every single day.  The temples do provide a fantastic perception into Tibetan Buddhism and historical past, but when temples aren’t your factor, it may get monotonous; so contemplate this side fastidiously when planning your itinerary.



Acute Mountain Illness (AMS)

Our first cease in Tibet was Lhasa. This was at an altitude of 3650 m, so Acute Mountain Illness was to be anticipated. The signs set in a couple of hours after we had flown in from Chengdu. Headache, fatigue, being breathless after little or no train and lack of urge for food all turned the norm for the subsequent few days (though it did enhance with time). What I hadn’t anticipated was that AMS would have an effect on my sleep. Though we had been drained after a packed schedule on a regular basis, AMS made it tough to sleep, which meant that the next day turned much more arduous. Consuming plenty of ginger, lemon and honey tea helped lots, however solely to this point.

All of the analysis I did additionally stated that the results AMS didn’t rely on age, well being or health. This proved to be 100% appropriate, as each my mother and father (touching 70 years) coped a lot better than I did with AMS.



No doubt, this was one of many largest surprises of Tibet. I used to be all ready for Acute Mountain Illness, however what we hadn’t realise was that Tibet had a 7% humidity and it solely rained in July and August. So dehydration begins to take impact as quickly as you arrive, and dry nostril and mouth, thumping headache, pores and skin like tissue paper turns into the norm. To make issues worse, it additionally compounded the results of AMS.

The Surroundings

The surroundings in Tibet little doubt was lovely and un-spoilt. There have been  icy blue lakes, snow lined mountains and glaciers. There air was so crisp and clear that you can see for miles. Nonetheless, I felt that the panorama was similar to what you’ll see within the Swiss Alps or Canadian Rockies (and they’re lots simpler to get to and also you wouldn’t endure from AMS or dehydration).

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It’s not the perfect worth for cash

Lodging and eating places weren’t the perfect worth for cash in comparison with the remainder of China. The motels we stayed in a had been snug sufficient, however fairly run down. One doable purpose for that is the dearth of competitors.


Tibet was one of the vital distant locations I’ve to been to wherever, and positively considered one of a sort. It was not the best of journeys, for numerous causes. However, I liked the expertise, and hope to return at some point, and canopy an even bigger a part of Tibet.

In case you haven’t learn my posts on every day in Tibet, you may advantageous them right here: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6

Have you ever been to Tibet? What did you suppose? Or would you wish to go? Go away a remark beneath and let me know.