Train from Chengdu to Lhasa. The train is pressurised and provides extra oxygen if required. What happens when you get off at Lhasa.
What happens when you detrain at Lhasa. Do you need time to aclimatise or is the train enough?
You still need time to acclimatise if you want to do it well...at least three days in Lhasa if you want to do it well. It's about adjusting to the higher altitude and the train only passes a few summits of 5000 meters which is not enough for your body to acclimitise to a different environment. Check out http://www.world2discover.com/tibet-acclimatize-to-the-altitude/ if you like to read a bit more. about 8 years ago
You will need to take it easy. You will be slightly better off than people arriving by air but will need to let your body adapt. Stay well hydrated and avoid strenuous exercise. Some say that too much sleep can hinder the changes required. Some favour medication to aid the changes. Better that you avoid these and do the right things - and then let a medic decide on a course IF you start showing symptoms of distress about 8 years ago
I did that train journey last year and myself and everyone we were with was fine. Some took some altitude pills from a local shop in Chengdu but were very harsh on the kidneys so they stopped taking them and were fine. Usually a trip to Tibet involves a few days in Lhasa where you can acclimatize. It's an amazing journey and I wouldn't worry too much about the altitude. You'll know your limits when you get there almost 8 years agoAnswered by Mark via WorldNomads.com