Like I said on my previous post, before my Tibet holiday I had zero idea about going to highland, what to expect and how serious high altitude sickness could be. Now. After that unforgettable
holiday expedition to Tibet, I want to share what to prepare before going to places with higher altitude, based on my personal experience. But before that, to know what altitude sickness is, caused, symptoms, treatments and such, I trust this web. ⊂(´• ω •`⊂)
Fyi, for those who have not read my previous posts, my trip to Tibet was not for hiking. The only tough activity we did was climbing up 432 steps at Potala Palace – it was fun but with that thin air we were all panting like crazy! The rest of the activity we just sat in the bus and walked not too far from where the bus parked. ( ﾟｏ⌒)
Wednesday, 19th September 2018,
Our 1PM train has been cancelled due to military reason. So all of us ended up at 6PM train. This was inconvenience because we couldn’t enjoy the scenery while we were on the 5000+ km above sea levels. (￣□￣」)
And since they delayed our train schedule, this morning the local tour brought us to Yak Museum.
Tuesday, 18th September 2018,
Today I had worse motion sickness. I was quite sure it wasn’t the high altitude sickness, since I was still okay when I was up to 5k meters above sea level… But today, the road to Namtso Lake was very bumpy, with many twists and turns. It made me feels like my head spinning and almost vomit. Most likely my lack-of-sleep last night contributed to this motion sickness. ☆ｏ(＞＜；)○
Our local tour leader was actually offered us for second option (not Namtso), due to the winding road to go there. But so far I never like their second option, and some of our group rejected the second option.
We left hotel at 6:30AM, tortured ourselves just to see the famous-and-over-crowded lake. By the time we arrived back hotel, it was almost midnight. (｡T ω T｡)
So what’s about Namtso Lake?
Monday, 17th September 2018,
In Short, we were driving back from Shigatse to Lhasa today. Some of us who paid extra money for optional tour were granted to visit the breeding site of Tibetan Mastiff. While the thrifties (including me!) waited outside the breeding site and walked around to tease the angry-caged puppies from outside. ( ‾́ ◡ ‾́ )
After the short visit to the breeding site, we continued our journey and our next stop was TashiLunpo Monastery.
Sunday, 16th September 2018
Today we have been warned to have even more tiring day compare to previous day. We travelled from Lhasa to Shigatse (a.k.a. Rigaze). (っ˘ω˘ς )
Shigatse, officially known as Xigazê (Chinese: 日喀则; pinyin: Rìkāzé Nepali: सिगात्से), is a prefecture-level city of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, with an area of 182,000 km2 (70,271 sq mi). It also means ‘the fertile land’. It sits in the plain at the confluence of the Yarlong Tsangpo and Nyangchu Rivers, where Tibet’s most fertile land is to be found. Shigatse is of great importance for its location in this area. It is 300 kilometers (about 186 miles) away from the world’s highest peak Mt. Everest, 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) away from the Sakya Monastery and also on the only path to Tibet’s holy lakes. Thus it is quite an important base for people heading for those places. [source: wikipedia]
The city has a history going back more than 600 years and it is this ancient holy city that is the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama, one of the spiritual leaders in Tibet. The city is also the cultural, economic and political center of Tibet. It is located within the historical Tsang province of Tibet.
Along the way from Lhasa to Shigatse was a beautiful journey we enjoyed from our bus, and we stopped by at Yamdrok Lake, Kharola Glacier and Palcho Monastery. ヽ(*・ω・)ﾉ
So Yamdrok Lake,
Princess Wencheng (Tibetan: Mung-chang Kungco; Chinese: 文成公主; pinyin: Wénchéng Gōngzhǔ; Wade–Giles: Wen-ch’eng Kung-chu; 620s – 680/2), surnamed Li, was a member of a minor branch of the royal clan of the Chinese Tang dynasty. Much of her life has been mythified and used for propaganda purposes. However the story of Princess Wencheng and Songtsän Gampo has been cherished by the Tibetans and the rest of the Chinese people ever since. As historical record is sketchy, most what is known about the story is legendary.
Princess Li Wencheng was the most famous and beloved queen in Tibetan history, alongside with Princess Bhrikuti for Nepal. In 641, this beautiful and intelligent princess Wencheng was granted by Emperor Taizong of Tang to King Songtsän Gampo of Tibet for an involuntary act of the emperor’s heqin (marriage alliance) policy, when she was still very young. She is popularly known in Tibet as Gyasa, or “Chinese wife”. She brought the Tibetans many of the scientific and agricultural advances of the Tang dynasty and is also credited with the introduction of Buddhism into the region. It was a famous peace-making marriage in the Tang Dynasty.
Nowadays, the statues of Princess Wencheng and Songtsän Gampo are still in the Jokhang Monastery. Songtsän Gampo had the Ramoche Monastery built for the Buddha statues that Princess Wencheng had brought with her. The princess herself also had the Jokhang Monastery built, and in front of it she and Songtsän Gampo planted some willow trees now known as tangliu (the Tang willow). Today, the original statue of Sakyamuni believed to be brought by Princess Wencheng is still enshrined in the center of the main hall of the Jokhang Monastery. The chamber where they spent their first married life is still kept intact in the Potala Palace.
Songtsän Gampo died in 650 when he was only thirty-four years old, while the Princess lived as a widow in Tibet for another 30 years until her death, and never returned to China. Generation after generation of poets have written numerous verses to eulogize her. Her story was adapted to various theatrical forms. Two traditional observations have been devoted to her: the fifteenth day of the fourth month of each Tibetan year (the day when Princess Wencheng arrived in Tubo) and the fifteenth day of the tenth month of each Tibetan year (the birthday of Princess Wencheng). When the days come each year, the Tibetan people will turn out in their best costumes to sing and dance to commemorate her.
Click here to know more about The Tale Of Princess WenCheng (Bridging The Two Cultures).
Saturday, 15th September 2018,
Today I wouldn’t talk so much, let the wiki and pictures tell you the story. (￣ω￣)
In a short brief, the weather today was super hot, the bus took us from Jokhang Temple – Barkhor Square – Potala Palace.
Jokhang Monastery and Zuglagkang (Tibetan: གཙུག་ལག་ཁང༌།, Wylie: gtsug-lag-khang, ZYPY: Zuglagkang or Tsuklakang), is a Buddhist temple in Barkhor Square in Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. Tibetans, in general, consider this temple as the most sacred and important temple in Tibet.
The Jokhang was founded during the reign of King Songtsen Gampo. According to tradition, the temple was built for the king’s two brides: Princess Wencheng of the Chinese Tang dynasty and Princess Bhrikuti of Nepal. Both are said to have brought important Buddhist statues and images from China and Nepal to Tibet, which were housed here, as part of their dowries. [source: wikipedia]
Friday, 14th September 2018, drizzling in the a.m.
Today we packed our bags and move from a quiet-creepy hotel in Nyingchi to an old-dirty-dusty hotel in Lhasa. (￣ヘ￣)
Lhasa, which means “Land of the Gods” and is over 1,300 years old, sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. It is a city and administrative capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The main urban area of Lhasa is roughly equivalent to the administrative borders of Chengguan District, which is part of the wider Lhasa prefecture-level city, an area formerly administered as a prefecture.
Lhasa is the second most populous city on the Tibetan Plateau after Xining and, at an altitude of 3,490 meters (11,450 ft), Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world. The city has been the religious and administrative capital of Tibet since the mid-17th century. It contains many culturally significant Tibetan Buddhist sites such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Norbulingka Palaces. [source: wikipedia]
Most of the time we spent today on the bus, for about 12 hours journey (including the stopover). And our first stop was Basong Lake. (ﾉ´ з `)ノ
Thursday, 13th September 2018,
We supposed to fly to Nyingchi by 8:15 in the morning. But due to bad weather there in Nyingchi, our flight was delayed for about an hour. I was practically cut out from all the outside world (and I was intended to that!), so I had no idea about the super typhoon mangkhut and how serious the outside condition was. (ノ*°▽°*)
Nyingchi, also known as Linzhi, is a prefecture-level city in southeast of the Tibet Autonomous Region. The administrative seat of Nyingchi is Bayi District. The Chinese claim part of Arunachal Pradesh, which is one of the states of India, as part of the prefecture. Bayi Town is the administrative seat of Nyingchi, located 406 kilometers east of Lhasa. The vicinity is known for its cypresses which can grow up to 30 meters. [source: wikipedia]
Arrived at Nyingchi, our hotel was 2900 kilometers above sea level. ＼(￣▽￣)／
We had our late lunch in the hotel, tried on their traditional clothes in the hotel, walked around the hotel to enjoy the beautiful mountains surround us, then headed back to hotel before 3PM, headed to our first destination, King Cypress. (b ᵔ▽ᵔ)b
Wed, 12th September 2018,
I reached Changi before 12 noon as scheduled. My flight will be at 4PM, so I had enough time to enjoy my brunch in Changi. <(￣︶￣)>
holiday expedition to Tibet started from Singapore to Chengdu, and had overnight in Chengdu. The following day we took local flight to Nyinchi (or Linzhi) and from there we slowly continued our land journey to higher altitude.
So why Tibet?
My tour leader Annie, said there are 2 types of people who travel to Tibet;
1⃣ Those who want to do pilgrimage or religious trip from monastery to another monasteries, from temples to temples.
2⃣ Those who love adventures, know what it takes to go Tibet and ready for it.
My Chinese friend said; “if you go to Tibet, your heart will go to heaven while your body goes to hell.” I didn’t know this. I had no idea how harsh this
holiday expedition could be. How unexpected it would be. So obviously I was not type 1, either type 2. I am the type 3;