Planning your elective-Tibet
Bill Hulme has good advice on how to cope at high altitudes
- By: Bill Hulme
Tibet, which translates as “Land of the snows”, is an ancient kingdom considered to be the “roof of the world,” bordered by India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Pakistan to the south and east, and by China to the north and west. Its capital, Lhasa, has been hailed as the ancient Shangri-La of legend and is the site of some of the holiest pilgrimage routes of the Buddhist religion.
Tibet consists of vast mountain ranges surrounding the Tibetan plateau that has an average elevation of 3500-5000 metres above sea level. The climate here is extreme, with winter temperatures on the plains plummeting to 250 8 C, but Lhasa is comparatively protected, in the Yarlung valley, with a seasonal variation of 210 8 C in January to +20 8 C in June.
The Tibetans are thought to be the people in the world who are best adapted to the harsh climate that results