Tibet spans the world’s largest and, with average heights of over 4,000 m, also the world’s highest plateau. The Tibetan Plateau also spans most Qinghai, western Sichuan provice, northern Yunnan, and lasty southwestern Gansu. Consequently, Tibet is often referred to as the “Roof of the World”. Parts of the region (northwestern region) are so remote they remain uninhabited to this day. As the highest destination on earth, travelling to Tibet will require you to be prepared to face a lot of challenges. It’s better to be armed with a good travel insurance package to help you breeze through these challenges!
First off, there’s the difficulties to adapt with high altitude. Many tourists fall sick due to high altitude sickness, with symptoms that range from severe diarrhoea, stomach cramps, respiratory problems, fever, headaches, nausea, and many more. Many have to be hospitalised during they stay in Tibet and due to inadequate provision of health services, the healthcare cost there becomes ridiculously inflated. Hence a good medical cover will prove to be invaluable in case you suffer from altitude sickness.
Also, there’s always the risk of outdoor injury in Tibet. The main tourist activities there are visiting temples and hiking through the mountains. Temples in Tibet date back centuries old, and the common architecture there makes use of ridiculously steep, dark, and narrow stone staircases which are also very slippery due to yak butter smeared on them by the praying pilgrims. It is very easy to slip and sustain injury from fall. Next, hiking will subject you to even more threat of injury. As the oxygen supply in Tibet is extremely thin, embarking on outdoor activities will require extra resistance and strength of will. For those who haven’t trained properly, fainting can happen during your hike!
Needless to say, the most important covers from your Tibet travel insurances scheme are medical and emergency covers. You may also purchase loss-of-valuables cover, however Tibet is perhaps one of the safest countries in the world. People there are generally very unworldly and not materialistic, as they place more importance to spiritual development in the centre of their lives.