Xiàhé is located at nearly 3000m in altitude, and some travellers experience mild altitude sickness when they arrive. The most common complaints are headache, fatigue and dizziness. Take care not to overexert yourself, especially for the first 24 hours while you acclimatise.

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Medical Services

Déshèngtáng Pharmacy Western, Chinese and Tibetan medicine.

Traditional Medicine

Among the six tratsang (colleges) of Labrang Monastery, the Institute of Medicine is renowned throughout the Tibetan world. Many Tibetans and pilgrims come here to be seen by monastic doctors, and there are numerous small clinics around town that treat the ill and infirm. If you wish to be seen by a monastic doctor, it's best to ask advice from your guesthouse, or enquire at the Nirvana Hotel.