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Tibet Train Brief

The "World's highest railway", "Lhasa Express", "Sky Train", "Rocket to the roof of the world"; no matter what it is called, the Qinghai-Tibet railway project is truly an engineering wonder across the world. It extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa. Nearly half of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway lies more than 4,000 meters above sea level and about 550 kilometers of this railway is laid on frozen earth. Its highest point is as high as 5,072 meters. The highest station on the line is Tanggula Mountain Pass Station (5072 meters above sea level) which is also the highest station in the world.

Construction of this railway was divided into two phases. The 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was completed on 12 October 2005. It opened to regular trial service on 1 July 2006. Sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet railway are amazingly beautiful, vast grasslands dotted with yaks and sheep, turquoise alpine holy lakes, shining snow-capped mountains and much more.  

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Scenery Guide A sliding introduction and illustration of the scenic places the railway passes, tells what good scenic spot travllers can see on the train.
Scenery Album All the pictures take on the Tibet train tours, some pictures are taken in summer, and some pictures are taken in winter.
Maps & Routes All the Tibet train tours’ maps and routes from Xining, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Lanzhou, Guangzhou and Chongqing.
Altitude Concerns Compared with arriving Lhasa by air, train travel is safer in terms of acclimatization. However, it is inevitable to talk about the altitude sickness when introducing the Qinghai-Tibet railway, for most of time it runs above 3500 meters.
Dining & Drinking Meals on board the train are not included in the ticket price. The train has a dining car and offers passengers 3 meals a day. Dining car is the best location for day-time sightseeing thanks to its big window.
Tickets & Cabins There are three classes of train tickets onboard of all trains within China, not exceptional for trains to Tibet, namely soft sleeper train ticket, hard sleeper train ticket and seat train ticket. Generally, the trains to Tibet have 15 cars except the locomotive.
Other Travelers' Questions

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions via the form on the right side, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

user portrait Mr. David Jesus Dominguez Santos from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
I am interested in the Lhasa tour with the Everest base camp ($830 p.p). I would like to ask you two questions:

1) The tour could be done starting on September 15th. I would arrive in Lhasa at 16:30 from the city of Kunming (in Kunming I would take a flight that departs at 1:30 p.m. on the same day 15).

2) On the 7th day, instead of going back to Lhasa, I would like to continue to Kathamandu. In other words, he would arrive in Kathmandu on the 21st at night. Would this change be possible?

3) If there is no problem with these changes, I would like to confirm the tour and the payment method, since I need the paperwork to make the China Visa.

We are 2 persons interested.

Many thanks

regards

David
Answered by Nancy

Dear David Jesus Dominguez Santos,

Thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. For your needs, I think you’d better choose 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, which feed your needs exactly. And we just need 200$ per person as deposit, and you can pay the balance when you arrive in Lhasa. For your visa paperwork, I think you will need Tibet travel bureau official visa invitation letter which we will apply for you based on the time. Please check your email to get more details.

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user portrait Ms. florencia from: 6 Days Holy Sky Lake Tour
Dear,

I am interesting, in book a tour for 5 night for  two persons this July 2018, I need to know the payment terms, and how do we need to be dressed, the clothes necesary and the hotels names. I am already living in china, with a studi visa, and from argentina, the other partner also from argentina but with normal turist visa. Thank you, looking forward to your reply. Florencia
Answered by Nancy

Hi Florencia,

Greetings from Nancy at BTT. Thank you visiting our website and sending your inquiry, no problem for the tour choice, and for payment, we just 200$ per person as deposit, and balance can be paid when you arrive in Lhasa. You need to bring one warm clothes for evening as it will cold( might below 0 ℃ in the evening). For the hotel in Lhasa we will use Yak hotel or The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. No problem for your visa, as student visa we just need your school of admission letter copy extra, for tourist visa, visa and passport copies will be enough. Please check your email for details. Best regards

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user portrait Ms. Fabry from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
Good evening,
Could you please tell me if you give any discounts for 2 ladies over 65 years old and for early booking? We are retired and have a modest budget. We are interested in your September 22nd tour for 7 days Lhasa-Katmandou Tour.Thank you in advance.
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Fabry, Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. Ha-ha...no problem we can provide 5% discount as early bird booking. And we have this date avaibale and 2 clients booked this tour already. I will send you the tour details to your email. Have a nice day to you.

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