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Travel into Lhasa by Qinghai-Tibet Train

Time: 30-05-2018 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Starting from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province and ending at Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet, Qinghai - Tibet Railway passes through the highest and coldest plateau in the world. The railway stretch 1,118 km from Golmud to Lhasa, which makes it the world's highest and longest plateau railway, enjoying the reputation of "sky road".

Qinghai-Tibet Train

When you take a ride of the train, there will be several things remind you that it is no ordinary train ride. Every berth has its oxygen supply connection. In the corridor, there is a seat by each window where one can sit and enjoy the view outside. But just above the seat is another oxygen line. After several hours leaving Xining, some tourists will show the symptoms of altitude sickness and need extra doses of oxygen. The warning had come in the form of a 'passenger health declaration form', which was given soon after you boarded the train and which suggests that you had better avoid this train if your heart, lungs, blood pressure and sugar level were not absolutely fine.

Qinghai-Tibet Train

Travel 1963 km in 26 hours from Xining to Lhasa. The railway from Xining to Golmud - 814 km - was opened in 1984. Work on the extension from Golmud to Lhasa began in June 2001, and was completed a year before schedule. The day breaks as the train passes by the Tangula Mountain, where you can see thick snow covers the mountain all year around. The fields below are a mix of red and black earth, like some ancient glacial zone. The broadcaster recounts Tibetan folklores about the queen who fled to the moon beyond the mountain with her husband chasing her in the snows, or, about the monkey - king chasing a tiger that burned the once - green earth red and black in a terrible fit of fury.

Qinghai-Tibet Train

Herds of wild asses and horses, yaks and goats are scattered on the grassland. There are far more animals than humans in this region which has the world's lowest population density. By the last count, Tibet had less than seven persons per square kilometer. And the Qinghai - Tibet plateau is the loneliest of this thinly - populated world. It is a world of snow - capped mountains, mighty rivers, countless streams, high - altitude lakes, glacial fields and wide valleys. Humans are from only a marginal part of this vast wilderness.

There are enormous challenges have to face to while building it. It was not so much the accidents in the mountains as the thin air and the lack of oxygen that proved to be the hardest challenges for the men who laid the tracks, dug tunnels through mountains and built bridges over the rivers. About 965 km of the track are located at over 4,000metres above the sea level. Over 550 km of the stretch traverse through perennially frozen earth. More than 5 percent of the line runs over bridges and through tunnels. It goes through 15 mountain passes, the highest of which - the Tanggula Mountain - is at 5,072 meters the station at the pass makes it the highest railway station in the world. Almost throughout the journey of the Qinghai - Tibet railway, the Yarlung Zangho, Tibet's 'Mather River', which is known as Brahmaputra in India and Bangladesh, keep us company. Inside Tibet alone, the river runs for 2,057 km before entering India. Somewhere out there in the snow - clad mountains is the origins also of two of China's, longest rivers - the Yellow and the Yangtze. 

Qinghai-Tibet Train

The impact on this endangered species such as antelopes and its habitat is also a great engineering difficulty, which is the environment challenges that related to the protection of ecology, the grasslands and the animals, both domestic and wild. The antelopes are not domestic animals, but their case best represents the environmental challenges that the building of the railway faced. The antelopes migrated in thousands from the north to the south during the breeding season in June. How would they cross the railway line that "cut through the wide lands like a knife"? The same dilemma would face hundreds of thousands of other cattle that grazed freely in the grasslands before the winter months set in. The solution came in the form of an elevated track that was high with concrete embankments on both sides in order to keep the grazing cattle and swollen rivers away. To further prevent the cattle from mounting the railway track, concrete fences run all along the track as a second line of defense after the high embankments.

In China, almost everyone agrees that the railway will hasten the process of urbanization and commercialization of Tibet that had begun with the laying of the highways.

Over one last bridge - across the Kyichu River - and you will finally at the Lhasa station.

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user portrait Mr. gene raymond kinne from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp
how much walking is there per day.  can a older man over 70 years old in good shape do the walking
Answered by Nancy

Dear Gene Raymond Kinne,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. For the 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp, there will not be much walking daily as you will be driven to each place and dropped off there. And please no worry about your age, ha-ha… we had clients who were 83 years old taking this tour before without problem, and I think you will be ok too. best regards to you.

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user portrait Mr. Meena Vyas from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Hi
I am interested in 15 day Kailash-Mansarovar tour probably in Late Oct 2018 so that I will have enough time to obtain visa etc. Which aitrport you expect people to arrive at. Do you help with booking airfares. Does tour include walk around Mt Kailash?
Thanks
Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Meena Vyas,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT. We will have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 15th Oct. and I am sure you will have enough time to apply your China visa. Normally people will arrive in Lhasa Gongga airport(LXA), then our guide will be there to meet people and transfer to downtown with 3 times daily. There will be 3days for trekking around Kailash included, so you will have enough trekking if you will take this tour. I will send you more details by email. Best wishes to you.

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user portrait Ms. Barbora from: 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp
Aloha,
I would love to attend your 15 day Kailash tour. I am rather restricted by time, leaving Honolulu Sept 8 or 9 (plus 2 days) arriving Lhasa probably sept 10 or 11; and need to return between Sept 25-28; do you have any availability?
Thank you,
Barbora
Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Barbora,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at BTT, ha-ha…we have 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp on 12th Sep. and it is confirmed to depart on time. As this tour will be from 12th Sep to 26th Sep. which will be exactly your time. And I will send you the details by email. Best regards.

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