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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 Ms. Ho*** from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp


My husband and I are looking at travel in April 2019. We currently are only a group of 2, but it is possible we may have another 2 friends join us.
We are comparing tours for the 7 day tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu. What price can you offer for group tour for 2 (or 4 people) for the Lhasa to Kathmandu trips if we were to book in the next two weeks?

Many thanks,

Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Ho***,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry, if there are 4 people in your group, I recommend you to take it as private tour, thus you will have the guide and driver on your own, and the tour can be flexible. If there are 2 in your group, of course take part in a group tour is better, and we have several groups in April, or we can open a new date based on your travel time, and our group size is 4 to 13 people. And if you will book in next weeks, I can apply some discount for you. Please check the email for more details. Best regards.

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user portrait Ms. Mi*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express

I am interested in a tour with you all in and around Lhasa for a party of two.
We would be arriving on the 23rd of December and departing on the 25th.

We plan on arriving on train from Chengdu, China on the 23rd. Thinking of doing a monastery/temple tour the day we arrive. On the 24th, our full day, we would be interested in going to Yamdrok lake or something similar, 25th be in Lhasa to see rest other temples/monastery before we fly out in the evening.

We would like to get a tentative itinerary and price for the trip all inclusive.
Transportation, hotel stay, meals and Tibet permit. 

Thank you so much,

Answered by Helen

Hi Ms. Mi***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. According to your itinerary, there is no group tour that suits for you, while we can arrange a private tour for you. Taking private tour, our guide will take you to visit all the scenic spots that you mentioned, and we will give you a quotation of this tour based on two of you, which includes transportation, hotel, guide and Tibet Permit. I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check your email. Warm regards.

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user portrait Mr. Go*** from: Why Mount Kailash is worshiped as the most sacred mountain in Tibet?

I want to organize tours to Tibet from Nepal can you sent me cost rate for all tours what you organize with detail itinerary

Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Go***,

Greetings from Nancy Chung at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry, please kindly let me know your nationality if you will visit Kailash, as we cannot apply Tibet permit to Kailash for Indian passport holders, and also Kailash is not possible to go from late Oct to early April due to the cold weather, and it will closed. If you will just take the tour from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Mt. Everest, which will be no problem to go year around (except every March). If you can provide how many people in your group and when you would like to take this tour, you will get the precise quote within 24 hours. Thanks and best regards to you.

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