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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.

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. Mi*** from: Mount Kailash Tour from Kathmandu, Nepal

I want to do tour from Kathmondu, coming from USA. what do you recommand in August 2019? Thanks.

Answered by Nancy

Dear Mr. Mi***, 

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. Please kindly let me know your nationality firstly since your tour will be involved with Kailash. If you will enter Tibet from Kathmandu, you must leave 3 working days in Kathmandu for you to apply your China visa there, and also if you would like to visit Kailash for sure, I recommend you fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa to join in a group tour as almost all the group tour start from Lhasa. I recommend you to fly to China from USA then go to Kathmandu after the tour as we can drop off you at the border so you can go Kathmandu by overland. Anyway I will send you more details by email. Best regards. 

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user portrait Mr. Ge*** from: 1 Day Lhasa World Heritages Tour

Dear we are a couple planning to travel from Kathmandu to Lhasa on march 2020 by flight.
We eould like to know the price for the 1 day Lhasa tour
Can we stay 2 additional days without tour-guide ? what about the price of tibet visa??



Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ge***,

Thanks very much for your enquiry. Please kindly note that the Tibet will closed to foreign tourists in March every year, I was wondering whether you could adjust your travel time or not. Sure, we can arrange 1 day Lhasa private tour for you, the quotation is based on your travel time. Please check your email for more details. Warm regards,

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user portrait Mr. Ma*** from: 18 days Tibet Mount Kailash & Guge Kingdom Expedition

Hello there

I am favouring with one of your tours including the pilgrimage around mount kailash.
What is the level of fitness required ?
I am female, 54 years old and I gues medium fit. I dont do too much sports but regularly hiking.
The timeframe for me would be mid May until Mid june.



Answered by Nancy

Dear Ma***, 

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet tour, and I am glad to be at your service. As we do not have group to Guge, but we do have 15days Lhasa to Kailash trekking pilgrim tour on 15th May and 10th June, both dates are available for you to join in. 10th June group tour will come cross the Saga Dawa festival in Kailash on 17th June, so if you can make it that would be great. Your age is quite young, please worry free, and most of our clients were your same age, some are more than 70 years old even did the tour quite well, and 3days pilgrim tour would be no problem. You will leave most of your luggage in hotel, and carry the necessary stuff, and also there are some tea house there providing hot water, simple food and basic shelter for sleeping, but of course please do not expect too high about it. And we will do the outer circle for the pilgrim trekking which will be 54km in total. I will send you more details to your email please check it there. Best regards.  

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