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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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We're two friends from Italy and we’re planning our summer vacation. We're thinking to get to Lhasa approximately on the 8th or 9th of August and to stay for a week. We would like to know which is your best (cheapest) offer (private or group tour) considering that we don’t have a big budget, with details about what’s included and what’s not.

Thank you so much!!!


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Dear Mr. Ma***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I wonder whether you can come to Tibet on 5th Aug, as we have 8days group tour on this date, so I can provide you some discount for the tour. If you want the tour is cheaper, then better for you to join in a group tour, private tour cannot be cheap in Aug as it is the peak season, and everything in its highest cost. And our group size is from 4 to 14 people. Or if you insist the tour on 8th or 9th Aug we can collect people based on that too, but cannot guarantee it will be a group as at least 4 people. Looking forward to your idea about it. Best regards.

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Hi, i'm interested in your Llhasa to Kathmanu tour in August. (or viceversa)
The question is: the road from Llhasa to Kathmandu, by Gyrong Port, is NOW open and safe?
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user portrait Mr. Jo*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour via Everest Base Camp

2 person from Slovenia,
arrive on 23.06.19 in Kathmandu, departure from Kathmandu on 09.07.19.
10 days Nepal to Tibet overland tour via Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake.
What will be a total cost for a Tour per Person?

Best whises


Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Jo***,
Greetings from Helen at Budgettibettour. From your inquiry, I see that you are interested in both Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake, here we recommend one 10 days Tibet Mt. Everest plus Namtso Lake group tour to you, and we currently have one departure date on 28th of June, which is suitable for your itinerary. As you enter Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu, which takes at least three working days. If you arrive in Kathmandu on 23rd June, you can start to apply for visa on 24th June, and you'll get visa on 26th or 27th, then flying from Kathmandu to Lhasa and join tour starting on 28th June. Firstly, we will apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passports. Next, we will send visa invitation letter to you and our partner in Kathmandu. When you arrive in Kathmandu, you need to meet with our partner and give them your original passports. Then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for visa for you. Finally, pick up your passport and Chinese Group Visa from our partner and fly to Lhasa. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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