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Where Is the Plateau of Tibet?

Time: 07-05-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour

Tibet Plateau
Tibet Plateau

The Plateau of Tibet, commonly referred to as the Roof of the World, is the highest plateau in Central and East Asia, standing over 3 miles (4.8 km) above sea level, with some peaks rising even higher.

It’s one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet that you should definitely visit at least once in your life. If you’re thinking about touring the Tibet Plateau, check out all the marvelous mountains, provinces, and rivers you can expect to see.

Which Areas Does the Tibetan Plateau Encompass?

The Tibetan Plateau is surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world. It covers the entire Tibet Autonomous Region and a large section of the Qinghai Province in China. From the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Qinghai Province, it extends into western Sichuan Province in southwest China and southern Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in northwest China.

Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Area
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Area

The Plateau lies between the Kunlun Mountains, the Daxue Mountains in the east, the Hengduan Mountains in the southeast, and the inner Himalayan Range in the south.

The rivers Salween, Mekong, and Yangtze flow contain headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau. There are many lakes in the northern part, Qiangtang, while the south gives way for the upper Indus River and the Brahmaputra River.

How Wide Is the Plateau of Tibet?

The Plateau of Tibet covers an area of 970,000 square miles (2,500,000 km2). It stretches about 620 miles (1,000 km) from north to south, and about 1,600 miles (2,500 km) from east to west.

The Plateau’s mountains and peaks generally stand above 13,000 to 15,000 feet (4,000 to 5,000 meters), while Mount Everest rises even higher – 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level. It isn’t called the Roof of the World for no reason.

This is precisely why the Tibetan Plateau is so special. There’s no other place in the world where you can enjoy such spectacular mountain views that leave you in a state of awe. And when you combine all its natural beauties with its unique centuries-old culture, you can’t help but feel as if you were on an entirely different planet.

There are many more things that make Tibet and its mesmerizing plateau quite unique and captivating. Go and see for yourself! This wonderful land will exceed your wildest expectations.

Budget Tibet Tours can help you plan your trip to Tibet. Give us a call, and we’ll book you a tour that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime.

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user portrait Mr. To*** from: What documents are required to travel from Nepal to Tibet?

Hello  I am planning a trip to Katmandu and on to Lhasa and Mt. Kalias. I am  pilgrim. Let me know costs and details I intend to fly or go overload from Katmandu Lhasa etc. Thx.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. To***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. Travelling to Tibet from Nepal, you need to apply for Chinese Group Visa in Kathmandu. Firstly, we'll apply for visa invitation letter with copy of your passport. Next, we'll 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 passport, then they will go to Chinese embassy and apply for Chinese Group Visa for you. When you board plane from Kathmandu to Lhasa, they'll only check your passport and Chinese Group Visa. Apart from Chinese Group Visa, you also need Tibet Permit, we'lll apply for Tibet Permit for you in Lhasa, and our guide will pick you up at Lhasa airport with your permit. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Thanks & Regards

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