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Tibet Train Altitude Concerns

Compared with arriving Lhasa by air, train travel is safer in terms of acclimatization. However, it is inevitable to talk about the altitude sickness when introducing the Qinghai-Tibet railway, for most of time it runs above 3500 meters. After checking in on the train, the attendant will ask you to fill a Passenger Health Declaration Form to declare that your health can adapt 3000 meters above high elevation travel.

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Tibet train Passenger Health Declaration Form

The highest place of the Qinghai-Tibet railway --Tangula mountain Pass stands at 5072 meters. Tremendous altitude problem would happen if the train was not properly and considerately designed.

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The Tibet train has two oxygen supply systems; one is the individual oxygen supply system that works anytime when you need it and it is just under your seat or above your sleeper, very easy to get access to; the other is the central oxygen enrichment system that starts to work after the train arrives at stop of Golmud city which is 2815 meters above sea level, that is to say, after the train passing the stop of Golmud city, all the train cars will be oxygen-enriched. And individual supply is only used when extreme cases take place, yet this seldom happens.

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Altimeters are also installed on each train car, the figure on meters changes according to the altitude the train climbs.

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user portrait Mr. Ju*** from: 4 Days Lhasa Holy Landmarks Express

Hi, I plan to arrive in Lhasa on the 9th of March in 2020 by train and would like to do a 4 day tour. Unfortunately there are no tours scheduled between January and April, will there be tours added or are there not any planned?

Kind regards

Julian Franz

Answered by Helen

Hello Mr. Ju***,

    Thanks very much for your inquiry. We currently have no group tour in February and March, if you would like to travel Tibet in these months, we are able to arrange a private tour for you. While there are several confirmed departure date for the group tour in January and April, if your time is flexible, you may consider joining a group tour in April. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Warm regards.

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