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Tibet Train Brief

If you're looking for the best way to travel through Tibet, consider taking the Tibet train known as the Qinghai-Tibet railway, which is a truly impressive innovation in transportation. Here we’ll talk about what makes the Qinghai-Tibet railway such a unique technological marvel.

Travel Via One of the Best Transportation Methods on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The "World's highest railway", "Lhasa Express", "Sky Train", "Rocket to the roof of the world"; no matter what it is called, the Qinghai-Tibet railway project is truly an engineering wonder across the world. It extends 1,956 kilometers from Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, to Lhasa. Nearly half of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway lies more than 4,000 meters above sea level and about 550 kilometers of this railway is laid on frozen earth. Its highest point is as high as 5,072 meters. The highest station on the line is Tanggula Mountain Pass Station (5072 meters above sea level) which is also the highest station in the world.

Construction of the Tibet Train

Construction of this railway was divided into two phases. The 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1,142 km (710 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was completed on 12 October 2005. It opened to regular trial service on 1 July 2006. Sceneries along the Qinghai-Tibet railway are amazingly beautiful, vast grasslands dotted with yaks and sheep, turquoise alpine holy lakes, shining snow-capped mountains and much more.  

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Travelers' Questions Might Help

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 Ms. Gi*** from: Lhasa to Nepal Friendship Highway Tour

Good Morning

Would  it possible for you organize a trip beginning from Xining, reaching Lhasa with the train, after go on with your Lhasa to Nepal Friendship Highway Tour, 8 days long, ending in Katmandu?

We are 6 people and if it's possible we should  like to have an Italian Speaking guide in Tibet.

Range of Hotels is 3 stars.

The trip has to begin from Xining on day 22nd of April.

May you quote this trip?

Many Thanks

Gi***

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. Gi***,

Thank you very much for your enquiry. Taking train from Xining to Lhasa will cost you about 21 hours (one night) on the train, and we are happy to help you book train tickets. And we are glad to help you arrange Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour. Please kindly note that there is only one Italian speaking guide in Tibet, if you prefer Italian speaking guide, please book tour with us in advance, so that we will have enough time to book guide for you. I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check it for more details. Thanks & Regards

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user portrait Ms. Li*** from: 6 Days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities

Hello, I am considering booking this trip late October. Can you advise on the price of the Single supplement please? Thank you, Liliane

Answered by Nancy

Dear Ms. Li***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. You are welcome to join in the tour in late Oct. And we have 6days Lhasa to Shigaste group tour open on n21st, 24th and 28th Oct at this moment, and you can decide to join in any date. No problem that if you would like to have 1 room on your own, and the single supplement is 640RMB for the whole tour. Or if you do not mind to share room with someone, we will try our best to find a roommate for you. I will send the tour details and quotes to your email, please check it there. Best regards. 

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user portrait Mr. to*** from: Nepal to Tibet overland tour via Everest Base Camp

Hi , I am a travel agent in India, and we plan visiting Lhasa and EBC through Kathmandu, overland in May.Please send us Your best rates for a group of 10 members

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. To***, 

Thanks very much for your enquiry, and welcome you to join our tour. We are glad to help you arrange Kathmandu to Lhasa via EBC overland tour in May, I will send detailed itinerary and quotation to you by email, please check it for more details. Warm regards.

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