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Qinghai Lake

Located in the northeast of the 4,500-metre-high Qinghai-Tibet plateau, Qinghai Lake is a blue mirror nestled between snowy mountains and grasslands. Measuring 4,400 square kilometres, it is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Every summer, cool breezes sweep across the lake, where thousands of birds live in nearby wetlands. Yaks and sheep graze on the lakeside grassland. The scenery is as amazing as one can imagine

Mt. Yuzhu

The first sightseeing station in the Golmud-Lhasa section of the Tibet Railway is Mt. Yuzhu. With an altitude of 6,178 above the sea level, Mt. Yuzhu is the main peak of Kunlun Mountain and a place favored by lovers of mountaineering. Standing on the sightseeing platform, one can admire the snow-covered Mt. Yuzhu and glacier even in summer.

Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve

The region covers 83,000 square kilometers at an average elevation of 4,800 meters, between the Tanggula and Kunlun mountain chains in the border areas of Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Northwest China's Qinghai Province and the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. It is one of the major headwater sources of the Yangtze River. 45,000 square kilometers, at an average elevation of 4,600 meters, were made into a national nature reserve in 1995. The Qingzang railway runs along the eastern boundary of the reserve.

Despite the harsh climate, Hoh Xil is home to more than 230 species of wild animals, 20 of which are under state protection, including the wild yak, wild donkey, white-lip deer, brown bear and the endangered Tibetan antelope or chiru.

The hitherto little-known region, as well the struggling Tibetan antelope, became household names in China upon the release of the film Kekexili: Mountain Patrol in 2004.

Tanggula Mountains

With an altitude of 5,068 meters (16,627 feet), Tanggula Station is the highest railway station above sea level in the world. Looking to the west from the station, one will become intoxicated with the charismatic scenery of Tanggula Mountain covered with snow all the year around. Also, the vast plains, lakes, Tanggula River and glacier are within one's sight.

Tsonag Lake

Tsonag Lake in north Tibet wetland is the highest fresh water lake in the world, its total area is over 300 square kiloeters averaging about 4594 meters above sea level. Tsonag Lake is also a holy lake in Tibet; thousands of Tibetan pilgrims come to her at year of Dragon to circumambulate for 3 or 12 times.

In winter, herds of pastured yaks are nourished beside the lake illuminated by a riot of colors when the mild sunshine projected to the landscape through the frozen water.

Cuona Lake is the nearest lake to Tibet Railway with the nearest shore only tens of meters distant, so passengers can enjoy the serenity of the lake with great ease.

Nyenchen Tanglha

The mountain range has more than thirty peaks over 6,000 metres high, and four are more than 7,000 metres high. Its highest point of the same name is 7,162 m. The mountain range lies to the south of Namtso Lake, the second largest saltwater lake in Tibet. The nearest town is Yangbajain.

Nagqu

The Nagqu railway station stands on the Qiangtang Plain which is one of the five biggest pastures in China. From the station, splendid vistas include the clear blue sky, lakes, plains, flocks of wild birds and the magnificent jokul are all within the passengers' vision. The Qiangtang Plain has a great reputation, and every year in August, the Nakchu Horse race is held here which attracts numerous people.

Namtso Lake

In Tibetan, Namtso means 'Heavenly Lake.' It is considered one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso is famous for its high altitude (4720 meters (about 3 miles)), vast area (1961 square kilometers (about 757 square miles) and beautiful scenery.

Being the second largest saltwater lake in China only after Qinghai Lake, Namtso Lake is the biggest lake throughout Tibet. Meanwhile, it is the highest altitude saltwater lake in the world. The water here is a storybook crystal-clear blue. Clear skies join the surface of the lake in the distance, creating an integrated, scenic vista. Soul of every visitor who has ever been here seems to be cleansed by the pure lake water.

Yangpachen

Shuttling in the fast train to Tibet, one will be surprised to see some hot gases rise from the earth through natural outlets when arriving at Yangpachen, over 90 kilometers away from Lhasa. It is a place rich in earth heat resources and hot springs. The largest earth heat power plant is situated here. As the hot spring contains sulphated hydrogen that has a beneficial effect on many chronic diseases, many tourists come here to enjoy the therapeutic and medicinal hot water.

Because it is comparatively cold in the morning, heated gases issue from the earth, creating peculiar and spectacular scenes. With jokul and the glacier located to each side of Yangpachen, bathing in the hot spring is a special enjoyment, particularly in winter.

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user portrait Mr. St*** from: Kailash Circuit ( 18 Days )

ello, we are willing to organized a tour of Kailash from Lhassa for a group of 4 persons (3 french and 1 from Kazakstan) around end of august. Could you provide a private tour for 4 persons ? and for what price ?

Thank you very much

St***

Answered by Helen

Dear St***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. I do not know if your friend who hold Kazakstan can apply China visa, as it is quite strict for them to get China visa, and almost the embassy would turn them down. So please tell your friend about it. No offence, and we had Kazakstan clients before but failed to get China visa so cannot come to join in the tour. If there are 3 or 4 of you, and I just wonder whether it will be OK for you to join in a group tour, and we have the group tour on 12th Sept, which I can provide you some discount if all of you would like to join in, and also our group size is 4 to 12 people, so not large group.  I will provide you the private tour quote too with 3 people and 4 people and also you can start it in Aug or Sept any time you want. And 30th Aug. will be Tibet Shoton festival which will last about 1 week in Lhasa, and the highlight will be the first day in Drepung Monastry for Thangka Buddha Show there. Best regards.

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user portrait Ms. jo*** from: 10 Days Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour

hi

I am interested in your 10D Tibet Mt. Everest Base Camp plus Namtso Lake Group Tour for the departure date on 20 May. However I may likely book the flight arriving Lhasa on 17 May. is it possible to arrange the Tibet tour permit from 17 May before start of tour?

as my flight will be arriving at around 6pm after the free airport pick up time, can I take the airport shuttle bus by myself to my accommodation without a guide? how do I arrange pick up from my own-arranged hotel to the hotel booked by this tour on day 1 of itinerary?

also I am booking for one pax only and will like to share room. currently only one pax has booked. may I know if there is a minimum group size for the tour to be confirmed? or will it be last minute cancelled if the tour booking does not meet the minimum pax requirement.?

Answered by Helen

Dear Ms. jo***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry, and we currently have one departure date on 20th of May, you are quite welcome to join us! I was wondering whether you could fly to Lhasa on 20th or not. Well, you can also arrive in Lhasa on 17th, but there is extra fee. When you arrive in Lhasa at 6pm of 17th, you'll miss our free pick up on 20th, please note that you can't take bus or taxi from airport to hotel by yourself, because when you enter Lhasa, you must be escorted with a guide according to the policy (there will be policeman check-point on the way from airport to downtown), so the guide will pick you up at the airport and help you pass the check-point, and there is extra pick up fee. There is one tourist who has booked this tour, but he will stay in a single room. We will try our best to find a roommate for you, but if we fail, I was wondering whether you mind staying in guesthouse (dorm-bed, public bathroom, with breakfast), which can avoid single room supplement fee for you. The minimum group size is two persons, now there is one tourist has booked this tour, if you book this tour, there are two persons together, we won't cancel it. I will send detailed itinerary to you by email, please check it. Warm regards.


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user portrait Mr. Ro*** from: Mount Kailash Tour Cost

Hi ,

Can I get information to do the Inner Kora Darshan of Mount Kailash. I am planning to start my tour from Lhasa. Appreciate if you could provide details//// Tour Operators . Please note I will flying from Canada to Lhasa and I do have a mutiple Chinese Visa.

Answered by Helen

Dear Mr. Ro***, 

Greetings from Helen at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Normally people are not allowed to take the Inner Kora unless they finish the 13 circles outside kora, so at present we never managed it successful for the inner Kora tour there. And we only have the 15 days Tibet Mount Kailash Trekking plus Mt. Everest Base Camp tour available every month from April to Oct. Please kindly let me know when you would like to do this tour? So I can recommend you the proper date. Your visa will be No problem for us to apply Tibet permit. I will send you more details by email. Best regards.


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