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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.


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.


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. Al*** from: 7 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu Tour via Everest Base Camp

Hello, we are interested in doing SHANGAI to LHASA by TRAIN, and then LHASA to KATHMANDU 7 days tour starting on 16th of AUG, we have many doubts, how to get the permit to travel to TIBET? how much will cost everything? (pls include the ride from border to KATHMANDU) i have read that the cabins in the train to LHASA have 4 soft beds, can we as 2, buy 4 tickets and get a private cabin just for us? which day we need to take the train on 14th i guess to arrive on 16th to LHASA,  thx for ur time.

Answered by Nancy

Dear Al***,
 Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Here is what for your questions.
 1)Please worry free about the Tibet permit, and we will apply it with your passport and China visa copies, for you to apply China visa, we will provide you visa invitation letter for you to apply China visa in your place.
 2)2) For the transfer from the border to Kathmandu to downtown, normally it will be 200-220$ per jeep which can carry 7 people including driver, but better to have6 people at most for more space. It is 170km from the border to Kathmandu, but it will take 8-9hours because of the bad road condition and also Aug is the rainy season, the road condition would be worse, so it might take longer time. I remembered one year the road had been cut by the flood, and people even needed to take helicopter from border to Kathmandu downtown. There will be many cars waiting at the border after you cross, and you can rent it on spot and share the vehicle fee with the group members if you like.
 3) For the train ticket from Shanghai to Lhasa, we will try to get it with one compartment for you two people, but if fail I hope you will not mind. As Aug is the peak season for China tour because all Chinese schools will have 2 months’ summer holiday. If you want to catch the tour on 16th Aug, you need to take the train departing Shanghai on 14th Aug.
 I will send you more details about the tour to your email. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. An*** from: Lhasa to Nepal Friendship Highway Tour

I live in Nepal and I am Italian and I would like to go to Lhasa by bus from Kathmandu.

I would like to arrive in Lhasa and visit Lhasa two days before continuing by train to Xining.

I would like to know if it is possible to travel alone by bus.

Thank you

Answered by Nancy

Dear An***,
Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Here is what for your questions. Would you please kindly let me know When you would like to do such tour? And How many people will be in your group? As you are not allowed to take bus from the border to Lhasa, but sometimes we have the group tour ends at the border, so the driver and guide will get back to Lhasa from the border, and I can arrange them to pick you up and take you to Lhasa and pay them a little bit fee for it. Best regards.

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user portrait Mr. Lo*** from: Why Mount Kailash is worshiped as the most sacred mountain in Tibet?

Hello.We want to visit Tibet and the Mount Kailash. How much cost it for 2  person ?

Kind regards

Answered by Nancy

Dear Lo***,

Greetings from Nancy at Budget Tibet Tour, thanks for visiting our website and sending your inquiry. Please kindly let me know both of your Nationality? As we cannot apply permit to Kailash for Indian passport holders, and they need to join in their own pilgrim groups there.  And also please kindly let me know your travel plan time? So I can recommend you the tour date. As private tour is quite costly to Kailash, so most people would like to join in our group tour, and our group tour is from 4 to 13 people, and almost every month from April to Oct we will have groups to go there. Best regards.

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