Four tourists died and two are missing after a pleasure boat capsized on a lake in Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region Thursday, the local government said Saturday. The boat was carrying 10 tourists and a crewman on a tour of Pangong Tso Lake in Ngari prefecture, said a statement from the local government.
It said they all fell into the water after the boat capsized, and five were rescued. The survivors were described as being in stable condition. By Saturday, rescuers had retrieved four bodies and were still searching for the two missing. The dead were believed to be tourists from Shanghai, according to the survivors. A spokesman with the regional tourism administration said they had received no reports of the accident from any travel service. "We assume the tourists were traveling on their own."
Pangong Tso Lake, with an altitude of 4,242 meters, covers 600 square km. The eastern part of the lake, in Rutog county of Ngari, is the world's highest freshwater lake, and its western part is a saltwater lake straddling the China-India border. The lake area is subject to strong winds for at least 300 days of the year
An armed police surnamed Luo Bing jumps into the cold water to rescue people in the Pangong Tso Lake in Ngari Prefecture in western Tibet Autonomous Region, June 17, 2010, photo from Xinhua.
A tourist called Jin Yufeng who is thrown into the water after the accident is rescued and moved to the bank, June 17, 2010, photo from Xinhua.
The armed police is helping with the rescue work in the Pangong Tso Lake in Ngari Prefecture in western Tibet Autonomous Region, June 17, 2010, photo from Xinhua.
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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.
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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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