The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world’s highest railway, connecting Xining, the capital of China’s Qinghai Province, and Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Known as “The Sky Road”, the magnificent Qinghai-Tibet Railway extends 1,956 kilometers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and reaches 5,072 meters above sea level at its highest point of Tanggula Pass. The world’s highest train takes 23 hours and 30 minutes to arrive at the final destination of Lhasa.
The railway is a wonder in of itself and passes through some of the region’s most breathtaking scenery. The train ride provides a once in a lifetime experience, which is why so many tourists choose this route to Lhasa. During the ride, you can peer out the window to witness the beauty of the distant snow-capped mountains, blue lakes, enormous grassland, nomad camps, and bountiful wildlife. The railway passes through Qinghai Lake, the Ngonpo Kunlun and Nyechen Thangla Mountain Ranges, and Potala Palace, one of the Seven Wonders of the World Heritage.
What also makes the railway so spectacular are the challenges that were overcome to build it. The harsh geographic conditions of the high plateau, including the lack of oxygen, delicate ecosystem, and permafrost, presented the biggest challenge. The construction of the railway despite the geographic and economic obstacles is part of what makes it so momentous.
When tourists plan their trips to Tibet with us, we encourage them to explore this one-of-a-kind experience. When you choose our tour, you’ll be able to experience the best stops along the way and enjoy a magical journey. This exciting tour allows you to discover Tibet’s unbeatable beauty, while also becoming more acclimated to the high altitude. Learn more about this tour here or contact us at +86-13908907271.