Guaranteed Departure Dates
|2018||Price Per Person||Single Supplement|
|Apr 18*||Aug 22||$700|
|May 16||Oct 17|
- Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
- Tibet entry permit
- Internal airfares (operated by a local carrier)
- 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
- Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
- Coach transportation
- Round trip airport and hotel transfers
- Entrance fees to scenic attractions
- English speaking tour guide(s)
- Soft sleeper class train from Chongqing to Lhasa
- Tipping prepaid in Australia: $80
- China visa application fees
- Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
- Personal expenditure and anything not stated
|Chongqing||Hilton Chongqing||local rating or similar|
|Lhasa Express||Soft sleeper class|
|Lhasa||The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel||local rating or similar|
|Shigatse||VanRay International Resort||local rating or similar|
|Chengdu||Chengdu House International Hotel||local rating or similar|
Tibet Express – Facts and Records
- The Tibet railroad is the world`s highest.
- The tracks consist of 960+km built across land 4,000m above sea level, with the highest point reaching 5,072m.
- The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is also one the world`s longest, with a total mileage of 1,956km.
- Tanggula Station, also known as Dangla, is the world’s highest railway station at 5,068m above sea level.
- The Fenghuoshan Tunnel is the highest tunnel in the world and was constructed over permafrost at 4,905m above sea level.
- The Kunlun Mountain Tunnel at 1,686m, is the earth’s longest plateau tunnel built on permafrost.
- The maximum speed that the Tibet Train can reach is 100 km/h in permafrost areas, and 120 km/h on non-permafrost areas.
- There were 45 stations along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway as of 2012.
- The railway is being extended further into Tibet, with construction already in progress.
- The average altitude along the Tibet railway is 4,600m with temperatures dipping down to -30C.
- The air oxygen content is half of thag at sea level.
- The Amdo construction site is the highest railway construction base in the world at 4,704m above sea level.
- The Qingshuihe Bridge is the longest railway bridge on the Tibet railway line at 11.7km in length.
- This bridge is constructed over the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve which is at 4,600m above sea level.
Oxygen Supply on Tibet Train
Being warmly considerate of oxygen supply, the Tibet Train offers two oxygen supply systems. One is used for increasing the oxygen content in the train when the train to Lhasa enters the high-altitude plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through independent ports in the cabins. There are oxygen supply tubes and masks in each cabin for emergencies.
When the Tibet Train heads up to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Zone, oxygen is pumped into the whole cabin by the temperature and air pressure control system. This mostly relieves the difficulty of travelling at such a high altitude, and symptoms like headaches and shortness of breath. The altitude, outside temperature, and the speed of the are shown on each cabin as well.
Private oxygen masks are provided to every passenger, whatever tickets you have. In the sleeping berth car, you can find an oxygen supply tube and mask in each cabin for emergencies.
The air pressure inside train is automatically controlled to make you feel as if you are travelling at a low altitude. Also, the windows of the Tibet Train are designed to filter out ultraviolet light.
Different from travelling by air, the Tibet Train does not provide a luggage check-in service. All the luggage you take is required to be carried on yourself, to put them on the top luggage shelf or under the bottom berth. There are some restrictions for carry-on luggage.
The soft sleeper class of the Tibet train is the most expensive ticket you can purchase,and is considered ‘first class’. There are 12 compartments with locking private doors. Each compartment has four beds and a small table.
There is a central kitchen on each train, next to the soft sleeping berth car, to supply 3 meals a day for the hundreds of passengers on the train. Attached to this kitchen, a restaurant for 40-50 passengers with wide widows to view the landscape is the favourite place for travellers to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Qinghai Tibet Railway while having lunch, breakfast, or dinner. Compared with the narrow sleeping berth compartments, the restaurant car is a comfortable place to see the view. Outside lunch or dinnertime, you are required at least to buy a beer or a cup of tea to sit there, otherwise, you will be sent back to your cabin.