Guaranteed Departure Dates
|Date||Price Per Person||Single Supplement|
|23 Apr 2017|
|21 May 2017|
- 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 train is the world`s highest railroad.
- 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 the world`s longest plateau with a total mileage of 1,956km.
- The 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 that is constructed over permafrost at 4,905m above sea level.
- The Kunlun Mountain Tunnel at 1,686m, is definitely the earth’s longest plateau tunnel built on permafrost.
- The maximum speed that the Tibet Train can reach is 100 km/h, in the permafrost areas, and 120 km/h on non-permafrost areas.
- The Kunlun Mountain Tunnel at 1,686m, is earth’s longest plateau tunnel built over permafrost.
- There are 45 stations along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway as of 2012.
- The railway is slated to be 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 what it is in lower sea level areas.
- 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.
- The 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 on Oxygen supply, Tibet Train offers two sets of Oxygen supply system. One is used for increasing the oxygen content in the train when the train to Lhasa is driven into the plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through independent port. There are oxygen supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency.
When Tibet Train heads its way up to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Zone, Oxygen begins to emit to the whole cabin by temperature and air pressure controlling system, it mostly release the difficulty of travelling on such a high altitude, like headache, out of breath inside Oxygen filled cabins. The altitude, temperature , driving speed are shown on each cabin as well.
Private Oxygen masks are provided to every passengers whatever tickets you have. In sleeping berth car, you can find Oxygen Supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency.
The air pressure inside train is automatically controlled to make you feel as travelling in low altitude zone. More than these conveniences, the glass window of Tibet Train is designed to anti ultraviolet rays.
Different from travelling by air, Tibet Train does not provide luggage check-in service. All the luggage you take requires to be carried on by yourself, to put them on 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. This class is also considered “first class”.There are 12 compartments with locking private doors. Each compartment has 4 beds and a small table.
There is a centre kitchen on each train, next to soft sleeping berth car to supply 3 meals a day for hundreds of passenger of the whole train. Attached to this kitchen, a restaurant for 40-50 passengers with widely widow review to outside is the favourite places for travellers, they enjoy the beautiful scenery along Qinghai Tibet Railway while having lunch or breakfast or dinner.Compared with narrow sleeping berth compartment, restaurant car is a comfortable place to see outside. Beyond lunch or dinnertime, you are required at least to buy a beer or a cup of tea to seat there, otherwise, you will be drive back to your compartment.