Tibet Transportation

  • Transportation
    by blueskyjohn
  • Transportation
    by tompt
  • Transportation
    by blueskyjohn

Tibet Transportation

  • Qinghai Tibet Railway

    The train trip was great for acclimatising to the height as the train climbs gradually and has oxygen pumped into the carriages. There are soft sleepers which have four bunks or hard sleepers which have six bunks or seats, of course price depends on which you choose. If you are travelling for any length of time I wouldn't choose the seats, as they...

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  • Train to Tibet!

    There is a train available to locations in Tibet. This is via the Qinghai - Tibet Railway.Since 2007, you can travel to Tibet by train. It is a long trip and takes 2-3 days one way. Some of the major cities that offer train service to Lhasa and time include:Lhasa-Beijing: 47 hours 04 minutes; distance: 4064kmLhasa-Chengdu: 45 hours 40 minutes;...

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  • Friendship Highway

    The Friendship Highway is the main road link in Tibet, so whether you hire a Land Cruiser, hitch-hike on the back of a pilgrim truck or use public transport (such as it is) you're probably going to spend 90% of your journey on this single road. The road is in a surprisingly good condition and given there is little traffic the fact that it's single...

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  • Land Cruiser

    Given the state of the roads and the requirement for foreign tourists to travel around Tibet with a guide and a host of travel permits, the most practical way of seeing the country is by a hired Land Cruiser (any 4x4 will do of course, but Land Cruisers seem to be a national institution in this part of the world). It is, unfortunately, also the...

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  • By Plane to Lhasa

    Although there are a number of driving tours now arranged whereby you drive into Tibet from either China or Tibet, and the train is operational, the most popular way for tourists remains catching a flight to Lhasa. From abroad: the only international flight serving Lhasa at the moment is the Air China flight to/from Kathmandu (despite this, there...

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  • World's Highest Airport,...

    We tried to use this airport because the road to Lhasa was taken out by a rock slide when we attempted to drive overland to Lhasa. It was several days drive back to Zhongdan or Chengdu.I am told that the Chamdo/Pomda/Bangda airport in Tibet is the world highest airport at 4334 meters, about 14300 feet. We arrived in the snow and fog before dark. We...

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  • Tibet Overland

    I attempted drive overland across Eastern Tibet to Lhasa in May/June 2006 but had to turn back because a rock slide took out a road. They were building new roads so it should be better now.Arrangements for a vehicle and driver could be made at the TTB (Tibetan Tourist Board) in Zhongdian back then. I don't know about now, with this year's...

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  • From Lhasa to Tingri

    The route between the capital and a village near Mount Everest, Tingri, is about 600km. If you think to do it in one day, go with very patient... We went with our driver and our guide in a jeep, and I didn´t see other way to do it!Throughout the route there are periodic inspections of Chinese police, in order to monitor the speed. It appears that...

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  • Detailed Qinghai Tibet Railway Map

    Qinghai-Tibet Railway is currently the only railroad to Tibet from other cities of China, including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou.This railway section is famous not only for the argument and criticism around it, but also for its captivating plateau scenery.Here is the most detailed map of the Qinghai Tibet...

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  • Who to Book With ????

    Where to book the Trip in Kathmandu ??? this is always a BIG question as there are so many travel agents in Kathmandu especially around Thamel !!My Recommendation would be to go to " Himalayan Magic Adventures ", Nermal Nakarmi who runs this Travel Agents is a Very Helpful Gentleman and I have always found him Good to " Deal " with !!!! As I have...

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  • Jeep tours

    Jeep tours are a popular way of getting around Tibet or to the Nepal border. In Lhasa, there are many travel agencies that can organise your jeep tour. You just need to tell them what you want to visit and they will sort out all necessary paperwork and provide you with a 4WD, driver and guide.However, be very precise with your itinerary. Tell the...

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  • All public transport info

    Bus Schedule (through the China-Nepal Friendship Highway)Start Destination Distance Fare (for reference)Lhasa Qushui 68km 10 YuanLhasa Nimu 83km 18 YuanLhasa Renbu 126km 25 YuanLhasa Shigates 280km 38 Yuan (mini-bus); 80 Yuan (Santana car); 60 Yuan (Golden Cup bus); 80 Yuan (Toyota jeep)Lhasa Lhatse 437km No regular bus serviceLhasa Tingri 572km No...

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  • Airport shuttle bus

    The airport shuttle bus can be found right outside the airport's arrival terminal. A one-way ticket costs 25 Yuan (to be paid on the bus) and the ride will take about 1 to 1.5 hours to Lhasa.The bus station in Lhasa is one block from the Potala Palace. From there you will need to take a taxi to your accomodation. Be aware, although the taxi will...

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  • 4x4 - the way to travel around Tibet

    along with Tibetan driver and guide...cant travel in China by yourself as a tourist plus most of the roads especially close to Everest are very tricky..id also note that the road to Everest base camp was extremely panful and long given ..6 hours off road up and down the mountains, crossing all kinds of dangerous passes and curves, very bumpy and...

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  • Public Transfer from Train Station

    Bus 89 will take you to the city center. Once you walk outside of the train station, you will see the public bus station on the right hand side, each clearly marked with a number. Wait at the area marked with 89. The bus cost 1 rmb. There is one every 20 minutes, but the latest run is around 10pm. Your train will arrive Lhasa at 8pm if from...

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  • Hitch a ride !!

    I would totally recommend hitching this route. That way you get to meet so many amazing people especially the local Tibetans. Hiring a four wheel drive from Lhasa will be much more expensive and also, the driver will just rush you down in 3-4 days to Kathmandu and you'll miss out on the experience.

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  • Bus from Lhasa to Ganden

    You can get to Ganden from Lhasa by public bus, departing in front of the place of the Jokhang Temple. It took about 1h and both ways was 20 Yuan. You are totally free to travel there on your own. On the way back you will stop at another minor temple/monastery, since this is more a pilgrimage for Tibetans than a tourist bus (thats why you have to...

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  • Landcruisers

    Make sure that when you rent a Landcruiser that it actually will make it up hills! We rented 2 and one of them could barely make it, plus it filled with exhaust fumes even when attempting small hills. Hours of sitting in an uncomfortable seat with a headache from the fumes is not fun. The altitude is difficult enough to deal with!

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  • Friendship Highway

    Be careful when you plan your trip that you don't spend most of your time in transit. Our agency booked us to travel from Shigatse to Rongbuk monastery which meant over 8-10 hours of travel on terrible roads. The Friendship Highway is not so friendly--it is a major construction sight with trucks getting stuck all the time. If one gets stuck, then...

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  • Ferry cross the river

    The most popular route to reach Samye is by boat across the Yarlung Tsangpo river. The boat is not laid on especially for tourists, it is a regular ferry service used by local and travellers alike. We shared a boat with many local people and their large bundles of luggage, ducks, a dead goat in a plastic bag (with feet and head sticking up),...

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  • Air China

    We travelled to Tibet from Kathmandu in Nepal, on board the Air China plane. It was an airbus full of mainly tourists, and I believe it runs three times a week.If you sit on the left hand side of the plane, you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Himalayas and Mount Everest (shown in photo, in the middle at the back with its own little...

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  • 4WD, a must have to feel free in Tibet

    With other travellers, we rent a 4WD with driver and a guide to show us around.The guide was a first class young guy very interested in his job and eager to share with us what he knows. He was honest enough to tell us the truth when he was not aware of some details.Do not hesitate to spend a bit more to have a good and comfortable car. A new...

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  • The bus for the main destination

    We had a car crash and we were obliged to return to Lhassa with a public bus. It was surprisingly a comfortable trip with a lunch break in a local restaurant.The crowd was nice and fun.Unfortunately, buses only go the the main spot.Your own 4X4 still remains the master choice for moving around.

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  • If you feel strong enough

    NO.I did not use a bicycle to move around but some others did.Making a physical effort in Tibet is incredibly difficult due to altitude.All mt respect to the bikers who cycle.

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  • Local transport by cart.

    On our way in the valley, travelling from Gyantse to Xigaze there was hardly any traffic on the unpaved road except a few busses and jeeps, used for longer distances. We saw that for the local transport of goods the local people from the area mostly used a donkey-cart. Travelling in this rural area and seeing this kind of transport, was like going...

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  • With a little help.....

    During our trip we had to pass a few broken bridges. At one of those places there was a large bus embedded in the mud right up to the axles. From both sides anybody couldn't pass before this large bus was digged out. With the help from passengers from three buses we made a stone floor behind the wheels. When we had finished that a lot of time...

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  • Bustransport between Lhasa and Gyantse

    If there was no bridge and we had to go down into the stream we mostly had to conquer a lot of mud. For our bus it was not always easy to pass the mud without problems. We had to get of the bus and to have a look which track was the best. Or we had to bring some stones or rocks, if the tracks were to deep and muddy.

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  • Bustransport between Lhasa and Gyantse

    In Tibet we hired our own bus with a Tibetan driver. Travelling in Tibet is a real ''off the beaten path'' adventure and not only because of the rough landscape, winding roads and breathtaking heights.A part of the adventure is also the conditon of the roads. On the way between Lhasa and Gyantse some bridges were totally collapsed. At thos places...

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  • trucks or donkeys

    In Tibet there are several ways to transport your stuff. If you are rich you can use a truck, but a good alternative is the donkey.In the smaller villages you see a lot of donkeys, with or without pulling a car.

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  • Maybe a little hard.....

    As Tibet is at a reasonable altitude it is difficult for us, from the lower parts of this planet, to do any sportive move. But if you feel up to it you can bike in the mountains here. We saw a couple travelling with two bikes and a tent. But that is too much for us. Tom being an enthousiastic cyclist was thinking of renting a bike, but the weather...

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  • Hitch-hiking in Tibet

    For independent people who want to get off the beaten track in Tibet, the main head-ache is likely to be the difficulty of transportation.In short, it's illegal for foreigners to ride with local cars, and as the Chinese never really have gotten used to individual travellers, getting to, i.e., West Tibet is a bit like "Mein Kampf".Even getting away...

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  • rainy season

    Be sure you have 4x4 transportation during the rainy season. As the roads in Tibet are almost always dirtroads they wash away easily and often you have to find an alternative route because of this.The rainy season in Tibet is in the months of July / August.

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  • Flights from Lhasa to Kathmandu

    China Southwest is the only airline flying from Lhasa to Kathmandu, therefor the tickets are quite expensive. Paid more than 300US$ for one way. The beautiful thing is...Mt. Everest from above!

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  • Who needs a mountain bike?

    One thing that always intrigued Mari and I about Tibet was no matter where you were you were likely to see someone eventually walk over a nearby hill. In this case a very well dressed Tibetan popped into view in the back of beyond in the back of beyond (Tibet). No fancy bike needed though. We might travel around Tibet like this next time.

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  • Price rises

    Be careful what time you plan to visit Tibet. We arrived in Lhasa in the middle of August and after a few weeks of travelling around Tibet we decided to hire a 4x4 for a five day journey to the Nepalese border we nearly collapsed. It had suddenly become peak season and the price had more than doubled since we arrived a few weeks earlier. I think...

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  • Sit down, get comfortable...

    Unless you are a world-class biker or have all the time in the world, the only practical way to get around Tibet is by Toyota Landcruiser. Why Toyota? I don't know. But that seems to be the vehicle of choice for just about every tour guide and company.Even looking at a map and understanding, intellectually, the distances involved was not sufficient...

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  • On the Road-side

    An Interesting place that you will go by on the Friendship Highway is the top of karo La pass !! this is reputed to be Britain's highest ever battleground -- or so I was informed by our Guide !!??

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  • " The Friendship Highway "

    When travelling over the " Friendship Highway "it is more than likely that you will feel some effects from the altitude !! The highest pass is " La Lung-la " at 5,200 metres !! If you have just come down from a trek in Nepal then these symptoms will be reduced as your body will be acclimatised to the altitude !! I had just returned from Trekking in...

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  • From Kathmandu to Lhasa

    If you must go from Lhasa to Nepal's border or from Kathmandu to Lhasa across "Friendship HWY" (road), you must hire a Land Cruiser because the road is in bad condition.Alternative, you can go from Lhasa to Shigatse by bus and later you go by Land Cruiser.

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  • Cattle Skin Boat

    CattleSkin Boat is a common transportation facility by the lake. Local people will take this as ferry boat. It is a very special experience to carry it.

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  • Bus

    We traveled by bus for 6 days & it's not the most comfortable bus I've ever traveled on. But, the sceneries were so splendid that one could easily forget the discomfort + great company helped :)

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  • Travelling overland in Tibet,...

    Travelling overland in Tibet, it's truck, bus or Landcruiser. It appeared to me that the Landcruisers were the worse options for this, with the buses and trucks just ploughing through what were appauling road conditions, when the Landcruisers kept getting stuck. Flights from Kathmandu Tribhuvan to Lhasa Gonggar are twice weekly - also check entry...

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Tibet Hotels

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  • Lhasa Hotel

    I would recommend a stay at The Lhasa hotel we did for 4 nights The beds were firm like most beds in...

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  • Gyantse Hotel

    The hotel's official rating is ***, which did mean it was pretty basic - and so it was (it would not...

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  • House of Shambhala

    I love House of Shambhala since the moment I stepped in. It is exactly what I had on mind. Rustic,...

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