Best Luxury Rail Tours
Jul 22, 2020 · By Vacations By Rail
Tune in as we discuss the lovingly restored rail cars, their well-appointed private cabins, and some of the unforgettable experiences which highlight a luxury rail tour.Read more
2021 Tour code: GE-CTDS-21
About the tour
In the shadow of the Himalayas and known as the 'Roof of the World' due to its breathtaking average height of 13,200ft (4,060m) above sea level, Tibet is home to more Himalayan peaks than anywhere else. Mount Everest lies on its border with Nepal. As befits such a remarkable land, Lhasa is home to an amazing UNESCO collection of spectacular palaces and temples.
Yet, Tibet has been virtually inaccessible by land. That changed with the building of the Golmud to Lhasa railway. More than 600 miles (965kms) is at an altitude of over 13,000ft (4,000m) and much of this magnificent line runs over permafrost. With the summit, the Tangula Pass, at 16,640ft (5,072m) it is also the world's highest railway. To travel on this line is a true pioneering adventure, an experience as unique as the destination itself.
Guests are met upon arrival in Urumqi and are transferred to the Wanda Vista hotel. This evening we will enjoy a Welcome Dinner.
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