Activities in Tibet
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With four of the world's ten highest mountains flanking its
southern border, Tibet offers some of the world's most spectacular
trekking. One of the more physically taxing, yet visually
rewarding, things to do in Tibet, you won't find crowds of
backpackers out here-these are true adventures in a very remote
region characterized by high altitude and climatic extremes. But if
you are fit and determined it's possible to trek through valleys
inhabited by nomads, or to Mt. Kailash, the holiest mountain in
Asia. Tibet treks are guided, and are done luxury expedition-style
with tents, porters, cooks and portable toilets.
Lhasa/Beijing by Train
Numbering among the more leisurely activities in Tibet, see the
sights between Lhasa and Beijing in total comfort aboard a luxury
train. In 2006 the Chinese completed the Qinhai Tibet Railway,
linking Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an and Xining with Lhasa. This
engineering marvel travels across the high Tibetan Plateau, through
densely forested mountains above Xining. There are the two
different trains plying the tracks, a modest local model and the
luxurious Tangula, which can be compared to the
Eastern & Orient Express. Tangula's custom built
trains feature relaxed elegance, state-of-the-art technology,
personal entertainment systems and onboard oxygen facilities,
allowing you to travel Tibet in comfort at altitudes of over 16,000
feet. Private soft sleeper cabins feature 24-hour attendant
service. Each berth sleeps four passengers (two upper and two lower
twin berths). Travel from Xining to Lhasa (or visa versa) takes 24
hours and is the most scenic part of the journey. The entire
Beijing to Lhasa route is a five-day/four-night journey, while the
Lhasa to Beijing direction is a four-day/three-night journey.