Route Map of Golmud Lhasa Train
Golmud, or Geermu, is a city on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, to the west of Xining, in Qinghai Province. It is the start of the climb from lower elevation to the high altitude Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and one of the main stations along the 1,956km-long railway from Xining to Lhasa. There is no direct train starting from Golmud to Lhasa, so passengers alighting there must catch one of the trains passing through.
Trains travel to Lhasa from seven cities in China, the main station being the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway in Xining. Passengers from Golmud can board any of the trains that stop at Golmud station, as long as there are seats available. While sleeper carriages in most trains would be fully booked, there is a fair chance of getting a hard seat ticket. If nothing else is available, and you can obtain a “standing” ticket, you may stay in the dining car for the whole trip to Lhasa.
Golmud possesses some of the largest resources of natural minerals in China, including potassium, magnesium, salt, zinc, and lead, as well as natural gas reserves of around one trillion cubic meters, enough to run industry in China for over a decade. The area also holds large resources of gold, copper, jade and precious stones, making it an important city for Chinese resources.
Latest Timebale and Schedule of Golmud Lhasa Train
|Train No.||From / To||Dep. / Arr.||Duration||Distance (km)||Frequency||Hard Sleeper Ticket||Soft Sleeper Ticket|
|Z223||Golmud/Lhasa||19:49/09:55||14:06||1,142||Every Other Day||CNY358.5||CNY564.5|
|Z323||Golmud/Lhasa||19:49/09:55||14:06||1,142||Every Other Day||CNY358.5||CNY564.5|
|Z917||Golmud/Lhasa||21:13/11:10||13:57||1,142||Every Other Day||CNY358.5||CNY564.5|
|Z6801||Golmud/Lhasa||21:13/11:10||13:57||1,142||Every Other Day||CNY358.5||CNY564.5|
|Z265||Golmud/Lhasa||03:05/17:05||14:00||1,142||Every Other Day||CNY358.5||CNY564.5|
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About the Life on board
Cabins on Tibet Trains
There are two kinds of cabins on board where you can sleep overnight during your train journey to Tibet. The first class cabin on all trains to Tibet is the soft sleeper cabin, with 4 beds in one compartment. The second-class cabin onboard is the hard-sleeper with 6 beds in one compartment.
On each train to Tibet, there is one dining car offering food and drinks. At the end of each coach, there are toilets and washing basins. Spoiled water is offered 24 hours a day, so you can bring some instant noodles, coffee and tea with you.
Oxygen Supply onboard
For travelers who are planning the train trips to Tibet, the altitude sickness is always an important issue for considering. In fact, there are two kinds of oxygen supply systems onboard, which can relatively reduce the effect of high altitude. So there is no need to worry too much about suffering from altitude sickness onboard.
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Frequent Asked Questions about Golmud Tibet Train Tour
Why Take Tibet Train from Golmud?
Golmud is a city built around a mining industry. Mining for the natural resources such as salt and magnesium is the main industry in the area, and the city offers little in the way of tourism. However, it has some spectacular natural features that make it worth visit.
Just 60km to the northeast of the city lies Qarhan Salt Lake, the largest inland salt lake in the world, with an area of 5,856 square kilometers, and to the east lies Qinghai Lake. The area is rich in wildlife, and an ideal place to enjoy the landscape of the region. The Kunlun Mountains lie to the south, their snow-capped peaks clearly visible from the city, and the Kekexili National Nature Reserve is to the southwest. The reserve covers an area of around 45,000 square kilometers, and is set to become the newest UNESCO world heritage site in 2017. It encompasses China’s largest area of uninhabited land, and has an average elevation of 4,600 meters. This remote nature reserve is home to over 200 species of wild animals, many of which are now endangered species, such as the Tibetan antelope. While this remote, uninhabited area is barren and harsh, it is one of the most amazing landscapes in the world.
Where Is Golmud Train Station?
Golmud Station is one of the stations on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and a brief stopping point for all the trains traveling to Tibet. After passing Golmud, the trains climb from 2,780 meters to over 4,000 meters within 100km, going up to the Kunlun Mountains. Golmud is the point where most trains will start supplying additional oxygen to the carriages, as they climb to the dizzying heights of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.
Situated to the south of the city, the station is a modern building, completed in 1979, and is convenient for travelers coming from the city to get to. Taxis from downtown to the station only cost the initial rate, and there are a few local buses that pass by the station.
While all the trains stop at Golmud - and there are 17 trains that pass through each day - passengers to Lhasa may not get off there and catch a later train. If the city is not the arrival city listed on your ticket, you will not be allowed to leave the station, so if you want to visit, you need to get a ticket direct to Golmud.
How to Avoid High Ticket Demand?
While there are times when it is possible to get tickets from Golmud, it is more likely that tickets will be unavailable. In those cases, you can take a connecting train to Xining, where you will have a much better chance of getting tickets for your required dates of travel. If you wish, we can book the tickets from Xining to Lhasa for you, and you can pick them up from the station when you get there.
There are two trains that leave Golmud for Xining each day, and the fare is relatively cheap. There is also an option to catch a ticket for one of the passing trains from Lhasa to Xining, and beyond. This may not always be possible in the peak months though. While this may seem like taking one step back to take two steps forward, it is a favorable option when tickets from Golmud are hard to come by.
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