World’s Highest Train Transverse
World’s Highest Train Traverse from Roof of the World Lhasa Encountering Wonders
of the Terracotta Soldiers of Xian, Forbidden City of Beijing & the Great Wall of China
The highest railway in the world: The new Beijing-Lhasa Railway is the highest in the world, climbing from 2,829m above sea level at Golmud (Geermu) to 3,650m at Lhasa, much of it built on permafrost. Its highest point is in the Tanggula Pass, at 16,640 feet (5,072m) above sea level. Because of the lack of oxygen at that altitude, all passenger coaches are pressurised and air-conditioned and oxygen is available to passengers. The Journey stops at Xian to visit world famous Terracotta Soldiers.
Tibet, with its vast landscapes from the verdant forest to the arid dry moonscapes, the rain shadow behind the mass range of the northern Himalaya, certainly makes this land as mysterious as it was for centuries and it still retains the feel of the medieval period and a tinge of Shangri-la. Located with pride at an average altitude of over 3000 meter, today mankind’s enthusiasm and curiosity has flung open the “Mighty doors” to experience the lifestyle, culture and landscape of this “Virgin Land”.