Taking a train to Lhasa is the most popular way to Tibet for tourists can experience the world’s highest railway and view the amazing scenary along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. But some travelers who want to explore some sites along the train route were wondering weather it is possible to break train journey to Lhasa at some sites. Of course, it is possible, but not advisable.
Actually, there are just a few stops along the Qinghai-Tibet railway, from Xining to Lhasa. If you are planning to visit the sites on the way before Xining, like Xian or Lanzhou, you'd better just take the train to these cities at first. It will be cheaper and more convenient. For example, you can take a train from Chengdu to Xining. After viewing Xining, take a train continuing to Lhasa. In this case, you do not need to wait your Tibet permit in Chengdu for the copy of the Tibet permit is only needed for boarding the train from Xining to Lhasa.
However, it is not advisable to get off the train from Xining to Lhasa on the way because it might be dangerous for you to travel at some areas along the railway which runs through areas with harsh condition and few population. In fact, you can see the scenery outside of the train through the sightseeing windows of the train.
Beautiful scenery outside of Tibet train