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Nagchu Lhasa Train Travel and Railway Schedules

November,30 2016 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Taking Tibet train to Lhasa has become extremely popular among tourists at home and abroad. Covering a total length of 1956 kilometers, Qinghai-Tibet Railway starts from Xining, passes Kunlun Mountain, Wudaoliang, Tuotuo River, Tanggula Mountain, Amdo, Nagchu, Yangbajain, and finally arrives at Lhasa.

As a key component of the sky railway, Nagchu to Lhasa railway was built in June, 2001 and was completed in July, 2006. At an altitude of 4,547 meters above the sea level, Nagchu Railway Station is 322 kilometers away from Lhasa and 820 kilometers away from Golmud. All the Tibet trains would stop over at Nagchu. It takes you about four or five hours to get to Lhasa from Nagchu by train. The expense of soft sleeper is RMB198.5 and the hard sleeper RMB 128.5.

Naqu Railway Station

Naqu Railway Station

Tourists can choose to get off the train at Nagchu Railway Station to appreciate Tibetan Northern Grassland and then head towards Lhasa. Or you can visit Lhasa first, take Tibet train to attend Nagchu Horse Racing Festival and then continue your Tibet trip back to Lhasa or to mainland China. However, it’s not suggested to get off at Nagchu immediately for you can hardly adjust to such a high altitude in a short time.

Nagchu-Lhasa Train Schedule & Tickets Online Booking (2016 & 2017)

Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z223
(Chongqing-Lhasa)
05:58 09:55 03:57 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z323
(Chengdu-Lhasa)
05:58 09:55 03:57 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z6801
(Xining-Lhasa)
07:02 12:00 04:58 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z917
(Lanzhou-Lhasa)
07:02 12:00 04:58 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z21
(Beijing-Lhasa)
08:10 12:30 04:20 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z265
(Guangzhou-Lhasa)
12:31 17:30 04:59 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z165
(Shanghai-Lhasa)
14:52 19:44 04:52 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper

Lhasa-Nagchu Train Schedule & Tickets Online Booking (2016 & 2017)

Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z6802
(Lhasa-Xining)
08:50 12:21 03:31 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z918
(Lhasa-Lanzhou)
08:50 12:21 03:31 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z166
(Lhasa-Shanghai)
11:05 14:50 03:45 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z266
(Lhasa-Guangzhou)
12:45 16:07 03:22 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z22
(Lhasa-Beijing)
15:30 18:49 03:19 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z224
(Lhasa-Chongqing)
18:30 21:49 03:19 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z324
(Lhasa-Chengdu)
18:30 21:49 03:19 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper

*Note:
The ticket prices above are the net price. In reality, as traveling in Tibet is so popular that the actual ticket demand far exceeds the supply, in-bound and out-bound tourists have to pay more than the net price to buy tickets. The actual price is subject to the market fluctuation.

About Nagchu Railway Station

Naqu Railway Station

Naqu Railway Station

Established in 2006, Nagchu Railway Station sits close to Qinghai-Tibet Highway. As the wold's highest train station, it serves as the major transit point and staging post along Qinghai-Tibet Railway. In fact, this part of railway is extremely hard to be built, because people have to overcome the difficulty of frozen soil, alpine anoxia as well as ecology fragility. Meanwhile, landslide, earthquake, lightening stroke and other natural disasters may also happen in construction.

About Nagchu County

Although most people know Lhasa, not everyone knows Nagchu. Nagchu means black river in Tibetan language. Squeezing between the Tanggula Mountain and Nianqing Tanggula Mountain, Nagchu is bounded by Damxung County on the south, Nyainrong County and Amdo County on the north, Lhari County and Biru County on the east, and Baingoin County on the west. At the average altitude of over 4,450m, Nagchu has a total area of 16,195 square kilometers, stretching 233km from west to east and 185km from north to south. Nagchu is not only the political, economic, cultural, transportation center in northern Tibet but also a hot destination in Tibet tour.

Major Tour Attractions along Nagqu Lhasa Railway

When you have a train trip from Nagchu to Lhasa, you will have a feast for your eyes. Below are the major highlights in Nagchu to Lhasa train tour.

Nianqing Tanggula Mountain

Nianqing Tanggula Mountain

Nianqing Tanggula Mountain

It is located in Damxung County. Nianqing Tanggula Mountain is one of the main mountains in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The main peak has an altitude of 7111 meters. It faces to Lake Namtso in the northwest. It is said that Nianqing Tanggula and Namtso is a couple, and Nianqing Tanggula falls in love with another beautiful lady. As a result, his wife, Namtso cries day and night and finally turns into the clear lake. Then Nianqing Tanggula regrets and changes into the mountain, guarding around the clear lake. You can feel the magnificent beauty of Nianqing Tanggula Mountain, suddenly thinking that you are too small in front of great nature.

Yangbajain Hot Spring

Yangbajing Hot Spring

Yangpachen Hot Spring

Yangpachen is located in the Yangbajain town, Damxung County. What makes it famous is the hot spring here except for the biggest power plant by geothermal energy. It has a swimming pool in the open air. When you have hot spring in Yangbajing, you can appreciate the snow mountain far away at the same time. The most beautiful moment in Yangbajain is the early morning. The field is surrounded by white fog and you'll feel like being in a paradise. Please avoid strenuous exercise when having hot spring, in case you may have physical problems. 

Namtso Lake

Lake Namtso

Holy Lake Namtso

Namsto is located in the middle area of Tibet. It is the second biggest lake in Tibet and the third biggest salt water lake in China. The altitude is 4718 meters and it covers an area of more than 1920 square kilometers. Namtso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Namtso means lake in heaven in Tibetan language. The best time to trek Namtso and Nianqing Tanggula is from July to September. The main tour attractions in Namtso are Welcome Stone, Shane Cave, Zhaxi Temple, etc. Here are some tips for you. Check for the most classic 6 days Lhasa and Namtso Lake tour itinerary here.

1. If you want to visit Namtso by walk, it will take seven to ten days totally, with a distance of 280 kilometers.

2. You must make full preparation in case you have altitude reaction.

3. You should prepare enough food and water during your visit, because the replenishment is too short to support you whole time.

Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Nagchu Horse Racing Festival

Horse racing is pretty popular in Tibetan area. Nagchu Horse Racing Festival is one of the top three horse racing festivals in Tibet. (Another two are Litang Horse Racing Festival and Yushu Horse Racing Festival.) In Nagchu summer, you can enjoy the most beautiful scenery on the northern Tibet grassland. Besides, you can also take part in the folk dancing and singing show, Tibetan opera performance, Buddhist activities and various kinds of interesting races, like yak race, tug-of-war, stone raising, etc. Nagchu Horse Racing Festival usually falls in August and lasts for 5 to 15 days. If time allows, we're highly recommend you to set aside some time to attend this grand festival.

Nagchu to Lhasa Train Tour Booking Help

If you are planning your trip to Lhasa from Nagqu by train or have any questions about tour Tibet by train, please feel free to contact us for further consultation. We are ready to help you out.

Master Kungga Dundruk

About the Author - Master Kungga Dundruk

The Lhasa-born prodigy used to study business overseas, and got his Bachelor of Business in Nepal and India before moving back to his homeland.With pure passion for life and unlimited love for Tibet, Kunga started his guide career as early as 1997.

Responsible, considerate and humorous, he devoted his entire life guiding and serving international tourists travelling in Tibet.As a legendary Tibetan travel guru with 20-year pro guide experience , he once had an exclusive interview with the US media. Currently he is working in Tibet Vista as the Tour Operating Director. Whenever our clients run into troubles, he is your first call and will offer prompt support.

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