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Nagchu Railway Station: the closest station to Lhasa on Qinghai-Tibet Railway

January,22 2019 BY Master Kungga Dundruk 0 COMMENTS

Where is Nagchu Railway Station?

Nagchu Railway Station is an important Tibet train station for transferring and replenishment along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world’s highest railway. All trains to Tibet make a stop at this train station. It is the first major station you meet when the train enters Tibet.

Located in Mendi Village, about 8 kilometers away from Nagchu Town, Nagchu Railway Station covers an area of 7,412 square meters and its comprehensive building occupies an area of 2,540 square meters. It enjoys an altitude of 4,547 meters and is about 322 kilometers away from Lhasa and 820 kilometers away from Golmud.

Tibet Train in and out of Nagchu Railway Station

Tibet Train to Nagchu from Mainland China

All trains to Tibet from mainland China take a stop at Nagchu Railway Station. You can take any Tibet train to Nagchu from most cities of mainland China. The shortest train journey to Nagchu is from Xining, which only takes around 17 hours, while the longest train journey to Nagchu is from Guangzhou, which takes nearly 49 hours. The train ticket price is based on the length of the journey. You can see the exact train ticket price from the schedule below.

Train RouteDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z21
(Beijing-Nagchu)
20:00 08:41 36h 41m 3435km Daily ¥648
Hard sleeper
¥1027
Soft sleeper
Z164
(Shanghai-Nagchu)
20:08 14:56 42h 48m 4063km Daily ¥717.5
Hard sleeper
¥1139.5
Soft sleeper
Z264
(Guangzhou-Nagchu)
11:45 12:25 48h 40m 4980km Daily ¥796.5
Hard sleeper
¥1362.5
Soft sleeper
Z223
(Chongqing-Nagchu)
22:25 06:03 31h 38m 2728km Every other day ¥565.5
Hard sleeper
¥892.5
Soft sleeper
Z323
(Chengdu-Nagchu)
21:27 06:03 32h 26m 3370km Every other day ¥595.5
Hard sleeper
¥945.5
Soft sleeper
Z917
(Lanzhou-Nagchu)
11:16 07:24 20h 8m 1862km Every other day ¥445
Hard sleeper
¥703
Soft sleeper
Z6801
(Xining-Nagchu)
14:01 07:24 17h 23m 1650km Every other day ¥410
Hard sleeper
¥646
Soft sleeper

Tibet Train to Nagchu from Lhasa

Every day, there are 5 to 6 trains running from Lhasa to Nagchu. It takes about 3.5 hours from Lhasa Railway Station to Nagchu Railway Station. The train ticket price of the hard sleeper berth is 128.5 RMB, and the price of the soft sleeper berth is 198.5 RMB.

Train NumberDepartureArrivalDurationDistanceFrequencyTicket Price
Z6802
(Lhasa-Xining)
09:00 12:37 03:37 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z918
(Lhasa-Lanzhou)
09:00 12:37 03:37 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z166
(Lhasa-Shanghai)
11:30 15:08 03:38 322km Daily ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z266
(Lhasa-Guangzhou)
12:55 16:32 03:37 322km Daily ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z22
(Lhasa-Beijing)
16:30 19:53 03:23 322km Daily ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z224
(Lhasa-Chongqing)
18:35 21:54 03:19 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper
Z324
(Lhasa-Chengdu)
18:35 21:54 03:19 322km Every other day ¥128.5
Hard sleeper
¥198.5
Soft sleeper

Altitude Changes from Golmud to Nagchu and Lhasa along Qinghai-Tibet Railway

After leaving Golmud in the Qaidam Basin, the Tibet train will cross the Kunlun Mountains and the Tanggula Mountains. The elevation gradually rises from 2,780 meters in Golmud to the highest point, the Tanggula Mountain Pass, at 5,231 meters above the sea level, then slowly descends to 4,500 meters when arrives at Nagchu Railway Station, and finally reaches to 3,650 meters in Lhasa.

Oxygen oulet of Qinghai-Tibet TrainThe corridor along the Qinghai-Tibet train is equipped with oxygen supply outlet.

However, you don’t need to worry about the high altitude sickness on board. On each train to Tibet, there is an oxygen supply system and oxygen supply outlets, which will start to work after passing through Golmud.

Top Tourist Attractions along the Rail from Golmud to Nagchu Railway Station

Kunlun Mountains

Shortly after leaving Golmud, for about 1 hour by train, the scenery on both sides of the railway gradually changed from plain meadow to rolling mountains, the terrain became steeper and steeper, and the snowy peaks in the distance gradually appeared.

After passing through the Sancha River Bridge, you could see the winding Kunlun Mountains. The Chongqing to Lhasa Train Z322 and the Chengdu to Lhasa Train Z223 arrive at the Sancha River Bridge at about 8:30 pm. Due to the longitude of the area, the sunset was late and the Kunlun Mountains could be seen.

Hoh Xil Nature Reserve

The Hoh Xil Nature Reserve is located in the western part of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. It’s mainly used to protect Tibetan antelopes, Tibetan wild donkeys, wild yak and other rare wild animals in Tibet Plateau. The average altitude of Hoh Xil is about 4,500 meters. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway passes through the east side of the reserve. If you take the Train Z264 (Guangzhou - Lhasa) or the Train Z164 (Shanghai - Lhasa) to Nagchu, you can have much more time to witness the wild animals in the no-man area in the daytime.

Tuotuo River

Belonging to the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve, the Tuotuo River is the source of the Yangtze River and is about 4,500 meters above sea level. It takes about 5 hours from Golmud to the Tuotuo River Bridge by train. When you take the Z264 train from Guangzhou and the Z164 train from Shanghai to Lhasa, which arrive at the Tuotuo River area about 6 or 7 in the morning, you can see the river clearly on the train, even the amazing sunrise from the river.

Tuotuo River along the rail from Golmud to Nagchu Railway StationYou will have a chance to appreciate the beautiful Tuotuo River along the train from Golmud to Nagchu.

Notice:
Other Tibet trains pass through the Tuotuo River area in the early morning, passengers may miss the chance to enjoy a clear view of the origin of the Yangtze River.

Tanggula Mountain Pass

The Tanggula Mountain Pass is the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet train, which is at 5,230 meters above the sea level. It is located at the junction of Qinghai and Tibet. From Golmud to the mountain pass, it takes about 7 hours by train. Most trains to Tibet pass through the Tanggula Mountain Pass at night. Only the trains from Guangzhou and Shanghai arrive at Tanggula Mountain Pass in the daytime. So if you want to witness the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet railway, you can take the Guangzhou to Lhasa train Z264 or the Shanghai to Lhasa train Z164.

Cuona Lake

The Cuona Lake is located near the Amdo Railway Station in Tibet. The nearest location of the railway to the lake is about 20 meters. As the train passes by the lake, you can enjoy the scenery of Cuona Lake on board.

If you want to get an in-depth trip to the sacred Cuona Lake, you can get off the train at Amdo Railway Station. However, it should be noted that you need to arrange another vehicle to pick you up at the railway station to the lakeside and take you to Lhasa after visiting Cuona Lake. Moreover, there is only one train reach to Amdo Railway Station on every other day. You need to check the train schedule before you go.

Can I take Tibet train for Nagchu Horse Racing Festival?

Of course, you can. The Nagchu Horse Festival, called “Da Po” in Tibetan language, is a grand traditional festival in northern Tibet. It is held every August 1st in the Western calendar for a period of 5 to 15 days. Tourists who choose to travel to Tibet during the summer holiday must not miss it.

Nagchu Horse Racing FestivalNagchu Horse Racing Festival is one of the grandest festival in Nagchu, Tibet.

Nagchu and Amdo areas are the best places to experience the life of the herdsmen in northern Tibet. In addition, the source of the rivers such as the Nujiang River and the Yangtze River in the area allows you to experience the chic culture and the beauty of the mountains and rivers. Taking a train from Lhasa to Nagchu is the best way to feel the lively atmosphere of the horse racing festival and enjoy the scenery of the northern Tibetan grasslands.

How to get to Nagchu Town from Nagchu Railway Station?

Nagchu Railway Station is about 8 kilometers southwest to Nagchu Town, close to the Qinghai-Tibet highway. It takes about 15 minutes to drive from the train station to the center of Nagchu Town. If you want to get off the train at Nagchu Railway Station, you can contact us and we will arrange a local tour guide and driver to pick you up at the station and send you to your hotel in Nagchu.

Conclusion

At 4,547 meters above the sea level, Nagchu Railway Station is 8 kilometers southwest to Nagchu Town, 322 kilometers away from Lhasa and 820 kilometers away from Golmud. All trains to Tibet from mainland China stop at Nagchu Railway Station. So do trains from Lhasa to mainland China.

When you take a train to Nagchu Railway Station, no matter in or out there, there is something you won’t miss, such as the Tanggula Mountain Pass, the Tuotuo River Bridge, the Cuona Lake, and kinds of wild animals living in the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve.

And if you plan to take a Tibet train journey to Nagchu for the famous horse racing festival, it is highly recommended to get to Lhasa first, and then take a train to Nagchu from Lhasa, so that you can get used to the high altitude of the plateau during your days in Lhasa. We are already here to help you arrange a lifetime journey to Tibet, as well as apply for Tibet travel permit on your behalf, and book the Tibet train ticket at a better price.

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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