Frequently Asked Questions about Chengdu Tibet Train Tour
What travel documents do I need for Chengdu Tibet train tour?
Well, firstly you need to get your Chinese Visa on your own before moving to Chengdu. Then, to enter Tibet from Chengdu, you need to have Tibet Permit to board the Chengdu-Lhasa train. Normally, our stall will deliver it to your hotel in Chengdu. We suggest you have one more copy of it in case you get lost and do keep original one well. Then to travel beyond Lhasa like to EBC or Mt.Kailash, other travel documents like Alien’s Travel Permit, and Military will also be needed. No worries! Our Tibetan guide will help you get necessary before you hit the road.
When is the best time for taking Tibet train to Lhasa?
Undoubtedly, July and early August are the best time to board the Chengdu -Lhasa train to Tibet. As the full-bloomed rapeseed flowers blanket the shore of picturesque Qinghai Lake, you will get the amazing view of China’s large saline lake. Meanwhile, the glittering Tuotuo River, massive grazing yaks on lush pasture, snow-capped Yuzhu peak, even in summer, etc. will leave you in awe. While mid-April to May and Spet.to Oct would be a perfect time for visiting Chengdu and Tibet.
If you have a tight budget for Chengdu Tibet train tour, then do time your journey from late Oct. to mid-Feb, you will enjoy surprisingly cheap train ticket and many discounts for hotels and dining in Tibet. And the grand Chinese and Tibetan festivals allow you to soak up the vibes of distinct culture and customs.
Will I suffer altitude sickness if I take Tibet train?
Compared with the drastic ascent to soaring Tibetan Plateau by flight, Tibet train gives more time for acclimatization. So far, no one has been reported suffering Acute Mountain Sickness for taking Tibet train. As the Tibet train enters the Tibetan Plateau and ascends to high passes like Tanggula Pass (at 5,072 m), the oxygen will be pumped into the airtight cabin to relieve the symptom of altitude change.
To the majority of people, you may feel dizzy or have slight headache, etc. There is no need to panic because it is the natural physical response to altitude ascent over 3000 elevation. You may ask the conductor for oxygen tube and have it connected to the oxygen outlet in the train to inhale oxygen. It’s totally safe for the train ride.
What to eat aboard the Chengdu-Lhasa train?
Well, the convenient boxed meals will be sold on food trolley at meal times. While the Tibet train has a designated dining carriage, available for dining. Normally, traditional Chinese dishes can be easily found. We suggest you buy some snacks or fruit before you board the train. Then you will have a great time eating tasty food while enjoying the stunning window view. Even veggies have different options in the train.
Can I have a shower in the Tibet train?
There are no showering facilities in the train. You may bring your toiletries and clean yourself at the basin beside the restroom. The boiled water dispenser can also be found nearby.
Is Wifi available in the Tibet train?
So far, there is no free Wifi access in Tibet train. But as you arrive in China, you may buy a SIM card with 4G for your smart phone. Then you can enjoy fast internet access throughout your journey from Xian to Lhasa.
Can I purchase Train ticket myself?
Well, theoretically you can. If you can read Chinese and have Chinese bank account and know how to use Alipay or Wechat for the online payment. However, even you can do these, it’s very likely you still cannot get the train ticket since a large number of train tickets will be reserved and bought by large tour companies. So to save your time and energy, it’s highly advisable to rely on a reliable travel agency like us to secure your train ticket.