Being one of the highest highways in the world, Qinghai-Tibet highway starts from Xining, Qinghai Province. The highway crosses four mountains, namely Kunlun Mountain, Fenghuo Mountain, Tangula Mountain, and Nyainqentanglha Mountain. It spans three rivers, Tongtian River, Tuotuo River and Chuma'er River.
By far, it is the shortest and the safest highway with best road conditions into Tibet, comparing to other highways.
Qinghai-Tibet Highway Route
Lhasa - 78 km - Yangbajain - 75 km - Damxung - 164 km - Nagqu - 138 km - Amdo - 89 km - Tanggula Mountain - 100 km - Yanshiping - 91 km - Tuotuo Riverside - 150 km - Wudaoliang - 269 km - Golmud - 484 km - Caka - 196 km - Daotang River - 123 km - Xining
Best Time to Go
The best time for tourists to go is from May to September when the typical climate of plateau lands along the Qinghai-Tibet Highway. The rapes bloom vigorously in from July to August, making the place a "Tibetan Yangtze Delta in spring". Rainfall may ruin the travel a little.
Fabulous Scenery on the route
Now that you can make the journey by train, we would not recommend you to travel to Tibet via Qinghai-Tibet Highway as the terrain is desolate and traffic accidents are frequently occurred.
If you have decided to enter or leave Tibet via Qinghai-Tibet Highway, please remember that the road condition might not be as good as you think. And you'd better to make careful preparation before departure.
Take enough clothes, medicines for high altitude sickness, and enough food, as food along these roads is often bland and sometimes unavailable.
To avoid mountain sickness, do not undertake too many activities. If you are traveling with your own car, take sufficient gas and make sure that your car is in good mechanical condition.