Exclusive rail journeys through the remote western regions of China

Train Facts  

Tangula trains carry a maximum of 96 guests, and feature six suite cars on each side of two dining cars and a scenic car. A suite car has just four private guest rooms – two passengers per room – and butler’s quarters. Security and the environment are Tangula priorities. Each train is secured with power-operated and locked external doors and has electronically controlled personal access to each suite. Tangula has a zero discharge policy – all waste will be collected and disposed of according to stringent regulations. Tangula trains reach a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph) with a reduced maximum speed of 100 kph (62 mph) over the permafrost sections of the Tibetan plateau.

The Northern Route

Five-day/four-night journeys depart from Beijing to Lhasa, with four-day/three-night journeys departing from Lhasa for Beijing. En route, guests will traverse the spectacular Tibetan plateau, passing through the snow-capped Yuzhu Mountain range and within touching distance of the pristine Cuona Lake. 
Tangula Luxury Train Toute


The remote western region of China with its complex history, varied geographies and myriad peoples, awaits exploration. Tangula offers four distinctive train journeys through this vast, unforgettable land. Each journey
includes daily off-train excursions, on-board activities, meals, beverages and service charge. Tangula’s off-train excursions provide passengers with privileged access to inspiring natural landscapes, ancient landmarks and timeless traditions. From exploring mystical Buddhist monasteries to sipping tea with grassland nomads, rafting on breathtaking river gorges to photographing rare Tibetan antelope, these adventures connect guests with China’s unique environments, and bring them closer to the diverse cultures on each route. In addition, a variety of on-board activities brings to life the regional histories and customs encountered along the way.

Tangula Luxury Train


Pre-departure Information 

Travel Visa & Permit A pre-obtained visa is required for anyone entering China. A Tibet Travel Permit is also necessary for guests visiting Tibet. Guests should speak with their travel agent or our sales office to obtain up-to-date requirements and policy on these visas and permits. Altitude Preparation The Beijing-Lhasa route crosses the Tibetan plateau at a maximum altitude of 5,072 metres. Guests are advised to consult a physician before travelling. The on-board Tangula oxygen generation system provides a consistent oxygen-enriched atmosphere throughout the train to help compensate for the high altitude. Between Golmud and Lhasa, a specially trained physician will be on board. For more information, guests can obtain a copy of Tangula's Conditions of Carriage available through our sales office or their travel agent. All guests must sign a health declaration form before travelling.

On-board Services 

Tangula Luxury Trains are managed by Kempinski, ensuring world-class hospitality. Europe’s oldest luxury hotel collection, Kempinski Hotels currently operates ten hotel properties throughout China. Modern comforts and impeccable service add a unique sense of intimacy and exclusivity to the journey. Each suite car has a butler, on call 24 hours, trained to anticipate the needs of our guests and comply with utmost speed and efficiency. In-room wellness treatments, performed by qualified specialists facilitate pampering. All staff members speak English and Chinese, as well as other languages. The wireless VoIP network and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, available for most of the journey, enables passengers to stay connected, should they choose, while in-room USB power sockets and MP3/video device docking stations with sound systems provide all the conveniences of home.
The train cars are manufactured in China by Bombardier Sifang Power (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd. All trains will be operated by Tanggula Railtours Ltd., a joint venture owned by Tangula Group and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Corp. (QTRC), the government-owned railway operator in Qinghai Province and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
Tangula Luxury Train Security


Safety and security is our priority. Each train is secured with power-operated and locked external doors and has electronically controlled personal access to each suite. An onboard security officer is responsible for the overall safety and security of guests and employees, both at stations and in transit.


Tangula trains reach a top speed of 160 kph (100 mph) with a reduced maximum speed of 100 kph (62 mph) over the permafrost sections of the plateau. In many sections of the journey, Tangula will intentionally reduce the speed of the train so that our guests can enjoy the breathtaking scenery.


The train cars are manufactured in China by Bombardier Sifang Power Transportation Ltd. (BSP) and operated by Tangula Railtours Ltd., a joint venture between the Tangula Group and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company.

Dress Code 

Throughout the day guests are advised to wear casual, comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for walking during off-train excursions. Check with your travel professional for special items you might want to pack for your destination and the time of year you are traveling.
Dining room attire is casual during the day; evening attire is smart casual, such as casual dresses or pants for ladies, and sport shirts and slacks for gentlemen. Ties and jackets are not required. Casual daytime attire is not considered acceptable after 6:00pm. Footwear and shirts are required in all public areas of the train.
There are bathrobes and slippers in each private suite for your use during the journey, however, they are not to be worn in public areas. No laundry service is offered on the trains.

Child Policy 

Because of the nature of the Tangula Luxury Trains journey and experience all passengers must be 16 years of age or older.

Smoking Policy 

Tangula has a strict no smoking policy. This ensures a comfortable living atmosphere at all times for everyone on board the train as they use the suites, walk along the train, or sit with others in the Scenic and Dining areas.

The Northern Route (Beijing to Lhasa and Lhasa to Beijing)

China’s thriving capital and 2008 Olympic Games host city is a destination of extremes; with striking architectural icons, such as the “Bird’s Nest“ National Stadium and CCTV Tower, springing up beside ancient national
treasures, such as the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.
Xining (Taer Monastery)
This ancient hillside temple is one of China’s largest Lama monasteries. Blending Han and Tibetan architecture, its colourful Buddhist sculptures and wall paintings are revered works of art.
Qinghai Lake
China’s largest salt-water lake sits 3,200 metres above sea level. Its azure waters and alpine backdrop make it one of the China’s most cherished scenic treasures.
The beautiful Keluke and Tuosu lakes, known as the twin lakes, lie outside the city. Linked by one small silver creek – one lake is fresh water, the other salt water.
Isolated by the massive Kunlun Mountains, vast grasslands, and Chaerhan Salt Lake, the area has been virtually unexplored by foreign visitors.
Tibetan Plateau
Covered by wild grasslands, crystal lakes, snow-capped mountains and meandering rivers, the vast plateau is one of the world’s most breathtaking high-altitude regions.
Yuzhu Mountain
Rising majestically from the Tibetan plateau, this snow-capped jewel of the Kunlun Mountain Range seemingly punctures the cloudless blue sky.
Tangula Pass
The summit on the Qinghai-Tibet railway sits at 5,072 metres above sea level and is the highest train station on earth. Travelling through the pass is like riding along the roof of the world – a truly spectacular sensation.
Cuona Lake
At 4,594 metres, this is one of the world’s highest freshwater lakes. During winter, the frozen waters refract the sunlight in dazzling kaleidoscopes, while herds of Tibetan yaks graze on the lakeshore.
Framed by a picturesque mountain backdrop, the ancient Tibetan capital is frequently featured as a hot travel destination. In addition to the Barkhor market, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, intriguing temples and shrines are dotted across the hillsides.

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