Thursday, September 30, 2010

Buddhist Himalayas by Train (Tibet-Nepal)

Himalaya Overland: China to Nepal on the Quighai-Lhasa, the highest railway in the world, then onward by land-cruiser to Everest Base Camp (

China begins extension of railway to Nepal
China has started work to extend the Qinghai-Tibet railway from Lhasa, Tibet, towards the Nepal border, RSS reported. According to Chinese media, the 157 mile (253 km) long railway project is set to link the Tibetan capital of Lhasa to Xigaze within four years.

Xigaze City is located southwest of Lhasa, which lies at the foot of Mt. Everest (called Chomolongma in Tibetan and Sagarmatha in Nepali) and the border of Nepal. China expects the railway link to help speed up Tibet’s social and economic development.

A railway project that will link Lhasa to the eastern Tibetan city of Nyingchi with another route to the Nepal border are currently in the planning phase.

In October of last year, prime minister Madhav Kumar of Nepal also urged China to extend the Beijing-Lhasa railway line to Kathmandu, keeping in view to develop the economic infrastructure on Himalayan transit points between Nepal and China. Source

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