Tanggula Mountain in Amdo County, Nagqu
Chinese Name: 唐古拉山
English Name: Tanggula Mountain
Location: Located in the middle section of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day
About Tanggula Mountain in Amdo County, Nagqu
Tanggula Mountain is the boundary of Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province. It is located in the middle section of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Administratively, the range is in Nagqu Prefecture of Tibet Autonomous Region, with the central section extending into nearby of Tanggula Town and the eastern section entering Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai province. The Tanggula is the source of the Ulan Moron and Dangqu Rivers, the geographic headwaters of the Yangtze River. The range thus functions as a dividing range between the basin of the Yangtze in the north and the endorheic basins of north-eastern Tibet in the south. The mountains lie within the Tibetan Plateau alpine shrub and meadows ecoregion.
Tanggula means “Mountains not to be passed by flying eagles” in Tibetan. The mountain pass is the highest point for the train to get over in its entire course of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Here gusty wind churns up large flakes of snow. It is biting cold. The oxygen is 40% less than that at sea level. And this life forbidding area is characterized by range upon range of snowy mountains which convey a supernal, yet mysterious sense.
The Qinghai-Tibet Highway and the Qinghai-Tibet Railway cross the Tanggula Mountains at Tanggula Mountain Pass. This is the highest point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, and the highest point of any railway in the world, at 5,072 metres (16,640 feet) above sea level. The advanced traffic system provides visitors convenient ways to travel. Visitors can take bus or choose self-driving. On account of snow and occasional road accidents, highway closures and concomitant traffic delays are not uncommon.
• Traveling Seasons: All seansons