Tangla Mountain Pass in Amdo County, Nagqu

Chinese Name: 唐古拉山口
English Name: Tangla Mountain Pass
Location: Located in the boundary of Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province
Admission Fee: Free
Opening Hours: All Day

About Tangla Mountain Pass in Amdo County, Nagqu

Tangla Mountain Pass, also called Tanggu La Pass or Tanggu Pass, is a wide mountain pass over 5000 metres elevation in China used by Qinghai–Tibet Highway and Qinghai–Tibet Railway to cross the Tanggula Mountains. These mountains form part of the watershed separating the Yangtze River to the north and a zone of endorheic basins with internal drainage to the south. They also separate Tibet Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province.

The Qinghai–Tibet Highway reaches its highest elevation, 5,231 metres (17,162 feet) in Tanggu Pass at 32°52′24″N 91°55′03″E. On August 24, 2005, rail track for the Qinghai–Tibet Railway was completed 28 kilometres to the WNW of the highway, reaching 5072 meters (16,640 feet) at 33°00′38″N 91°39′51″E. Tanggula Railway Station 1 km from this summit is—at 5,068 metres—the world’s highest, 255 m higher than Ticlio, Peru.

The Qinghai-Tibet railway connects Xining, Qinghai Province to Lhasa. The 1,080-kilometre (670 mi) section from Golmud to Lhasa was opened on July 1, 2006. The rail cars have personal oxygen supplies to prevent altitude sickness.

Attraction Transportation: 

The advanced traffic system provides visitors convenient ways to travel. Visitors can take bus or choose self-driving from Nagqu, and it just cost them four hours. On account of snow and occasional road accidents, highway closures and concomitant traffic delays are not uncommon.

Attraction Tips: 
• Traveling Hours: 2 or 3 hours
• Traveling Seasons: July to September
• High Altitude Sickness Avoiding: Bring enough water or drinks, fruits and snacks with high caloric content
• Bring a good, broad spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF factor and a high SPF lip sunscreen to protect your lips too.
• Please don’t hang flags in republic place.
• Located in the border area, you must behave ourselves well.
• Ask for permission before taking photos for Tibetan people.
• Don’t touch Tibetan’s head and shoulder.
• Don’t watch celestial burial without permission.