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.
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.
• Traveling Seasons: July to September