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Where Is the Plateau of Tibet?

Time:07-05-2019 This Article is Composed by BudgetTibetTour


Tibet Plateau

The Plateau of Tibet, commonly referred to as the Roof of the World, is the highest plateau in Central and East Asia, standing over 3 miles (4.8 km) above sea level, with some peaks rising even higher.

It’s one of the most breathtaking destinations on the planet that you should definitely visit at least once in your life. If you’re thinking about touring the Tibet Plateau, check out all the marvelous mountains, provinces, and rivers you can expect to see.

Which Areas Does the Tibetan Plateau Encompass?

The Tibetan Plateau is surrounded by the tallest mountains in the world. It covers the entire Tibet Autonomous Region and a large section of the Qinghai Province in China. From the Tibet Autonomous Region and the Qinghai Province, it extends into western Sichuan Province in southwest China and southern Uygur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang in northwest China.


Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Area

The Plateau lies between the Kunlun Mountains, the Daxue Mountains in the east, the Hengduan Mountains in the southeast, and the inner Himalayan Range in the south.

The rivers Salween, Mekong, and Yangtze flow contain headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau. There are many lakes in the northern part, Qiangtang, while the south gives way for the upper Indus River and the Brahmaputra River.

How Wide Is the Plateau of Tibet?

The Plateau of Tibet covers an area of 970,000 square miles (2,500,000 km2). It stretches about 620 miles (1,000 km) from north to south, and about 1,600 miles (2,500 km) from east to west.

The Plateau’s mountains and peaks generally stand above 13,000 to 15,000 feet (4,000 to 5,000 meters), while Mount Everest rises even higher – 29,035 feet (8,850 meters) above sea level. It isn’t called the Roof of the World for no reason.

This is precisely why the Tibetan Plateau is so special. There’s no other place in the world where you can enjoy such spectacular mountain views that leave you in a state of awe. And when you combine all its natural beauties with its unique centuries-old culture, you can’t help but feel as if you were on an entirely different planet.

There are many more things that make Tibet and its mesmerizing plateau quite unique and captivating. Go and see for yourself! This wonderful land will exceed your wildest expectations.

Budget Tibet Tours  can help you plan your trip to Tibet. Give us a call, and we’ll book you a tour that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime.

Travelers' Questions Might Help

The questions raised by our past customers can help you get a more clear picture about tours to Tibet, read them or tell us your own questions please contract us, our specialists will reply you within 24 hours.

Ms. Pa*** from: Can I apply for the Chinese Group Visa if I travel only by myself alone?
October 16, 2019 12:26

I want to take the train from Lanzhou to Lhasa on the 12th of Nov. 2019 and need a permit for Tibet. I want to spend 5-6 days in Lhasa. I need to book a train ticket and accommodation I am a U.S. citizen and a solo traveler. My 4th time to China.

Please help!! I have had no success with other tour agencies.

Answered by Nancy
October 17, 2019 02:03

Dear Ms. Pa***,

Thanks very much for your inquiry. From your travel time, here we recommend one 6 days Exploration of Legendary Ancient Cities group tour to you, and we currently have one departure date on 14th of November. Taking train from Lanzhou to Lhasa will cost you about 24 hours, and we are happy to help you book train ticket. Please kindly note that there is no "permit-only" or "accommodation-only" service, foreign tourists are not allowed to travel Tibet alone, you have to book a pre-organized tour including guide, car, and hotel as well. As you are only one person, joining a group tour is the most economical way. We will prepare guide, car, accommodation, Tibet permit for you. Applying for Tibet Permit requires copy of your passport and Chinese visa, and it usually takes about 15-20 days, if you want to join our tour, please send copy of your passport and visa to us quickly. I will send detailed itinerary to your email, please check it. Best regards.

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