I just got back from Tibet early this morning. My friends and I decided to experience this Qinghai Tibet Train from Xining to Lhasa. It took almost 24 hours for us to reach the Roof of the World.
We departed Xining at 10pm in the night. We have problems storing our luggage bags. Please read the below posting if you want to know more on the train's storage space.
Please note that the cabin are shared between men and women.
When the day break, we have marvellous sceneries of this unique land. You will get the see different kind of landscape during the train ride.
1) Desert landscape
2) Snow-capped mountains
3) Snowing on the desert landscape (We are very lucky to see this.)
4) Green pasture of farmlands
5) Goats and yaks grazing the grassland
6) Scared lake of Tibet (Nam Tso Lake)
When we reach 5,190 metres above sea level, the high altitude sickness magnified. Headaches are very common symptom of high altitude sickness. If the sickness is great, you can request to see the doctor on the train. The cabin captain can also provide you with breathing tube to assist you to breath in oxygen at a moderate pace.
Overall, I enjoy the train ride although I have bad headaches due to high altitude.