highest reachable place in china
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Sep 18, 2012 9:40 AM Last Post By: vistet
Sep 16, 2012 2:55 PM
highest reachable place in chinaHi,
I will travel for around 4 weeks in China (all November) and I wanted to satisfy a big curiosity of mine: to see how it feels like at high altitude (4000m +). I think going to Tibet is far too complicated (permits,trains/flights), and I wanted to know of other places, more accessible by road ( I wouldn't want to fly directly to a high altitude without acclimatisation). From what I was able to find out, Litang is situated at more than 4000m, but the roads are in a very bad shape. Do you think I could get to Litang this November? Will there be the danger that the road from Chengdu be blocked by snow? Are there restrictions imposed on foreigners?
I know that Shangri la is a little more accesible ( and also souther, so should have better weather in November), but it is at (just) 3200m. Is there any accomodation near it at higher altitude?
Can you recommend other places, maybe some ski resorts or the like?
Thanks for help,
Sep 16, 2012 7:53 PM
Sep 16, 2012 11:09 PM
Sep 17, 2012 1:15 AM
After Zhongdian go up to Deqin and you will pass over a pass at 4250 metres .
Sep 17, 2012 1:20 AM
Sep 17, 2012 1:53 AM
Sep 17, 2012 2:58 AM
6Thank you guys a lot for this info, it is very helpfull indeed. I still have the following questions:
for Raki_Man post 1: i've seen that the road from Xining to Yushu (3700m) is very beautifull, goes to an amazing 4800, but i've heard it takes at least 14 hours in a night bus with heavy smoking. I would like to be able to stop in some towns at lower altitude to aclimatise and also spend a day or two above 4000 m. Do you think this is possible? Also, do you think the road will be doable around november 10th or it will be blocked by snow? Any info on the condition of the road?
for nomadchina 2: I've heard the road in the shangrila area is better, is souther( so warmer) and also has a lot of intermediate stops. Do you know what's the condition of the road, for example how long it will take from kunming and if it won't be blocked by snow/ repairs? Also, is there any village/accomodation at higher places, or just the road?
for anneo post #5: i've found on wikitravel that "5 May 2011- The road Between Tagong and Ganzi is Under Renovation and most of it isn't paved. The ride is Hard and long(11-12H) " I see on google maps Tagong is close to chengdu, but do you know how long it takes to get there, if there are any regular buses and if November isn't to late to go there?
Thanks a lot for your help!
Sep 17, 2012 3:13 AM
7It takes about 12 hours from Kunming to Shangri-la and 6 hours from Shangri-la to Deqin or 18 directly Kunming-Deqin. The road is under construction after Dali but not blocked. Also, Baima pass is the only place that gets blocked by snow and that usually happens in March. There are no villages at Baima, only nomad huts and the nomads aren't gonna be there at winter, but there's a research station where you can stay over night and do day treks. They also hire tents if you want to stay higher up in the valleys.
Sep 17, 2012 3:15 AM
8There were very regular buses from Chengdu to Kangding which took 6 hours. The road from Kangding to Tagong was under construction in 2009. It was meant to take 2 hours according to LP but took us 4 on one of the bumpiest road I have been on. There were some spectacular sights along the way. There is the Kangding Airport which was actually closer to Tagong than Kangding. I don't know how regular flights are. http://www.flickr.com/photos/27552107@N08/4958097269/in/set-72157624580576033
We were there in late Sept/early October. The days were sunny and mild and the nights fairly chilly.'Don't know what Nov would be like.
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Sep 18, 2012 7:03 AM
12There is a cable car from Lijiang that takes you up to 4506 meters , reputedly China´s highest post office.
"Very few roads in the world are higher."
A number of roads are 5050+ : three passes on the Manali-Leh -Nubra route and another pass down to the Indus are above 5300 , Gyatso La on the Friendship Highway is 5260 , Semo La probably highest at 5565 and then you have the Andes : the roads to Chajnantor Observatory and La Rinconada for starters , both above 5050.
Sep 18, 2012 8:54 AM
Sep 18, 2012 9:40 AM
14That was just off the cuff , didn´t mention the Golmud-Lhasa road for example. I´d expect that there are more examples in the Ngari region , which also has the worlds highest airport at the moment.
Worlds highest road used to be in Venezuela , going to 6000+ , serving a mine even higher than La Rinconada , if memory serves me right.
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