7-Day Tibet Discovery Tour by Train
- lake yamdrok
- Itinerary Details
Feel relaxed from the beginning of the journey: your private tour guide, driver and car will meet you at the airport and transfer you directly to your hotel for check-in and rest.
Train to Lhasa: Train tickets to Lhasa are always popular, particularly from June to October. We suggest you choose Xining as the starting city, as there are several trains to Lhasa every day, so there is a higher likelihood to get a ticket.
Ta'er Monastery: Ta'er Monastery is the center of Tibetan Buddhism activity in the northwest of China. It has 4 Buddhist colleges for different major study groups.
Butter sculpture, wall painting and barbola are the three arts of Ta'er Monastery.
Train to Lhasa: The most beautiful scenery is from Golmud to Lhasa, the last 13 hours before arrival in Lhasa.
The train will go across the Tanggula Mountains, and the highest altitude you reach will be 5,072 meters. During the journey people might feel altitude stress.
The trains on Qinghai-Tibet railway have oxygen supplying equipment to ensure the passengers have enough oxygen. People can ask for a free air tube to use the oxygen outlet, which is available for each seat and bunk.
Arrival in Lhasa is in the late afternoon, your tour guide will be already waiting for you. Drive directly to the hotel, have a good rest and continue to get used to the high altitude.
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Besides, We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; The welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly;
With time permitting, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)
Norbulingka was the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas, and now it is a public park, popular among local people. With a lot of plants and oxygen, Norbulingka is a good place for newcomers.
The highlight of Sera Monastery is the omnks' debate, which is held at 15:00 every day except for Sundays. Beside the debate, sand mandalas is also a special art to see.
Drepung Monastery is the most important place for Shoton Festival (Tibetan religious festival), which is held at the beginning of August every year.
This is one of the top four Buddhist holy lakes in Tibet. It is about 150km from Lhasa and takes 2.5 hours by vehicle.
Taking photos with a yak or a Tibetan mastiff by the lake-side costs around RMB20 per person.
After breakfast, drive about 2 hours to the holy Lake Yamdrok. If weather permits, we will prepare a picnic by the lake-side, with sandwiches, vegetables and fruit.
The lake is decorated by many islands and natural resources. As a major water-bird habitat in Tibet, it is also a great place to see hundreds of swans and gulls in summer.
Your guide and driver will take you to the airport and escort you safely through the check-in procedures and all the way to your gate, so you can rest assured your departure is smooth. We're confident that this trip will be one you'll never forget.
- Tour Cost
|Dec.1 - Mar.31||Price|
|Apr.1 - Nov.31|
- Service Included
Tibet Travel Permit and other necessary documents
Accommodation with breakfast and Wi-Fi
Private guide service provided by an experienced local English-speaking tour guide
Private transfers between the airport, hotels, and attractions
Entrance to attractions listed in the itinerary
Meals mentioned in the itinerary
International flight to and out of China;
Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself.; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.;
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.
If extra help like Yaks, horses and porters is necessary for some clients, the local guide will help to arrange but clients have to decide the day before the trekking.
- Trip Notes
1.Tibet Travel Permit;
You will need a Tibet Entry Permit. Its cost is included in the tour quotation. Send your passport and China visa copies to us 20 days in advance, and we will apply for your permit once you book a Tibetan tour with us. In our experience, we can virtually guarantee to get your permit during times when Tibet is open to foreign travelers.
We’ve selected heritage hotels in the more traditional area of Lhasa, near Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, so that travelers can experience more of the local life and culture. If you prefer to stay in a hotel with special oxygen supplies, other hotels in Lhasa are recommended (as above).
The accommodation in Dingri is poor (see above).
Our English-speaking guides are natives of Tibet with good knowledge of Tibetan culture, history, and Buddhism. Most are trained to offer Western-standard service.
Enjoy local Tibetan, Western Chinese and Nepalese food on the tour.
You will have standard western hotel breakfast in Lhasa, and specially prepared breakfasts outside of Lhasa: including butter, bread, coffee, tea, etc.
After the first day, lunch is included every day. Your guide can recommend some good local restaurants for dinner. Outside Lhasa, we suggest you have dinner in the hotels where you are staying.
Before your trip, ask your doctor for any suggestions in relation to altitude sickness and bring some medicine just in case. The most popular altitude medicine among foreigners is Acetazolamide/Diamox.
We recommend that during the first two days after arriving in Tibet, visitors should keep warm, not take a bath, not smoke or drink alcohol. Drink plenty of water (>4 litres per day) before going and at altitude, and eat lots of vegetables and carbohydrates. Slow down, even if you feel energetic. Moving slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
If you don’t feel well after entering Tibet, go and see a doctor as soon as possible. There are doctors in major hotels in Lhasa, and you can call your tour guide for help at any time. We offer a free oxygen bag in the car.
6. What to Pack
Seek medical advice about altitude effects and pack any medicine you might need. Sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block, walking boots, and down jackets are all recommended.
Comfortable private cars/vans with experienced drivers will be arranged for you. All our vehicles meet the requirements of the Tibet Tourist Bureau, and are equipped with GPS and speed-limiting equipment.
Take into consideration the time you need to apply for your Tibet Entry Permit. It’s best to book a tour with us at least 30 days before your tour starts.
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