9 Days Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa
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9 Days Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa

Taking train from Xining to Lhasa via the Sky Road, visit the most faomous sceneries in Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse. By choosing this trip, you will witness thousands of miles of unforgettable stunning landscape that you will never see from a plane window.

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  • Itinerary Details
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  • Trip Notes

9 Days Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa

  • xining
  • qinghai lake
  • te er si
  • lhasa
  • yamdrok lake
  • gyantse
  • shigatse
  • mt.everest

9 Day

$ 1400

Itinerary Highlights

    See the most famous sights of the ancient capital of China – Beijing

    Experience the breathtaking views along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

    Stand on the roof of the world and admire the pilgrim’s holy palace, Potala

    Explore the traditional summer palace and residence of the Dalai Lama - Norbulingka

    Visit one of the three holy lakes - Yamdrok Lake, surrounded by snow-capped mountains

    Discover one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa - Tashilunpo Monastery

  • Itinerary Details
  • Service Included
  • Trip Notes
Day 1 Xining Day Trip - Riyue Mountain – Qinghai Lake – Gold and Silver Grassland
Hotel: Xining Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:lunch , dinner

The first stop on your tour schedule is Riyue Mountain, which is situated in Huangyuan County, Xining, Qinghai Province. A Chinese legend tells the story of Princess Wencheng who lost a mirror that she called “Sun and Moon”. This magical mirror allowed her to see all the way to Xi’an, so upon its loss, she cried so many tears that it became the Daotang River that now flows near the mountain. After our mountain visit, your personal tour guide will take you to visit Qinghai Lake, located 150 kilometers west of Xining. Qinghai Lake is the largest saltwater lake in all of China, looking as large as a sea from some viewpoints. Before driving back to Xining for your overnight stay, we’ll pay a visit to the Gold and Silver Grassland. This grassland area features a never-ending blue sky, billowing white clouds, green grass, grazing flocks of sheep and goats, and numerous species of birds that make for a picturesque landscape for all visitors to see.

Day 2 Xining – Ta’er Monastery – Board the Train to Lhasa
Hotel: Xining Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

This morning we will visit the centuries-old Ta'er Monastery. This ancient monastery was built in 1557 during the Ming Dynasty to commemorate Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelug sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Ta’er Monastery is famous for its three treasures – the Butter Sculpture, intricate murals and ancient and magnificent “barbola” (Tibetan embroidery). After exploring the monastery, we will take you to the train station for your train to Lhasa.

Ta'er Monastery

Day 3 Arrival in Lhasa (Elevation 3650 meters)
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

We will pick you up from the Lhasa train station after your arrival and transfer you to your hotel. You will have time to relax with a free afternoon and evening to become acclimatized to the high altitude.

Qinghai Tibet Railway Tour

Day 4 Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

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;

Optional:
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)

Day 5 Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse 360km
Hotel: Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .

Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; Then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the Far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Day 6 Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200)
Hotel: Overnight at Guest house or Tent. Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.

Mt.Ererest

Day 7 EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)
Hotel: Overnight at Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel or similar Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together and later trek from lodging place to EBC (4kms, or take Eco bus). You can visit the Everest Base Camp and take the close-up shot of Mt. Everest. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.

Day 8 Shigatse to Lhasa (350km)
Hotel: Lhasa Hotel (3-star/4-star) Meals:breakfast , lunch , dinner

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.

 

Day 9 Leave Lhasa
Hotel: None Meals:breakfast

After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take you to the airport for your departure.

Service Included:

Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;

Meals as specified in the itinerary;

Local tour Transfers, 5-29 seats comfortable Tourist Vehicle according to Group Size.;

Knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide shared in your group;

Comfortable Hotel Accommodations;

Service Charge & Government Taxes;

The above tour price does not include single room supplement. If you are a solo traveler, you need to share one room with another tourist (same sex in most cases); if you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement. And the exact price depends on market fluctuation in high and off season of Tibet tour. For the exact price, please refer to your travel consultant.

Arrangements include planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Welcome Dinner in local restaurant when group members meet in Lhasa

Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa Gongar airport and Hotel on designated time.

Group tours only include a welcome dinner after your arrival in Tibet.

Drinking water Provided during the trip

One shared big Oxygen tank in the car;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance;

Service Excluded:

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 Tip

    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.

    2.Accommodation

    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).

    3.Guiding;

    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.

    4.Food

    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.

    5.Altitude Sickness

    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.

    7.Transport

    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.

    8.Booking

    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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