Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Destination:
Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Travel to Tibet by taking the Shanghai-Lhasa Train Z164 (20:10-19:20). The train departs every day from Shanghai Railway Station and arrives at Lhasa Railway Station on the third day after about 47hrs on the train. The train in total covers a distance of 4373km. Its operational speed is 120 km/h, 100 km/h over sections laid on permafrost. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is known as the "Sky Road", the scenery along the way is really fantastic. The train will go through Ningxia’s Shapotou, along with the winding Yellow River across the area. After that, pass the Kunlun, snowcapped mountains, Tanggula, Tuotuohe, Kekexili and finally get to the “City of Sunlight”---Lhasa.

Day 1 Train Shanghai-Lhasa

Please go to the Shanghai Railway Station on your own and you’d better reach there 2 hours before departure. Usually, you need to show your original passport, the booking number & the Tibet permit (maybe 1 copy will be kept by the conductor) to pick up the train ticket at the ticket window. Your travel consultant will send you the copy of the Tibet permit at least several days in advance and you need to print it out (3 copies are highly recommended) to bring with you. You may also need to show the permit to get on the train.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 2 In the train

Today, you will spend the whole day in the train and you can enjoy the fantastic view along the railway.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Our staff will greet you at Lhasa Railway to transfer you to the hotel. From Lhasa Railway Station, it usually takes abt 20mins. After transferred to hotel, the rest of the day you will be free to wander around the city on your own but try not to overtax yourself. The first day's well-rest is crucial to acclimatize high altitude. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light, and not to shower if you can help it.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa sightseeing

Today's tour will begin to visit the famous world heritage Potala Palace. It’s situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa; Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point. 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.

In the afternoon, take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is the most sacred temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims. After you visit the temple you have time to walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as the crowded central market of Lhasa since from a long time, in the early days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to the tourist gift shopping center. Finally, we’ll go to the Tibetan Carpet Workshop to learn how the Tibetan Carpet is made.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
This shrine is sacred to the Sakyamuni's 8 years sculpture. Blessing by Sakyamuni himself.
Day 5 Lhasa sightseeing

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa
Sera Monastery
Day 6 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), from there you will be amazed by the breathtaking glimpse of the holy Yamdrok Lake with its turquoise color and snowcapped Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. About two hours away from Yamdrok Lake is Karola Glacier. It isn’t a big glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, and it is close enough (about 300 yards) to walk to from the highway. Arrival at Gyantse, you visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede Monastery, this magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only you ll known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around its inner walls. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake
Karola Glacier
Day 7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs

In the morning, drive to visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery which is founded by the First Dalai Lama in 1447, the monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and successive Panchen Lamas. Tashilhunpo is the seat of the Panchen Lama since the Fourth Panchen Lama took charge in the monastery, and there are now nearly 800 lamas.

After that, we transfer to Yungdrungling Monastery. It is one of the few remaining Bon Monastery's remaining in Tibet. Often referred to as the original religion of Tibet, it came about during the 11th century. The Monastery is rather small but in a wonderful setting with only a few monks to maintain the many valuable Bon writings. This is a great side trip when traveling between Lhasa and Shigatse. Today’s sightseeing will end on visiting the Tibetan Incense Workshop in Nyemo. There still keeps a natural way to make incense and this intact craftsmanship can trace back to 1300 years ago, which is listed as state-level intangible cultural heritage. Walking along streams and bridges, there are many spots for visitors to experience its procedures.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Tashilunpo Monastery
Yungdrungling Monastery
Day 8 Lhasa departure
Your tour ends today. Our guide and driver will collect you from your hotel to transfer to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station for your next destination.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Rita***

2017-12-07

Arriving in Shanghai in April, interested in the train tour from Shanghai. Cost please, 2 people

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nance

2017-12-07

Dear Rita,

Thank you for sending us an inquiry! This is Nance from Great Tibet Tour at your service. If you take a train to Lhasa from Shanghai, you can book the train on your own, or we’d like to book the train for you. Yes, you can join our 8 days Shanghai Tibet Train Private Tour. Before I quote you, could you please kindly let me know the following info?Regards, Nance


 

Susa***

2017-06-15

My group of 4-5 adults would like to do the Shanghai Train + your short (8-9d)most popular Tibet trip which includes EBC in Nov-Dec 2017. Is it easier just to add on the train separately)? What is the price difference between us joining a group or doing a private tour( standard sights)? Please advise.

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claire

2017-06-15

For the train tickets, we would like to book it for you and I will list itsprice separately in email. If you want a 8-9 days tour,I advise you look into this 8-day Lhasa-EBC-Lhasa tour.  Best regards!
 

Lore***

2017-06-10

Hi. The Shanghai Tibet Train Tour sounds pleasant what is the cost please? I can see Beijing and Hong Kong with another tour. Thank you.

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penny

2017-06-10

Dear Loren, please let me know when you plan to do this tour first and then I can provide you the cost accordingly, thank you!

Caro***

2017-05-18

Group of about 10 adults. Proposed to arrive Shanghai 1-Sept-2017. Interested in a 10 or 12 days Shanghai-Tibet tour. Please provide quote and proposed itinerary.

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julie

2017-05-23

Dear Carol Chang, if you will take a train from Shanghai to Lhasa,we'd like to book the train ticket for you. For  a 10 or 12 days Shanghai-Tibet tour, I recommend  the 10 DAYS LHASA SHIGATSE MT.EVEREST NAMTSO TOUR.  Regards, Julie

Jaso***

2017-03-05

I am a Canadian living in Shanghai with a student visa who wants to visit Tibet around March 22-29, 2017. Is this possible?

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amy

2017-03-07

Dear Jason, Tibet is closed for foreign travelers in whole March and open again in eariler April each year, so I hope you could postpone your trip a little bit. Amy

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