Xining Lhasa Train Tour

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As the beginning of the world's highest railway, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Xining is the closest city for travelers to travel to Tibet by train, it is also the best part of the scenery that offers spectacular views of snowcapped peaks and bloomy glaciers from the Thangula ridge (5072m), endangered wild lives like Tibetan antelopes by traversing the Kekexili Wildlife Reserve, lone nomad families dwelling black tents and scattered villages in the isolated Changthang. And on your arrival at the holy city, Lhasa, you will greet by its fair blue sky and a glimpse of Potala palace perching on the red hill. In the following days, you will be overwhelmed by mystical buildings and temples which reflect rich culture and tradition of the ancient city. Moreover, it is a great pleasure to mingle into the bustling Bakhor Street with devoted pilgrims.

Day 1 Train Xining-Lhasa

Go to Xining West Railway Station on your own, then exchange e-Ticket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the e-Ticket & your original passport. To arrive at the railway station about 2hrs in advance is suggested.

You will spend a whole day on the train and enjoy the fabulous scenery along the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world. See the stunning view of Kokonor Lake and beautiful nomadic surrounding with blossomed flowers.

Day 2 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Welcome to Lhasa! Our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Railway Station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city while you enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlong Tsangpo River. After checking into your hotel, the rest of day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize to the high altitude at the top of the world. If you physically feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate food which will be helpful to you to adapt the high altitude better and quicker.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 3 Lhasa City

Today we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa City to first visit famous Potala Palace for around 1.5 hours, Potala Palace is the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site.

After lunch, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Potala Palace
Pious worshipers kowtowing in front of Jokhang Temple. It's a religionary tradition of Tibetan people.
Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

After one night rest in the hotel, we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. We will take an easy visit to less known tourist site- Dark Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves. The most interesting thing of Sera Monastery is Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa
Sera Monastery
Day 5 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast in the hotel, you will be taken to visit Drepung Monastery which is the world's largest monastery that housed for over 10,000 monks; it was the resident of the Dalai Lama. After that we will go to visit Norbulingka, Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

Afternoon, we will show you the local Tibetan family life which is one of the most interesting attractions during your trip in Tibet, the local Tibetan people will welcome you to their houses, greet you in their traditional way and entertain you with their typical tea. Through this way, you will experience the real Tibetan culture, explore the Tibet civilization and discover the beautiful landscape of Tibet with your families or friends.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery
Tibetan opera in Norbulingka
Other service: Local Tibetan Family Visit
Day 6 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home, tour ends.

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hi, i mailed you before, but i might take the train from shangrila to lhaza. is that possible to arrange? we still dont know if we will fly out of lhaza or continue with you to katmandu.... what would you recomend? hope to hear from you, thanx, rudy klaassen




Hi Rudy Klaassen, as far as I know, the train is not available between Shangrila and Lhasa (Tibet). I'm afraid you have to take the flight and the cost is about US$240 one way per person. We can help you book the flight if needed. From my point of view, it's a good idea to continue to go to Kathmandu after your Tibet tour.



Do you also offer tours in china and tibet, small group tours? I like to visit Apri 2018 for 3 weeks coming from San diego. Thsnk you




Dear Ursula,    

Yes, we offer small group tours in Tibet but not in other cities in China, but we still could arrange your China tour according to your requirement. 

For Tibet, I'd like to suggest you join our 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Mt.Everest Namtso Group Tour




Tibet from KTM and back to KTM by train in last week of Sept-2018




Hi Vijaya Kamath, since you’ll come to Tibet from Nepal, you’re required to get the “China Group Visa” from the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu. We’ll arrange all the necessary Tibet permits for you and you just need to send us the copies of your passports. Once you book the Tibet tour with us, we’ll prepare an official Invitation Letter to give to our partner in Kathmandu. After you arrive in Kathmandu, our Nepali partner will meet you for your original passports. With Invitation Letter & your passports, we can obtain your China Group Visa after 3 working days. In this case, I’m afraid you have to stay in Kathmandu for about 4 days at least (1st day arrival, 2nd day applying for the China Group Visa, 3rd day waiting, 4th day getting the Visa and go ahead to Lhasa). The cost for the China Group Visa is about US$195 per person for the US citizens.


Vijaya Kamath, I'm sorry but the train is not available between Lhasa (Tibet) and Kathmandu (Nepal).



Arriver Xining for 6 day tour to Lhasa (R04). Begin October 2




Dear Steven Kuehl, it's ok for you to take the train from Xining to Lhasa around Oct 2. More information please check the email I sent to you.



My son (Dutch) and his girlfriend (Chinese), both adults, are travelling in China together, both in Guilin at the moment. They need to be back in Shanghai on Friday 25th of August. They would like to include a visit to Tibet in their trip. Would they be able to include a 6 day Xining Lhasa Train Tour in this period? Would they need a permit to go there? How would each of them need to arrange that and what would the costs be for the 6 day Train Tour incl. permit and all other costs. My son has a Chinese visa allowing multiple entries to China. Thanks a lot for the information. Kind regards, Jolanda Sarijoen




Dear Mr. Sarijoen,

We can surely arrange the Xining Lhasa Train Tour for your son and his girlfriend in this period you mentioned. Meawhile, we can obtain the TTB permit for them after you book with us.

Best wishes,


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