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Lanzhou and Tibet Tours

Travel map from Lanzhou to Lhasa Located in northwest China, Lanzhou is an important town on the ancient Silk Road, with the Yellow River, one of the important rivers of China running through the city. The ancient Silk Road also left many places of interest and splendid culture here, attracting a large number of tourists to come for sightseeing. It also makes Lanzhou the center of the Silk Road tourist area since it's connected with Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes, Tianshui Maiji Mountain, Zhangye Big Buddha Temple, Xiahe Labrang Temple, and other famous attractions.

From Lanzhou, you are suggested to take a train to Tibet and enjoy the visual feast on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. In Lhasa, you will see the famous world heritage Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, and visit various monasteries that full of Buddhist characteristics. If you stay longer in Tibet, you will have a good opportunity to witness the spectacular view of Mount Everest.

Here We have designed some tours to incorporate Lanzhou and Tibet, as below. They are all flexible and ready to be customized to meet your interests, schedule and budget.

Many travelers like to fly to Lanzhou first then take train to Lhasa.
Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu Province is one of the popular gateways to Tibet. This Lanzhou Tibet tour will take you to visit both Lanzhou and Tibet. During the tour, you may see the splendid view of nature and appreciate the profound Buddhist culture of those two places.
Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour
Starting from Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu province, it just takes one day to Lhasa by train, then travel westwards along Friendship Highway, you will finally arrive in Kathmandu by crossing Himalayans, passing by Gyantse and Shigatse -- the historical and cultural cities of Tibet.

8 Days Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour

Lanzhou - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I travel to Tibet from Lanzhou?

You can choose either fly to Lhasa or take a train to Lhasa from Lanzhou. However, please note that there is only one direct flight to Lhasa from Lanzhou operated by two air companies, Shenzhen Airlines, and Tibet Airlines. It’s not daily; meanwhile, it departs at night and arrives in Lhasa at 00:15 a.m. So it’s not that convenient to take this flight. The rest flights to Lhasa from Lanzhou are all connecting flights with a stopover in other cities of mainland China, such as Chengdu, Kunming, Changsha, and so on. It's not advised to take the connecting flights as it's not only a detour but also more costly unless your schedule is very tight.

Yes, taking a train to Lhasa from Lanzhou is more recommended compared with taking a flight. The train is in good condition. It takes around 24-25 hours to arrive in Lhasa. You need to stay for one night on the train. There are four trains to Lhasa from Lanzhou every day. Xining is the first stop during the trip, as well as the starting station of the Qinghai-Tibet railway. The train will change to Oxygen offered train, which is designed to ride on the highland. Thus, the passengers could adapt to the altitude change step by step and avoid the high-altitude sickness effectively.

One important note, no matter you take a flight or a train to Tibet from Lanzhou, your original Tibet Travel Permit is a must. Other necessary documents are your valid passport and China Visa.

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