Shanghai Tibet Train Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Destination:
Shanghai-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.

DayRoute
1 Train Shanghai-Lhasa
2 In the train
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
4 Lhasa sightseeing
5 Lhasa sightseeing
6 Lhasa – Gyantse – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs
7 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, approx 5hrs
8 Lhasa departure
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.

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Day 2 In the train

You will be addicted to the beautiful scenery along the train tour, like the massive deserts, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains picturesque lakes and flocks of yaks and sheep.

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.

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The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
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.

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Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
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.

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Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
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.

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Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
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.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Vafa***

2018-08-15

train tour form shanghai to tibet

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to visit Tibet from Shanghai by train. Yes, we could book the train ticket for you. And the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. Here is the group tour itinerary for your reference.

Wade***

2018-07-08

This 8 day Shanghai-Lhasa train journey is of great interest. Could you please supply me with the current cost so that we may begin planning for a possible journey with you? Regards Wade Howlett

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that two of you are interested in our 8-day Shanghai Tibet Train Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the best option for travelers less than five is to join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

 

So, I suggest you join the 6-day Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour, and we will book the train from Shanghai to Lhasa for you. The total tour duration is 8-day as well. Please check the following itinerary.

Rebe***

2018-06-14

want to know how much for a train trip to Tibet starts from Shanghai and ends at Shanghai

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nance

According to your request,  I recommend you take a train from Shanghai or Beijing to Lhasa, then join our 6 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group tour, so that you can share the total cost of car fee, tour guide fee etc. with other travelers in this group. 

pat ***

2018-03-26

your Shanghai to Tibet train tour sounds very interesting. My question on the train travel is what kind of accommodations are available for overnight sleeping? Are they Private sleeping compartments and how many do they hold?I am interested in traveling with my son who lives and works in Nanjing. We are planning to travel late September in to the first week in October. We do not need deluxe accommodations, just clean and safe. Would you let me know what type of pricing I am looking at? We would be rooming together.Thank you for your help.

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nance

For train accommodations, there are Soft-Sleeper Berth and Hard-Sleeper Berth. Four-bed soft sleeper berths come with individual TVs, doors that close and lock, full-length mirror, independent luggage storage space, and coat rack. 4 berths in each compartment, two uppers and two lowers. Hard-Sleeper Berth Compartments is the second class coach of Tibet Train. Hard-sleeper berth carriages are made up of doorless six-berth compartments with bunks in three tiers, with sheets, pillows, and blankets provided. Two uppers, two middle and two lower. So if possible, I suggest you choose two Soft-Sleeper Berth. 

chua***

2018-02-01

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nance

World-known Mt. Everest has a Tibetan name---“Chomolungma”, which means “the Goddess of the universe”. As the highest peak on the earth, it attracts more and more travelers to come here, to make their dreams of reaching the sky come true.

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