Xian Tibet Train Tour

Duration:
12 Days
Destination:
Xián - Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

If you wanna take a train to Tibet from mainland cities in China, Xi’an is a great place to start with. Xi'an, called “Changan” in ancient times, was the ancient capital of 13 imperial dynasties with profound history and rich culture. So there are plenty of historical and cultural relics for you to explore, like Xi’an ancient city wall, Terracotta Warriors, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, tombs of the Han dynasty, the Bell Tower, the Drum Tower, the Shanxi History Museum, etc. Meanwhile, ever since the Tang Dynasty, Xi’an had a solid connection with Tibet. After 2-day exploration in Xi’an, you will take the “sky train” to Lhasa riding through the Qinghai-Tibet railway, along which you will see snow-capped mountains, clear and blue rivers, vast grasslands, etc. The whole Xi’an-Lhasa train journey covers 2,864km and takes about 31 hours. When you arrive in Lhasa, you will start your 8 days journey and visit almost all the major spots in Tibet including Everest Base Camp!

DayRoute
1 Arrive in Xi’an
2 Xi'an Sightseeing
3 Xi'an Sightseeing
4 Xian - Lhasa Train
5 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
6 Lhasa City
7 Lhasa Suburb
8 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs
9 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk–EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs
10 EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs
11 Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs
12 Lhasa departure

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Xi’an

Once you arrive at Xian, our guide will meet you at the airport or railway station. They will drive you to your reserved hotel in Xi’an. Then you will have a rest in the hotel.

Stay overnight in Xian

Day 2 Xi'an Sightseeing

In the morning, we will drive to the Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses which is considered as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Here you can see the life-sized warrior figures and horses with distinct facial expressions and positions. You may be surprised by the various kinds of ancient weapons that reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of the Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of the Warring States in ancient China.

After that, we are going to visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda built in the Tang Dynasty, the most prosperous dynasty in ancient China. The Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang from ancient India are well preserved in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Stay overnight in Xi'an

terra-cotta warriors
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Day 3 Xi'an Sightseeing

Shaanxi History Museum, one of the best museums in China, is the best place to catch a glimpse of the glory of ancient Chinese civilization. It possesses large quantities of precious exhibits that can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty, such as Bronze, Queen Jade Seal, Painting, etc.

In the afternoon you can cycle on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall is about 14 kilometers at the perimeter, with 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it. The city wall is a wonderful example of an ancient defensive building. You can walk or cycle on the wall to get some good views of the city.

Later, we are going to the Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an where you can chat with street vendors of Muslims and buy some exquisite handicrafts and enjoy delicious local snacks.

Stay overnight in Xi’an

Shanxi History Museum
City Wall
Day 4 Xian - Lhasa Train

Today, you will depart from Xi'an to Lhasa. You need to get up early to go to the Xi’an West​ Railway Station as the train will depart in the morning. You'd ​better arrive at the railway station ​1.5​ hours before the train departure time, for you need to exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket. ​Please be sure you have taken your original Tibet Travel Permit, e-Ticket, and passport. ​Your local tour guide ​will send you to the train station.

You will spend 30 or 32 hours on the train and enjoy the breathtaking ​scenery along the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway, such as Hoh Xil, Kunlun Mountains, Tanggula Pass, Tuotuo River and so on. You will see nomadic pasture, sapphire lakes, flocks of goats and yaks, snow-capped mountains, etc.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 5 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). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After checking in your hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day 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, have a far view of the Yaowang Mountain, and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food, which will be helpful for you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6 Lhasa City

In the morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, 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 later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since the early days. After that, you will take a walk around the Barkhor Street which is one of the most devotional circuits as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa. Barkhor Street 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

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 7 Lhasa Suburb

Today’s first attraction is Drepung Monastery. Drepung means "piles of rice" in Tibetan, which symbolizes prosperity. It's the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks. Also, It's the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. After lunch, you will continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

An alley of prayer wheels leading up to a pagoda.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 8 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 6hrs

You will go to Shigatse from Lhasa via Gyantse today.

Firstly, you can have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake during the way to Gampala pass (4790m). This is the holy lake surrounded by plenty of snow-capped mountains. And special views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) ---the highest mountain near Lhasa, comes out later soon.

You will see the Korala Glacier when we pass it on the roadside. After hanging pray flag at Simila Mountain pass, we will arrive in Gyantse, the third largest city in Tibet after Lhasa and Shigatse. We shall visit Pelkor Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum and then see the Gyantse Fortress from a distance.

It normally takes one and a half hours to drive from Gyantse to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 9 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk–EBC(5100m), 350km, approx. 7hrs

Before we drive to Lhatse to have lunch, we will visit the famous Tashilunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama.

After passing Tsola Pass (4600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5248m), we will enter the National Nature Reserve of Mt. Everest, from where tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m),

And then we will go directly to Everest Base Camp (5100m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at tent camp in summer (May- Oct.)

Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house in winter (Nov. - Apr.)

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Day 10 EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs

The great sunrise of Everest Peak is far out of your imagination. Enjoy the peaceful and wonderful morning you’ve never had. After that, we will go to the Rongbuk Monastery, which is the highest monastery in the world. Then we may trek to EBC from lodging area. You can have a good look at Mt. Everest from EBC and take clear photos of it. In the end, we will start to return to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Sweet couple with Mt.Everest in the background.
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
Day 11 Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs

We will visit the last attraction of this itinerary today---Yungdrungling Monastery, a typical Buddhist monastery. And then, the driver will take you to your hotel in Lhasa. It costs 6-7 hours because of the speed-limit regulation.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Like most Tibetan monasteries, Yungdrungling Monastery was built under a hill.
Doing kora around the Yungdrungling Monastery is part of the daily life of the locals.
Day 12 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.

Cost & Inquiry

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Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Be***

2019-03-31

3 persons (2 adults and 1 kid with 8 years old) arrive Xian on 09 Jun at 12:30am and 1 person arrive Xian at 2:35pm. Tour will start 09 Jun at Xian and finish 20 Jun at Tibet. Then will take 21 Jun early flight at 1am++ in Xian and fly back to home country. (1) How much is the cost per person (3 adults and a kid)? Is it a small group tour with max 12 persons? Must want to join a small group with max 12 persons tour. Jun 09 Day 1 : Arrive Xian. Jun 10 Day 2 : Xi’an Tour: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shanxi History Museum, Jun 11 Day 3 : Board the train to Lhasa from Xi’an and enjoy the train scenery. 4-Cabin soft sleeper. Jun 12 Day 4 :Arrive in Lhasa Jun 13 Day 5: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery Jun 14 Day 6 : Lhasa - Gyantse-Shigatse Jun 15 Day 7 : Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery Day 16 Day 8 : Rongbuk Monastery-EBC to Shigatse Day 17 Day 9 : Shigatse - Lhasa (Tashilumpo Monastery) Day 18 Day 10 : Lhasa - Namtso Day 19 Day 11 : Namtso - Yampachen Hotspring Lhasa. Include Wencheng princess show with cheapest fare at D area at Lhasa. Day 20 Day 12 :Departure from Lhasa (2) What is the different cost between 3-STAR and 4-STAR hotel? (3) How much cost for Wencheng princess show ticket, is it RMB380 for adult? How much for a kid? (4) How much for the Hotspring bath? (5) How much soft sleeper Xian->Lhasa train ticket for adult and kid on ? (6) How much flight Lhasa->Xian ticket for adult and kid on 20 Jun? (7) What is the different cost between 3-STAR and 4-STAR hotel?

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Cherry

Usually 4~8 travelers in a group. 

We have 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour from Jun.11th to Jun.20th. Is it available to you?

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. 

Ma***

2019-03-21

(1) Suitable for child at the age of 8 at Everest Based Camp? (2) 3 persons travel from KUL on 08/06 and arrive Xian on 09/06 at 12:25 AM and 1 person will arrive Xian on 09/06 at 2:35 PM. Included accommodation and different airport pickup? (3) Can push the Xian tour after Lhasa? (4) Want to fly back to Xian. What is the flight cost? (5) 3 person stay until 19 Jun and 1 person will stay until 20 Jun at Xian. 3 person will flight back to home country is 21/6 at 1:40 AM and one person is on June 21 15:50. Can arrange different time drop off? (6) Feasible to have alternative way to take train from Xining instead of Xian as from Xian is a bit long hours? Do not mind to cut short the Xian tour if needed but Terra Cotta is a must. (7) Want to have WengChen Princess show. (8) Do not mind to join others. Please advise the original cost and also the cost after amended my request. Thank you.

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Cherry

It is okay for an 8-year old child to have the Everest Base Camp tour. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. 

wann***

2019-02-10

To whom it may concern, I plan to have a summer trip in Tibet around July 2019. Me and my friend are currently living in Europe and we are interested in the program. We would like to know about the traveling period, visa application and the total price. We hopefully hear from you in the near future and look forward to a pleasant trip. Best regards, Wannisa Ritmahan

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that two of you would like to have our 12-day Xian Tibet Train Tour in July 2019, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for only two travelers would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest they join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

 

So, how about we divide this tour into two parts? Xi’an (private tour) and Tibet (group tour).

Van ***

2018-12-03

12 Days Xian Tibet Train Tour please quote price for a private tour of two people, we are thinking of traveling end of May 2019. We're starting our journey from Xian. on DAY 9 - your itinery is as below: "And then we will go directly to Everest Base Camp (5100m). You can see the amazing sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if the weather is good - Stay overnight at tent camp in summer (May- Oct.)" question 1. - Is it possible to stay at a hotel instead of a Tent camp? If we choose to stay at Tingri overnight is that possible? question 2. If yes how far is Tingri from EBC? question 3. Is there much walking/treking needed once we reach EBC? Thank you, Van Kok

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to have the 13 Days Xian Tibet Train Tour. 

You can stay overnight at Tingri guesthouse. I have added one day in the itinerary so that you can stay overnight at Tingri. It is about 120KM from Tingri.

Travelers are just allowed to trek 4 KM to the Mt.Everest. 

Here is the itinerary of 13 Days Xian Tibet Train Tour. 

boon***

2018-11-22

We are inquiring the rate for 2 or 3 person for this 12 Days Xian Tibet train tour. Can kindly advise?

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that two or three of you are interested in our 12-day Xian Tibet Train Tour, which is a private tour. For travelers less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. However, for the Xi’an part, only private tours are available. So, how about we divide the tour into two parts. One is a 4-day Xi’an private tour, another is an 8-day Lhasa Everest Group Tour. Please check the following itinerary.

 

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