Xian Tibet Train Tour

12 Days
Xián - Lhasa
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If you wanna take a train to Tibet from mainland cities in China, Xi’an is a great place for most tourists to have a sightseeing. Xi’an, was called as “Changan” in ancient times, is the capital of Shanxi Province 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. Xi’an is an important birthplace of Chinese civilizations, meanwhile, ever since from 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!

1 Arrive in Xi’an
2 Xi'an Sightseeing
3 Xi'an Sightseeing
4 Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa
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, aprox. 7hrs
10 EBC-Shigatse , 350km, approx. 7hrs
11 Shigatse–Lhasa, 280km, approx 6-7hrs
12 Lhasa departure
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. It is a great chance for you to experience the profound and amazing history of Qin Dynasty, the first United Dynasty in ancient China. It may give you an impressive image of the Period of Warring States in ancient China. 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 which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago.

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

Shanxi 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 processes of large quantities of precious exhibits which can date from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty.

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.

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 Departure from Xi’an to Lhasa

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. Yo​u'd ​better arrive at the railway station ​1​ hour before the train stops at Xi’an, for you need to exchange your e-ticket for a paper ticket. ​Please be sure you have taken your original Tibet Travel Permit 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, Tuotuohe and so on. ​

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 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 6 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take you to visit 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 it later in 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, 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 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

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is recognized as the holiest object in Tibet.
Day 7 Lhasa Suburb

After breakfast, our tour guide will first take you 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 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 Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
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

Sacred Lake Yamdrok glows with various colors, like turquoise, when the sun is shining
The white glacier is spectacular from the highway
Day 9 Shigatse -Tingri -Rongpuk–EBC(5100m), 350km, aprox. 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.)

Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
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

The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
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

Yungdrungling Monastery
Yungdrungling Monastery
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.

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Van ***


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



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. 



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



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.


Kam ***


My friend and I are planning to visit Tibet in 2019. We have only two persons and are looking to spend 12 to 15 days. We would like to start our trip in Hong Kong. What is the best month to visit Tibet? Any recommendation on the itinerary?



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a 12~15 Day China Tour. I recommend the 14 Days HongKong Xian Tibet Tour. 

Generally speaking, from May to early October is the best time to travel to Tibet.  




We are a group of family members including a 80+ year-old mother. The number of adults is an estimate. We would like to plan for our journey in 2019 to coincide with Shoton festival in Tibet. Please provide a quotation for the 12-days Xian Tibet Train Tour. Thank you.



In Tibet, the dates of festival are accounted accoring to Tibetan calendar. Usually, the Tibetan calendar in 2019 will be published in November or December. During that time, we could know the detailed date of Shoton festival in 2019. In this year, the Shoton festival will be held from August 11th to 17th in Tibet. : ) 

Actually,there is no age limitation for people to travel to Tibet. As for our clients over 60, it's also hard to define the age as the boundary of whether being able to travel to Tibet. Things are not always absolute considering the age of traveling to high altitude places. Previously, our oldest client who came from the US and even made it to Everest Base Camp is at the age of 81 with his 76-year-old wife. So suggest your mother consult with doctor and staying physically strong and healthy are a must before making the decision to travel to Tibet. As you are planning to go to Everest base camp in Tibet, I suggest you add a extra day and stay overnight in Tingri country after EBC sightseeing so that you can avoid staying overnight at high altitude(about 5100 at Everest base camp). What do you think? : ) 

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