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Xining Lhasa Train Tour

6 Days
From USD880
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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 beautiful glaciers from the Thangula ridge (5072m), endangered wild lives like Tibetan antelopes by traversing the Kekexili Wildlife Reserve, lone nomad families dwelling in black tents and scattered villages in the isolated Chiangtang. 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 the rich culture and tradition of the ancient city. Moreover, it is a great pleasure to mingle in the bustling Barkhor Street with devoted pilgrims.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Xining-Lhasa Train Get on the train in Xining West Railway Station
2 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
3 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
4 Lhasa Sightseeing Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
5 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka
6 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary


To arrive at the train station about 2hrs in advance is suggested. Exchange eTicket to an actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them your e-ticket, a copy of your Tibet Travel Permit, and your original passport. Trains are departing from Xining to Lhasa every day, about 22hrs covering a distance of 1960km. 

You will spend the rest of the day on the train and enjoy the fabulous scenery along the highest railway in the world - Qinghai Tibet Railway. You will see the gorgeous natural scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau such as nomadic pasture, sapphire lakes, flocks of goats and yaks, snow-capped mountains, etc.

Stay overnight in the train

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

In the morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. It was first built by the 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 Lhasa old town. Jokhang Temple is the most sacred temple in 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

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, the most famous meditation retreat near Lhasa. It's a monastery embedded in the cliff wall. Drak Yerpa is described as the "life tree" or spiritual axis of Lhasa. The site had strong spiritual power, having been visited by almost all great Tibetan masters. You can feel the power of the meditation caves here.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3 pm to 5 pm. If the debate is not your type, you can also enjoy the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock paintings of Buddha. The sight here is splendid because you can see wild roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

After breakfast in the hotel, you will visit Drepung Monastery which was the world's largest monastery that ever housed over 10,000 monks, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect. Drepung means Rice Heaps in the Tibetan language and the whole monastery does look like rice heaps in the distance.

After that, we will go to visit Norbulingka, which is a typical Tibetan-style royal garden, the summer resort of the Dalai Lama. There are a lot of towering trees, exotic flowers and plants in the Garden, as well as many collections of cultural relics, Buddha statues, pagodas, thangkas, murals, etc. They are all very precious treasures.

Stay overnight in 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 it if you can spend a few minutes evaluating our services either by filling out the feedback form or simply sending us an email when you get back home. Your tour is officially ended.
Tour Price and Service

From US$880 p/p

Based on 3-star hotels for 2 people in low seasons. Price varies according to travel season, number of people and level of accommodation.


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • Soft-sleepers from Xining to Lhasa;
  • All entrance tickets fee for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfasts provided by hotels;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.


  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Other domestic flights to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Dekk***

We want to Isis Lhasa walk in the surroundgeluid mountainbiken If possible and go by train

Answered by Beatrice 2023-04-16

Dear Dekk**, We can arrange your Xining to train tour. Also you mentioned you would ride mountain bikes near Lhasa and it's possible. May I know if you are traveling to Tibet in March 2024? Usually Tibet would close in February and March due to the Tibetan New Year. The best time to visit Tibet is from May to October. Please let me know without hesitation if you have any further questions or doubts. 

Asked by robe***

I am American. My girlfriend is Chinese. We both live and work in Shanghai. Our dates are flexible to join a group to save the cost in July or August. Thank you

Answered by Beatrice 2021-05-05

Currently, Tibet has not yet been opened. But we hear some rumors that Tibet would open after July 1st. So there's a possibility to visit Tibet in July or August as you requested. 

As a senior Tibet travel agency, we can arrange group tours for you and your girlfriend once Tibet opens. We will send you a newsletter if there's any update.

Asked by Zach***

Do you get a Tibet permit through this tour?

Answered by Cherry 2019-07-16

I suggest you take a train to Lhasa from Xining then join our 4 Days Lhasa City Essential Group Tour. May I know when would you like to have this group tour?

Asked by Jame***

I am considering a late October/early November (2019) trip to Tibet, specifically your 6-day train tour. If I am able to obtain a visa, I would plan on flying into Xining on my own airplane ticket (Delta/South China), spend two or three days there to acclimate (I am coming from sea-level in California), and then take the Lhasa train via your tour, returning by air from Lhasa on my own airplane ticket. If this plan is possible/feasible, I would appreciate an additional information you could provide. Thank you!

Answered by Catherine 2019-06-24

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have 6 days train tour from Xining to Lhasa in late Oct or early Nov. We happen to have a fixed tour departing on Oct.28th. Please check if it is ok for you.

Regarding Drak Yerpa - Norbulingka - Tibetan Family Visit, we can arrange a one-day private tour for you to include these attractions. Please let me know if you want to cancel it.

We can help you book the train ticket from Xining to Lhasa

Asked by jacl***

hi...I;m looking at travelling around 11th of August.

Answered by Tressa 2019-06-03

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 6 Days Xining Lhasa Train Tour around Aug 11th. We can arrange the tour for you.

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