Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour

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As the start point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Xining is one of the most popular gateways for foreigners to get to Tibet, especially for those who want to take a thrilling Tibet train tour. Taking Xining as the first tourist destination, you have no reason to miss the largest saltwater lake in China. Then, the train will corss Tanggula Pass (5072m), which is the world's highest point on a railway. About 22 hrs later, one night on the train, you will arrive in Lhasa. The following two days is your acclimatization on this high land. You will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Drepung Monastery, and Sera Monastery. After that, you will be driven along the friendship highway to Shigatse to see the grand Mt.Everest. Witnessing the stunning sunrise and sunset of Mt Everest is the most impressive experience. Finnaly, you will see Namtso Lake as a perfect ending of this wonderful journey.

1 Arrival in Xining by Flight
2 Xining - Qinghai Lake
3 Qinghai Lake-Xining-Lhasa
4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
5 Lhasa City
6 Lhasa Suburb
7 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang
8 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye - Tsetang
9 Tsetang - Gyantse
10 Gyantse - Shigatse
11 Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri
12 Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC - Tingri
13 Tingri - Shigatse
14 Shigatse - Lhasa
15 Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa
16 Departure from Lhasa
Day 1 Arrival in Xining by Flight

Upon arrival in Xining Airport, please look for our local guide there who will be holding your name board. Then transfer to hotel in downtown Xining. Guide will help you check in before leave. You are free for the rest of the day to check out the city by yourself.

Day 2 Xining - Qinghai Lake

Start our tour in a fresh morning. Today, we will visit two popular scenic spots in Xining - Qinghai Lake, and Mt. Sun and Moon. It is time to head to our first destination - Qinghai Lake after breakfast. As the largest saltwater lake in China, Qinghai Lake is famous for the sapphire-like surface, turquoise-like grassland, and majestic snow-capped mountains. The picturesque views vary from season to season, and the best season to visit Qinghai Lake is from summer to fall. Cruising is the ideal way to enjoy its beauty. Cruising down the Qinghai Lake, you can catch a glimpse of the grand Mt. Sun and Moon along the way. After visiting the places, you will stay overnight at the lakeside to enjoy the stunning sunset and sunrise.

Swans playing in Qinghai Lake
In the Tibetan language and Mongol, Mt. Sun and Moon means the place with sun and moon.
Day 3 Qinghai Lake-Xining-Lhasa

In the morning, you will get back to Xining city after breakfast. Your tour guide will send you to the train station and exchange the eTicket for you.

Although you will stay on the train for 22hrs, you won’t feel boring and tired owing to the stunning and fabulous natural scenery along the highest railway in the world. With mirror-like lakes, boundless grassland, holy snow mountains, and running yaks and sheep, you will enjoy yourself and forget the time.

Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve is totally uninhabited so remains in a pristine state.
Tibetan herder and his sheep.
Day 4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train

Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa (3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

Day 5 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel 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 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 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 a 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.

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 6 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

Drepung Monastery was the largest monastery in Tibet, with over 10,000 monks. Now, this monastery houses about 700 monks.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 7 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang

After breakfast, transfer from Lhasa to Samye along the serene waters of the braided Yarlung Tsangpo meandering through a swathe of land flanked by dramatic sand dunes and rich in Tibetan history. After sightseeing, transfer to Tsetang, the fourth-largest city in Tibet, for the night.

Samye Monastery is a good place for monks to study. If you travel there, you may have a chance to observe the monks’ study and feel all the ritual and their sincerity.
Lot of precious murals have been kept well in Samye Monastery. The murals are telling the ancient famous stories of Tibetan Buddhism and historical events of monasteries.
Day 8 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye - Tsetang

Visit the major sights of Yarlung Valley in Tsetang today, of which is consider the cradle of Tibetan civilization. It was from Yarlung that the early Tibetan kings unified Tibet in the 7th century and their massive burial mounds still dominate the area around Chongye. 

Trandruk Monastery
Yumbu means doe, lagang means holy palace.
Day 9 Tsetang - Gyantse

Today, lots of beautiful scenery will be seen on the way from Tsetang to Gyantse. Passing over Gampala Pass (4790m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdroktso Lake (4400m), from where you will have a spectacular view of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. We head westward along Yamdroktso Lake to Karola Glacier, then drive towards Gyantse (3980m), a very pleasant town in Tibet, located in the Nyang-chu Valley. 

See a flock of sheep and local herdsman along the lakeshore.
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 10 Gyantse - Shigatse

Traveling from Gyantse to Shigatse will lead you through the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Pelkor Chode Monastery
Gyantse Dzong or Gyantse Fortress is one of the best preserved dzongs in Tibe
Day 11 Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri

Drive from Shigatse to Tingri via Sakya County where we will visit the famous Sakya Monastery. Stay the night in Tingri, the closest settlement from Everest Base Camp where guesthouses provide rooms with private bathrooms and hot shower. 

The bell hanging on the roof stands for peace and prosperity.
The mural in this monastery is exquisite beyond compare.
Day 12 Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC - Tingri

Abt 3km from the Friendship Hwy, you get to the village of Chay. From Chay, it’s a winding drive up to Pang-la (5050m). The view here are stupendous on a clear day, and feature of a huge sweep of the Himalay a range, including Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Gyachung and Cho Oyu. The road then descends past a couple of photogenic villages and runs done in to the fertile Dzaka Valley and Tashi Dzom village. The dirt road then runs up the wide valley, to Pagsum village. The next main village is Cho Dzom and from here the road turns south towards Rongphu. The first view of Everest appear half an hour before you arrive Rongphu. After sightseeing Rongphu and Everest, return back to Tingri for the night.

At the site of Rongbuk Monastery, you can view the highest mountain of the world brightly shining and clearly sparkling. The snowy peak seems happily to touch the blue sky.
Sweet couple with Mt.Everest in the background.
Day 13 Tingri - Shigatse

Drive from Tingri to Shigatse today, which takes abt 7hrs. Please feel free to ask your driver to stop at any time if you want to take a photo of the fatastic view along the way. 

Day 14 Shigatse - Lhasa

We will depart today from your hotel in Shigatse around 08:00 am. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Day 15 Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa

On the way to Namtso, you will have a far view of Nyenchen Thanglha Snow Mountain. Enjoy the view of the vast grassland and spectacular natural scenery. You’ll arrive at Namtso after pass Nagela Pass(5150m).

It's the third largest saltwater lake in China.
Namtso Lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world.
Day 16 Departure from Lhasa

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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Tim ***


2 people, my wife (Japanese) and I (USA) ... we would like to take a train to Lhasa (best from Shanghai but other options considered). Can depart from the beginning of August 2020 up to the end of August 2020.



We can open a new group tour to match your departure date for the early booking. Shanghai is a popular city to take a train to Lhasa. 

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Hi I am quite keen on the 16 days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour. I wonder is there any further trekking up from the Everest Base Camp can be arranged. I want to spend 1 or 2 days more there. I am flexible in my schedule.



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 16 Days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, it is a little expensive for solo travelers to have this private tour.

As travelers less than five, we also suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down. I suggest you take a train to Lhasa from Xining then join our 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour. There is no group tour including trek at Everest Base Camp. 

We can also book the train ticket from Xining to Lhasa for you. I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel



What is the cost for this trip if I take it sometime in late July 2019



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down. I suggest you take a train to Tibet from Xining to join our 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour. We have this group tour with the departure date on Aug.1st. Is it available to you?

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel.



I like inquire about the total cost I would need to pay for this 16 day trip this October as originally plan. Thank you, Kind Regards Johnny.



In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 16 days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour, which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for a solo traveler would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down.

So how about we divide this tour into two parts? 3 days Xining private tour plus 10 days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour



The 16 day tour



In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to do the 17 Days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them to join our small group tour to keep the cost down. May I know when would you like to do this tour?

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