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 by Flight/Train
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 three popular scenic spots in Xining - Qinghai Lake, Bird Island, 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 won’t miss the Bird Island in the western shore of Qinghai Lake. What’s more, we can catch a glimpse of the grand Mt. Sun and Moon along the way. After visiting the three 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.
Qiangtang means "northern highland". This prairie located among the Kunlun, Tanggula and Gangdese Mountains.
  • Hoh Xil
  • Qiangtang Prairie
  • Tanggula Pass
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

As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

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 6 Lhasa Suburb

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sers Monastery, a best place to see the colorful debates on Buddhist doctrines
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.

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.
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.
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. 

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
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.
Only during the major festivals, the monks would hang up the great Thangka.
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.

Rongbuk Monastery has guesthouse for the tourists. There are lots of tents nearby as well. Tourists need to be careful on the belongings.
It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
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 08:00ish. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

Tashilhunpo Monaster was founded by the First Dailai Lama in 1447
Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse
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).

Namtso Lake is the highest saltwater lake in the world.
Enjoy your visual feast at Lake Namtso.
Day 16 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train

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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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?

Here is the itinerary of 17 Days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour.



16 days Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour



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, here is the brief itinerary, 

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I have a strong desire to visit Tibet, EBC, Mt Kailash and travel by Lhasa train. I am 82y disease free reasonably fit solo traveller from UK. I did EBC trekking from Kathmandu in Nov 2014. I would like to avoid mountain trekking except without option even provision of yak. Time middle of Sept to mid October2018.




In your inquiry, you mentioned that you would like to visit Tibet, especially Lhasa, Everest, and Kailash. I also noted that you are 82 years old, but disease free, reasonably fit.

Usually, the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. However, to be frank, the pace of a group tour is always quick, which I don’t think is easy for elders.

I could not guarantee this issue. It depends on travelers’ body situation. I suggest you look for professional advice from the doctor before coming to Tibet.

I advise you to skip Kailash since you don’t want to do trekking. There is nothing else interesting in Kailash area except for a kora trekking. Besides, it will be expensive for a solo traveler to visit there.

You could take the Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa from Xining. And we could help you book the ticket.



Hello, My parents and I would like a price quote for this tour for a departure date of Nov 17. What would be included in the cost of the trip? What would not be included? We would like at least 4* accommodations and are concerned about altitude adjustment because my parents are seniors. Is there an alternative to going straight from Shigatse to Tingri on Day 11 that would allow us to move up more slowly? We prefer not to spend 2 nights at 5000m. Thank you. Kelly



Regarding the altitude sickness, don’t worry too much. We considered the issue when we were designing this tour package. It's a slow rise process from Lhasa to Mt.Everest in this itinerary, so you will well acclimatize high altitude. Also, we prepare Oxygen tanks along with the tour. If you don’t feel well, you could use it. Actually, there is no age limitation for people to travel to Tibet.  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. Just make sure your parents are in good physical condition without any health problems, especially the problems of heart and lungs. 

Yes, you can drive from Shigatse to Lhatse on Day 11, then drive to from Lhatse to Everest Base camp on Day 12. We may not arrange Namtso Lake from Nov to March for you as Namtso Lake will freeze during that time, and most of the hotels in Namtso Lake will be closed. Hope to have your best understanding! 

According to your request, I recommend you join our 15 days Xining Tibet Everest Train tour. Here is the brief itinerary,

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