Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour

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This 16-day Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour starts in Xining, visit Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China. Then take the Qinghai-Tibet Railway from Xining to Tibet, via Tanggula Pass (5072m), is the world's highest point on a railway. Abt 24hrs later, one night in the train, arrive in Lhasa. After a 3 nights acclimatize in Lhasa, head to Tsetang, then Everest Base Camp, the highest mountain on earth.

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 - Xining

Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake in China. Cruise in Qinghai Lake and visit the Bird Island. On the way, you will have a stop to see Mt. Sun and Moon before return to Xining city for the night.

Swans playing in Qinghai Lake
Day 3 Train: Xining-Lhasa

Exchange eTicket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the eTicket & your original passport. To arrive abt 2hrs in advance is suggested. There are train departs from Xining to Lhasa every day, about 24hrs covering a distance of 1960km. 

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.
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 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 is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sera Monastery
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
Samye Monastery
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
Yumbulagang 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
Karola Glacier
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. 

Sakya Monastery
Sakya Monastery
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
Everest Base Camp
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. 

Tashilunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
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
Namtso Lake
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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Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour




Day Route Attractions & Activities 1 Arrival in Xining by Flight 2 Xining - Qinghai Lake - Xining Qinghai Lake, Bird Island, Mt. Sun and Moon 3 Train: Xining-Lhasa 4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train Pick up and transfer to the hotel 5 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 6 Lhasa Suburb Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery 7 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang Samye Monastery 8 Tsetang - Trandruk - Yumbulagang - Chongye - Tsetang Trandruk Monastery, Yumbulagang Palace, Chongye Burial Mounds 9 Tsetang - Gyantse Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier 10 Gyantse - Shigatse Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum, Far view Gyantse Dzong, Shalu Monastery 11 Shigatse - Sakya - Tingri Sakya Monastery 12 Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC - Tingri Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp 13 Tingri - Shigatse 14 Shigatse - Lhasa Tashilhunpo Monastery 15 Lhasa - Namtso - Lhasa Namtso Lake 16 Departure from Lhasa by Flight/Train Send off to airport/railway station



Pls advise the price for 9 pax travelling sometime in May 2018. I had make a inquiry yesterday as well on another similar tour of 10day without train. Is this based on softsleeper train and a private tour?



Hi June, I remembered you and already emailed you, please check! Yes, it's a private tour and we usually arrange the soft sleepers for our clients.



I'm looking to book a train tour that includes Everest base camp, leaving from Xi'an around July 7th. I'll be traveling alone, coming off a month at the Songshan Shaolin Temple Wushu School. Will I need to have my Lhasa departure planned to book or can that flight be arranged closer to the tour date? I will be traveling light, so what kind of cold weather clothing will I need while in Tibet?




Dear Jonathan Lee,

You could purchase the tickets after your tour booked with us is better.

Since you are planning to start your Tibet tour in earlier July 2018, the weather is very comfortable here between June and Oct, but you still need to bring 2 warm coats with you because it’s cold in the morning and night, also it’s cold at Everest all year around.  




To whom it may concern. I am in the early stages of trying to organise a tour next year and I am trying to plan a route and schedule. I am a single traveller / tourist interested in your tour `Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour` (tour code R08). • I will already have a Chinese Visa through a tour group – will this cause a problem for me? I will obviously NOT tell them that I intend to travel to Tibet. • My plan is to fly on the 30th September 2018 from Shanghai to Xining, arriving at Xining Airport mid-afternoon, and start the tour this day. (I will be in China for approximately one month prior to flying to Xining.) Will I have any difficulty in obtaining a flight on this day as it will be the start of `Golden Week`? • On day 3 of the tour (Train: Xining – Lhasa) on the 2nd October 2018, will there be any difficulty for you obtaining a train ticket from Xining to Lhasa because of `Golden Week`? • Could I depart on one of the evening trains from Xining so that I can enjoy the scenery of Tibet from Golmud onwards during daylight hours, and arrive in Lhasa in the evening? • Could you include for me a `soft sleeper` berth on the train journey? • On day 12 of the tour (Tingri – Rongphu – EBC – Tingri) on the 11th October 2018, is it possible that I could stay the night at Rongphu (Rongbuk Monastery) or the encampment there? This would be so that I could see the sunset, and sunrise the following morning, over Mt. Everest. I do realise that this would mean a few extra hours on the road travelling to Shigatse the following day, day 13 of the tour, 12th October 2018. On the final day, day 16, 15th October 2018, I intend to fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu on the morning flight. I would be looking for basic accommodation on this tour, perhaps 2 or 3 star or homestay accommodation. I would like breakfasts only to be included within the tour and I will pay for any other meals, with the advice of the tour guide. (I would much prefer the company of fellow travellers / tourists, within a group, but I am finding it difficult to find a tour suitable. I can be a little flexible on the itinerary but cannot depart Shanghai before the 30th September 2018 and must be in Kathmandu by the 15th October 2018. Perhaps there might be another tour suitable with other tourists / travellers?) As regards the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TBB) Permit – I could supply you with the names and addresses of the hotels I will be staying in (in Beijing on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of September 2015 and in Shanghai on the 28th and 29th of September 2018) but I think it would be easier if I could collect the TBB Permit at the hotel in Xining when I arrive on the 30th September 2018. Please confirm that this would be OK. I would be looking to book and pay for this tour, subject to consideration of costs and other factors, sometime during March or April 2018. Based on the information supplied, will you be able to give me an estimate of the cost of this tour. (I will pay for the flights from Shanghai to Xining and from Lhasa to Kathmandu). Please include, and show separately, the costs for the TBB Permit and Alien Travel Permit. Thank you very much in this matter. Regards Christine Dempsey




Dear Christine Dempsey, about your flight to Xining, it’s no problem to get ticket if you could book there earlier. About your train Xining-Lhasa, we could help you book the soft sleeper ticket here. 

I’m happy to hear you are interested in our 16 Days-Xining Tibet Everest Train Tour(R08), but this is a totally private tour and the cost will be quite high based on only 1 person, if you like to save some cost and we could arrange this 16 days tour like this by following my suggestions: private tour in Xining for 3 days, joinning our group tour in Tibet for 8 days and take rest of 5 days as a private tour in Tibet, if so the cost would be more reasonable. 

About your overnight in guesthouse in Rongbuk Monastery or the encampment at Everest Base Camp, actually it depends on weather condition, if it’s windy or too cold, we usually arrange travelers to stay overnight in guesthouse in Rongbuk Monastery, much warm, but you could see sunrise and sunset of golden Everest peak in both places, so no worry about this please. 

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