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.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Xining by Flight|
|2||Xining - Qinghai Lake||Qinghai Lake, Mt. Sun and Moon|
|3||Qinghai Lake-Xining-Lhasa||Hoh Xil, Qiangtang Prairie, Tanggula Pass|
|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, 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||Send off to airport/railway station|
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.
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.
- Qinghai Lake
- Mt. Sun and Moon
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
- Qiangtang Prairie
- Tanggula Pass
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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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