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9 Days train tour from Xining to Tibet with major attractions.

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  • Departure place: Xining
    Duration: 9 days 8 nights

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1

Taking the train from Xining

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Train

Today you will be supposed to pick your train ticket at Xining railway station with your passport. You can pick your train ticket at any train station in China mainland. We highly recommend you to pick your ticket at least 2 hours before departure or as early as you can.

2

Arrive in Lhasa.

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Vehicle

Today the train will arrive in Lhasa, Our tour leader and driver will waiting for you at Lhasa train station. pick you up then drive to downtown hotel. Have a good rest for prevent a high altitude sickness.

3

Lhasa city tour-Potala Palace-Johkang Temple-Barkhor Street

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Enjoy the first sunrise from the last heaven on earth - Lhasa, and have your breakfast at hotel. Then wait for the tour-guide and drive to our first attraction Potala Palace. Potala Palace is one of the most magnificent heritages in China, also is the highest altitude palatial architecture complex on earth. The Potala Palace was built in Tang dynasty (7th century A.D.) for the marriage of Princess Wencheng and Songtsen Gampo (the king of ancient Tibet). Potala Palace is hailed as the essence of Tibetan architecture, painting and religious art. A large number of historical religious artifacts in Potala Palace are also priceless treasures.

After lunch, take a break, then guide to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Around the temple is Barkhor Street​, where you can explore the old market and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.

4

Lhasa-Yamdroktso Lake-Gyantse-Palcho Monastery-Shigatse

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After breakfast, drive from Lhasa to Lake Yamdroktso (Altitude: 4,400m). The Holy Lake Yamdroktso is a plateau lake with an elevation of 4,441 meters and a 250km lake line with an area of 638 square kilometers. Surrounded by many snow-capped mountains, it is the largest inland lake in the northern Himalayas.

Then, arrive in Gyantse, a historic Tibetan city. Here, we will visit the famous Palcho Monastery​ and the One Hundred Thousand Pagodas. Then keep driving, we will arrive in our destination Shigatse, and have a rest there.

5

Gyatso Snow Mountain-Himalayas-Rongbuk Monastery-Everest Base Camp

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About 8 o'clock in the morning, we will drive to Xegar. When come to Xegar, we can see the majestic Mount Everest.

Along the way, we will climb over the 5,220-meter-high "Gyatso Snow Mountain" and pass through the Lhatse County. After a short stay, go to Tingri and have lunch at local restaurant. After that, head to Everest Base Camp and walk along the magnificent Himalayas, and reach the highest monastery in the world, the "Rongbuk Monastery" (ticket not included). Here you can have the best view of Mount Everest.

Then, transfer to a scenic eco-bus to the Everest Base Camp​. At night, you can enjoy the stars at the foot of Mount Everest. The galaxy is just like a stone's throw away, as if you can reach out and touch it. The bright stars will give you an unforgettable Everest night.

​Journey: 420km one way, 8-9h

6

Everest Base Camp Sunrise-Shigatse

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Rongbuk Monastery is the best place to watch Mount Everest. Around 6-7 in the morning, the rising sun will paint Mount Everest into golden color. Here you can face the world's highest peak Everest again, and feel the splendor of nature. If lucky enough, you can also see the swinging Everest banner cloud.

Many mountaineering experts believe that the location of Rongbuk Monastery is the best place to view Mount Everest. From here you can go through the canyons, cliffs and rocks to the Everest Base Camp. After the sunrise, we will arrive Tingri (or Xegar) at noon for lunch, and stops for a while and return Shigatse along China-Nigeria Highway.

7

Shigatse-Tashilhunpo Monastery-Lhasa

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After breakfast, we will head to Tashilhunpo Monastery​ which is one of the Six Big Monasteries of Gelugpa (or Yellow Hat Sect) in Tibet. The monastery's structure was expanded by the Fourth and the successive Panchen Lamas. Covering an area of nearly 300,000 square meters (3,229,279 sq. ft.), the main structures found here are the Maitreya Chapel, Panchen Lama's Palace and Kelsang Temple.

Then we drive along Brahmaputra River basin back to Lhasa.

8

Lake Namtso-Nyainqentanglha Mountain-Northern Tibet Grassland

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​After breakfast, head to Lake Namtso​, which is 4,718 meters above sea level. It is the largest saltwater lake in Tibet, and highest in the world. It is also a holy place for pilgrims. On the way to Namtso, you will experience the Northern Tibetan Grassland, Qinghai-Tibet Highway. Climb over Nengla Mountain with an altitude of 5,190 meters, you will see the snow-covered peaks of Nyainqentanglha Mountain in the trail of colorful prayer flags. The yak stocks of vast grasslands are widely seen along the way.

Return to Lhasa in the afternoon.

Tips: Namtso is at high altitude and the temperature is lower. Please prepare some cold-proof clothing. The whole journey will be 520km and a round trip will take about 9 hours.


9

Lhasa city town-airport or railway station

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​​After breakfast, our journey will come to an end, bring our blessing Tashidelek, and look forward for our next trip!

Inclusions & Exclusions

Inclusions

​TTP: Tibet travel permit and all other  permits to Tibet needed.

VIEW SOPTS: All entrance ticket fees red marked.

MEALS: Complimentary breakfast

TRANSPORT: Tibet local 8-20 seats Tourist Vehicle. (Depending on the group size)

TOUR GUIDE: A professional English-speaking Tibetan local.

ACCOMMODATION: Three stars hotel or same level. (Normally standard room, if you travel individually need to share a room with other guest, or you can pay a single room supplement for stay by yourself)

SHUTTLE TRANSFER: Free Airport shuttle transfer between Lhasa airport and hotel.

INSURANCE: Tourist accident/casualty insurance.

OTHERS: Tibet hand map & Service Charge & Government Taxes.

Exclusions

International flight to and out of China. Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa. (We can provide you the BEST discount price for the domestic flight/train ticket booking service, please contact us our travel experts for the details.)

Lunches and dinners are not included, please pay on site by yourself, usually it costs about USD 3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).

Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

​Single room supplement fee

Cancellation Policy

There are three kinds of cancellations:

Traveler can cancel the trip before departure

Cancellation Time Cancellation Fee
Within 24 hours Free, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).
30 days in advance 20% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).
7 to 29 days in advance 30% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).
Less than 7 days in advance 50% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).
No show up 100% of total trip cost.

The tour will be canceled due to political reason

Cancellation 10 days before departure due to political reason or natural force, no cancellation charge on local tour, but the lost caused by refunding flight tickets and train tickets is on travelers.

If Tour has to be cut off by any physical disease or personal reasons when travelers are in Tibet

Airfare: Travelers can get refund of airfare according to the policy of Airline Company. Local Tour Fee: Travelers can get refund of 60% of unused local tour fee, including admission fee of tourist sites, accommodation fee, tour guide fee, private vehicle fee, etc which are included in tour contract.

Train Fare: Travelers can get 60-80% refund of unused train fare according to the policy.

Know before you go

1) Tibet Travel Permit

The permit is an essential document for international visitors to enter Tibet. Normally we highly recommend customers to apply it 20-30 days in advance of your departure with submit copies of your passport and visa to us. It is required 30 days in advance at least if your tour involves Kailash or Lake Manasarovar. Basically the permit will be done within 10-15 days (except Chinese public holiday) and it will be delivered by express to your hotel or valid address in China.

(We have branch offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, which means can be delivered by our staff.)

2) About Tibet Accommodation

There are luxury resort, three and four stars hotel can be arranged in Lhasa & Nyingchi, four and three stars hotel in Shigatse can be arranged, guesthouse only in Gyangtze & Everest & trip to Kailash. The price showed on website includes three stars hotel, if you want to upgrade your hotel level, please contact with our travel consultant. We've selected safe and cozy hotels in Lhasa central area where you can explore more around Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple & Barkhor street.But the accommodations of trip to some areas like Tingri, Gyangtze, Everest, Ngari, Naqu, etc., would be poorer, and the food is very basic.

3) About single room supplement

The price showed on website is single person accommodation fee. Normally, when you're travelling alone, you will be arranged a shared twin beds room with another tourist, or you can pay a single room supplement if you want a private room.

4) About Meals

Our hotel includes complimentary breakfast (except guesthouse),our tour leader will arrange dining during the trip but need to pay on site around 5 USD per person. Or you can arrange it by yourself.

5) About guiding and tips

Our English-speaking tour leaders are licensed native of Tibetan with profession Tibet culture and Buddhism knowledge. A tour leader plus one experienced driver will be arranged in each group, You can get any assist from them if needed. Basically a $7 tipping per day is acceptable. Anyway good payment depends on good service.

6) About pick-up/drop-off services

We provide free public shuttle service to pick-up/drop-off between airport/railway station and Lhasa downtown. 70km from airport to downtown, 30km from railway station to downtown.

7) About toilet

For many international travelers, using toilets in Tibet is an unforgettable experience. So, please reduce your expectation. If you take Tibet train to Lhasa, both sit and squat toilet are available on the train. If you stay in hotel above 3-star in Lhasa or Shigatse, you will have no complaining using standard western toilet.However, if you are visiting some outdoor attractions, such as Yamdrok, Namtso and EBC, mostly you have to use the smelly and filthy pit toilet. You would better carry enough toilet paper.

8) Climate in Tibet

The Tibet Autonomous Region located in the southwest of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in China,it has dramatic temperature change between day and night. The annual temperature in Lhasa is -2~12°C (spring),10~25°C (summer), 6~18°C (autumn), -9~10°C (winter). Normally, As the altitude rises much higher, the temperature drops much lower. Do wear clothes properly such as thermal tops, fleece jacket, breathable underwear, down jacket, jeans, beanie, etc. Tibet has long duration of daylight and the climate is dry, so sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm are necessary.

9) About high altitude sickness

Taking a good rest is the best way to prevent high altitude sickness for the first time to Tibet no matter by Airplane or train. Do not get a cold or fever before your arrival. Walk slowly, eat more fruits or vegetables, try to drink local Tibet butter tea. If you feel uncomfortable, just find our tour leader to get assist.

10) Others

As Tibet is a special region in China, According to local policy, international visitors are not allowed to travel without a tour leader. Do not talk about sensitive topics like politics. Do not photograph the Buddha in monastery unless you get permission. Walk clockwise around Barkhor street.ect…Remember to find our tour leader if you are uncertain about something before you do it.


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