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10 Days sky-train experience from Xi'an to Tibet

Product Code: 1134 Highlights: The Terracotta warriors, Potala Palace, Everest and more.

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  • Duration: 10 days 9 nights

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Arrive in Xi'an

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Today travelers gather in Xi'an, Stay in Xi'an overnight.


Highlights: Terracotta Warriors

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On train

The Terracotta Warriors​, also known as the Terracotta Army, is a buried army of more than 8,000 life size terra cotta soldiers which was designed as the guardian troops of the the grand tomb of Emperor Qin Shihuang in his afterlife. The tomb took 700,000 slave labors over 39 years to built, yet still not completed when the emperor died.

With the official name Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site Museum, The Terracotta Army is now the most famous tourist attractions in Xi'an and a must-see for everyone visiting the city.

Our driver and guide will pick you up at your hotels around 08:00 (Exact pickup time will be notified based on your exact hotel location).

The first stop will be Banpo Museum, which is a neolithic village dating back 6,000 years ago. Spend 1 hour at this prehistoric matriarchal community.

Move on to a terracotta warriors factory and take 30 minutes to learn how to make terra cotta warriors 2,000 years ago.

Have a buffet lunch with vegetarian options for an hour.

Head to the Terracotta Warriors Museum for a 2-hour tour. Our guides will share their knowledge and answer your questions about the Terracotta Army.

Move on to the Mausoleum of the First Emperor, where Qin Shi Huang Di rested in peace. Stay 40 minutes around here.

The tour ends with a transfer back to your hotel.


On the train to Lhasa

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On the train

On the train to Lhasa. The train will pass Xi'an, Qinghai province, arrive in Tibet. 40 hours.


Arrive in Lhasa

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Our professional tour guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Kongga International Airport or Lhasa Railway Station, giving you a warm welcome and wear a HADA for you. Then drive you to the hotel in Lhasa downtown for rest.

HADA is a holy and essential gift looks like a scarf which is made of silk. It is for social activities in Tibet, Qinghai and Inner Mongolia regions of China. Local people always send it as a social gift, which means the guest is very important and respected.

TIPS: In the first day you arrive in Lhasa, we highly recommend you to stay in hotel for a good rest, attention to keep warm and avoid labor work, shower or alcoholic beverages, in order to prevent or reduce high altitude sickness.


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

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Enjoying the first sunrise from the last heaven on earth - Lhasa, enjoying your breakfast at hotel. Then head to our first scenic spot - Potala Palace, which is praised as the Pearl of the Roof of the World. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After lunch and a break, travel to Johkang Temple which is called the Eye of Tibet.

Around the temple is Barkhor Street​, where you can explore the old market and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.


Lhasa - Yamdroktso lake - Karuola Glacier - Gyantse - Palcho Monastery - Shigatse

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Stay overnight in Shigatse
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After breakfast, drive from Lhasa to Lake Yamdroktso (Altitude: 4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains. In the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (Altitude: 7191m), which is the highest mountain near Lhasa.

Later, we will pass through and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside.

Then, arrive in Gyantse, a historic Tibetan city. In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Palcho Monastery​ to enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

Then keep driving, we will arrive in our destination Shigatse, and have a rest there.


Shigatse - Lhatse - Everest Base Camp

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After breakfast, we'll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien's travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse for lunch.

After that, we will pass Tsola Pass (Altitude: 4600M) and Gyatsola Pass (Altitude: 5248M). Shortly after we will enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (Altitude: 5198m).

​Then we drive to Everest Base Camp​ (Altitude: 5200m). You can get closer to gazt at the Mt. Everest peak.


Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

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​In the morning, you can see the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area. Then we will visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together and later trek from lodging place to Everest Base Camp. You can visit the Everest Base Camp and take the close-up shot of Mt. Everest. Finally, we will drive back to Shigatse.


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. Be called the Heap of Glory, it is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse. 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.


Lhasa City - airport or railway station

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​After breakfast, our guide and driver will transfer you to the airport or railway station.

Inclusions & Exclusions


Tibet travel permit and all other permits to Tibet needed.

All entrance ticket fees red marked.

Complimentary breakfast

Tibet local 8-20 seats Tourist Vehicle. (depending on the group size)

A professional English-speaking Tibetan local.

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.

Tourist accident/casualty insurance.

Tibet hand map & Service Charge & Government Taxes.


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.

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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