13 Days Guangzhou, Xining, Lhasa and EBC Tour by Train
(GXLE001) Guangzhou - Xining - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
For the first-timers to China, esp. to Tibet, this 13-day tour showcases vibrant life of China’s third largest city. Then by making a brief stopover in Xining, you can experience multiple religious atmospheres. Later, tourists take Tibet train, the world’s highest train, to reach Lhasa. During your stay in Tibet, you can travel from Lhasa to Shigatse and cover a string of Buddhist and world-class natural attractions in Tibet, esp. visit to Everest Base Camp to gaze closely at world’s highest mountain, i.e. Mt. Everest(8844.43m).
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Guangzhouand Tour Canton Tower at NightDay 2
Guangzhou City Tour: Full day tour in Chimelong Safari Park and Chimelong International CircusDay 3
Fly from Guangzhou to XiningDay 4
Xining Tour: Ta’er Monastery&Dongguan MosqueDay 5
Board Overnight Train to Lhasa:Day 6
Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in LhasaDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 8
Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera MonasteryDay 9
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) TourDay 10
Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200m)Day 11
EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)Day 12
Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)Day 13
Departure from Lhasa
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Guangzhouand Tour Canton Tower at Night
After our clients arrive in in Guangzhou airport, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred toyour hotel. You can have a good rest and explore around nearby streets.
After dinner, we will head to enjoy the spectacular night view of Guangzhou City from Canton Tower, a must-visit for first-timers to Guangzhou. Canton Tower is the second highest tower in the world. And it features the world’s highest bubble tram and longest spiral staircase, and jaw-dropping Sky Drop. The sky drop made it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest thrill ride in the world. Do bring your camera for the sunning panoramic night view of the Guangzhou City.
Stay overnight inGuangzhou
Day 2: Guangzhou City Tour: Full day tour in Chimelong Safari Park and Chimelong International Circus
Chimelong Safari Park is the perfect place for family with kids to have fun in entire day. You can see a huge group of flamingos, swans, elephants and giraffes, and many more animals. They are mostly out in the open, not penned up.Animals seemed very happy and well taken care of. Trolley ride through the open enclosures was great. Walking through the park is an all-day event.
At night, all of us will enjoy the world-class performance by Chimelong International Circus. You will definitely be blown away by non-stop mesmerizing entertainment. From jaw dropping stunts to the shows of the adorable animals, it’s worth every penny spent on it.
Stay overnight in Guangzhou
Day 3: Fly from Guangzhou to Xining
Take the morning flight from Guangzhou to Xining. After our clients arrive in in Xining airport or railway station, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is at leisure. You can have a good rest or walk around in the city.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 4: Xining Tour: Ta’er Monastery&Dongguan Mosque
In the morning, we are about to visit Ta’er Monastery, one of the must-see religious sites in Xining. Located 25km to the northeast of Xining City, Ta’er Monastery is also called “Kumbum Monastery”. It’s one of the major Gelugpa monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, well-known Tibetan Buddhist master. You can see many devoted Tibetan pilgrims doing full-body prostration to the Buddha, magnificent Buddhist hall and exquisite murals and Tibetan butter flowers, etc.
In the afternoon, we will move to Dongguan Mosque in downtown area of Xining City. The impressive mosque has a mixture of Tibetan, Han, and Arabic and European architectural styles. It’s a great place to see large-scale Muslims praying inside the prayer hall, esp the Friday prayer time in the afternoon. You can learn more of Muslim culture and religion, as opposed to the Tibetan monastery you’ve visited in the morning.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 5: Board Overnight Train to Lhasa:
Tourists can have a good rest in the morning, and then we will board the Xining-Lhasa train in the afternoon and head to Tibet.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 6: Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in Lhasa
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice mountain, beautiful lakes which will fairly entertaining.
Shortly after your arrival in Lhasa in the late afternoon of third day, you will be warmly received by your tour guide who would say TashiDelek, which means wishing you all the best and transferred to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. You can have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai lama. 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.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhorstreet where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime you can buy souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning ,you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyangchoge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by JamchenChojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 9: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) Tour
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount NyenchenKhangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and GyantseKumbum.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we’ll visit Tashilunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 10: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200m)
We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch.
After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt, Everest in the distance.
After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery but on the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.
Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Travel Tips: Given the remote location and inhospitable natural environment (e.g. short of water supply and sanitary device, etc.), the accommodation facilities in Tingri, esp. at EBC are extremely basic. It’s often the case that the bed sheet is filthy and the room is cramped and untidy. Only dirty pit toilet is available. There is no hot water in the room. Rats can be seen sometimes. However, we will do our outmost to meet your personal demand and provide the best service we can.
Day 11: EBC (5200m) and return to Shigatse (3900m)
In the morning, you can see the sunrise appearing on the top of Mt Everest, and have a full view the magnificent Mt. Everest standing like a snow-capped pyramid in front of you at Rongpuk, which is the vantage point for watching Mt. Everest. Then, tourists can tour Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and belongs to Nyingma sect.
After that drive back to Shigatse stay overnight in Shigatse.
Day 12: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)
Today, we will drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the YarlungTsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).
Travel Tips: Driving back to Lhasa from Shigatse will be a long drive. Tourists can buy some snacks and listen to music to kill time.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 13: Departure from Lhasa
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
- All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
- Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
- Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
- All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
- Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
- All meals listed in the above itinerary;
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
- First aid kit;
- International flight to and out of China;
- Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
- Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
- 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.
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