16 Days Xian to Lhasa Train and Nyingchi, Tsedang and Shigatse Tour
(XTT016) Xian - Train to Lhasa - Nyingchi - Gyantse - Tsedang - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
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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.
This tour will take you to explore the “cradle of Tibetan Civilization” - Tsedang, the “Switzerland of Tibet” - Nyingchi, the second largest city in Tibet - Shigatse, together with a classic Xi’an to Lhasa train trip. After visiting the revered monasteries and palaces in Lhasa, you will move to Nyingchi, which features distinctive plateau scenery, like Namjia Bawa Mountain, Basom tso Lake, Lunang Forest etc. Then in Tsedang, the birthplace of earliest Tibetans, you will visit Samye Monastery and Yambulakhang Palace, respectively the first Buddhism monastery and the first palace in Tibet. Before returning to Lhasa, the tour will also take you to popular Gyantse and Shigatse, passing by the beautiful Yamdrok Lake and Karo La Glacier.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Xi’anDay 2
Xi’an Tour: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose PagodaDay 3
Xi’an Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Cycling on the top of Ancient City Wall, and Muslim QuarterDay 4
Board the train to Lhasa from Xi’an and enjoy the train sceneryDay 5
Arrive in LhasaDay 6
Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor StreetDay 7
Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera MonasteryDay 8
Lhasa to NyingchiDay 9
Nyingchi Tour - Great Cypress Nature Reserve Area(B)Day 10
Nyingchi (3100m) to Gyatsa (330km, 7hrs)Day 11
Gyatsa to Tsedang (3515m) (125km, 5hrs)Day 12
Tsedang Tour - Samye MonasteryDay 13
Tsedang (3515m) to Gyantse (3950m)Day 14
Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)Day 15
Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)Day 16
Depart from Lhasa
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Xi’an
Upon your arrival in the Xi’an airport or railway station, your local tour guide will escort you to your reserved hotel in Xi’an. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Day 2: Xi’an Tour: The Museum of Qin Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
In the morning, we are about to visit the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. You will not only be attracted by the life-sized warrior figures and horses, each of which has distinct facial expressions and positions, but also be astonished by various kinds of ancient weapons which reflect the highly advanced technology in weapon-making 2,200 years ago.
Afterwards, we will head to tour another must-see attraction in Xi’an Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Originally built in 652 during the Tang dynasty, the Pagoda is known for keeping the Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang, one of the most renowned Chinese monks. The whole place is one of the most visited destinations by international tourists in Xi’an.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Day 3: Xi’an Tour: Shanxi History Museum, Cycling on the top of Ancient City Wall, and Muslim Quarter
In the morning, we are expected to visit Shanxi History Museum, the best place to take a glance at the glorious history of ancient Chinese civilization. The precious exhibits dates from the Paleolithic era to the Qing Dynasty. The breadth and depth of the artifacts and quality of artwork from each time period and dynasty are breathtaking! The museum is crowded, so be prepared to go with the flow of the people in front of each display.
In the afternoon, tourists can enjoy wonderful cycling on the top of Ancient City Wall. The wall around the city centre of Xi'an is a massive construction, about 14 kilometres in perimeter. With 98 defensive ramparts, four main gates, and a moat around it, the ancient city wall is a wonderful example of ancient defensive building. Near its centre are the Bell Tower and Drum Tower.
Later, we will travel to Muslim Quarter, the most famous gourmet street and largest Muslim business street in Xi’an. It’s the perfect place to have close chat with street venders of Muslims and buy the exquisite handicrafts and enjoy various local snacks.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Day 4: Board the train to Lhasa from Xi’an and enjoy the train scenery
In the morning, tourists will be transferred to Xian railway station and take the train to Lhasa. You will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Endless land of snows, vast desert, boundless grassland, snow-capped mountains and stunning lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 5: Arrive in Lhasa
When you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on the way to downtown Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street
In the morning, visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapel. You will appreciate its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.
In the afternoon, visit the holist temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang Dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkhor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc. You will have a chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thangka workroom at Barkhor.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 7: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery 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 Jamyang choge, 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 Jamchen Chojey, 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 8: Lhasa to Nyingchi
Today we drive along the National Highway No. 318 from Lhasa to Bayi Town (Nyingchi). On the way, we will drive over the Mila pass (5013m) and reach Kongpo Gamda town.
Then head to the Basom tso Lake which is around 360km east of Lhasa. Basom tso Lake, situated at 3,500 meters above sea level, originates from Nyching Tangha Mountain and is dozen kilometers long. Snow-covered mountains, glaciers and trees are reflected upon the lake’s rippled surface. There are small islands in the middle of the lake with Lamaist temples built upon them.
Then we continue to drive along the Nyiyang Riveren route to Bayi town.
Stay overnight in Nyingchi
Day 9: Nyingchi Tour - Great Cypress Nature Reserve Area(B)
Today, firstly we are about to visit the Great Cypress Nature Reserve area, which is 15 kilometers southeast of the Bayi Town, The king cypress in the reserve is about 50 meters tall and is about 2,500 years old.
Then we will drive to Sekyim la Pass (4720m) and enjoy the great Mt. Namjia Bawa (7,700m) in the distance.
After that, continue to drive to the bushy Lunang Forest with an elevation of 3700m, and it is a typical highland meadow strip, and both sides of Castle Peak from low to high from the dense bushes, spruce trees and pine. The distant clouds, the snow-capped mountains, the endless pines and the quiet pastoral displayed a beautiful landscape.
Then drive back to Nyingchi.
Stay overnight in Nyingchi.
Day 10: Nyingchi (3100m) to Gyatsa (330km, 7hrs)
After breakfast, as we drive through Nang county to Gyatsa, tourists will visit an ancient Lama Ling Monastery, which lies on the left bank of the lower reaches of Niyang River only 34km south of Bayi town. It belongs to the Nyingma sect and is surrounded by the dense forest. Lamaling Monastery enjoys important status in Tibetan Buddhism in Nyingchi.
Then drive along the bank of Yarlung Tsangpo River and the forest along the road gets fewer when you drive toward Gyatsa.
Stay overnight at Gyatsa
Day 11: Gyatsa to Tsedang (3515m) (125km, 5hrs)
Today’s ride on the road is expected to get tougher as the twisted and dusty road climbs up the Po-dang la (5030m), the paved road will meet at the foot side of the hill.
The ancient capital Tsedang is beautifully situated in the fertile Yarlung valley, which is known as the cradle of Tibetan civilization. In Tsedang, you will visit the 1st ever Palace Yambulakhang and Tradruk Temple.
Stay overnight at Tsedang
Day 12: Tsedang Tour - Samye Monastery
Today's visit is to Samye Monastery which is the first Buddhism monastery in Tibet built in the 7th century, and the main temple is comprised of three different styles of Tibetan, Hans and India, and fantastic views of Yarlung Tsangpo river can be enjoyed all along the road.
Stay overnight at Tsedang
Day 13: Tsedang (3515m) to Gyantse (3950m)
Today, tourists can see lots of beautiful scenery on the way while we drive to Gyantse. Passing over the Gampala pass (4790 m),you have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you have spectacular views of holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa .
We head westward along the lake and appreciate Karo La Glacier and later drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically known as Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).
Stay overnight in Gyantse.
Day 14: Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m)
In the morning, firstly we are going to visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa, the most iconic architecture of Gyantse County.
After one and half hour’s driving, we will reach Shigatse. In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashi Lhunpo monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future Buddha) in the world. This monastery is the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 15: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)
Day 16: Depart from Lhasa
You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to next destination.
- 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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