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10 Days Xining and Tibet Natural Scenery Tour by Train

10 Days Xining and Tibet Natural Scenery Tour by Train

(XTT003 ) Xining-Qinghai Lake-Lhasa-Namtso-Shigatse-Mt.Everest Tour

Overview

Starting from Xining, you can visit the largest saline lake in china and then take Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa via Kekexili uninhabited land and Qiangtang prairie in northern Tibet. One can worship holy Potala palace, Jokhang temple-- center of Buddhism and the largest Tibetan monasteries – Drepung monastery and watch monk debate in Sera monastery and visit one of three sacred lakes – Namtso Lake. You will arrive in Shigatse, Tibetan religious and political center, via Yamdork lake and ancient Gyantse, and then visit Tashilhunpo monastery. After that, you will head to Mount Everest- majestic and highest mountain in the world, and appreciate the scenery of sunset and sunrise of next morning.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Xining

Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Xining airport or railway station. 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 2: Qinghai Lake Day Tour and Stay overnight Train to Lhasa

In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours from Xining to Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland salt water lake. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn have the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons. The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island. It situates on the western shore of the Lake. Cruising for about 30 minutes is a popular way to appreciate the lake. On the way to this charming lake, you can get a view of Riyue mountain. In the afternoon, drive back to Xining. Then, transfer to railway station for your overnight train to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 3: enjoy the train ride

You will spend a whole day on the train to Lhasa and enjoy fabulous scenery along the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world. Spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, grand ice mountains, and beautiful lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart. You will arrive in Lhasa in late afternoon or evening. Then transfer to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4: Potala Palace-Jokhang Temple-Sera Monastery

In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmarks, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. First go to Potala Palace to explore its grand and myriad chapel, and appreciate the jeweled burial chorten of past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary, frescoes and paintings. Later visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet and draws tremendous number of pilgrims from all over Tibet each year for it houses a magnificent image of Sakyamuni at 12 years old. The Barkhor, a pilgrimage circuit encircling the Jokhang, also serving as the biggest bazaar in Lhasa, is a great place full of handicrafts, ambers, jewelry, Tibetan clothes, ect. In the afternoon, explore the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 5:  Lhasa - Yangpachen - Namtso - Lhasa

Drive to Yangpachen, 110 km away from Lhasa, and then continue driving to the holy Namsto Lake, the second-largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70km long and reaches a width of 30km. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are intoxicating. After enjoying the fabulous scenery, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6: Lhasa-Yamdrok lake-Gyangtse-Shigatse

Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdrok lake, Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the second biggest city of Tibet, Shigatse, the area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. The most important attraction for today is Yamdrok Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdrok Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in color and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 7: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri (Shegar) - Tingri - Rongphu Monastery

Drive westwards along the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk. The road is under construction, and it is very rough from Tingri to E.B.C. We will pass the wild grassland, cross the rapid river and high mountains. If the weather is clear, you can have a glimpse of four mountains which are 8000m high or more. They are Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).

Stay overnight in Rongphu Monastery (Tent or Guest House)

Day 8: Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse

Appreciate the sunrise from Rongphu in early morning, and then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. After walking, you will get on the local bus to arrive in Everest Base camp in half an hour. You can take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest at the camping site. Then in the afternoon, go back from EBC and drive back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 9: Shigatse to Lhasa:Tashilunpo monastery

Before spending about 4 hours driving back to Lhasa from Shigatse, we will visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo monastery which is one of the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, contains the world's largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future god Jampa. Drive along the Friend-ship Highway back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 10: Departure from Lhasa

You will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your flight to next destination.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • 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;

Service Excluded:

  • 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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