11 Days Overland Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa From $1580Tour Code: ttt-04

Xining, Qinghai Lake, Golmud, Nagqu, Namtso Lake, Lhasa, Shigatse, Mt.Everest

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D1 Arrival in Xining

Welcome to Xining! Upon your arrival, your personal local guide will meet you with a sign with your name on it to take you to your comfortable, private vehicle with an experienced driver who will transfer you to your Xining hotel and help you get safely checked in.

Meals: no
Accommodation: Overnight in Xining
D2 Qinghai Lake

This morning, as you begin your journey to Lhasa, you will have the opportunity to visit the Ta’er Monastery, which serves as the religious activity center for monks and followers of the Gelugpa Sect. After the monastery, we will continue driving to Qinghai Lake, the largest saltwater lake in all of China, located 150 kilometers west of Xining. After lunch, we will have time along the way to explore the Chaka Salt Lake with its stunning and unique vistas. We will spend the night in Chaka tonight.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Chaka
D3 Chaka – Golmud

After breakfast, we will drive directly from Chaka to Golmud, which is the starting point of the Qinghai and Tibetan Railway.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Golmud
D4 Golmud- Tuotuo River – Nagqu

Today we will drive through the Gobi Desert and enjoy the magnificent views on the way to our destination of Nagqu. We will see the Tongtian River, a major tributary of the Yangtze River. En route, we will visit the Geladangdong Mountain, where the Yangtze River originates, before driving on through the Tanggula Pass and finally arriving at Nagqu.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Nagqu
D5 Nagqu – Namtso Lake – Lhasa

Today’s first stop is Namtso Lake, the bright pearl of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Known as one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, Namtso is endowed with pure clean water and stunning landscapes. It is recognized as the holy land of the Tibetan Buddhists and a must-see destination for hiking enthusiasts from all over the world. We will enjoy a picnic by the late and then drive on to Yangbajing for a visit before driving on to Lhasa to spend the night.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D6 Lhasa City Sightseeing - Potala Palace - Jokhang Temple - Barkhor Street

After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the incredible Potala Palace – the highest palace in the world. As we climb to the entrance gate, you will have a spectacular view over all of Lhasa. After exploring the numerous interesting chapels and learning about the traditional culture and history of the palace and the city, we will move on to the spiritually significant Jokhang Temple, one of the most important temples in Tibetan Buddhism. To see the “real” Lhasa, we’ll stroll through Barkhor Street with its thriving local market where you can pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.
Tips for Visiting Potala Palace
1. The number of visitors to the palace is strictly limited to 2,300 per day. Visitors can only visit during the time specified on the admission ticket.
2. Admission tickets to visit the Potala Palace are sold out almost every day, so it is strongly recommended to book your tickets several days in advance. 
3. There are many steps at the Potala Palace, so it’s best to take it slowly to avoid possible altitude discomfort.
4. Visitors should respect the rules while visiting. Do not wear hats, wear revealing clothes or step on thresholds as these actions violate local customs.
5. Photography and the taking of videos are forbidden inside the Potala Palace.
6. A security search will take place at the entrance to the palace. Explosives, flammables, knives, lighters and even water bottles are not allowed inside the Potala Palace.

Meals: have breakfast   have lunch   have dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D7 Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake – Karola Glacier – Gyantse (Kumbum Monastery) – Shigatse

This morning we’ll take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. You will want to have your camera at the ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karol la Pass. Later on we’ll be able to visit the Karola Glacier before continuing along the southern Friendship Highway to Gyantse, where you will be able to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late in the afternoon we will continue on to Shigatse, the location of the Tashilunpo Monastery.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Shigatse 3-Star hotel
D8 Shigatse – Tingri – Rongphu Monastery – Everest Base Camp

After breakfast we’ll set out towards the peak of the world – Mount Everest. Departing from Shigatse and traveling via Lhatse and Tingri, you will see some of the most beautiful and unique scenery in the world – incredibly blue skies, floating high clouds, endless grasslands and the highest mountain peaks in the world. We’ll also stop by the Rongbuk Monastery – the world’s highest altitude monastery before spending the night at the Everest Base Camp.
Travel Tip:
Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Guest house or Tent
D9 Everest Base Camp – Shigatse (380 kilometers, 9-hour drive time)

Enjoy a breathtaking sunrise at the Everest Base Camp before we journey back through the spectacular scenery to spend the night again in Shigatse.

Meals: no
Accommodation: Overnight at Shigatse 3-Star hotel
D10 Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery – Lhasa (300 kilometers, 4-hour drive time)

We’ll get an early start this morning to visit one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism, the Tashilunpo Monastery. Here you can see the well-preserved statue of Jampa (future Buddha), the largest such statue in the world. This monastery is also the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. After our visit to Tashilunpo, we will make the scenic drive back to Lhasa to spend the night.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Lhasa 3-Star hotel
D11 Transfer to Lhasa Airport

We will pick you up from your hotel by private vehicle for the 90-minute drive to the Lhasa airport for your departing flight.

Meals: have breakfast   no lunch   no dinner
Accommodation: None

2019-2020 Departure Date & Tour Cost

This is a tailor-made private tour. You are free to choose the most suitable travel date. Our professional travel consultant will make itinerary & quotation based on your tour plan (Including tour pax, hotel rates, and travel date) after receiving your inquiry. Generally, the price in low season is cheaper than in high peak season. Low season in Tibet: April, May, June, October; Peak season in Tibet: July, August, and September. For more details, please send inquiry to our mailbox, we will reply to you within 24 hours: info@chinabeautiful.com

Price Guide

Price Includes:

√ Transportation in Tibet: Ranging from minivan to minibus depending on the group size and trip route (Car Gasoline is included); 

√ Accommodation as listed in the itinerary; 

√ Meals specified in the itinerary (Breakfast provided by the hotel); 

√ Guide: Excellent local Tibetan guide fluent both in Chinese and English;

√ Insurance: Liability travel Insurance and Vehicle seat insurance.

Price Exclude:

☓ International and domestic flight/train; (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking in advance, check the updated ticket availability and cost with your travel consultant);

☓ Meals not specified in the itinerary; (Due to the limited condition, we don't include meals for the whole trip, you are free to choose whatever you like to eat and our guide will give you suggestion based on your interests; Generally, the cost ranges from 30RMB-60RMB per person per meal);

☓ All Entrance tickets to the sightseeing places listed in the itinerary;

☓ 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.

☓ Other expenses caused by flight delay, cancellation, visa delay or other objective reasons (like natural disaster, war, etc.) ;

☓ Tips to the guide and driver (Generally, the driver should be tipped at least 20RMB per person per day and the guide will be at least 30RMB per person per day).

Booking Instructions

1. Reservations

√ Send your request through our website form or send us an email at info@chinabeautiful.com. With each inquiry, please include the following information: 

a. Your desired destinations;
b. Departure date;
c. Length of your trip;
d. Your name, email address and country of citizenship.
We will confirm your inquiry with a reply within 24 hours.

√ You can call us directly at our service center at +86-891-6384692 (landline) or +86-1889089998 (mobile)

√ You can come to our office in Chengdu in person to make reservation.

We highly recommend you that you reserve your tour at least 30-50 days before the actual travel date. We will send you a letter of confirmation via email once you have confirmed your booking with us, informing you of the your proposed flights, hotels and your trip details.

2. Payment Methods
We can confirm your tour reservation with a payment of 30% of the total tour cost plus 100% of the cost of any flights or train tickets required for your tour. You can then pay the balance due for your tour to our local staff after your arrival in Lhasa.

3. Luggage Allowances
The regulations of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China states that, the free baggage allowance within China is 20kg (44 pounds) for economy class flights, 30kg (66 pounds) for business class flights, and 40kg (88 pounds) for first class flights, plus limited carry-on luggage. Excess baggage charges are the sole responsibility of the traveler. Regulations within China specify that all suitcases must have a locking device attached. Failure to follow this regulation may result in refusal by airport staff to load suitcases onto the aircraft.

4. Itinerary changes and cancellations
We make every effort to operate tours as listed on our website, however, we reserve the right to modify the itinerary, or substitute the activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We also have the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for every reason, like unforeseen circumstances, or circumstances beyond our control. In this cases we will re-book you on different day, however if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full field claim.

5. Meals
All of our tours include a daily breakfast. Lunch and dinner is not included as we prefer to give the freedom to our clients to try the local food by themselves. Meals are usually served at the hotel. Dinner may also be served at a local restaurant. Although we cannot guarantee special meal requests, we will do our best to provide you with specialized dietary needs for meals as well as your special needs for hotel rooms such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bed sizes, etc.

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