Now you can take a Tibet train tour on the world's highest railway known as 'Qinghai-Tibet Railway'. Although traveling to Tibet via railway does take more time than by plane, it gives you much more enjoyment of the wonderful landscapes and a unique experience on the thousands of miles traveling on the roof of the world.
Day 1 Arrive in Xi’an from Beijing
Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Xian train station. And 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.
Then visit the BanPo Museum, the Underground Palace as well.
Stay overnight in Xian
Day 2 Board the overnight train to Lhasa from Xi’an
In the early morning, you will board the famous sky train to Lhasa in Xi’an railway station to start the wonderful journey of exploring the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 32 hours.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 3 Sightseeing along the railway and arrive in Lhasa in the late afternoon
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, you will be warmly received by your tour guide and transferred to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. Have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang 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, you will 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 Barkhor street 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 5 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung and Sera Monastery
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. Ganden palace is used as Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace.
In the afternoon, head to the Sera Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The most popular attraction is the monk debate at around 3:00 – 5:00 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6 Lhasa(3650m) to Gyantse(3950m), Visit yamdrok lake, Karo Glacier, Kumbum monastery
Today, we have to drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, the group will pass over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountain 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 drive towards Gyantse. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. The Kumbum has nine floors and each tier has unique chapels. It is considered the largest stupa in Tibet.
Day 7 Gyantse (3950m) to Sakya(4300m), Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery
In the morning, we drive towards 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.
In the afternoon, we drive to the Sakya county where tourists can visit the famous Sakya monastery. It was founded in 1073 and was the principal monastery of the Sakya sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Sakya monastery consists of two parts, northern and southern monastery. The Northern monastery is only visible as a ruin while Southern monastery was built like a fortress,surrounded by a moat.
Day 8 Sakya (4300m) to Everest base camp(5200m)
The distance between Sakya to Rongpuk is neither to long nor short, and the road is under construction. From Tingri toE.B.C, the team has to drive on the rough road, pass the wild grassland, and cross the torrent and lofty mountains. If the weather is fine, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high and even higher. Just Enjoy your final stay at Everest Base Camp.
Stay overnight in Ronguk Guest House or Tent
Day 9 Everest Base Camp(5200m) to Zhangmu(2300m) via Rongphu Monastery
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 you may trek from tent to Base camp 4/km one way or go to EBC by local bus.
After visiting base camp, tourists can tour Rongphu Monastery which is the highest monastery in the world (5000m) and then drive to Zhangmu. Then we descend gradually from the dry Tibetan Plateau to amidst the verdant and fertile vegetation of Zhangmu at 2300 meter on the Nepalese border.
Stay overnight in Zhangmu
Day 10 Zhangmu-Kodari-Kathmandu
A few kilometers drive from Zhangmu to the Friendship Bridge brings you to Immigration Control in Kodari, where you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet Nepalese drive to Kathmandu. Our Nepal Driver will be waiting for you at Kodari.
Tour ends in Kathmandu.
1.Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
2.All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
3.Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
4.Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
5.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.
6.All meals listed in the above itinerary;
7.Train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa
1.International flight to and out of China;
2.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. )
3.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 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).
4.Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
5.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.