Once in a lifetime train journey on the world highest train, reaching peak altitude at 5072 meters above sea level. Watch as impressive sceneries of the northern Tibetan plateau slide past your train window.

Two days exploring Lhasa and its world heritage sites – Potala Palace, Jokhang temple, Drepung and Sera monastery will give you a highlights of Tibet, then gradually drive towards southern Tibet and explore the Tibet’s historical Yarlung valley which is also known as cradle of Tibetan civilization. You will also enjoy the beautiful Yamdrok lake and views of snow-capped Himalayan on your way to Gyantse and Shigatse.

 

PRICE STARTING FROM High Season – 1st April to 31st October
  • AUD 3140 per person twin share 2 people
  • AUD 2530 per person twin share 3-4 people
  • AUD 2260 per person twin share 5-6 people
  • AUD 450 Single Supplement

Low Season – 1st November to 31st March

  • AUD 2605 per person twin share 2 people
  • AUD 2145 per person twin share 3-4 people
  • AUD  1990 per person twin share 5-6 people
  • AUD  360 Single Supplement

If no one else is available to share the room, then additional single room supplement will be charged.

DATES This is a customisable itinerary which we can tailor make to your needs
INCLUDED
  • All necessary travel permits to travel within Tibet
  • Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary
  • Mt.Everest Natural Reserve Car Entrance fees
  • Private transportation in Tibet and Xining with experienced local Tibetan driver: Ranging from comfortable van to minibus (car gasoline is included)
  • Hard sleeper train tickets from Xining to Lhasa
  • Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide
  • Lodging: Comfortable 3 – 4 star hotels in Lhasa and Shigatse, local tent guesthouse at EBC
  •  Free Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour (No hidden cost)
  • Oxygen cylinder in the car (4L or 7L)
  • Lhasa handy guide booklets (Information of restaurants, café, ATM and hospital map)
  •  Meals: only breakfast is included;
  •  Lodging and meals for guide and drivers
  •  First aid kit
NOT INCLUDED Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation

Travel too and from Tibet – please ask us for assistance with making arrangements

Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.)

Meals – lunches and dinners are not included, it will give you more flexibility to choose your own meals and restaurants, averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 – 10 per person

 Gratuities for the guide and driver

 

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Day 1

ARRIVAL IN XINING BY AIR/TRAIN

Today you will be greeted by our local guide and driver at the airport/train station, then transfer you to the hotel to rest and acclimate the plateau environment, Xining is the capital of Qinghai province with altitude of 2295m. Rest of the day you can explore around the town or relax.

Overnight in Xining.

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Day 2

Morning tour of Xining and board Tibet train in the afternoon

Attractions; Stunning view of Kokonor Lake (Qinghai Lake) and beautiful nomadic surrounding with blossomed flowers.

Today our local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then drive you to visit Kokonor Lake, it is 151km west from the city, it takes less than 2 hours, Kokonor Lake is the largest salt water lake in China. The surrounding nomadic environment is beautiful with blossomed rapeseed especially in June and July. We will drive back in the afternoon. You may have few hours repacking time at the hotel and then our guide and driver will collect you and take you to the train station for departure which is normally around 7pm.

Overnight on the train

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Day 3

Arrival into Lhasa

The train ride over the high plateau by crossing the mighty Thangu la Mountain ranges set you to Lhasa with beautiful scenery along the route. At your arrival, you will be greeted by our Tibetan guide and driver and transferred to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 4

LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. (B)

Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor Street and Sera monastery.

Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ache which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the center of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days.

After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping center. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who was a disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera are home to several hundred monks from different regions of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening every day in the afternoon except Sunday.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 5

LHASA ESCORTED TOUR. (B)

Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery.

Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which was listed in the world heritage in 1994.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world’s largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several changes have taken place in different times but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling.

Overnight in Lhasa – 4 star Gangyen Hotel or same standard hotel.

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Day 6

LHASA-TSEDANG-SAMYE MONASTERY (3500m), 220km, 6hrs. (B)

Attractions; Fertile Yarlung valley-ancient Tibet capital, Samye monastery.

Today we will drive towards the southern part of Tibet to Samye monastery. We will stop at Tsedang for lunch along the way and to streach your legs in this every growing little town.

Samye monastery is the 1st Buddhist monastery in Tibet, it  was built in the 7th century during the regime of King Trisong Desen. It has existed and continues to be used for centuries despite many attempts and means of destruction over various periods of time. The Manadala design of the monastery is beautifully located at the Northern bank of the Brahmaputra river, in the small valley mingled with surrounding villages

You may also enjoy a short hike up on the Hepu hill close to the monastery, which affords stunning views of the valley around and monastery itself.

Overnight at Samye monastery hotel.

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Day 7

SAMYE-CHIMPU HERMITAGE-TSEDANG, 2hrs, 50km. (B)

Attractions; Chimpu nunnery, Yogis in the caves, Yumbo Lhakang, Tramduk monastery.

Today we will drive back toward Tsedang, en route we will drive to Chimpu hermitage, there were several caves that Guru Rinpoche and Khangdo Yeshi Tsogyal(one of three consorts of Guru) mediated in the 7th century and since then it became very famous for retreatants and hermits from different part of Tibet, after visiting the nunnery at the bottom of the hill we will hike up through the caves to experience the life of Tibetan yogis, you may get chance to interact with some yogis if you are lucky.

Afternoon drive back to Tsedang, Tsedang is the cradle of Tibetan civilization and capital of Tibet prior to Lhasa, so we will visit the 1st King’s palace Yumbu Lhakang, which is only few kilometers south of the town. Overnight in Tsedang.

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Day 8

TSEDANG-GANPA LA PASS(4900m)-GYANTSE (3900m), 7hrs, 380km (B)

Attractions; Yamdrok lake, Mt.Nyechen Kangsar glacier, Gyantse Kubum stupa and Pelkhor Choede monastery.

Today we drive upstream of the Brahmaputra river to Gyantse, after passing a number of Tibetan town and villages we will climb up the Kampa la pass (4700m) via through a winding road.

Right from the top of Gampa la pass you will have the first glimpse of the breathtaking view of the holy Yamdrok lake with its turquoise color deep within the mountainous valley, then continues drive along the lake for few kilometers.

En route we will stop at Karo la (5150m) to see the holy mount Nyenchen Kangsar glacier.

The rest of the day will be spent enjoying the many magnificent valleys and exquisite Tibetan villages that we pass through.

Arrival at Gyantse we will visit Kumbum stupa and Palkhor Choede monastery.This magnificent multi-door structure is the largest stupa in Tibet, it is not only well known for its architecture but also its old sculptures and paintings all around the inner walls have centuries of history.

Overnight at Gyantse.

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Day 9

GYANTSE-SHIGATSE (3800m), 90km, 1.5hrs. (B)

Attractions; Villages and farms, Shalu monastery, Tashi Lhunpo monastery.

Today it is short drive to Shigatse on a very good road, en route we will visit Shalu Monastery which is the seat of Buton Rinchendrub(1290-1346) who was the great codifier of the Tibetan translations of the Indian Buddhist canon.

Shalu monastery is the only one that combines Tibetan and Chinese styles in its design, though the whole monastery has gone under several renovations in different period but the green tiled Chinese style is clearly visible these days.

Afternoon drive to Shigatse and visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Tashi Lhunpo monastery is built by the 1st Dalai Lama-Gedun Drup in 1447 and later it became the seat of the Panchen Lama lineages, there you will see tombs of 7 passed Pachen Lamas lineages. Overnight at Shigatse.

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Day 10

SHIGATSE – LHASA, 280km, 4/5 hrs. (B)

Today we will drive back to Lhasa along the northern friendship highway, the road cuts through a number of villages and driving along the Brahmaputra River, then we will arrive in Lhasa later in the afternoon and you have some time to explore around the Bakhor to shop for gifts for your families and friends at home. Overnight in Lhasa.

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Day11

DEPART LHASA AIRPORT/TRAIN STATION

Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your farewells and depart to your next destination.

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