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7-Day Tibet Tour by Train from Xining

Experience the Roof-of-the-World Railway

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, highest and longest plateau railway in the world, took China 30 years to finish. It was a "mission impossible" and is a testament to the wisdom and hard work of the engineers and workers.

Take the "roof-of-the-world railway" to enjoy incredible scenery in virtually uninhabited parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and explore mysterious Tibet with this 7-day Tibet tour.

Xining to Lhasa Tour Map

Xining to Lhasa tour map

Tour 'Wow' Points

Enjoy the Plateau Scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Take an overnight train to witness the unique plateau landscape including great snow-topped mountain ranges, peaceful rivers, vast meadows, and running animals on the Hoh Xil ('Blue Ridge') no-man's land.

Train on the Qinghai-Tibet railway
Yaks and snow mountains

Appreciate the Hand-Made Butter Flower Buddhist Offerings

Visit one of the top six monasteries of the most-dominant Gelug (Yellow Hat) Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, which is outside Tibet in Xining. Admire its three treasures: murals, butter sculptures, and embroideries.

Butter flowers Buddhist offerings
Making butter flowers

Pilgrimage to the Palace That's 'Closest to Heaven'

Immerse yourself in the exquisite chambers on the Potala Palace. Discover the secrets of building this amazing palace.

Potala Palace
Tibetan people visiting Potala Palace

Walk a Local Tibetan Kora (Religious Circuit) on Barkhor Street

Feel the piety of local Tibetans as you see them worship with their whole body touching the ground. Explore a local market to experience Tibetan daily life and sit in a peaceful nunnery for a cup of sweet tea that's loved by locals.

Prayers at Jokhang Temple
Flowers in a nunnery

Enjoy a Picnic on the Bank of the Holy Lake

Pilgrimage to the Lake Yamdrok and enjoy a picnic on the lake bank.

A small island on Lake Yamdrok
Picnic on the bank of the lake

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Itinerary Quick Look

Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.

DAY 1 Xining Arrival

Your personal tour guide and driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you directly to your hotel to check-in and rest.

DAY 2 Xining | Ta'er Monastery, Board the Overnight Train

In the morning, you can explore the Gelug Tibetan Buddhist Ta'er Monastery to appreciate its splendid architecture and arts including murals, butter sculptures, and embroideries.

After lunch in a local restaurant, you will board the overnight train on the world's highest railway to Lhasa. The train leaves in the late afternoon, so there will be plenty of time to see the scenery before night falls.

DAY 3 Lhasa Arrival

The best scenery on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway is in the last 10 hours. You will cross the highest point — altitude 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) — around midday, but don't worry about altitude sickness as the train's interior had supplemental oxygen.

Arrival in Lhasa is in the late afternoon. Your personal Tibetan guide will be waiting for you, and will drive you directly to your hotel, where you can have a good rest and start to get used to the high altitude.

DAY 4 Lhasa | The Holy City and Its People

Ascend into the Potala Palace in the morning. Discover this architectural marvel and cultural treasure house. View the palace from four expertly-chosen angles to fully enjoy its beauty.

Enjoy a walking tour in the afternoon. Meet the devoted pilgrims prostrating themselves at Jokhang Temple. Delve into the less touristy corners of Barkhor Street to experience Tibetan daily life. Learn the history of Tibet at a Qing Dynasty ministerial office site and a wealthy merchant's residence — the Pandatsang Compound. Finally, sit down with local Tibetans in a nunnery to have a rest and enjoy a cup of Tibetan sweet tea.

DAY 5 Lhasa | The Essence of Tibetan Buddhism

Start the tour with Norbulingka ("Lhasa's Summer Palace"). Have a relaxing morning with the local Tibetans. Then visit Drepung Monastery — the biggest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. Learn more about the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In the afternoon, you'll watch monks debating over age-old scriptures in a courtyard of Sera Monastery. Your personal guide will show you the thangka-like murals painted on big rocks on the 'back hill', which are overlooked by most tourists.

DAY 6 Lhasa | Discover the Loneliest Monastery on the Holy Lake

Adventure out of Lhasa to holy Lake Yamdrok on the penultimate day. After viewing the lake from the popular platform, you will have a picnic lunch on the bank of the lake if the weather is nice.

DAY 7 Lhasa Departure

After breakfast, your private guide and driver will take you to the airport for your departure.

Hotel Selection

—the Icing on the Cake

Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.

lhasa shangri-la hotel
the hotel room with Potala Palace view
FromCNY11,510 / USD1,599 p/p Based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on program, travel date, number of people and chosen hotel

Price includes:

  • Tibet Travel Permits
  • Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
  • English speaking local guide
  • Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
  • 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling

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