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7 Days Xining Tibet via Sky Train

Xining - Lhasa

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Tour Code: TCT-XNTT-08A
Tour Type: Private Tour with private guides & vehicles

  • Overview
  • Itinerary
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  • Day 1Pickup from airport and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Drive to visit Qinghai Lake and stay overnight there
  • Day 3Drive back to Xining and visit Ta'er Monastery, by train to Lhasa
  • Day 4Pickup from train station and escorted to hotel for acclimatization
  • Day 5Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
  • Day 6Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery + Debate
  • Day 7Drive to airport for flight departure
7 Days Xining Tibet via Sky Train Map
Day 1Xining Arrival (B)
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Upon arriving in Xining, your local guide will meet you and take you to your hotel.Rest of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own. 

Accommodations: Overnight in Xining
    Day 2Xining - Qinghai Lake (B)

    Highlights: Today you will be driven 3 hours to visit Qinghai Lake, stay overnight at Qinghai Lake. 

    Qinghai Lake: Located 130km from Xining and 3205m above the sea level, Qinghai Lake is the largest salt water lake In China. The lake is surrounded by amazing mountains and endless beautiful grasslands, you can enjoy the great views by walking, riding or biking. The lake is the paradise for birders, during summer time, the birds will be up to 100000. 

    Accommodations: Overnight at Qinghai Lake
      Day 3Qinghai Lake - Xining - Lhasa (B)
      Transfer Via: Overnight soft sleeper train arranged by us

      Highlights: Today you will drive back to Xining city, and visit the famous Ta'erMonastery, then embark your lifetime Qinghai-Tibet Train to Lhasa. Enjoy the fantastic plateau views along this highest railway in the world. 

      Ta'er Monastery: As the birthplace of the Tibetan Buddhism master – Tsongkhapa Ta'er Monastery is one of the most famous 6 monasteries of Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism, and a very important institute to learn Buddhism, Astronomy and Medicine. There are many Buddhist ceremonies organized here in each year. The 3 treasures of Ta'er Monastery are murals, barbola and butter sculptures. 

      Accommodations: On the train
      • taer monastery

        taer monastery

      • tibet train

        tibet train

      Day 4Lhasa Arrival (B)

      Highlights: Today the train runs along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, deserts, immense grassland, snow mountains, beautiful highland lakes. After arrival in Lhasa in the afternoon at about 16:50, you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide and escorted to hotel. Rest of the day you will have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude. 


      As the altitude of Lhasa is up to 3,500meters, so it is recommended to avoid strenuous activities or alcohol drinking for the first few days, taking NO shower upon new arrival is advisable. New commers usually have different level of high altitude sickness symptom, the best treatment is to drink more water, have enough rest , if neccessory you can ask the guide to bring you some oxgen bags to better acclimatize. These measures will help you to overcome or prevent the sickness.

      Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
      • barkhor street

        barkhor street

      • tibet train

        tibet train

      Day 5Lhasa (B)

      Elevation: 3500m 

      Highlights: Today you will visit the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street 

      Potala Palace: Which is known as the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the residence of the Dalai Lama lineages. Stands 13 stories high and owes over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and 200,000 statues, the Potala Palace formed a small world in it. 

      Jokhang Temple: Listed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2000 as part of the Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan Pilgrims. The temple is a four-storey timber complex with a golden top, with the combination of  Tang Dynasty, Tibetan and Nepal architectural styles. Every day, pilgrims come from every corner of Tibet worship here, make it a perfect site for photograpers.

      Barkhor Street: As the oldest street in Lhasa, Barkhor Street is considered as the center of the old city, and a perfect place to lear Tibetan culture, economy, religion, and arts. The street is full of handicarfts, such as ornaments, knives, tangka,  religious musical instruments, gold and silver ware, masks and a lot more. If you intend to buy some souvenirs for friends or famiy, Barkhor Street will be an ideal place.


      1) Some visitors might feel a bit hard to breath when climbing the Potala Palace, so please climb slowly. 

      2) Some places are not allowed to take photos, please kindly inquire your guide for details. 

      3) When shopping around Barkor Street, you can compare and bargain for the unique souvenirs 

      4) During the summer time, the musical fountain show at the Potala Plalace Square is 19:30—22:00PM. 

      5) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

      Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
      • potala palace

        potala palace

      • jokhang temple

        jokhang temple

      Day 6Lhasa (B)

      Elevation: 3500m 

      Highlights: Today you will visit Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery and enjoy the debate. 

      Drepung Monastery: Located 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It is considered one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two are the Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice. As such, it was given the name 'Drepung‘, which, in the Tibetan language, means 'Collecting Rice.. 

      Sera Monastery: Which is located in the northern suburb of Lhasa City. The monastery was named Sera which means wild rose in the Tibetan language, because the hill behind it was covered with wild roses in bloom when the monastery was built. From of Mon ~ Fri, every afternoon, you ll be able to see monks debating at Sera Monastery.


      1) Today's road condition is good. The tour involves some easy walking and climbing

      2) Please bring water, a hat, sun cream, and sun glasses for today’s tour as you will be at outside for a long day. 

      Accommodations: Overnight in Lhasa
      • drepung monastery

        drepung monastery

      • sera monastery

        sera monastery

      Day 7Lhasa Departure (B)
      Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

      Highlights: Today will be free for you to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight to next city. 


        All Tibet travel permits

        Meals as listed in itinerary

        Accommodation as listed in itinerary

        Domestic flights/trains if listed in itinerary

        Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

        Private transportation with experienced drivers

        Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary

        Oxygen for emergey usage (Only for the groups going to Everest or Kailash area)


        China Visa

        Personal expense

        Travel insurance (Recommended)

        International flights to and out of China

        Tips and gratitude to tour guides and drivers

        Meals if not specified in the itinerary (Average meals cost is USD5-8/per)

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