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Riding the Rails to Lhasa

Duration:8 days

Tour Type:Cultural Tour

Level:Easy

Best Time to Go:Except Winter

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Highlights:

Railway Trip
Potala Palace
Namtso Lake
Itinerary Quotation

Trip Overview

Imagine how awesome the track takes you up to 5,072m above sea level - higher than western Europe's greatest peak, Mont Blanc; 

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly to Xi’ning, Board on the train to Lhasa

Take morning flight to Xi’ning. Be greeted by our local guide and transfer to the Xi’ning Railway Station and board on the train with soft berth. 

The train ride to Lhasa from Xi’ning is about 1,960km, taking about 24 hours when you can enjoy the scenery.

Overnight On the train with soft berth

Meals:N/A

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Day 2 Arrive Lhasa

The train will hit Tibetan Plateau from Kunlun Mountains pass, then Tanggula Mountain Pass and arrives at Lhasa at 14:30pm.

When you arrive at Lhasa, be greeted by our local guide and transfer to the hotel. 

After a short break in the hotel, visit the Barkhor Market around the Jokhang Temple, where we can join the Tibetan pilgrim circling around Jokhang Temple on Barkhor Street.

A leisure walk is good for us to acclimatize to the high latitude especially after the long day on the train.

Overnight Kyichu Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 3 Lhasa-Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple

This morning, we come to visit the World Heritage listed Potala Palace, which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century, symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism and its central role in the traditional administration of Tibet.

Afterwards, we visit Jokhang Temple, also founded in the 7th century listed on the World Heritage. It is an exceptional Buddhist religious complex.

Overnight Kyichu Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 4 Lhasa-Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Early in the morning, we start to explore Drepung Monastery which was one of Tibet's largest monastery and monastic universities. 

Afterwards, visit the Sera Monastery in the afternoon. Sera Monastery is well known as the 3 great monasteries of Tibet with Drepung and Ganden. 

Overnight Kyichu Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 5 Namtso Lake

We drive 220km for Namtso Lake in the morning. It is one of the three saint lakes of Tibet, covered with a veiling of mystery and sanctity. 

In the afternoon, we drive back Lhasa.

Overnight Kyichu Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 6 Drive to Tsedang, Samye Monastery

After breakfast, drive 150km/94miles to Tsedang. It is the birthplace of the earliest Tibetans and the political and economic centre of Shannan Prefecture. 

Located in the mountain area of Chanang County, the Samye Monastery is the first temple built in Tibet owning all the three Buddhist treasures of Buddha, Dharma and Monks. In the late afternoon, we drive back Tsetang.

Overnight Tsetang Hotel

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 7 Trandruk Monastery, the Tumuli of the Tibetan Kings, Yumbu-Lha Khang

In the morning, drive to visit King’s Tombs, buried here are the kings, the ministers and the royal concubines from the 29th Tuboking to the last. 

Afterwards, drive to Yumbu-Lha Khang, and Trandruk Monastery, one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries in Tibet, a significant stop for Tibetan pilgrims. 

Overnight Tsetang Hotel 

Meals: B, L, D

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Day 8 Depart Lhasa

After Breakfast, transfer to airport for your flight to home.

Enjoy a leisure morning in Lhasa before transfer to airport leaving Lhasa.

Trip ends.

Meals: B

 

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Price Includes:

Land transfers for whole trip with a private car with A/C

Accommodation 

Admissions and activity expenses as noted on itinerary 

Internal transportation

Insurance

Waterand snacks

 

Price Excludes:

Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers 

Personal Expenses

Any alcoholic drinks

Optional programs

Meals excluded in the program

 

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·Responsible Guides and Drivers

·No Compulsory Shopping

·High-quality Accommodations

·Selective Gourmet

·Program Flexibility 

·Bottle Waters and Snacks

·Personal Travel Accident Insurance

·Emergency Action Plan 

·Sustainable Tourism & Charity 

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