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8 Days Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour

8 Days Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour

Take an overnight train from Beijing to Lhasa via the world's highest railway to appreciate the quintessence of Lhasa for two days. And then visit the stunning holy Namtso Lake, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and enjoy yourself in Yangpachen Hotsprings.

Before the Tour
We will deliver your reserved Beijing-Lhasa train tickets and your Tibet Entry Permit to your hotel in Beijing 3-5 days before the tour formally starts. We can also provide the airport to train station transferring service in Beijing if you need (this service is from 100USD). The driver will give you the train tickets and permit in person.

TOUR CODECTT-BTT-08

PLACES VISITEDTrain from Beijing - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Lhasa

TOUR TYPEEscorted by private guide and vehicle

  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Service Guide

At a Glance

Day1   Board the train to Lhasa from Beijing

Day2   Train to Lhasa

Day3   Scenery View of Tibet Railway, arrive in Lhasa at about 16:00

Day4   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Jokhang Temple

Day5   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Carpet Factory and Sera Monastery (B)

Day6   Lhasa to Namtso Lake (220km, 4 hours driving, asphalt road in good condition) (B)

Day7   Namtso to Yangpachen hotspring, then back to Lhasa (220km, 4hours driving) (B)

Day8   Depart from Lhasa (B)

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1   Board the train to Lhasa from Beijing

The train departs from Beijing West Railway Station. Train T27 from Beijing to Lhasa departs at 20:09. It takes about 1 hour to check in as the train takes about 1000 passengers. Please be sure to arrive in train station 1 hour and a half before the train departure. Your Tibet Permit will need to be checked when you check in.

Stay overnight on the Train

Day2   Train to Lhasa

It is quite a long journey that will take about 43 hours, two days and two nights in the Train. On the first day you will pass through two important provincial capital cities in northwest China, Lanzhou and Xining.

Xining is known as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Travelling along the rail line, you could see the scenery of countryside and city in northwest China. The last stop for today is Xining, where you will arrive at about 16:00.

Stay overnight on the Train.

Day3   Scenery View of Tibet Railway, arrive in Lhasa at about 16:00

Today, you will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The land of snows, the desert, the grassland, Snow Mountains and the lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.

You will arrive in Lhasa at about 16:00. Your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit of the train station to welcome you. A private car will take you from the train station to the reserved hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day4   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, and Jokhang Temple

Morning section to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest chapels. You will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala etc.

Then you will visit the Tibet Museum and its nearby Norbulingka Palace. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it. Norbulingka meaning 'Treasure Park' covers an area of around 360000 sq. m. and is considered to be the biggest man made garden in Tibet. It is called summer palace because after the 7th Lama, Dalai Lamas used to visit here during summers to hold religious and government related activities.

Afternoon section visiting to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc. You will have a chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day5   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Carpet Factory and Sera Monastery (B)

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous it was the government centre during fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth dalai lama.

Then you will visit the Carpet Factory, you can see how the world-famous Tibetan carpets are made.

After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon section most of the time.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day6   Lhasa to Namtso Lake (220km, 4 hours driving, asphalt road in good condition) (B)

In the morning around 08:00am, our guide and driver pick you up from your hotel, then we leave Lhasa to Namtso Lake. Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges appear in front of you all the way. In summer (May to August), the sheepherders and their family move to grassland and set up their tents, you could see green grassland, groups of sheep and yaks, nomad tents by the road.

Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.

To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic, the night sky is so clean that you could see all the stars twinkling on the sky, so close to you as if you could stretch your hands to pick the stars. Namtso lake is actually the lake in the sky, it is about 5000m high lies on the highest plateau in the world.

Stay overnight at Lake Shore Tent Guest House, dorm bed.

Day7   Namtso to Yangpachen hotspring, then back to Lhasa (220km, 4hours driving) (B)

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves.

Drive to Dumxung to have lunch. In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring(Optional) on the way back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day8   Depart from Lhasa (B)

The driver will take you to airport or train station.

Service end.

Services Included

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. Domestic train/flight tickets as idicted in the itinerary
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Excellent English-Speaking Tour Guide in China Tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
  8. Government tax and travel agency service

Services Excluded

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic flight'train not listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc

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