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11 Days Best of Tibet Tour from Shanghai by Train

11 Days Best of Tibet Tour from Shanghai by Train

Taking an 11 days trip to Tibet by train from Shanghai will be an unforgettable travel experience with a 3-day train journey on one of the best long-distance railway. On the Shanghai-Lhasa train, you will pass through the plains of central China, going through the ancient capital of Xi'an and riding along the world's highest Qinghai-Tibet railway.

Start your lifetime Tibet tour after arriving in Lhasa. Visiting the Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple in Lhasa city, staying an overnight at the side of holy Namtso Lake and reaching to the Everest Base Camp...All you will experience are the best of Tibet, which will make you deeply explore the holy land.

TOUR CODECTT-STET-11

PLACES VISITEDShanghai - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa

TOUR TYPEEscorted by private guide and vehicle

  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Service Guide

At a Glance

Day1  Arrive in Shanghai and Board Train to Lhasa

Day2   Train to Lhasa

Day3  Scenery View of Tibet Railway, and arrive in Lhasa

Day4   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street

Day5   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery

Day6   Lhasa to Namtso Lake (250km, 5 hours)

Day7  Namtso to Shigatse via Dazhuka (385km, 8-9hours driving)

Day8   Shigatse(3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200m) via Lhatse, Shegar

Day9   Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp, and back to Shigatse

Day10   Shigatse to Lhasa: Tashilunpo Monastery

Day11  Depart from Lhasa

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1  Arrive in Shanghai and Board Train to Lhasa

After arrival in Shanghai, you could have a rest or look around in shanghai on your own. In the evening, you will be transferred to Shanghai Railway Station to board the train to lhasa. Train Z164 starts at about 19:16 from Shanghai and arrives in Lhasa at 17:40 on the third day, totally about 46 hours and 24 minutes.

Stay overnight on the Train.

Day2   Train to Lhasa

It is quite a long journey that will take about 47 hours, two days and two nights in the Train, at 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 17:00.

Stay overnight on the Train.

Day3  Scenery View of Tibet Railway, and arrive in Lhasa

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 19:40. 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, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street

Morning section to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad 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.

Afternoon section visiting to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during songtsen gonpo'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 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 and Sera Monastery

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.

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 (250km, 5 hours)

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso. On the way, you can see Nyenchen Thanglha( snow mountain ranges )and lots of nomads tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated around the mountain side. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the four holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relaxing trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.

To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic to see the stars.

Stay overnight in Namtso Guest house.

Day7  Namtso to Shigatse via Dazhuka (385km, 8-9hours driving)

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

After that, continue to Shigatse, the second biggest city in Tibet, you will go through a long distance of rough road between Yanpanchen and Dazhuka, and finally get to Shigatse in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day8   Shigatse(3900m) to Everest Base Camp(5200m) via Lhatse, Shegar

We’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse. It is a small town where you can take lunch.

After that, you will drive to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to shegar you will view the Mt. Everest in the distance.

After 4 to 6 hours then you will arrive at Rongbuk monastery. But on the way, you will pass one of the highest passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass you will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.

Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House.

Day9   Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp, and back to Shigatse

Early in the morning to see the sunrise from Rongpuk, then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid.

After walking arrive the place get on the local bus then use half of an hour arrive at Everest Base Camp (Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's interesting and much warmer, but hard to breathe). Hiking up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest.

Then late in the afternoon around 13:00 go down from E.B.C back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day10   Shigatse to Lhasa: Tashilunpo Monastery

Today, we will drive back to Lhasa on the friendship Highway. The whole distance is almost 280km and it takes 6 hours along the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet).

On the way, we will visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo Monastery which is one of the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, contains the world's largest gilded copper image (26m high) of future god Jampa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day11  Depart from Lhasa

You will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your flight to next destination.

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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