13 Days Beijing Xining Tibet Everest Tour with Qinghai-Tibet Train

Beijing - Flight - Xining - Qinghai Lake - Train - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa

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If you yearn for the amazing scenery of Tibetan plateau but are always retreated by the altitude sickness, don’t hesitate to join this tour. By staying at Xining (2,275m) for 2 nights and acclimatizing to Tibetan plateau on Qinghai-Tibet train, this tour helps you to prevent and relieve altitude sickness effectively.

After visiting Mutianyu Great Wall and Forbidden City, Imperial Ancestral Temple and Beihai Park, and Nanluoguxiang in Beijing, you will fly to Xining to acclimatize yourself to the high altitude to come. You can also visit Qinghai Lake before boarding the Tibet train. After 2-day sightseeing in Lhasa, you will head for Everest Base Camp via Gyantse and Shigatse, and visit Kumbum Stupa and Tashilunpo Monastery along the way. After the overnight stay at EBC, you will go back to Lhasa via Shigatse along the Friendship Highway.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival in Beijing, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Beijing in a private car. Then you could have a rest in your hotel or walk around on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day2 Beijing sightseeing: Badaling Great Wall, Changling Tomb of Ming Tombs

Today, you will be taken on a group tour to the Badaling Great Wall, the total length of this section is 12 kilometers with 43 watchtowers. Then you will visit the Ming Tombs which is composed of thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty about 50km away from Tiananmen Square. Among all the Ming tombs, Changling Tomb is the largest and best-preserved one with longest history.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day3 Beijing sightseeing: Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Temple of Heaven

At first, you will go to Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world. Then, you will visit the famous Forbidden City, which used to be the imperial palace from around 1420 to 1912 and now houses the Palace Museum.

In the afternoon, visit the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven.  Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, and is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. These beautiful attractions show visitors what life was like for the royal household in ancient China, and how the Chinese emperors managed their empire. Originally built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial temple used by emperors during Ming and Qing dynasties to appease the heavens to bring prosperity and ensure good crops for the coming year

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day4 Fly from Beijing to Xining

Today, you will be transferred to airport to take the flight from Beijing to Xining, and the flight takes about 3 hours. Upon your arrival in Xining, you will be transferred to your hotel and have a good rest.

Stay overnight in Xining.

Day5 Qinghai Lake; Board Xining-Lhasa Train

In the morning, you will take a car ride for about 2.5 hours to Qinghai Lake, the largest inland salt water lake in China. On the way to this charming lake, you can get a view of the famous Riyue Mountain. The most attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island situated on the western shore. In April and May, tens of thousands of birds nestle and lay eggs here, making it a great place to watch various kinds of birds. You can also take a cruise for about 30 minutes to appreciate the lake. In the afternoon, you will come back to Xining and board Tibet train at Xining Railway Station.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day6 Arrive in Lhasa (3650m)

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel, and the guide will give a brief introduction of the itinerary as well as dos and don'ts in Tibet. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day7 Lhasa sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage and the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, meditation cave of the 33rd Great King of Tibet, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. On the top of Jokhang Temple, you can enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa City and great vista of Potala Palace.

Then you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals by circling the Barkhor Street around the temple, buy some souvenirs, and taste sweet tea and local snacks in local tea house. Later, you can explore farm products like yak butter in Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day8 Lhasa sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416 and used to be home to more than 10,000 monks. Hiking along the mountain steps, you can see Buddhist painting on the rock face. During Shoton Festival, locals and pilgrims swarm to Drepung Monastery to celebrate the gigantic Thangka Buddha unveiling ceremony on the Gambo Utse Mountain. Then you will stop by the nearby carpet factory to appreciate the Tibetan artisans make traditional carpets with great skills.

After having lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most interesting thing is to see monks debating in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. By yelling at each other, slapping hands and rolling mala, two monks make a pair to debate on philosophical issues. You can also appreciate the delicately-made Mandala, sanding paintings, and massive Buddhist scriptures inside Sera Monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day9 Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse (360km)

Today, you will set off from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, when passing over the Gampala Pass (4,790m), you can have a far view of Yamdrok Lake and the snow-capped mountains around it. You can also get spectacular views of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain around Lhasa. After visiting the turquoise Yamdrok Lake, you can admire the Korola Glacier on the roadside and hang prayer flags at Simila Mountain Pass around Manak Dam Lake before arriving at Gyantse.

Gyantse was historically known as the Tibet's third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and the Nepali-style Kumbum Stupa. After one and a half hour's car ride, you will arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. You may also visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day10 Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m) (330km)

In the morning, you will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. It is the largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet and the main stage where generations of Panchen Lamas carried out religious and political activities. After getting your Alien’s Travel Permit, you will head for Lhatse and have lunch there.

Afterwards, you will pass Tsola Pass (4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5,248m). Shortly after entering Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, you can appreciate the panoramic view of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5,180m). Keep marching along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp, you can get closer view of Mt. Everest peak. You can also enjoy the sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if time and weather permits.

Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk Monastery guesthouse.

Day11 Everest Base Camp (5200m) to Shigatse (3900m)

In the morning, you can admire the stunning sunrise of Everest peak if weather permits. After having a full view of the magnificent Mt. Everest, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world as well as the unique Nyingma Sect monastery where nuns and monks live together. And then, take the car ride back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day12 Shigatse to Lhasa (280km)

Today, you will set off from Shigatse to Lhasa along the Friendship Highway, the whole ride is 280km and takes about 6 hours. You can admire the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) along the way to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day13 Depart from Lhasa

The driver will pick you up from your hotel, and drop you off at Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station, and assist you to get on board.

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Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  5. All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  6. Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  7. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  9. First aid kit;

Service Exclusion

  1. International flight to and out of China;
  2. Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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