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9 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group Tour with Tibet Train Experience

9 Days Central Tibet and Namtso Small Group Tour with Tibet Train Experience

The panorama of Tibet will be displayed in this Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Namtso Tour. Here are some famous impressive visions: Potala Palaces, Jokhang temples, Drepung and Sera monastery, and holy lakes Yamdrok. Tourists will also visit the Buddhist monasteries such as Kumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Tashilhunpho monastery in Shigatse. What's more, Lhasa with the altitude of about 3600 meters is one of the highest cities in the world and it is the important tourist site in this tour. Another one is Namtso, the largest lake in Tibet.

    Price Notes:
  • 1. based on double occupancy;
  • 2. 4-star accommodation level;
  • 3. the price of a hard sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa is included;
PLACES VISITED Tibet train (from Xining) - Lhasa - Lake Namtso - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
TOUR TYPEJoin-in Small Group Tibet Tours with Tibet Train Experience
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Cost & Calender

At a Glance

Day1   Board the train to Lhasa from Xining

Day2   Arrive in Lhasa

Day3   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Place, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street (B&D)

Day4   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

Day5   Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360km, B)

Day6   Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, B)

Day7   Lhasa to Namtso (220 km, B)

Day8   Namtso to Lhasa (220km)

Day9   Depart from Lhasa (B)


All of our ‘Train ticket + Tour’ packages include a hard sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa.

If you want to change to a soft sleeper ticket from Xining to Lhasa, or want to take a Tibet train from other cities, like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Lanzhou and Xi’an, you need to pay the price difference.

Just tell your travel counselor your preference, and you will get a new price quotation based on your requirements.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1   Board the train to Lhasa from Xining

Fantastic Tibet travel will start with boarding on Xining-Lhasa trains from Xining Railway Station. Our local guide would sent train ticket and Tibet travel permit to you before train departs. Please be sure to bring all your belongings and Tibet visa to Xining Railway Station one and a half hour ahead.

After checking in, you can find your seat or sleeper easily according to train tickets. And all the train tickets would be checked again before getting out of Lhasa Railway Station. So please keep your train tickets safe!

Today is your first day on Tibet train. Take things easy and acclimate to high altitude gradually.

Stay overnight on the train.

If you bought ticket for hard or soft sleeper, the train conductor would ask you to exchange it for berth number plate and then change it back to train ticket when reaching Lhasa Railway Station.

Day2   Arrive in Lhasa

Today, you will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The land of snows, vast desert, boundless grassland, snow-capped mountains and stunning lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.

When you arrive in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel.You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.

Stay overnight at The Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. (Four-star Hotel)

Day3   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Place, Johkang Temple, and Barkor Street (B&D)

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage. You can explore 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 tourists will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Johkang 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 holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then we’ll go to explore the old market and you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.

Finally, we’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.

Stay overnight at The Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. (Four-star Hotel)

After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).

Day4   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

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. Situated at the foot of Gebeiwoze Mountain, it was once home to more than 10000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.

After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the 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. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan religious text printing house.

Stay overnight at The Tibet Gang-gyan Lhasa Hotel. (Four-star Hotel)

Day5   Lhasa- Shigatse via Gyantse (360km, B)

Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, we’ll drive over the Gangbala Pass(4790 m) to view Yamdrok Lake and Mt. Naiqinkangsang. Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, tourists can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.

Then we’ll go to the heritage town Gyantse and explore its old street, Perklor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Here you can catch the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

Later, we’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. And tourists can visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day6   Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. It is largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet, and the main stage where generations of Panchen Lamas carried out religious and political activities. Then we’ll follow Yalong Valley back to Lhasa and drop you off at hotel in Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day7   Lhasa to Namtso (220 km, B)

In the morning, we’ll drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. On the way, you can see Nyenchen Tanggula Mountain Range and lots of nomads with yak and sheep grazing in the flourishing grassland (in summer). In addition, you can also appreciate the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background. Driving over Lagenla Mountain Pass(5190m), tourists can far view Namtso Lake shinning in the sun.

Then you can take a leisure trek around Tashi Island and enjoy the stunning sunset of Namtso Lake. In the evening, you can enjoy night view of the milky way along the lake shore.

Stay overnight at the lake shore tent guest house

Day8   Namtso to Lhasa (220km)

In the morning, you can appreciate the beautiful sunrise view of the Namtso Lake and then trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen Hot Spring (Optional, Price $25 not included in package), which has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools filled with hot spring water. Then we’ll get back to Lhasa City.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day9   Depart from Lhasa (B)

The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.

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Please Note:
The days marked on the calendar are the start days of the tour. For example, if you join in a tour on May 5, 2016, you will take a train from Xining to Lhasa on that day. Once you booked the tour, you travel counselor will offer you the departure time and number of the train for your trip. Please make sure you will arrive in Xining in advance.

If you want to take a Tibet train from Beijing / Shanghai / Guangzhou / Chengdu / Chongqing, go 1 day before our fixed departure date. And you need to pay the price difference.

If you prefer to depart from Lanzhou or Xi'an, you can take a train on the same day as our tour start. Also, a price difference need to be paid.

Services Included

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. A hard sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary that based on 4-star standard. If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
  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. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
  8. One shared big Oxygen tank in the car

Services Excluded

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic train/flight out of Tibet.(We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  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.
  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Cost & Calender

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