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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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Train Travel to TibetTour Name:         Train Travel to Tibet
Tour Code:          M95D284
Duration:            12 Days & 11 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Xining, Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse, Shigatse
Features:            Experience the Tibet railroad from Xining to Lhasa, enjoy the most mysterious Land of Snows and Roof of the World. In Tibet you will travel to the most popular destinations in around Lhasa, Tsetang, Gyantse and Shigatse to have an insight into Tibetan culture, Tibetan people and their adhered Buddhist faith. At the city of Xining you will be amazed at the culture blending of Tibetan and Chinese Moslem and admire the Koko Nor Lake, the largest lake in China.
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Arrive in Beijing, connect domestic flight to Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province. N/A  Sanwant Hotel


A day excursion to visit Koko Nor Lake including Sun and Moon Hill.  B, L  Sanwant Hotel

 Xining - Lhasa

In the morning visit Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Monastery)and Mosque in Xining, transferred to railway station and take soft sleeper train to Lhasa.   B, L  Soft sleeper train


Enjoy beautiful natural sceneries of the Tibet Plateau, arrive in Lhasa later of the day, be met and greeted and transferred to your hotel.  D  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel



Visit Drepung Monastery, Norbulingka Park and see monk debating at Sera Monastery. B, L  Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


 Lhasa - Tsetang

Drive along the Kyichu River and cross the Yarlung Tsangpo to visit Samye Monastery, transferred to Tsetang. B, L Tsetang Hotel


 Tsetang - Gyantse

Visit Traduk Monastery, Yumbulakhang Castle in the Yarlung Valley, hike along holy lake Yamdrok. Drive to Gyantse.  B, L Yeti Hotel

 Gyantse - Shigatse

Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum Chorten, excursion Shalu Monastery, free market in Shigatse. B, L Shigatse Manasarovar Hotel

 Shigatse - Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, drive back Lhasa and en route visit a Tibetan village. B, L, D Lhasa Kyichu Hotel


Transfer to airport for departure flight. Trip ends. B  N/A

Day01 Arrival XiningXining Dongguan Mosque,Qinghai,China
Upon your arrival you will connect your domestic flight from Beijing to Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Province. This city is mainly inhabited with Tibetan but also a home of Uigur, Kazak and Hui minorities. Transferred to your hotel in Xining.

Day02 Xining (B, L)Koko Nor Lake,Qinghai,China
In the morning transferred to visit Koko Nor Lake (Qinghai Lake). It is a 2.5hrs one way drive from Xining to the Koko Nor. The Koko Nor lake, the biggest salty lake in China, with an area of 4,500 square kilometers and an altitude of 3,194m high above sea level. The big lake is acclaimed as "pearl on the highland" and the scenery of which is unusually fascinating and appears different shapes even at the same time. "Koko Nor" in Mongolian language means "blue sea" because of the lunar shape and the color of the lake. Later of the day you will drive across the Sun and Moon Hill backing to Xining.

Day03 Xining - Lhasa  (B, L)Tibet Railway Xining to Lhasa
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel. This morning you will drive out the city to visit the Kumbum Monastery (Ta'er Si) of Gelukpa-sect. Sitting approx 27km southeast from Xining, Ta'er Si, also known as Kumbum Monastery in Tibetan, is acknowledged to be one of the six most important monasteries along with the Ganden, Sera and Drepung monasteries in Lhasa, the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse and the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe. Although not nearly as attractive as Labrang, and rather swamped by local tourists, Ta'er Si is nevertheless a good introduction for outsiders to Tibetan culture. Both as the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Yellow Hat Sect , and as the former home of the current Dalai Lama, the monastery attracts droves of pilgrims from Tibet, Qinghai and Mongolia, who present a startling picture with their rugged features, huge embroidered coats and chunky jewellery.  Then you will drive back town and visit a local Mosque and a local bazaar if time permits. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Xining Railway Station to board your soft sleeper train to Lhasa.

Day04 Arrival Lhasa (D)Qinghai - Tibet Railway
During daytime you will enjoy the amazing views when crossing over the Tibet Plateau. Later in the afternoon you finally arrive in Lhasa. Greeted by your Tibetan local guide with Hadda, a pure white silk ribbon for the Tibetan to greet distinguished guests. Transfer to your hotel in the centre of Lhasa Old Town.

Day05 Lhasa (B, L) Potala Palace
Today you will have a full day guided tour in Lhasa. You will first of all visit Potala Palace, which was originally constructed in 637 by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of the united Tibet, and later expanded and served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas as well as the religious-political nexus of traditional Tibet. Then you will admire Jokhang Temple, the center of the Tibetan Buddhism and the sacred land of Buddhist followers where thousands of pilgrims come for worship everyday. Walk on the holy Barkhor Circuit and do some shopping if desired. 

Day06 Lhasa (B, L)Monks at Drepung Monastery,Lhasa,Tibet
Visit Drepung Monastery the sacred land of Gelug Sect, which was established in 1416AD and the second, third and fourth Dalai Lama once resided in. After that you will be transferred to Norbulingka Park, the former Summer Palace of the Dalai Lamas. Additionally you will be transferred to visit Sera Monastery, which was created in AD1419 and has always been an important Buddhist seminary. Here in Sera, you have chance to see the grand occasion of the Buddhist monk debating at one big courtyard. Lunch served at a good local restaurant and dinner will be arranged at your hotel.

Day07 Lhasa - Samye - Tsetang (B, L)Samye Monastery in Lhoka,Tibet
Check out in the morning and drive out for Tsetang. We will enjoy nice views along the river basin of the Yalung Tsangpo River. On the way visit Mindrolin Monastery. It was built in the late 10th century and had its current name when it was rebuilt in 1677. It is one of the three great monasteries of the Nyingma Sect. Today's highlight is the excursion to the Samye 40km west to Tsetang. Samye Monastery is at the foot of Mt. Haibusi, on the north bank of the Yarlung Tsangpo River in Jialang County. Being the 1st monastery, belongs to the Nyingmapa and Sakyapa Sects, Samye Monastery was built in 761. The monastery had been combined the Chinese, Tibetan and Indian styles, in the centre of the monastery is a big square 3-storey hall with a floor space of over 8,900 square meters.

Day08 Tsetang - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse (B, L)Sheep herds at Yamdrok Lake in Central Tibet
In the morning drive to Gyantse along the Kyichu River. On the Kamba La (4,796 m) have a fantastic view of the holy lake Yamdrok Yumtso (4441 m), one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and the largest habitat of waterfowls in south Tibet. The Yamdok Yumtso, one of the three largest lakes of Tibet, lies about a hundred kilometers' distance to the southwest of Lhasa, is within Langkamu county, with an area of 638 square kilometers and a coastal line of 250 kilometers. The deepest point is 60 meters. To the interior of the lake ten or so hilly islands stand independently one from the other which give homes to flocks of wild ducks. A lot of colorful ducks and geese are swimming on the surface of the lake. There is also plenty of natural fodder for the fish in the lake. The lake has a fish reserve of about 300 million kilograms. That is why it is called "the Fish Store of Tibet". The coast of the lake is an ideal pasture. All these make an intoxicating quite picture. Then drive over the 5, 010 m high Karo La and the Simi La to Gyantse (approx. 3,950 m).

Day08 Gyantse - Shigatse (B, L)Pelkor Chode Monastery and Kumbum, Gyante
In the morning you will explore the Pelkor Chode Monastery and the splendid Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda) nearby. Built in the15th century and situated in the northwestern edge of Gyantse, Pelkor Monastery is the only one large building complex in Tibet that old monastery and stupas are completely preserved and characterized as a monument. It is recorded 14,000 kilograms of copper was used to make the 8-meter-high sitting statue of Sakyamuni Buddha housed in the grand hall of the temple. The 8-storey stupa is 42m high and 62m in diameters contains a total of 76 chapels with wonderful murals revered by art scholars around the world. Kumbum Stupa opens 8 doors, which are decorated with relief sculptures of lively flying dragons, running lions and walking elephants. It is a master-piece of the joint efforts of the Nepalese, Tibetan and Chinese. Then you will drive to Shigatse. On the way a narrow side path will take you to the ancient monastery Shalu (Xialu). The monastery is around 19km south-east of Shigatse, a few kilometers off the Shigatse-Gyantse road and is easily spotted because of its Chinese-style green tiled roof. Shalu was also a centre for training in skills such as trance walking, made famous by the flying monks. Upon arrival Shigatse you will have a short walk at a local market.

Day10 Shigatse - Lhasa (B, L, D)Tashilunpo Monastery,Shigatse,Central Tibet
In the morning you will visit Tashilunpo Monastery of Gelug Sect, the seat of the Panchen Lama built in 1447AD and one of the six grand monasteries in Tibet. Then transfer back Lhasa and on the way you will visit a Tibetan Village. Enjoy some free leisure time in Lhasa and enjoy your Tibetan farewell dinner at night.

Day11 Depart Lhasa (B)Lhasa,Tibet
Free until check out and transferred to airport for your departure flight. Journey ends.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air- conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Tibet local travel permits such as Tibet Entry Permit (TTB), Alien's Travel Permit (PSB) and Military Permit etc. when applicable;
08). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
09). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.

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