General

Starting from Xining, you can visit the largest saline lake in china and then take Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa via Kekexili uninhabited land and Qiangtang prairie in northern Tibet. One can worship holy Potala palace, Jokhang temple– center of Buddhism and the largest Tibetan monasteries – Drepung monastery and watch monk debate in Sera monastery and visit one of three sacred lakes – Namtso Lake. You will arrive in Shigatse, Tibetan religious and political center, via Yamdork lake and ancient Gyantse, and then visit Tashilhunpo monastery. After that, you will head to Mount Everest- majestic and highest mountain in the world, and appreciate the scenery of sunset and sunrise of next morning.

Day 1 Arrive in Xining( )
Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Xining
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Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Xining airport or railway station. The rest of the time is at leisure. You can have a good rest or walk around in the city.

Stay overnight in Xining

Day 2 Qinghai-Lhasa( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Qinghai Lake Day Tour and Stay overnight Train to Lhasa
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In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours from Xining to Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland salt water lake. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. Scenery in Qinghai lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn have the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons. The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island. It situates on the western shore of the Lake. Cruising for about 30 minutes is a popular way to appreciate the lake. On the way to this charming lake, you can get a view of Riyue mountain. In the afternoon, drive back to Xining. Then, transfer to railway station for your overnight train to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 3 Lhasa( )
Sightseeing and Activities:enjoy the train ride
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You will spend a whole day on the train to Lhasa and enjoy fabulous scenery along the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world. Spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, grand ice mountains, and beautiful lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart. You will arrive in Lhasa in late afternoon or evening. Then transfer to your hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Potala Palace-Jokhang Temple-Sera Monastery
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In the morning, visit Lhasa's landmarks, Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. First go to Potala Palace to explore its grand and myriad chapel, and appreciate the jeweled burial chorten of past Dalai Lamas as well as statuary, frescoes and paintings. Later visit the Jokhang Temple, which is considered as the most sacred temple in Tibet and draws tremendous number of pilgrims from all over Tibet each year for it houses a magnificent image of Sakyamuni at 12 years old. The Barkhor, a pilgrimage circuit encircling the Jokhang, also serving as the biggest bazaar in Lhasa, is a great place full of handicrafts, ambers, jewelry, Tibetan clothes, ect. In the afternoon, explore the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 6:00 - 7:30 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 5 Lhasa - Yangpachen - Namtso - Lhasa( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lhasa - Yangpachen - Namtso - Lhasa
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Drive to Yangpachen, 110 km away from Lhasa, and then continue driving to the holy Namsto Lake, the second-largest saltwater lake in China. It is over 70km long and reaches a width of 30km. In clear weather the water is a miraculous shade of turquoise and there are magnificent views of the nearby mountains. The wide open spaces, dotted with tents of local nomads, are intoxicating. After enjoying the fabulous scenery, we will drive back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 6 Lhasa-Yamdrok lake-Gyangtse-Shigatse( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Lhasa-Yamdrok lake-Gyangtse-Shigatse
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Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu ValleyYamdrok lakeKaro-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the second biggest city of Tibet, Shigatse, the area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. The most important attraction for today is Yamdrok Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdrok Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in color and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 7 Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri (Shegar) - Tingri - Rongphu Monastery( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri (Shegar) - Tingri - Rongphu Monastery
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Drive westwards along the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk. The road is under construction, and it is very rough from Tingri to E.B.C. We will pass the wild grassland, cross the rapid river and high mountains. If the weather is clear, you can have a glimpse of four mountains which are 8000m high or more. They are Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).

Stay overnight in Rongphu Monastery (Tent or Guest House)

Day 8 Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Tingri - Shigatse
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Appreciate the sunrise from Rongphu in early morning, and then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. After walking, you will get on the local bus to arrive in Everest Base camp in half an hour. You can take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest at the camping site. Then in the afternoon, go back from EBC and drive back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Day 9 Shigatse to Lhasa( B , L )
Sightseeing and Activities:Shigatse to Lhasa:Tashilunpo monastery
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Before spending about 4 hours driving back to Lhasa from Shigatse, 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. Drive along the Friend-ship Highway back to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 10 Departure from Lhasa( B )
Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Lhasa
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You will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your flight to next destination.

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What's Include

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • 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.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;

What's Exclude

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • 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. )
  • 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.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • 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.

  1. Tibet Permits

There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit. (Tibet Discovery, with office in Lhasa, has always kept up with the latest news on Tibet Permits. Traveling with us, all your permits are guaranteed as long as you are qualified to the requirements.)

  1. Available Months to Visit Tibet

Generally speaking, May to early October is the best time to for a Mount Kailash trip. July and August are the peak season and rainy season. It may be too cold to travel in Kailash area from November to March. There is usually heavy snow. The conditions in Namtso Lake and Mount Everest area are quite similar with Kailash. While other places like Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse are suitable for travel all year around.

  1. High Altitude Sickness

The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.

  1. How to Go to Tibet

Basically you have two options – flight and train. Currently, you can take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing(4.5hrs), Xian(3.7hrs), Chengdu(2.5hrs), Chongqing(3hrs), Kuming(3hrs), etc. Among all these cities, Chengdu and Xian have more frequent flights to Lhasa. Kathmandu also has several flights to Lhasa each week.

If you a train travel, you can take a train to from Beijing(40.5hrs), Xian(32hrs), Chengdu(43hrs), Shanghai(47hrs), Chongqing(42hrs), Lanzhou(25hrs), Xining(22hrs), Guangzhou(54hrs).

  1. Packing and Wearing Ideas

Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended. As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

Our travel consultants are professional, experienced and responsible and active to help you from the very beginning to the end of your China trip!

After sending us an inquiry, one of our travel consultants will get back to you within 0.5~23.5 hrs. In the next few days, he/she will be working closely with you to formulate a customized tour plan, as well as providing professional suggestions based on your travel interests, time, and budget. Beside, he/she will keep in contact with you during your entire tour in China, continually checking if everything is going well as planned.

 

Our local guide in every destination is not only very friendly, enthusiastic but also very informative and knowledgeable.

Once you arrive in the destination, the patient and punctual guides will pick you up and take you to get under skin of the city at your own pace. they’ll show you more about the history, culture, customs and authentic local life. Throughout the journey, they're not only expert guides who take care of all the details but also fellow travelers who are dedicated to help you to explore in comfort style.

 

Using our private transfer service makes you comfortable, relaxed and worry free all the way!

Our private service includes licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience and air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained cars/vans. Drivers are local, polite, friendly and helpful, taking you to your tourist sites, hotels, airport/train stations in safety. All kinds of vehicle are offered, and how big the car or the van should be depends on the size of your group. Usually, we offer sedan cars, SUVs, business vans (MPV) and different types of buses.

 

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices. And also, if you can find your favorite hotels by yourself, the travel consultant can help you to book them.

 

We can satisfy all the dietary requirements no matter you want Chinese local food, western food, vegetarian food or muslin food.

The restaurants we will take you for lunch or dinner are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. They have very good sanitary conditions and the food is prepared fresh and clean.

There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like local food and snacks if you wish.

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Lhasa

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Lhatse County

Lhatse CountyLocated in the valley of the Yarlung Tsangbo River,  Lhatse County is a small town of a few thousand people in the Tibet Autonomous Region , 151 kilometers away from the southwest of Shigatse and west of the mountain pass leading to it  with an altitude of 4,050 meters above sea-level. It is among the most Read more

Namtso Lake

Namtso LakeLocated between the Damxung County(当雄县) in Lhasa City and Baingoin County(班戈县) in Nagqu Prefecture(那曲县),  Namtso Lake is the highest saltwater  lake in the world and the largest lake in Tibet with an altitude of 4718 meters. ‘Namtso’ means holy lake or sacred lake and the holy land in pilgrims in Tibetan language’.  Namtso Lake  is a great place Read more

Shigatse

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Tingri County

Tingri CountyOn the foot of Mount Everest, Tingri County connects Dinggye and Sakya County to the east, Lhatse County to the northeast and borders Nepal to the south. The average altitude of Tingri County is 5000 meters with a total area of 14000 square kilometers. The total population is 62000, among which Tibetan and Han nationalities are the Read more
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