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Lhasa Tour

The Roof of the World Awaits: Discover Lhasa and Xining in a Week

Elevate Your Travel Stories to New Heights

Discover the Engineering Marvel of Our Time:

Experience the magic of the new Tibet railway, a modern engineering marvel that opens up the mystical and stunning landscapes of Tibet. Perfect for first-time visitors or those with limited travel time, this journey is an invitation to witness the beauty of one of the most mysterious regions in the world.

Ideal for Families and Travelers of All Ages:

The Tibet railway adventure is most popular among families with kids or seniors, offering a comfortable and safe way to explore the breathtaking scenery of the Tibetan plateau. With the ease of train travel, it’s an excellent choice for groups seeking a memorable and hassle-free experience.

A Scenic Route with Unique Highlights:

Spanning 1,972 kilometres from Xining to Lhasa, the Qinghai-Tibet railway boasts 45 stations, each offering its own spectacular views. The highlighted stations include Yuzhu Peak Station, Chumaer River, Tuotuo River, Buqiangge, Tanggula Mountain, Lake Namtso, Nagqu, Damshung, and Yambajan – each presenting a window into the soul of Tibet.

Travel Any Time, With Special Recommendations:

The Tibet railway journey is accessible all year round, catering to various travel preferences. If you’re on a tight budget, consider travelling between December and February. For those who can choose, it’s advisable to avoid the peak months of July and August to ensure a more serene experience.


Elevate Your Senses: A 7-Day Odyssey from Xining to Lhasa

Where Every Turn is a New Horizon

Embarking on a journey through the captivating landscapes of Xining and Lhasa is an experience that combines natural wonders, cultural richness, and spiritual enlightenment. This 7-day itinerary, meticulously crafted to showcase the highlights of both regions, promises an unforgettable adventure.

Day 1: Welcome to Xining

Your Gateway to Cultural Exploration

Upon arriving in Xining, either by air or rail, you receive a warm welcome from the local hosts. A private vehicle then takes you from the airport or train station to your hotel, providing a comfortable start to your tour. You reserve the rest of the day for personal exploration, giving you the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the local ambience of Xining.

Day 2: The Splendor of Qinghai Lake

A Natural Marvel in China’s Heartland

Day two starts with a visit to the majestic Qinghai Lake, renowned as China’s largest inland saltwater lake. This natural gem, often likened to a vast poplar leaf nestled in the alpine prairie, is a spectacle of serene beauty. Enhancing this experience is a 30-minute cruise, providing an up-close view of the lake’s grandeur. A delightful Chinese lunch at a local restaurant adds a culinary dimension to the day.

Day 3: Kumbum Monastery and the Journey to Lhasa

A Blend of Architectural Beauty and Spiritual Heritage

The third day introduces travellers to the Ta’er Monastery, a site where architectural brilliance and religious significance converge. This monastery is a treasure trove of cultural relics and showcases a harmonious blend of Zang and Han architectural styles. Post-visit, a unique shopping experience awaits at the Youyi store, followed by a traditional Chinese lunch at Mazhong restaurant. The day culminates with an overnight train journey to Lhasa, marking the beginning of an enthralling new chapter.

Day 4: The Roof of the World – Lhasa

Immersive Tibetan Experiences

Lhasa, often referred to as the ‘roof of the world’, welcomes you with its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich Tibetan culture. The journey from your arrival point to the hotel is adorned with sights of the Yarlong Tsangpo River, Big Buddha engravings, and vibrant prayer flags. The remainder of the day offers leisure time for acclimatization and local exploration.

Day 5: Discovering Lhasa’s Spiritual Essence

From Norbulingka Park to Sera Monastery

This day is dedicated to uncovering Lhasa’s spiritual core. The journey begins with Norbulingka Park, the Dalai Lama’s former summer palace, followed by a visit to Drepung Monastery, once the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery. The highlight is the unique Buddhist Scriptures Debating at Sera Monastery, a truly enlightening experience.

Day 6: The Pinnacle of Tibetan Culture

Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple

Day six is reserved for Lhasa’s most iconic landmarks. The majestic Potala Palace, a symbol of Tibet, impresses with its grand architecture and historical significance. The afternoon is spent at Jokhang Temple, the spiritual centre of Tibet, and Barkhor Street, offering insights into the devout pilgrimage practices of the Tibetan people.

Day 7: Departing the Spiritual Highlands

Farewell to Lhasa

The final day is yours until your transfer to the airport or train station. It’s a time for reflection on the enriching experiences and lasting memories made during this extraordinary journey.

This 7-day tour is more than just a vacation; it’s a deep dive into the heart of Tibetan and Chinese culture, nature, and spirituality. It promises a blend of scenic beauty, architectural marvels, and spiritual awakening, making it a must-do for avid travellers and cultural enthusiasts.

Prices and Services

What’s included in this price?

  • Travel Documents: Includes all necessary Tibet travel and approval documents.
  • Attraction Tickets: All itinerary attraction tickets are covered.
  • Guide and Driver: Experienced English-speaking Tibetan guide and driver.
  • Accommodation: Standard rooms in three-star hotels, upgrades available.
  • Transport: Local travel and airport/train station transfers included.
  • Meals: Hotel-provided buffet breakfasts.
  • Insurance: Travel accident insurance for the trip.
  • Driver & Guide Expenses: Their meals, accommodation, and travel costs.

What’s excluded in this price?

  • Single Room Fee: Additional cost for single room occupants.
  • Visa Costs: For Chinese visa or group visa from Kathmandu.
  • Major Transport: Flights and trains to/from Tibet (booking service available).
  • Other Meals: Meals beyond the provided breakfasts.
  • Tips: Optional for guides and drivers.
  • Unforeseen Expenses: Costs from force majeure events or personal reasons.
  • Personal Spending: Anything not listed in the included fees.

Tibet Entry Letter Processing

  • Who Needs to Apply:  Foreign tourists, Taiwan
  • Required Documents: Passport, Chinese visa, Home Return Card for Taiwanese.
  • Application Fee: Free for group participants.
  • Processing Time: 7-14 working days. Submit applications at least 1 month in advance.

Altitude and Altitude Sickness

  • Elevations: Lhasa (3,600m), Shigatse (3,800m), Everest (5,200m), Namtso (4,900m)
  • Health Considerations: Assess your health, especially if you have mobility issues, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, or asthma.
  • Adaptation: Usually takes 1-3 days. Inform your guide in case of severe discomfort.

Elevation of Major Cities in Tibet

Tibetan Toilets

  • Urban Hotels: Western-style toilets, clean and hygienic.
  • Scenic Areas: Mostly flush squat toilets; some non-flush dry toilets.
  • Remote Areas: Squat toilets in towns and hotels; find natural cover in uninhabited areas.

Tibet Weather and Clothing

  • Climate: Variable weather with significant day-night temperature differences. Rainy in summer, sunny in other seasons.
  • Dressing Method: Layered clothing is recommended. Adjust layers according to the season and weather.

Transportation to Tibet

  • Train: Qinghai-Tibet Railway; limited sleepers, difficult to book in peak season.
  • Flight: Direct flights to Lhasa or Nyingchi; altitude sickness similar to train travel. Off-season airfare discounts were available.

Tibetan Food

  • Variety: Chinese, Western, Tibetan, and Nepalese options available in cities.
  • Tibetan Cuisine: Distinct flavour, different from mainland Chinese food.
  • Vegetarian Options: Available in cities and during travel.
  • Meals: Only hotel breakfast is included in the tour fee. Other meals are at your discretion.

Value for Money

A Journey Worth Every Penny

The journey you embark on with us is more than just a trip; it’s an experience of a lifetime. While we believe that such an adventure is beyond any price tag, we also understand the importance of value for those planning their dream tour.

Compare and Contrast

for the Best Deal

 When evaluating tour options, it’s crucial to compare apples to apples. Our tours are meticulously crafted to provide a comprehensive experience of Tibet’s rich culture, profound history, and breathtaking beauty, all at a price that’s as reasonable as it is rewarding.

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with Group Travel

One of the best strategies to make the most of your budget is to travel in a group. The larger the group, the lower the cost per person. This is especially beneficial for solo travellers – consider joining one of our group tours for both companionship and savings. For more details, our travel consultants are just a message away.

Book Early

for the Best Rates

Early birds do get the best deals! To lock in the most favourable rates, we highly recommend contacting us at least one month prior to your intended departure date. This helps secure a better price and ensures a smoother planning process for your Tibetan adventure.

Tailored made Tours

Tailor-Made Tours: The Essence of Personalization

  1. Customized Itineraries: Tailor-made tours are our speciality. Craft a unique itinerary that matches your interests, pace, and travel dates. Explore Tibet your way, whether you’re a history buff, a nature lover, or an adventure seeker.
  2. Local Insights: Our travel consultants, with their deep local knowledge, can provide insights and suggestions to help you create the perfect journey.
  3. Flexibility: Choose when and where to start, where to go, and how long to stay at each destination. Flexibility is your best friend on a tailor-made tour.
  4. Private Guides: Enjoy the luxury of a personal guide who tailors the experience to your preferences. Dive deep into Tibetan culture and history with your dedicated expert.

Benefits of Tailor-Made Tours: Why Choose Personalization

  1. Exclusive Experiences: Tailor-made tours offer exclusive opportunities, from private audiences with monks to family dinners with locals. You’re not confined to a group schedule.
  2. Travel at Your Pace: Experience Tibet on your terms. Spend more time exploring a particular monastery, enjoying the serene beauty of a lake, or simply relaxing in a scenic spot.
  3. Local Cuisine: Tailor-made tours allow you to savour the authentic flavours of Tibet. Indulge in local cuisine at traditional restaurants, tailored to your taste.
  4. Avoid the Crowds: Smaller, tailor-made groups offer the advantage of experiencing Tibet’s treasures with fewer tourists around.


How many ways can I contact you ?

We offer the following contact ways:
E-mail: info@tourtraveltibet.com
Phone: +86-891-6348848 (24/7)
Skype: tourtraveltibet
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Can I Cancel My Tailor-Made Tour?

Yes, you have the option to cancel your tailor-made tour. However, be aware that cancellation charges will be applied as per the Tour Tibet cancellation policy. For detailed information, please review our Terms and Conditions.

Can I Arrange My Tibet Tour on My Own? Is It Easier and Cheaper?

Arranging a Tibet tour independently is not possible due to the need for a Tibet Travel Permit. This permit is mandatory and must be obtained through a local travel agency authorized by the Tibet Tourist Bureau.

Can I Talk to a Travel Consultant in Person?

Absolutely! We encourage our clients to visit our office and discuss their travel plans directly with our travel consultants. Together, we can tailor your Tibet tour to fit your preferences and requirements.

How Can I Make the Payment?

Once you are happy with your tour arrangements and have confirmed your booking, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required. This deposit can be paid through PayPal, Credit Card, Western Union, or Wire Transfer. The remaining balance is due at the start of your tour.

Do I Have to Travel on Certain Dates?

No, you don’t. Our tours are fully customizable, allowing you to choose any travel date that suits you (subject to flight availability). The itineraries on our website are samples, and you’re free to modify any aspect to match your personal preferences. Your travel consultant is here to assist and guide you through the process.

Do I Need to Travel as Part of a Group?

Not necessarily. Our tailor-made trips are designed on an individual basis, meaning you have the flexibility to plan your itinerary according to your own interests and pace. However, if you are interested in a group experience, we offer small group tours limited to a maximum of 16 people.
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Solo Traveller

I consider myself the luckiest to have found let\’s go to Tibet on TripAdvisor. They sent Sonam to be my tour guide in Lhasa for a day and it was all worth it! First, he is a local Tibetan himself, and the culture and tradition of Tibet. this close to home for him. He was able to explain to me not only the history of the Potala Palace but also the role Buddhism plays in their lives as Tibetans. He also took me to the most famous bazaar in Lhasa and helped me buy a SIM card. Overall the best tour operator for English-speaking tourists.

February 24, 2018

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