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Qinghai, Tibet + Everest Base Camp- 12 Days

2019

Land Only from US $3599

Qinghai Lake, Qinghai–Tibet railway, Lhasa, Shigatse, Mount Everest Base Camp

Limited 2019 Dates: 6/26, 9/18

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The daybreak sun shines - over golden peaks of Everest

"Good times in Tibet, the memories of this journey have been engraved in my heart."

Special thanks to our guest Julia for sharing

Highlights

THE SUPER VALUE TOURS DIFFERENCE

A BETTER WAY TO TOUR: To us, 'value' means making a better way to tour. We love to surprise our guests with unique experiences, top-notch service, hidden local delights, & memories of a lifetime. We include only the best highlights and leave out the tourist traps, making this one of the highest-quality tour experiences in Tibet available.  Travel with our world-class guides and explore Tibet in-depth.

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF TIBET + EVEREST BASE CAMP:

(Tibetan & Chinese place names shown where applicable for clarity)

 

  • Xining: To ease into our acclimation to high altitude, we begin our tour in the city of Xining (8000ft above sea level)
    • Explore “China’s largest lake,” Tso Ngonpo/Qinghai Lake
    • Tour the 2000-feet-long Thangka scroll to for an introduction to Tibetan history and humanities
    • Board the Qinghai-Tibet Railway into Tibet, a once in a lifetime experience where four seasons can be seen in one train ride to the roof of the world.
  • Lhasa:
    • Potala Palace –To properly appreciate the world’s highest ancient palace, we include a variety of experiences: tour the residences, night view tour, and a panoramic view from our hotel lobby
    • Jokhang Temple – Tibet’s most sacred temple; observe unique architecture and the immense spirituality and devotion of Tibetans on pilgrimage.
  • Yamdrok Lake - Walk the shores of Yamdrok to take in the peaceful beauty of this holy lake.
  • See natural and cultural landscapes of Karola Glacier
  • A traveler’s ultimate dream – Mount Everest, a close look at the world's most breathtaking mountain!
  • Return to Lhasa by rail via Shigatse – Lhasa extension line. Along the way, enjoy beautiful scenery of the magnificent Yarlung Tsangpo River, the “Everest of Rivers”

 

Featured accommodations

  • Xining – New Sofitel Hotel: Opened in June 2015, the only Five Star luxury hotel in China’s Northwest
  • Lhasa (on arrival) – Shangri La Hotel Lhasa: Just a 12-minute walk to Potala Palace, the hotel overlooks the Palace
  • Lhasa (before departure) – St. Regis Lhasa Resort: From the hotel lobby, enjoy a panoramic view of Potala Palace

 

Culinary Experiences

We take great pride in arranging and sharing great culinary experiences. Our team samples each meal before presenting them to our guests; ensuring you can avoid typical tourist-grade restaurants.

 

Super Value Standard

  • Charismatic and knowledgeable Super Value trained guides.
  • A comprehensive travel insurance plan. Details 
  • High quality headsets to hear our tour guide's presentation clearly.
  • Unlimited bottled water provided throughout the entire trip.
  • Porterage service is provided at most hotels (where available).

 

Departure Date Double Occupancy Single Triple
June 26, 2019 $3599 $4349 $3599
Sep 18, 2019 $3799 $4699 $3799

 

  • Fares shown above are land only, per person.
  • Airfares available; price will vary based on factors such as seasonality, availability, and location (Approximately $1000-1300USD). We can help arrange the most direct flights for you. If you have specfiic airline preferences, we may quote a different airfare. 
  • Included Airport Transfers: Arrive in Xining Airport XNN (12:30pm - 8:00pm); leave from Lhasa Airport LXA (9:30am - 6:00pm)
  • If you prefer to book your own airfare, please refer to the times shown for airport transfers. In case you cannot arrange flights within these timeframes, please remember to book self transfers.
  • We include the Tibet Travel Permit, but China Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  China Visa fees not included in tour fare.

 

Tour Map
Itinerary
Day1

 Depart North America for Xining, China

Day2

Arrive in China   Xining

 

  • A Super Value Tours Representative will meet you at the arrival gate and transfer you to our hotel. Airport transfer is available for flights arriving between 12:30PM~8:00PM.
  • Arriving in Xining (8,000 feet above sea level) allows us to gradually and safely begin acclimating our bodies to high altitude.

DinnerArranged according to flight arrival time HotelSofitel Hotel Xining

Day3

Xining  (125 miles, 3 hours) Tso Ngonpo/Qinghai Lake  (125 miles, 3 hours) Xining【3 meals】

 

  • Tso Ngonpo/Qinghai Lake: Cruise the waters and walk the shores of Qinghai Lake; feel the vastness and holiness of China's largest lake
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchSelected Local Specialties DinnerBeef Hot Pot HotelSofitel Hotel Xining

Day4
Xining (1,200 miles) Lhasa【3 meals】

 

  • Xining:
    • China Museum of Tibetan Medicine and Culture: Tour the 2000-foot-long Thangka scroll to learn about the profound Tibetan culture and folk customs
    • Bus tour of Xining City
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway: The overnight train to Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure worthy of superlatives. Once considered “impossible to build” owing to its isolated wilderness, long distance, and inhospitable environment, the railway is a remarkable feat of human engineering holding several records: world’s highest railway, highest rail tunnel, and longest bridge on permafrost (Onboard amenities are simple. To help our guests travel more comfortably, we arrange soft sleepers with 4 guests per room).
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchLocal Halal Meal DinnerDinner Set Aboard Qinghai-Tibet Train HotelQinghai-Tibet Train

Day5
Tibetan Plateau  Arrive in Lhasa【3 meals】

 

  • The Qinghai-Tibet train passes through stunning sections of landscape and wildlife ranging from snow-capped mountains to bright green plains (landscape seen during the day varies depending on train departure time, weather conditions, etc.)
    • Qinghai: See the mysterious "Lovers Lake" in the Qaidam/Tsaidam Basin
    • Kunlun Mountain Pass: Beautiful snow-capped mountains and harsh climate of the Hoh Xil plateau are untouched by man. Here, you can spot an occasional herd of yaks or antelope. 
    • Origin of Yangtze River - Tanggula Mountain Pass: Shining glaciers stand in stark contrast to shadowy glacial rock fragments. Pass through the highest rail station in the world - Tanggula Station (train does not stop)
    • Changtang Plateau: The largest natural grassland in Tibet, lush with wildlife and untouched vegetation
    • Nagqu to Lhasa Section: Majestic Samdain Kangsang Snow Mountain, the main peak of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, the charming Lhasa River
Health Tip: From the moment you step on the Tibetan plateau, please remember (slow, slow, slow), walk slowly, talk slowly, breathe slowly.
Mild headache, dizziness, vomiting, etc. are normal symptoms of high altitude; conditions will usually improve slowly over the course of a few days. If symptoms become serious, please inform our guide immediately.
*Before you leave, please consult your physician and prepare appropriate prescription medication to alleviate possible reactions to high altitude, making your trip more enjoyable and exciting. Diamox pills are not commonly sold in Tibet.*
 
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BreakfastAboard Train LunchLunch Set Aboard Train DinnerLuxury Buffet in Hotel HotelShangri-la Hotel Lhasa

Day6

Lhasa【3 meals】

 

  • Norbulingka Palace: The summer residence of the Dalai Lamas and home to the grandest gardens in Tibet.
  • Sera Monastery: One of six main temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Don't miss the public debates here: the unique style is eye-opening!
  • Nightscape of Potala Palace: See unique angles of the Potala Palace from the best viewpoints including Palace Square and Yaowang Mountain
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BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchLocal Specialty Tea Restaurant DinnerSpecial Mushroom Hot Pot HotelShangri-la Hotel Lhasa

Day7

Lhasa【3 meals】

 

  • Potala Palace: Home of the Dalai Lama until 1959, the palace today remains a spiritual sanctuary and haven of art for Buddhists and tourists. Our tour of the palace is an immersive experience.
  • Jokhang Temple: The most sacred temple of Tibetan Buddhism. See Tibetans on pilgrimmage and waiting for worship, and witness the power of piety.
  • Barkhor Street: Lhasa’s primary market square is a great place to see Tibetan culture firsthand - browse local markets, tour the streets, or try yak butter tea in a local teahouse!
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Lunch Set DinnerFeatured Local Specialties HotelShangri-la Hotel Lhasa

Day8

Lhasa  (65 miles, 2 hours) Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier  (110 miles, 3.5 hours) Shigatse【3 meals】

 

(Guests on our 8 day tour return home today while guests on our 12 day tour continue to Mt. Everest)
  • Yamdrok (altitude: 14,570 feet): This crystal clear lake is surrounded by distant snow-capped mountains – spiritual and beautiful. Sacred to Tibetan people.
  • Karola Glacier: Breathe the crisp, clean air and enjoy a breathtaking view of this magnificent glacier up close.
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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchSelected Local Specialties DinnerHotel Dinner HotelTibet Qomo Langzong Hotel

Day9

Shigatse  (40 miles, 1.5 hours) 318 National Highway  (105 miles, 3.5 hours) Tingri【3 meals】

 

We begin our journey to Everest, or Chomolungma/Qomolangma, as it is originally called in Tibetan. From this part of our trip until we return to Lhasa on Day 11, we are journeying to one of the most far-flung places in the world. We take great care to make sure our guests can travel comfortably, but please keep in mind accommodations and meals will be humble during this segment.
  • Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (13,000 feet above sea level): Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, this monastery is one of the few to survive the Cultural Revolution and has been attracting devout Tibetans over 500 years.
  • 318 National Road Landmark: Built to commemorate China's longest highway, the 318 National Road stretches from the Pacific to Nepal. A photo stop here makes a nice break on our journey toward Everest.
  • Tonight, we rest in Tingri - a tiny town (population 500). With Base Camp just 70 miles away, Tingri is the last town for travelers making the journey to Everest
Tashilhunpo Monastery 札什倫布寺.jpeg Monks of Shigatse 寺院僧人.jpeg 318 National Highway Monument 318紀念碑.jpeg

BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast LunchLocal Tibetan Specialties DinnerHotel Buffet HotelTingri Roof of the World Hotel

Day10

Tingri  (75 miles, 3 hours) Rongbuk  (2 miles, 30 minutes) Everest Base Camp  (220 miles, 9 hours, including breaks and dinner) Shigatse【3 meals】

 

  • Sunrise over Mount Everest: Wake early to capture the amazing moment when the morning sun hits the world's highest peak with golden light (visibility depends on weather conditions)
  • Rongbuk Temple (16,340 feet above sea level): One of the world’s most isolated places, and one of the best spots to see the North Face of Mt Everest. The picturesque image of the stupa and prayer flags blowing quietly in front of Mt Everest will become a memory to cherish for a lifetime.
  • Everest Base Camp (17,600 meters above sea level): Welcome to the heart of the Third Pole, the wonderland of all travelers. Sitting quietly with the world's highest peak in front of you, the awe-inspiring feelings are beyond words (probability of seeing the peak of Everest depends on weather conditions: approx. 80% in May, June and September and 60-70% in August)
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BreakfastHotel Breakfast (Simple) LunchLight Lunch (Simple) DinnerLocal Specialties (Simple) HotelTibet Qomo Langzong Hotel

Day11

Shigatse (155 miles, 3 hours) Lhasa【3 meals】

 

To ease the hardships of the journey, we make special arrangements to return to Lhasa aboard the Qinghai-Tibet train. Admire magnificent scenery of Tibet’s “mother river,” the Yarlung Zangbo along the way

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BreakfastHotel Buffet LunchLocal Specialties DinnerHotel Buffet HotelSt. Regis Lhasa

Day12

Lhasa   Next Destination 【Breakfast】

 

After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport by a Super Value Tours representative. "Kale phe!" (Until Next Time!)

 *Airport send off available from 9:30AM-6:00PM (LXA Airport)

BreakfastHotel Buffet Breakfast

 

Many people who have not been to Tibet both yearn and worry over the uniqueness of such a trip. While attracted by its open blue skies, holy snow-capped mountains, mysterious religion, and devout faith, many travelers have questions about altitude sickness and how it may affect them. As with many other things, a little preparation will go a long way. With a little exercise and preparation, you will be able to protect yourself. Our itinerary is designed to follow a comfortable pace so we can safely and slowly acclimate to the altitude. If you know more about Tibetan ethnic customs and customs, you will definitely have a wonderful and unforgettable time. Here are a few useful tips to help you be informed and prepared for our adventure:

 

Altitude Sickness | Guidelines for Monasteries | Customs | Accommodations & Food | Q&A For Touring Before You Travel

 
 

 

Upon arriving on the Tibetan plateau (8000-9000 feet above sea level), everyone may have different degrees of altitude sickness, such as headache, chest tightness, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, etc due to its low air pressure, lack of oxygen, cool weather, and other climate characteristics. But don't worry, with proper preparation and preventive measures, these symptoms will gradually reduce or disappear after 1-2 days and will not affect your travel.

 

 

How to prevent altitude sickness

 

Understand Tibet and Use Common Sense

Read up on books or websites to understand Tibet's geographical environment, climate characteristics, physical requirements, coping styles, etc., and do some mental and physical preparation in advance. We suggest consulting your family physician before booking.

Regular exercise helps overcome altitude sickness

If you already exercise regularly, keep up the good work! For those who do not, it is a good idea to start adaptive exercise one month in advance, such as hiking, long-distance running, load walking, etc., to increase lung capacity and enhance adaptability.

Maintaining a good attitude is most critical

Maintain a good attitude, don't be afraid, and the plateau will be bountiful. Experience has shown that people with less anxiety, altitude sickness is less severe. Too cautious, and your body may exhibit more altitude sickness due to psychological stress.

Get Ample Rest

After entering Tibet, you should avoid strenuous exercise and heavy physical activity. Altitude ascension needs to be carried out slowly, so that the body can rest fully and gradually adapt. When you first enter the plateau, you can even try a semi-recumbent sleep (sleeping at a 30-45° angle) to reduce pressure.

Ascend gradually

Rather than starting immediately in a high altitude area (15,000 ft or above) ascend gradually in order to let your body acclimate. Gradual ascension is the most reliable method to help avoid altitude sickness. Choose high quality transportation to make your journey more comfortable.

Consume high calorie, easily digestible food

Focus your diet more on vitamin rich foods such as vegetables and fruits, but do not overeat. Drink plenty of water. High calorie foods high in sugar and protein can help reduce adverse effects of hypoxia.

Use protection from the sun and dry climate

Tibet has a dry climate and long hours of daylight. By drinking more water and using sunscreen, you can effectively prevent dehydration and increase your resistance.

 

What to do if altitude sickness occurs

If altitude sickness occurs, there is no need to panic. Targeted treatment should be taken depending on the extent of the reaction.

A. If the reaction is light, you can take a rest, drink more water, exercise less, and usually disappear or weaken after a period of time;

B. If the reaction affects sleep, you can take some medicine to help with the treatment;

C. If the reaction is heavy, a hospital visit is recommended for further treatment. Our 5-star accommodations in Lhasa are also equipped with medical clinics which can treat guests on site;

D. If symptoms become severely uncomfortable, you will have to return to the mainland by the earliest flight where the general situation can be relieved immediately.

 

Other related tips

 

Altitude sickness is reversible

Common altitude sickness is a reversible reaction. For those staying on the Tibetan plateau short term, most symptoms will disappear and will not cause damage to the body.

 

Conditions unsuitable for Tibet travel

1. Any type of heart disease, significant arrhythmia or resting heart rate greater than 100 beats / min, high blood pressure stage II, cerebrovascular disease;
2. Chronic respiratory diseases, moderate to high obstructive pulmonary diseases, such as asthma, emphysema, active tuberculosis, pneumoconiosis, etc.;
3. Unmonitored Diabetes;
4. Travelers suffering from severe cold and upper respiratory tract infection, should be suspended into the plateau before he recovers;
5. Anyone with a diagnosis of high altitude pulmonary edema, high altitude cerebral edema, high altitude hypertension, high altitude heart disease and high altitude polycythemia;
6. Women with high risk pregnancies.
7. We're sorry, guests in wheelchairs are not encouraged to join this tour due to lack of wheelchair accessibility

 
 

Visiting Monasteries

 

  • Be mindful of the direction you are walking in monasteries. Buddhist monasteries should be circumambulated (walked) in a clockwise direction. In some some Bon monasteries (a religion native to Tibet), the direction of the turn should be counterclockwise.
  • It is customary for some sects of Tibetan Buddhism to avoid garlic, so it is best to avoid consumption before entering some monasteries.
  • Before entering a monastery, you must take off your hat. Do not make any loud noises, litter, or randomly touch Buddha statues in Buddhist monasteries. Photographs and videos may not be taken without permission.
  • Tibetan people love dogs. There are often strays in temples and they may follow strangers. Please do not yell or hit the dogs to drive them away. There is a Tibetan saying “Do not fight the temple dogs, as this will hurt the Lama’s heart.”
  • You may find some Tibetans followed by sheep while they are turning prayer wheels. Please do not harass those sheep with red silk tied to them as they are bought from butchers by religious believers to be set free.
  • Clothing restrictions for monasteries: Respect local customs and do not wear tops with bare shoulders, short skirts, shorts, or open toe shoes. Please note that local civil aviation and railways have embargoes on dangerous items including Tibetan craft knives, Swiss knives, scissors, etc.

 

Tibetans have many unique customs and habits. Visitors should try to respect these customs.

 
  • For Tibetans, sticking one’s tongue out signifies a sign of modesty and respect for others.
  • A gesture of palms together means "best wishes to you."
  • If you are presented with a white silk scarf “Hada,” a symbol of good luck, bow or use both hands to receive the gift as a sign of respect.
  • Be mindful when entering a Tibetan home or temples, do not step on the doorsill.
  • When seated, you may sit cross-legged. Do not stretch out your legs with the soles to others.
  • To avoid misunderstandings, it's best not to use Tibetan phrases until you are sure of the exact meaning of the Tibetan language you have learned.
 

In light of local conditions in Tibet, visitors should be aware of the following before entering:

 
  • Much of Tibet is still untouched and undeveloped. Under same-star ratings, accommodations and restaurant conditions will be lower compared to other areas around the world. 
  • Due to its isolated location, many supplies in Lhasa are air-freighted from mainland China, so many ingredients and common items are expensive.
  • Most restaurants only serve Chinese or Tibetan cuisine. Popular Tibetan cuisine includes yak steak and yak butter tea.

 

Q&A For Touring Tibet

 

Q Will I experience altitude sickness? If so, what should I do?
A Please see information on Altitude Sickness

 

Q Why shouldn't I go to Tibet if I have a cold? What if I develop a cold in Tibet?
A When you are sick, your body’s immune system is weakened and is more susceptible to high altitude related illnesses such as pulmonary edema, which can potentially be life threatening and not easily treated. If you develop a cold while you are in Tibet, it is generally not a big concern because your body will already have some adaptability and resistance to the environment.  With proper medical treatment, the symptoms will gradually disappear after 1-2 days.

 

Q Is showering in Tibet convenient?
A Super Value Tours has selected the best hotels for our guests which will be equipped with hot water and private bathrooms. However, it is recommended not to shower often when first arriving in Lhasa to avoid catching a cold. Bathing while exhausted may aggravate altitude sickness. Once the body adapts to the higher altitude climate, showering is generally not a problem. Keep in mind the air in Tibet is very dry so many people can skip showering for 1-2 days without feeling uncomfortable.

 

Q What are some of the foods unique to Tibet?
A Local specialties include: roasted barley flour, butter tea, yak meat, Tibetan noodles, sweet tea, and barley wine.

 

Q How is the weather in Tibet?
A There is a large gap in temperature between morning to evening. Although most of our activities are concentrated during the day, it is essential to bring warm clothing and layers, especially as we ascend to higher altitudes where the temperature will be cold. The best time to travel to Tibet is during the mild weather months from May to September. Average temperature can range from a high of 77°F during the day to a low of 40°F at night.

 

Q What should I wear in Tibet?
A Due to strong UV rays, make sure to bring sunscreen. Short-sleeve T-shirts and shorts are not recommended. Bring warm all-weather jackets. Hiking shoes or sneakers are a must.

 

Q Cash or credit card?
A Cash is preferred when traveling through Tibet as credit cards are rarely accepted.

 

Q What are some worthwhile souvenirs in Tibet?
A Small trinkets such as yak bone bracelets, necklaces, and turquoise bracelets are good gift ideas. More valuable items include handmade Gyantse carpets, Medog stone pot, tapestries, Thankga, and Champlain wooden bowls. Tibetan medicines such as saffron, snow lotus, cordyceps are also a popular homeopathic specialty, but we do not recommend purchasing these items due to the possibility of fakes (Please note: security checks in Tibet are strict. It is forbidden to carry sharp objects such as scissors and knives on planes and trains, including small swiss army knives or fruit knives brought from home).

 

 

Health & Safety 

  • Regardless of where you travel, safety is a top priority and we pay close attention to the safety information of each destination.
  • In case of any safety concerns caused by force majeure factors such as weather, we will adjust our itinerary according to local conditions.

 

Passports & Visas

  • We include the Tibet Travel Permit, but China Visas are required for US/Canada passport holders entering China. Please see our Visa Information Center for details.  China visa fees not included in tour fare.

Upgrades

  • In the spirit of "Travel Happy" we do not believe in hidden fees - no unmarked options are sold on tour.
 

 Dietary Restrictions

  • It's important everyone has a great dining experience while traveling with us! If you have a special meal restriction (i.e. no lamb, etc), please let us know. We will do our best to oblige, but we regret some dietary preferences may not be available due to cultural differences.

Luggage Handling

  • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.
  • Luggage space is limited aboard the Qinghai-Tibet train. Large suitcases should not exceed 25in x 14in x 8in.

 

Qinghai Lake/Tso Ngonpo

Located in the Qinghai Lake Basin in the northeastern part of Qinghai Province, it is China's largest inland lake and the largest saltwater lake in China. Formed by a fault between Datong and Mountains, the lake is fed by dozens of rivers. Here, the beauty of the grasslands and the vast calmness of the lake are intertwined, which creates the great beauty of Qinghai Lake. Named "China's Most Beautiful Five Great Lakes" by China National Geographic magazine.

Museum of China Tibetan Medicine Culture

The pinnacle of Tibetan art is the Tibetan Thangka scroll. 

The Thangka housed in the Museum of China Tibetan Medicine Culture is over 2000 ft long and was the longest in the world until 2015. More than 400 top craft artists from Tibet, Mongolia, Han and Tu ethnicities collaborated on it for four years. It uses traditional Tibetan painting techniques, and is crafted with paints from precious materials such as gold powder, jade and coral. The scrolls are based on the Tibetan history and the sects of Tibetan Buddhism, and depict the essence of culture of the snowy plateau. Tour the museum with a docent for a succinct background lecture.

Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The Tibet Railway was completed in 2006 and was one of the four major infrastructure projects in China's new millennium plan. Starting from Xining in Qinghai in the east and terminating in Lhasa in the west, the railway is 1,956 kilometers (1,215 mi) long and connects Tibet to mainland China. Once considered “impossible to build” owing to its isolated wilderness, long distance, and inhospitable environment, the railway is a remarkable feat of human engineering holding several records: world’s highest railway, highest rail tunnel, and longest bridge on permafrost.

Norbulingka

Norbulingka means "Treasured Park" in native Tibetan, and is the name granted to the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lama. The palace itself covers over 360,000 sq meters and more than 374 rooms, but the most remarkable feature of Norbulinka are the grounds which feature the best landscape and most ancient gardens in Tibet, which makes it one of the most popular outdoor spaces in Lhasa.

Monk Debates of Sera Monastery

Built in 1419, Sera Monastery is one of the six main temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Together with Drepung Monastery and Ganden Monastery, it is known as one of the Three Great Temples of Lhasa. Sera Monastery is most well-known for their public debates which are held daily in their courtyard. Here, we can observe philosophical arguments featuring intense gestures and vigorous verbal exchanges. The unique style is eye-opening! 

Potala Palace

From the Fifth Dalai Lama until exile of the Fourteenth in 1959, Potala Palace has been the home of the Dalai Lamas and is one of the most iconic views of Tibet. Soaring over the city of Lhasa, it was the center of Tibetan politics and religion. The grounds are a large-scale palace-style complex, and the entire palace has a distinctive Tibetan style. In 1994, Potala Palace was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, countless treasures are stored in the palace, which now functions as a museum. 

Chakpori Hill

The name "Chakpori" means "Horn of Mountain", which is 3,725 meters above sea level. 

A prominent medical school from the 1600s once sat on this site, but was destroyed during the Lhasa uprising in 1959. Today, beautiful rock carvings still survive. Its position just south of Potala Palace makes it one of the best angles for viewing the palace. In early morning or twilight hours, photographers often gather here, waiting for the first rays of light or waning sun to illuminate Potala Palace. 

Jokhang Temple

Located in the center of ancient Lhasa, it is the most splendid building from the era of the Tibetan Empire (618-842AD). Built by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gambo (the first king of a unified Tibet) to commemorate his marriage to the Chinese Princess Wencheng, it combines the architectural styles of Tibet, China, Nepal and India and has inspired thousands of pieces of Tibetan religious architecture.   With a history spanning 1350 years, Jokhang Temple has supreme status in Tibetan Buddhism.

Barkhor Street

Surrounding Jokhang Temple in Lhasa is Barkhor Street, a lively and popular square full of local shops and cafes. Because it surrounds Jokhang Temple, it is known as the "Holy Road" for Tibetans and many navigate the street in a clockwise direction while they are here on pilgrimmage. Barkhor Street retains the original features of the ancient city of Lhasa; the streets are paved with hand-polished stones and old-fashioned houses are preserved next to them.

Yamdrok Lake

Yamdrok Lake is one of Tibet's famous three holy lakes. The beautiful and expansive turquoise waters here are breathtaking, and once you see the lake in person, it's easy to understand why Tibetans have a deep spiritual attachment to nature.

Karola Glacier

One of three major continental glaciers in Tibet, Karola is water the source of the eastern Nianchu River. The glacial front is constantly undulating, causing the top of the slowly moving ice layer to crack. The ice and snow crack and melt along the ice layer, forming a magnificent tower of ice. Snow and dust mix together to form beautiful cloud-like layers, as if they are deliberately created by skilled craftsmen. 

Tashilhunpo Monastery

Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (13,000 feet above sea level) is a masterpiece of Buddhist art. Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, this monastery is one of the few to survive the Cultural Revolution and has been attracting devout Tibetans over 500 years. 

Rongbuk Monastery

Hidden in the Himalayas, Rongbuk Monastery is known as the highest monastery in the world (elev. 16,000ft) and the gateway to Mt. Everest. Just 13 miles from the peak of Everest, the prime location of Rongbuk Monastery makes it one of the most ideal spots for viewing and photography.  The lone white stupa set against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks of Everest is one of the most iconic images of the region.

Everest Base Camp (Tibet side)

Getting here is a true bucket list accomplishment! 


South of Rongbuk Monastery, at an altitude of 17,000 feet, North Base Camp is marked by simply colored tents and Chinese and Tibetan flags. Inside these simple structures, there are basic facilities such as restrooms, teahouses, "hotels," and even a post office - the highest in China. 19 kilometers away from the peak of the peak of Everest, this is where many climbers will rest and acclimate before starting their ascent to the highest peak in the world. With clear views of the snow-capped mountains and sweet, clean air, the quiet atmosphere here gives us an overwhelming feeling of calm.

Mount Everest (Chomolungma)

Formed over 60 million years ago by the collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates, Mt. Everest, or Chomolungma as known by its original Tibetan name, is the tallest mountain of the Himalayas. It is located on the border between China and Nepal with the northern slope in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the southern slope in Nepal. At a height of 29,000 feet, the peak nearly matches the altitude at which commercial airliners fly. 

Yarlung Tsangpo River

The longest river on the Tibetan plateau, the Yarlung Tsangpo is one of the highest rivers in the world. Originating from the Angsi Glacier in the Himalayas, the river runs from west to east across southern Tibet to eventually feed into the Ganges in India. Covering a length of 1,760 miles, the river is an important source of water for a large portion of our world's population. The Yarlung Zangbo River Basin nurtures fertile land on both sides of the river and is the cradle of culture for Tibetans.

Xining: Sofitel Xining

This hotel, officially opened on June 1, 2015, is operated under the Sofitel brand of the French Accor Group and is the only “Platinum Five-Star” luxury hotel in Northwest China. Our rooms combine traditional Chinese hospitality concepts with French daily living artforms, providing guests with a noble and elegant living atmosphere.


Lhasa: Shangri-la Hotel Lhasa

Shangri-La Lhasa is the first luxury city resort in the Tibetan Plateau. In order to help guests adapt to the high-altitude environment of Lhasa, a lush forest of surrounding trees and flowers are planted to increase the oxygen content. The hotel interprets traditional Tibetan architecture with modern architectural concepts, and the lobby overlooks the Potala Palace, allowing you to fully experience the Tibetan culture and the unique landscape of Lhasa.


Shigatse: Tibet Qomo Langzong Hotel

Located in the heart of Shigatse, the Houzang Culture Theme Hotel is a 15-minute walk from the Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama. The hotel's style blends into the natural beauty and cultural connotations of Shigatse, and the combination of Tibetan cultural elements and modern fashion complement each other.

Tingri: Tingri Roof Of The World Hotel

Located in Tingri County, Everest Base Camp, this hotel situated at an altitude of about 17,000ft, which makes it one of the highest in the world. While it is the best equipped in the area, please keep in mind the facilities will be very limited owing to its extreme remote location.


Lhasa: St. Regis Lhasa

Located at the roof of the world in Lhasa, the St. Regis Lhasa is one of the world's top hotels, literally and figuratively. As part of the top-ranking St. Regis brand, the hotel offers tailor-made services in a unique way, adding a privileged experience to the world's most mysterious resort. The sacred place of the peak, the beauty of the peak, and the experience of the peak are not to be missed here.



World’s first railway to Tibet: prior to its opening in 2006, the only overland travel option was driving 3-4 days.

World's longest railway on a plateau: Total length of the entire line is 1,215 miles.

The highest altitude plateau railway in the world: 960 kilometers above the altitude of 4000 meters above sea level, the highest point of 5,072 meters.

World’s highest train station: Tanggula Mountain Railway Station, 16,640 feet above sea level.

World's highest railway tunnel: Fenghuoshan Tunnel, 16,092 feet above sea level.

World's longest railway crossing permafrost (frozen earth): 342 miles across permafrost.

World's longest tunnel built on permafrost: Kunlun Mountain Tunnel - 5,531 feet.

World's longest railway bridge: Qingshui River Bridge, located in the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve, with a total length of 7.27 miles.

World’s fastest train on permafrost: Top speed on frozen areas: 60mph. Non-permafrost speeds reach 75mph.

Despite extremely harsh conditions, none of the 100,000 workers died of altitude sickness.

Qinghai Lake Landscape Zone

In addition to the beautiful Qinghai Lake and the Chinese "Dead Sea" Chaerhan Salt Lake, you can also see the mysterious "Alien Site" and "Lover Lake" in the Qaidam Basin.

Kunlun Mountain Landscape Zone

Located between Kunlun Mountain and Tanggula Mountain, Hoh Xil is a paradise for wildlife.You may be able to see the elegant posture of the Tibetan antelope or the lightning of multiple colors on the plateau if it’s possible (don't worry, the lightning protection safeguard on the train can ensure your safety).

Yangtze River Source Landscape Zone

Through the Hoh Xil,the birthplaces of the Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Lancang River will be in front of you, and many strange and spectacular glacial features as well. Standing at the highest point of the world railway (Tanggula Railway Station at an altitude of 5,072 meters) to feel the atmospheres of being closest to the sky.

Qiangtang Grassland Landscape Zone

Over the Tanggula Mountain, you will see the vast and wide Qiangtang grassland, covered with a layer of green carpet and straight into the sky.

Nagqu to Lhasa Landscape Zone

The majestic Sandan Kangsang Snow Mountain, the main peak of the Nianqing Tanggula Mountain, the holy lake Namco, the charming Lhasa River, these tremendous and spectacular sceneries will be with you all the way to enter Lhasa.

  • Trains are driven by specially customized high-altitude engines designed and built by GE in Pennsylvania. Train cars designed just for this route were manufactured by Bombardier to help passengers travel more safely and comfortably.
  • Each carriage includes direct oxygen supply for those who may need it to improve comfort. An atmospheric system is also in place to help maintain oxygen levels in all passenger cars.
  • Passenger car windows are semi-pressurized with automatic equalization to help passengers feel more comfortable with temperature and pressure changes.
  • Sealed windows with UV-resistant glass help ensure passengers are protected from strong UV rays.
  • Each car is equipped with lightning protection to effectively protect power, network and signal line systems.
  • Enhanced sealing performance is included to protect under-vehicle equipment against damage from sand storms and blizzards. Onboard air-conditioning uses special sand-proof filters and adopts a “closed-air” body structure to keep air clean.
  • Every passenger train to Tibet is staffed with a doctor and nurse.

A total of 936 passengers can be accommodated in 15 cars: 392 hard seats, 480 hard sleepers, 64 soft sleepers. There are only two soft sleeper carriages in each train, and each soft sleeper can accommodate 32 people. Each soft sleeper cabin has 4 sleepers with upper and lower bunks.

Super Value Guarantees Quality with Soft Sleepers for Our Guests

Soft Sleeper: Each bed includes slippers and the glass windows are relatively large, so visitors can enjoy beautiful views from the window.

Dining Car: Provide breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is usually simple with milk, congee, steamed buns and pickles, lunch and dinner are a variety of stir-fry and rice. For personal preferences, we suggest preparing a variety of snacks for long-term travel.

Xining to Lhasa
Notice Signs in 3 Languages
Digital Signage of Altitude and Speed
Oxygen and waste treatment equipment
Soft Sleepers
Sleeping Car
Personal Hanger
Personal Slippers
Personal Headphones
Personal TV Screen
Personal Oxygen Supply Pipeline
Personal Power Plug and Switch
Dining Car
Dining Car
TV Screen in Dining Car
Bar Counter
Hot Water Supply
Accessible Toilet for Disabilities
Emergency Call Button
Bathroom
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