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8-Day Hong Kong Xining Tibet Tour via Qinghai-Tibet Railway

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Experience the world’s highest train ride along the Qinghai – Tibet Railway, with its incredible plateau and Himalayan mountain views;
  • Immerse yourself in the most important holy sites of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery;

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Fly from Hongkong to Xining
After taking a connecting flight from Hong Kong to Xining, your local tour guide will greet you at the airport and take you by private vehicle to your downtown Xining hotel. You will have the rest of the day free to relax from your trip or to explore the local area around your hotel on your own.

Accommodation:Overnight in Xining

Day2  Qinghai Lake – Overnight Train to Lhasa
We will get an early this starting this morning, picking you up from your hotel by private car to take you on the 2 ½ hour drive from Xining to Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in all of China. This massive saltwater lake is located about 100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Xining at an elevation of 3205 meters (10515 feet) above sea level. Bird Island, located in the western part of the lake, is a popular stopover on the migratory routes of many species of birds in Asia. If the weather permits, we can take a boat cruise around the lake for some fantastic views around the lake area. Enroute to the lake we can see Riyue (Sun & Moon) Mountain.

After your visit to Qinghai Lake, that afternoon we will drive back to Xining and transfer you to the Xining train station to board your overnight train to Lhasa, Tibet.

Accommodation:Overnight on the train

Day3  Qinghai – Tibet Railway – Arrival in Lhasa
Today will feature the most beautiful scenery along the Qinghai – Tibet Railway in the morning with vast grasslands and the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayan mountain range coming in to view. Upon your arrival at the Lhasa train station around noon, your local tour guide will meet you to take you by private car to your downtown Lhasa hotel and check in. You will have the rest of the day free to relax from your train journey and get used to the higher elevation of Lhasa.

Tips for High Altitude Acclimatization:

1) Go for a leisurely walk in the fresh high altitude air, but avoid any strenuous activity after your arrival.
2) It's better to avoid taking a bath to avoid catching a cold.
3) Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and eat some fresh fruit.
4) Get plenty of rest.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day4  Lhasa – Potala Palace, Jokang Temple and Barkhor Street
Start your exploration of Lhasa today with a visit to a world-famous landmark - the Potala Palace, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the world. Climb up to the palace along zig-zagging stone paths alongside the white and red walls to the top of the palace where you can gain a greater appreciation of the exotic Tibetan-style buildings as well as for a great view of Lhasa's entire urban area. After admiring the sweeping outside views, explore the inner spaces of the Potala Palace to find the stately chapels and learn more about the fascinating history of this special place.

From one historic landmark to another, your next stop will be at the Jokhang Temple, considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Every day thousands of pilgrims come from all over Tibet and other places to the temple to worship the Buddha. The Jokhang Temple is also known as the "House of Buddha" because it houses the precious Jowo Rinpoche, a life-sized (1.5 meter/5 feet) image of the Sakyamuni at the age of 12.

The last stop for today's Lhasa exploration is Barkhor Street, the wide, circular street that surrounds the Jokhang Temple. Local residents enjoy walking on the street, completing several circuits known as “kora" around the temple as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many small shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items and handicrafts.

Tips for today's tour:

1) There are 1,080 steps to the top of the Potala Palace, so it's best to take it slowly to avoid high altitude sickness.
2) Taking photos is not allowed inside the Potala Palace.
3) Most of today will be spent outside, so please bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and some water with you to protect yourself from the more intense sun at the higher altitude.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day5  Lhasa – Norbulingka, Drepung and Sera Monasteries
After breakfast at your hotel, we will visit the beautiful Norbulingka Palace and Park, the location of the former summer palace of the Dalai Lamas from the 1780s up until 1959. It features the famous Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai Lamas built in the grandiose style of traditional Tibetan architecture.

After visiting the palaces and park at Norbulingka, we will travel around 5 kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit the Drepung Monastery. The word "drepung" in Tibetan language means "prosperity". Since its establishment in 1416, Drepung Monastery has served as one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. During its prime, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders studied at this monastery, including the Dalai Lamas. Accordingly, Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, we will escort you on to another famous monastery in Lhasa - the Sera Monastery. Sera Monastery is famous for its spectacular “Buddhist Debates”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard, and debate on the various Buddhist doctrines with exaggerated gestures, which is thought to be helpful in facilitating a better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the "Buddhist Debates", we will take you back to your hotel with the rest of the day and evening to relax or explore on your own.

Tips for Proper Etiquette While Visiting Monasteries

1) For clothing, shorts and/or bare shoulders are not allowed.
2) Hats and sunglasses should be removed before entering the chapels.
3) Taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day6  Lhasa - Namtso
This morning we will take a drive to one of the holiest lakes in Tibetan Buddhism – Namtso Lake. As the largest saltwater lake in Tibet, Namtso Lake is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty. En route to the lake we will pass by the Nyenchen Tanggula Mountains through a vast grassland area where we will see nomadic herdsmen grazing sheep and yaks along the grassy slopes of the mountains At an elevation of 4718 meters (15479 feet) above sea level, this is the highest lake in the world as well as one of the “Four Holy Lakes” of Tibetan Buddhism. We will have the rest of the day free to explore around the lake area and watch the amazing sunset across the lake before checking in to the Namtso Guesthouse to stay overnight.

Accommodation:Overnight in Dangxiong

Day7  Namtso – Lhasa Via Yangpachen Hot Spring
This morning we can wake up early to watch the sunrise across the beautiful lake and walk along the shoreline to the Tashi Dor Island to see the famous meditation caves, a destination for centuries of Tibetan pilgrims.

For lunch we will stop in Damxung, located about 160 kilometers from Lhasa in the middle of Tibet and considered the gateway to the Tibetan capital. After lunch we will journey on to the Yangpachen Hot Spring, where there are both indoor and outdoor swimming pools filled with geothermal hot spring water. We will then travel on back to Lhasa and check in to your hotel for the overnight stay.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day8  Departure from Lhasa
Today you will have free time until we meet you in the lobby of your hotel to transfer you to the Lhasa airport or train station for your departing flight or train.

Today's Tips:

1) Please take care to pack all of your belongings, particularly the small things that are easy to forget about, such as phone and camera chargers, power adapters, mobile phones, wallets, etc.
2) If your flight or train is in the afternoon, please be sure to check out of your hotel room by 12 p.m.

Accommodation:None

What's Included

Experience the world’s highest train ride along the Qinghai – Tibet Railway, with its incredible plateau and Himalayan mountain views;
Immerse yourself in the most important holy sites of Tibetan Buddhism – the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, the Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery;
International flight to and from China.
China visa.
Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
Meals not listed in the itinerary.
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Entrance tickets not listed in the itinerary
Single room supplement.

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 janiceinch
Travel Date:November 1, 2019

Had a 10 days trip to Tibet with Asia Odyssey. The staffs and tour guide are very nice and helpful. Kay was the person who got in touch with me, and she assisted me with all the document and trip information. Honestly, she made me a lot more comfortable with the trip since I just found this company on the internet and I wasn't sure if it was a legit thing. She also came picked me up from the airport and sent me all the way to the hotel. She is truly a sweet and warm girl! :) Besides, the tour guide and driver are very friendly, they provided a lot of information for me to understand and discover Tibet from a different angle. Overall, I had a great experience with them, and I would love to travel again with Asia Odyssey. Highly recommend people to try their service because you won't be disappointed.

 Vladislav
Travel Date:Oct. 5th 2018

I highly recommend a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel If you want to see the best part of Tibet, you should definitely book a tour with Asia Odyssey Travel. They are very helpful with the permit application and gave me the best impression of the wonderful roof of the world. I am looking forward to seeing our lovely guide and driver again in Tibet. Wish everything goes well with Nancy and her colleagues at Odyssey.

 Ramachandran
Travel Date:Sep. 22nd 2018

We definitely recommend to book a Tibet trip through Tibet Odyssey! We had a great trip in June,exploring beautiful lakes and Mt. Everest base camp. Our guide was super patient.

 Ann Phan
Travel Date:April 4th 2018

The trip is very satisfied overall, just a few things to watch. There are too many monasteries. I am not quite a fan of religion. The hotel air conditioner didn’t work well and the hot water went wrong some times. Wish the hotel condition could be better in the near future.

 jackylF9873DL
Travel Date:October 5, 2019

First at all, we would like to say we have a wonderful 9D8N Tibet trip arrange by Asia Oddessy Travel, they are really provide a professional consult and guide from the begining until the end (including booking train ticket, flight ticket, chengdu hotel and airport pickup services & payment services).

Secondly, a special Big THANK YOU to our pretty travel advisor Amy, with her great experiences, good English communication, patient & friendly client services, we are finally completed our wonderful trip with a lot of joys and happiness. Thumb up to Amy!!! You did a perfect job here!!!

At last, Tibet is an amazing place you must pay a visit once in your life time, for a foreign traveller, to avoid any hassle during the trip, I highly recommend Asia Odyssey Travel Service Co Ltd.

Best Regards

Jacky & Ryan (From Malaysia)

 Mark Lim
Travel Date:May 14th 2018

I had to mention our tour guide – Puktso because he is too nice. He is very passionate and thoughtful when he talked with us on the daily tour arrangement. We reschedule a little bit and he gave us great ideas. I like all the stories and insight knowledge on local life he shared with us. We enjoyed a wonderful trip with his company.