9 Days Lanzhou to Lhasa Train Tour with Mt.Everest
During the 9 days Tibet tour, you will take the train to Lhasa from Lanzhou. And then continue to have an unforgettable Everest Base Camp tour. At last, return to Lhasa.
During the 9 days Tibet tour, you will take a train from Lanzhou to Lhasa first. After enjoying the amazing scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet train, you will arrive in Lhasa the next day. In Lhasa, you will visit those famous tourist attractions, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Drepung Monastery, and so on. And then, you will head to Mt. Everest via Gyantse and Shigatse to continue an exciting Everest Base Camp tour. On the way to the highest peak in the world, you will be impressed by the amazing scenery of Yamdroktso Lake and Karola Glacier. At last, you will return to Lhasa for your departure.
|Day 1||Board to Train to Lhasa from Lanzhou||The scenery along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway|
|Day 2||Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)||Pick up and transfer to the hotel.|
|Day 3||Lhasa Sightseeing||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street|
|Day 4||Lhasa Sightseeing||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|Day 5||Lhasa – Gyantse (4040m) – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs.||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
|Day 6||Shigatse – Tingri – Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs.||Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak|
|Day 7||EBC-Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs
|Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak|
|Day 8||Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 6-7hrs.||Tashilhunpo Monastery
|Day 9||Lhasa Departure||Send off to airport/railway station|
Day 1 Board the Train to Lhasa from Lanzhou
Today, you will go to Lanzhou Railway Station and take a train to Lhasa. As you need to exchange your paper train ticket with your passport, Chinese visa, and Tibet Permits, you are suggested to arrive at about 2hrs in advance.
There are four trains every day from Lanzhou to Lhasa. It takes around 23-24 hours to arrive in Lhasa, which means you have to stay for one night on the train. So, you are suggested to bring along with some food and snacks, such as bread, instant noodles, milk, etc. The hot food on the train is available, however, the cost is higher than the restaurant. Due to the long-time train trip, we advise you to book the soft sleeper tickets.
1)The departure rain station is the Central Railway Station, not the East or West one.
2)You need the original Tibet Travel Permit to board the train from Lanzhou to Lhasa. The copied one is not enough.
Stay overnight on the train
Day 2 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
Welcome to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet! Your Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Airport or the train station and then take you to the hotel. When driving on the road, you could enjoy the Tibetan pure blue sky and white clouds. It takes 1.5 hours from the airport to the center of Lhasa and about 20 minutes from the train station. After arriving at the hotel, you must be very excited and can’t wait to visit Lhasa city. But you are suggested to take a good rest in order to adapt to high altitudes. If you feel good, you could stroll through the city of Lhasa like Potala Square, where you can enjoy the beautiful night view of the Potala Palace.
Good to know：
*For travelers who are the first time to visit high altitude land, you are suggested to have a good rest in your hotel on the first day.
*If you would like to stay in a hotel with oxygen supply, you are suggested to stay at hotels such as Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa (with a luxury oxygen spa) or Shambhala hotel (oxygen is supplied).
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 3 Lhasa Sightseeing- Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple
Attractions: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is well-known as an international tourism city with mystic Tibetan Buddhist culture and natural plateau scenery. Today, we will arrange you to explore this old and holy city which is already over 1300 years.
In the morning, you will head to visit world-known Potala Palace, which has the highest architecture in the world. It was built by Srongtsen Gampo in the 7th.century and used to be the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. Except for the art of buildings, you could also visit the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
After lunch, you are going to visit another symbolic scenic spot of Tibet-Jokhang Temple. It is considered to be the spiritual center of Tibetan Buddhism. In the temple, there is a golden life-sized statue of 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which was brought by Princess Wencheng from the Tang Dynasty. So, you could see many devout Tibetans do a pilgrimage in front of Jokhang temple. Afterward, you could stroll around the famous Barkhor Street, where you can enjoy a sweet tea, and buy some Tibetan souvenirs.
With the attractions, we will arrange a welcome dinner for you tonight. Hope you can enjoy the relaxing night with your friends and guide.
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing- Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Attractions: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
Today, you will also discover two other highlights of Lhasa – Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet. Before the liberation of Tibet, more than 10,000 monks lived and studied. Therefore, Drepung Monastery is also well-known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”
In the afternoon, you will visit the Sera Monastery. You can enjoy a wonderful Buddhist debate in the monastery, open daily from 3 pm to 5 pm, except on Sundays. You can participate in the daily debate of 80 monks in a closed courtyard. This is more like a question and answers session on Tibetan Buddhism. Through this debate, you can learn more about Tibetan Buddhism culture.
Stay overnight in Lhasa, 3/4-star
Day 5 Lhasa - Gyantse (4040m) – Shigatse (3840m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs
Attractions: Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery
In the morning, you will leave for Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. Today may be a long journey, but you can enjoy many beautiful natural landscapes along the way. First, you will head to turquoise Yamdroktso lake (4400m) via the Gampala Pass (4,790 m). Yamdroktso lake located in the south of the Yarlung Zangbo River and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. You are lucky to take a photo with the lovely Tibetan Mastiffs around the lake. Continue to drive, you will see the magnificent Karola Glacier (5045 meters) on the right side of the road.
Afterward, you will arrive at the historic city of Gyantse city. After lunch, you are going to visit the Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum (4040m), which is famous for “One Hundred Thousand Buddhas Pagoda”. You will arrive in Shigatse city in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk- EBC (5100m), 360km, Approx. 6hrs
Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunset of golden of Everest peak
Today is the most exciting moment of your Tibet trip. from Shigatse, you will head to Everest Base Camp at 5,100 meters above the sea level. After go accessing Tsola Pass(4600M) and Gyatsola Pass(5248M), you will reach to Everest National Nature Reserve, where mark that you have entered Mount Everest region. At the Gawla Pass (5198 m), You will enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalaya ranges including some famous mountains such as Mt. Makalu (8463 m), Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8844m), Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt. Shishapama(8020m). After that, you will reach Rongbuk Monastery(5,150m), the highest monastery in the world. From there, you get get a clear view of the sunset of the golden Mount Everest. Besides, you can wander around the Rongbuk Monastery (5,150m), the highest monastery in the world.
Stay overnight at Rongbuk guesthouse or EBC dorm tent
Day 7 EBC-Shigatse, 350km, Approx. 7hrs
Attractions: Rongbuk Monastery, the sunrise of Everest Peak
Today, you can get up in the early morning to enjoy the beautiful sunrise of Everest peak. Also, you can wander around Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world. You could see a few Tibet people do a kora in front of the monastery. After breakfast, you will drive back to Shigatse via Old Tingri. On the route, you will get a good view of the Himalaya mountains. You will reach to Shigatse in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 8 Shigatse – Lhasa, 280km, Approx. 6-7hrs
Attractions: Tashilhunpo Monastery
In the morning, you will head to Tashihunpo Monastery, the home of Panchen Lama. It’s famous for the largest Buddhism school in Shigatse. You are lucky to see many Tibetan people do a kora in the front of monastery.
After that, you will drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse. It’s only 280km from Shigatse to Lhasa, but with the speed-limit regulation, it usually takes about 5 hours on the way. After arriving in Lhasa hotel, you can have a good rest.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 9 Departure from Lhasa
Your tour ends today. After breakfasts, you will be free for the morning. Our staff will pick you up at your hotel and send you off to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
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