10D9N Central Tibet + Tibet Railway Experience

Tibet, also known as the “roof of the world” is the second biggest province in China. It offers rich landscape and religious heritage of Tibet making it an attractive destination for many.

Please note that the following itinerary is an example, as all of our journeys are custom-made.

 

Exceptional Experiences:

  • Travel on the highest altitude railway in the world, The Qinghai-Tibet Railway will transport you to a different world, away from the city and skyscrapers of urban China. The train will trudge its way through the back country and high mountains of remote Qinghai and into Tibet, going past glaciers, peaks, shimmering salt lakes and charming villages.

 

  • Visit the Highest Palace in the world , built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo, as it stands on top of Red Hill, at over an amazing 3,700 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level.

 

  • Visit Jokhang Temple,  the oldest and holiest architecture in Lhasa with a long history of 1,400 years.

 

  • See the world’s tallest Maitreya Buddha statue at Tashilunpo Monastery, which is the final resting place of Panchen Lama and also one of the 6 major monasteries for Tibetan Yellow Sect. This monastery was built by the first Panchen Lama in 1447 and thereafter it became the residence of all the previous Panchen Lama.

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Itinerary:

Day 1: SINGAPORE – XINING (No meals)

Departure from Singapore Changi Airport for your flight to Xining via Beijing, Xining was formerly known as the “South Railway for Silk Road”. Upon arrival, meet by a local guide and check into the hotel to rest for the night.

Accommodation: 5* Wanda Realm Xining or similar

 

Day 2: XINING - QINGHAI TIBET RAILWAY (Breakfast)

This morning after breakfast in your hotel, meet your guide in the lobby and transfer to Xining train station to board the Qinghai-Tibet train. Extending 1,956 kilometres on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway connects, Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and Lhasa, capital of Tibet.

You will travel on the highest altitude railway in the world, with it’s the highest point at 4,000 meters above sea level heading towards Lhasa. All meals onboard the train will be at your own expense.

Witness the snow-capped Kunlun Mountains as the train climbs up a steep mountain pass, trudging toward Lhasa. Through the window, view grasslands dotted with black yaks and prayer flags fluttering from gold-topped temples. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway will transport you to a different world, away from the city and skyscrapers of urban China. The train will trudge its way through the backcountry and high mountains of remote Qinghai and into Tibet, going past glaciers, peaks, shimmering salt lakes and charming villages.

To protect passengers from high-altitude sickness, trains have an oxygen supply system that increases the oxygen in the cabin as the train ascends and cabins have private oxygen-dispensing outlets. The temperature in the train is regulated and pressurised and the windows are glazed with a UV coating to protect against the powerful high-altitude rays.

Note: Due to the current operational procedures onboard the Qinghai-Tibetan Railway, we will do our utmost to arrange for all passengers to be accommodated in the same cabin. Rooming-in the berths will be arranged according to the travelling party’s size and age.

Accommodation: Overnight in a communal 4-berth train cabin

 

Day 3: QINGHAI TIBET RAILWAY – EVENING ARRIVAL IN LHASA (Dinner)

Today, continue your journey towards Lhasa, passing through Xining, Ge’ermu, Tuotuo River, Anduo, Naqu, Dangxiong and finally Lhasa. All meals onboard the train will be at your own expense.

Enroute to Lhasa, you will be witnessing the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The land of snows, the desert, the grassland, the ice mountains, the lakes will continually appear along the way.

The journey doubles as a spectacular tour of the elevated highlights of Qinghai and northern Tibet. The boundless Qiangtang Prairie, the desolate, golden Gobi Desert and the wildlife-rich Kekexili Nature Reserve (where you can spot Tibetan antelope and wild yak).

There are plenty of dramatic moments as the train zips past spearmint-blue Qinghai Lake, trundles alongside the sparkling white Qarhan Salt Bridge, and skirt the edges of the legendary Namtso Lake. But, without a doubt, the highlight is seeing the Tanggula Mountains covered with snow all year round.

Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet in the evening. Lhasa is the capital of the mystical Buddhist Kingdom of Tibet. Tibet is a land as profound as that million of pilgrims’ regard it as the world centre of holiness.

Head for dinner before transferring to your accommodation for the night. Do take ample rest in order to acclimatize to the high altitude.

Accommodation: 5* Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa: In the Heart of the Himalayas. The hotel comprises 262 contemporary guestrooms and 17 suites, as well as the exclusive Horizon Club Lounge. Rooms are spacious with a minimum size of 43 square meters and suites provide up to 250 square meters of luxurious space.

Exclusive Amenities for your stay

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • A complimentary 50-minute massage for up to two people, once during stay (please reserve in advance)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

Day 4: LHASA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

This morning after breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby.

Then, your journey starts from the religious Potala Palace built in the 7th century by the famous Tibetan king-Songtzen Gampo. The Potala Palace currently holds the record of the Highest Palance in the world, as it stands on top of Red Hill, at over an amazing 3,700 meters (12,000 feet) above sea level. The palace also symbolizes Tibetan Buddhism. It housed a school for religious training of monks as well as one of Tibet's major pilgrimage destinations for the tombs of past Dalai Lamas.

Besides the artistic concentrate of ancient Tibet architecture, Potala Palace is also an art treasure of Tibet. Mural art is a magnificent part of Potala Palace. Every room, even inside the palace, is decorated with colourful, vivid murals. And the 698 murals along the painted second-floor corridor are the most extraordinary, depicting Buddhist stories and the unique scenery, customs and legends of ancient Tibet.

After lunch, visit Jokhang Temple, situated in the old section of Lhasa. Jokhang Temple is the oldest and holiest architecture in Lhasa with a long history of 1,400 years. Being the spiritual centre and the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan, it has attracted many visitors from around the world.

Visit Barkhor Street, an ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple. You may purchase souvenirs such as exquisite hand-made commodities here from the local vendors. Other items include Tibetan style house ornaments including the cushions, leather bags and handmade art wares, prayer wheels, butter lamps, Thangkas, flags, Tibetan incense and more.

Then head for dinner, before returning to your hotel.

Accommodation: 5* Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

 

Day 5: LHASA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby. Today, you will visit some iconic places in Tibet.

Your first stop of the day is Drepung Monastery. As one of the largest Tibetan monasteries, Drepung Monastery lies at the foot of the Gambo Utse Mountain, and is one of the Great Three Gelug Monasteries in Tibet, along with Sera and Ganden monasteries. From a distance, the monastery resembles a heap of rice, and the name actually means “collecting rice”.

"Drepung" in Tibetan also means "the hill of rice”. This monastery occupies an area of 150,000 square meters with 7700 lamas and it is the largest monastery in Asia.

Then, visit Norbulingka Park. Norbulingka, meaning 'Treasure Park' in Tibetan. Norbulingka both reflects the ethnical, religious features of the Tibetan people and embodies the architecture style of inland China. In 1752, the 7th Dalai Lama built the first palace here for successive Dalai Lamas to carry out their political and religious activities during the summer season. Today, Norbulingka has become a public park for picnicking, relaxing and entertainment.

Accommodation: 5* Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

Day 6: LHASA – GYANTSE – SHIGATSE (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby.

Today, take a drive up to the Kampala Pass (elevation 4797 meters) where you’ll have a glimpse of Yamdrok Lake down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance. Get your camera ready for the turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet, and the beautiful Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier as seen from the Karola Pass.

Later, visit the Karola Glacier, a beautiful glacier perched between Ngarzhag County of Shannan and Gyantse County of Shigatse before continuing along the southern Friendship Highway to Gyantse. where you will be able to see the famous Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet.

Commissioned by a local prince in 1427 and sitting beside Palcho Monastery, Gyantse Kumbum is the town’s foremost attraction. This 32m-high chörten, with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring.

Continue your journey to Shigatse, where you will spend the night. Check into your accommodation and rest for the night.

Accommodation: Jiumuyamei International or similar 

 

Day 7: SHIGATSE – LHASA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby and visit the Tashilunpo Monastery, which is the final resting place of Panchen Lama and also one of the 6 major monasteries for Tibetan Yellow Sect. This monastery was built by the first Panchen Lama in 1447 and thereafter it became the residence of all the previous Panchen Lama. The world’s tallest Maitreya Buddha statue, which is 28 meters tall, is also enshrined at the monastery.  You will also see the Stupa-tomb of the Tenth Panchen Lama here.

En-route you will visit to The Park of Oriental Miraculous Mastiff. Tibetan Mastiffs are a dog breed that can be as huge as a donkey and have a fierce appearance. Then, return to Lhasa and appreciate the art of Tibetan Thangka. After which, have dinner at local restaurant.

Accommodation: 5* Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

 

Day 8:  LHASA – NAMTSO LAKE – LHASA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Today, you will spend your day witnessing Tibet’s natural beauty.

Meet your guide and driver at your hotel early in the morning and head for Lake Namtso (Approx. 4 hours journey). Feel free to stop your driver and make a stop along the way to snap some picturesque pictures.

Namtso Lake, located in the northwest of Lhasa is the highest saltwater lake in the world with an altitude of 4718 meters. It is also the second-largest saltwater lake in China (next to Qinghai Lake). In Tibetan, Namtso means Heavenly Lake, making it one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, together with Yamdrok Lake and Lake Manasarovar. Consisting of over 1500 lakes and five big islands, which used to be the spiritual retreat, Namtso is the paradise of nature and a wonderful place for photo taking,

Then, return to Lhasa and rest for the night at your accommodation.

Accommodation: Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

 

Day 9: LHASA (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

After breakfast, this morning we will make a visit to Mt Chokpori, also known as 'Iron Mountain' - is a sacred hill in the city of Lhasa in Tibet.

On the eastern cliff of the hill is the noted Zhalaupu Grottoes, which are extremely well preserved with a history of more than a thousand years. Although this grotto has witnessed thousands of years of swift changes in both prosperity and decline, it continues to stand quietly and proudly in Lhasa, a wonderfully mysterious place.

The grotto is an oblong shape, covering a total area of more than 27 square meters (about 32.3 square yards). There is also a pole in its centre. A narrow ritual corridor is between this pole and the wall of the cave. There are 69 stone statues engraved on the rock, vivid and lifelike, which represent the soul of Tibetan stone inscription art. Additionally, a few figures of Buddha, gods in different poses, and Buddhist scripture in Tibetan characters are engraved on the cliff.

Next, you will visit the Zaki Temple. Zaki monastery in Lhasa is a very small temple, but it is very important in local people’s eyes. According to local Tibetans, Zaki Temple enshrines the God of wealth and it’s very efficacious.

Before dinner, visit the Tibet Museum. It is the first large, modern museum in the Tibet Autonomous Region.[1] It has a collection of more than 520,000 artefacts, including pottery, jade, and Buddha statues, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It has a collection of around 1,000 artefacts permanently on display related to the cultural history of Tibet.

After which, head for dinner and return to your accommodation.

Accommodation: 5*Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa or similar

 

Day 10: LHASA - SINGAPORE (Breakfast)

After breakfast, meet your guide and transfer to the airport for your domestic flight to Chengdu follow by international flight back to Singapore.

 

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Please note: This itinerary is designed to give you an idea of what to expect on the tour but is not set in stone. What we actually do on a given day is flexible and can be tailored based on the interests of the group.


This itinerary and its package inclusions might be changed later in time, subject to availability.

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