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7 Days Tour from Xining to Lhasa via Golmud (Train Ride)

Trip Length
7 Days
Through this tour, you can appreciate the most spectacular view of Tibetan Highlands by road and train both. The heavenly lake in Qinghai, Koko Nor, and the sacred lake Yamdroktso are both included. To feel the purity of the plateau, to experience the sky train, to see the marvelous and mysterious holy city, to hug the pure and sacred lakes, with this tour, you get all.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1: Arrive in Xining

Today's highlights:

Xining Airport/train station trasfer to hotel, Ta'er Monastery


Arrive in Xining Caojiabao Airport by air or Xining Railway Station by train. Pick you up and transfer to your hotel to check in. Visit Ta'er Monastery which is the birth place of the founder of the Yellow Sect (also called Gelu Sect) Tsong Khapa. In the Tibetan language, Ta'er Monastery is called "gongben" which means 100, 000 figures of Buddha.

Day 2: Xining-Qinghai Lake-Chaka-Dulan

Birds Island on Qinghai LakeToday's highlights:

Riyue Mountain Pass, Qinghai Lake, Birds Island


A journey to Riyue mountain pass (The Sun and the Moon mountain), visit the Sun pavilion and the Moon pavilion. Then arrive at Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor), which is the biggest inland salt lake in China . The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island. It situated on the western shore of the Lake, and because of the receding water off its shores, the Bird Island has been turned into a peninsula. 164 species of birds have been identified at the lake. In spring and summer, the lake is ideal for ornithologists and bird-lovers, such as swan, wild goose, gulls, heron and petrel etc.

Sometimes May, sometimes July, the rape flowers mass at the north bank are in full bloom. This breathtaking vies, you had never before gazed on. After July, we visit Chaka Salt Lake instead , enjoy the sightseeing of Chaka Salt Lake.

Stay overnight in Dulan.

Day 3: Dulan-Golmud

Charkham Salt Lake in DulanToday's highlights:

Yadan Landform, Charkham Salt Lake, Salt Bridge


Along the road visit the Xiangride oasis, Yadan wind erosion view, desert and Charkham Salt Lake and the Salt Bridge. We can also visit the local Tibetan people and if lucky, we can see mirage, desert tornado, forest of desert. Arrive at Golmud at the noon time . Visit the Charkham Salt Lake where we can see the salt crystals, the colorful salt crystals some like corals, some like pagoda, some like flower, some like ivory, some like gem......

Tonight, we stay in Golmud.


Sky Train on Qinghai-Tibet RailwayToday's highlights:

Transfer to Golmud Train Station to take the sky train-Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Lhasa


In the early morning, we will take the new sky train from Golmud to the Roof of the World-Lhasa. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway connecting mainland China to Lhasa, it is the highest railway in the world. It is 1,118km from Golmud to Lhasa, around 12hours. Along the way, we can visit mount Kunlun, Mt. Tangula and the Hoh Xil National Nature Reserve and Tibetan antelope running on grassland if you are lucky.

Arrive in Lhasa Railway Station in the evening. Our guide in Tibet will meet you, and you will be transferred to your hotel for accommodation.

Day 5: Lhasa Sightseeing

Potala, symbol of the holy city LhasaToday's highlights:

Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street


Potala Palace, is a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. Potala Palace is a place where you can appreciate the Tibetan culture, religion and art of architecture as well.

Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple to pray for their now and future. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques.

Barkhor Street, the oldest street in the very traditional city in Tibet.

Day 6: Lhasa-Yamdroktso-Lhasa

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake is one of the three most sacred lake in TibetToday's highlights:

Yamdrok Yumtso Lake


Drive to visit Yamdrok Yumtso. The sacred lake of Yamdrok Yutso is revered as a talisman, supporting the life-spirit of Tibet. It is said that should its waters dry, Tibet will no longer be habitable. Down to the Lake to have a picnic or hike.

Day 7: Bid farewell to Lhasa

Today's highlights:

Hotel shuttle to Lhasa Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station


Transfer to Gonggar Airport or Lhasa Railway Station to take flight or train out of Lhasa.

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"Tour guide Eagle Feng was very very good. He gave us a lot of explanations about Labrang Monastery and surrounding areas. Perfect English. Always care about us. We like Labrang. Very nice, quiet, and traditional. Not a lot of tourists. Perfect."

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