Yamdrok Yamtso Lake Tibet

Tour Overview

This 11-day Xining and Lhasa In-depth Tour takes you through some of the stunning landscapes of China. You will begin your journey in Xining, where you will visit the beautiful Qinghai Lake before taking a train to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. In Lhasa, you will explore the city’s many historic sites, including the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Norbulingka Summer Palace.

You will also visit other beautiful locations such as Karola Glacier, Tingri, and the base camp of Mount Everest. The tour ends with a train ride back to Lhasa, where you will depart for your home country. Overall, this itinerary offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the unique culture and stunning landscapes of Tibet and Qinghai.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Marvel at the crystal-clear waters and stunning landscapes of Qinghai Lake, one of China’s largest saltwater lakes.
2. Experience the thrill of riding the train from Xining to Lhasa, and enjoy spectacular views of the Tibetan Plateau.
3. Discover the rich history and culture of Tibet by visiting iconic landmarks like the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Sera Monastery.
4. Explore Barkhor Street, the bustling commercial hub of Lhasa, where you can sample local cuisine and haggle with vendors.
5. Be awed by the stunning natural beauty of Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier.
6. Drive on China’s Most Beautiful Viewing Avenue – National Highway 318 and take pictures with the Monument.
7. Witness the sunrise of Mount Everest and get up close to the world’s highest peak at the Everest Base Camp.
8. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery on the train ride from Shigatse to Lhasa, and take a leisurely walk around Lhasa to see the charming night view.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Xining! Upon your arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel by a skillful driver. After checking in, you can take some time to relax and recover from your travels.

    Meal: Dinner

    Accommodation: Sofitel Xining

  2. In the morning, your driver will pick you up from your hotel for a scenic 3-hour drive to Qinghai Lake. You can stop along the way to admire the stunning landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau.

    Qinghai Lake Boat Trip
    Qinghai Lake Boat Trip

    Upon arriving at the lake, you can take a leisurely walk along the shores of the crystal-clear lake, enjoy the fresh air, and capture some beautiful photos. Then, you can take a boat ride to see more of the lake, and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Sofitel Xining

  3. After breakfast, you will be guided to visit the Great Tangka of Tibetan Art and Culture of China. This is a unique and exquisite collection of Tibetan art and cultural relics. You can learn about the history and culture of the Tibetan people and appreciate the intricate details of the artwork.

    Xining Great Tangka of Tibetan Art and Culture
    Great Tangka of Tibetan Art and Culture of China

    Then, you can take a car tour of Xining's urban area, and see some of the city's notable sights.

    In the late afternoon, you will take the train from Xining to Lhasa. This train journey is a highlight of any trip to Tibet, as it provides spectacular views of the plateau's dramatic landscapes. Along the way, you will pass by towering mountains, vast grasslands, and sparkling lakes.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: On the Train

  4. On this day, you will spend most of your time on the train, but it will be a memorable experience. You will pass through the stunning scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet plateau, including snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and glistening lakes. You will cross the Tanggula Mountain range, the highest railway pass in the world, and travel through the Qiangtang Grasslands. As you approach Lhasa, you will see the majestic Potala Palace rising above the city skyline.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Hotel Lhasa

    Qinghai Tibet Railway
    The scenery along the Qinghai Tibet Railway

  5. In the morning, visit the Norbulingka Summer Palace, located in the western suburbs of Lhasa. This is a beautiful park with lush gardens, ornate pavilions, and many historic buildings. It was the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas for centuries and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Next, you can visit Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. You can witness the monks' daily debating, which is a unique and fascinating aspect of Tibetan Buddhism.

    In the evening, you can climb onto the observation deck of Yaowang Mountain to enjoy a stunning night view of the Potala Palace. The palace is especially beautiful at night when it is illuminated with golden lights.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Hotel Lhasa

    Tibet-Lhasa Sera Monastery
    Sera Monastery

  6. Today, you will visit the iconic Potala Palace first, which is the most recognizable landmark in Lhasa. This grand palace was a former residence and is now a museum that showcases the rich history and culture of Tibet.

    Potala Palace Tibet Lhasa
    Potala Palace

    Next, tour the Jokhang Temple, one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism. This temple is located in the heart of Lhasa and is a bustling center of pilgrimage and worship. You can explore the temple's many chapels and halls, and marvel at the intricate religious artwork and sculptures.

    Finally, freely explore Barkhor Street, a bustling marketplace that encircles the Jokhang Temple. This is the main commercial street in Lhasa and is a lively hub of activity. You can browse the shops and stalls, haggle with vendors, and sample some of the local cuisine.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Shangri-la Hotel Lhasa

    Tibet Barkhor Street
    Barkhor Street

  7. In the morning, your guide will meet you at your hotel in Lhasa and drive you to Yamdrok Lake. Along the way, you'll pass several high mountain passes with stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. Upon arrival, you'll have some time to walk along the shore and take in the breathtaking scenery. You may even want to take a short boat ride to get a different perspective of the lake.

    Tibet Yamdrok Lake
    Yamdrok Lake

    Afterwards, your guide will take you to Karola Glacier, which is just a short drive from Yamdrok Lake. You'll have the opportunity to get up close to this majestic natural wonder and take plenty of photos.

    Finally, you'll visit the filming location of the movie 'Red River Valley', which is located in the nearby town of Langmusi. Here, you can explore the Tibetan-style buildings and enjoy the stunning landscapes that made it a popular filming spot.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Hilton Shigatse

    Tibet Karola Glacier
    Karola Glacier

  8. In the morning, you'll visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery, which was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. This massive complex is home to several impressive structures, including the 26-meter-tall Maitreya Buddha statue.

    Afterwards, you'll hit the road and drive on National Highway 318, which is considered the most beautiful viewing avenue in China. Along the way, you'll see some of the most stunning scenery in Tibet, including snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and grassy meadows. You'll also stop at the Monument to commemorate the journey and take some photos.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: PingCuo Kangsang Everest Base Camp Rich Oxygen Hotel

    Tibet National Highway 318
    Tibet National Highway 318

  9. This day starts very early in the morning, as you'll want to witness the sunrise of Mount Everest. Your guide will take you to the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world located at an elevation of 4,980 meters.

    Tibet Rongbuk Monastery
    Rongbuk Monastery

    From there, you'll hike or take a shuttle bus to the Everest Base Camp, which is located just a few kilometers away. Here, you can get up close to the world's highest peak and take plenty of photos. You can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in one of the local tents.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: Hilton Shigatse

  10. Today, take the bullet train from Shigatse back to Lhasa. The train journey takes about 3 hours and offers stunning views of the Yarlung Zangbo River along the way.

    Tibet Yarlung Zangbo River
    Yarlung Zangbo River

    When you arrive in Lhasa, you'll have some free time to explore the city on your own. You may want to visit some of the local markets, sample some Tibetan food, or simply take a walk around your hotel and enjoy the charming night view of Lhasa.

    Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Accommodation: St.Regis Lhasa

  11. After breakfast, your guide will escort you to Lhasa Kongga International Airport, where you'll catch your flight back home. Along the way, you can reflect on your amazing journey in Tibet and think about all the memories you've made.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

Price Includes

  • 10 nights' accommodation;
  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Private land transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Train ticket from Xining - Lhasa & Shigatse - Lhasa;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to Xining / off Lhasa;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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