Qinghai-Tibetan plateau is known as the “World Roof", the “Third Pole of the Globe”, it is the original place of many big rivers in China. Qinghai-Tibetan railway is about 1,142Km long, 960Km of which runs on the highland of more than 4,000m and 550km of it passes across the all year round frozen earth. Qinghai-Tibetan railway has 34 stops which are located at Nachitai, Tuotuo River, Mt. Tanggula pass, Amdo, Nagchu, Damsung, Yangparchen and Lhasa etc. 7 sightseeing platform are specially built for the passengers’ enjoyment where the trains will stop for 10 to 30 minutes. The train can drive 160Km/hour with the most luxurious carriages equipped with the advanced facilities such as oxygen-supplying, pressure-balancing system etc. It takes about 50hours getting to Lhasa from Chengdu, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery during the daytime driving hours.
Itinerary and price
Day 1: Chengdu-Lhasa
Meet at the North train station of Chengdu, take T222 train and leave for Lhasa. Overnight: on the train.
Day 2: On the Train.
Appreciate the scenery of Earth plateau along the railway.
Day 3: Arriving in Lhasa.
The train drives on Qinghai-Tibet plateau, you can see the rare species of plants and animals of Kekexili, if you are lucky enough Tibetan antelopes can be seen running along the railway. You will drive across the pass of Mt.Tanggula which is about 5,072m, the highest place of Qinghai-Tibet railway, after that you are going to drive on the highland grassland which is a large area of pasture. Tsona lake lies between Amdo and Nagchu is the next attraction and eye feast with its crystal clear blue water. Arrive in Lhasa at the evening and go to the hotel.
Day 4: Lhasa self city tour.
Lhasa urban tour attraction: Potala Palace (RMB100), Norbulingka - the Summer Palace (RMB60), Jokhang Temple (RMB70), Barkhor Street, Ramoche temple (RMB25), Drepung Monastery (RMB55) and Sera Monastery (RMB55) are all located in Lhasa urban, the taxi in Lhasa is also cheap, about RMB10 to anywhere urban, or the rickshaw at RMB3-7. Overnight in Lhasa.
Tips: If you are not interested in the Tibetan temple, one temple can make you an overall impression, and taking photography only outside of the others is a good solution. However, the Barkhor Street is worth visiting, it is the Tibetan market, the vendors sell Tibetan handcraft, souvenir and daily commodities for local people. (Meal and transportation excluded, we charge RMB200 extra if you prefer to follow a tour group with Chineses-speaking tour guide to Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street.)
Drive to Shigatse, en route visit Yamdrok Lake, Korala Glaciers, Transfer to Shigatse hotel.(B+L+D)
Day 6:Tashilhunpo Monastery
Full day guided tour, visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse fair, after lunch visit the Lhokar - the Tibetan granary and see the local life, back Lhasa and transfer to hotel. (B+L+D)
Day 7:Back to Chengdu
Depart from Lhasa to Chengdu by flight, end tour.
Quotation: Joint group
Departure date: every odd day in Juyly and every even day in Aug.
*Transportation: One-way train ticket Chengdu to Lhasa, one way air ticket Lhasa to Chengdu, share the tour bus with the other tourist in Tibet.
*Accommodation: A twin room in 3 star hotels on twin-shared basis.
*Tour guide: Local Chinese speaking tour guide service in Tibet.
*Tibet entrance permit.
*Food: hotel breakfasts, all meals are included except for the 4th free sightseeing day and while you are on the train.
*Items in bracket
*Your personal expenses, such as shopping.
*The meals on the 4th free sightseeing days and meals on the train.
1.In the route information below, we outline the rough waypoints, you may contact us on discussing the scenery spots you hope to visit, and we quote you accord to your demand, as a tourist, thus you are enabled the most flexibility and making you route comfortable.
2.Minor program changes sometimes are necessary, depending on road conditions, weather and availability of room.
3.Valid time：Prices are valid until Dec 31st, 2006.
4.The FIT group will go to fixed souvenir shops, while the private group can avoid this subject to your decision.
5.Health consultation from your doctor before you come to highland(Over 3000M).
6.As we travel in Tibet area where the economy is much more backward than other places, the food alternative is limited,so we suggest you order food in local restaurants available yourself or take some solid food.Most of local restaurant can only offer the simple Sichuan and Tibetan dishes.