Tibet by Train

Xining, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatse & Tsetang

From £3400 per person in low season
From £3900 per person in high season

based on 10 nights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Train journey from Xining to Lhasa

per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

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At a Glance

  • Traverse the roof of the world through one of the world's most stunning train rides

  • Discover the cradle of Tibetan civilization at Tsetang, home to the first Tibetan palace and monastery

  • Engage in the interesting monk debating session at Sera Monastery

  • From the imposing Potala Palace, the pristine Yamdrok Lake to Tashilungpo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, there are plenty to uncover in this carefully-handpicked itinerary

  • Oxygen supply is readily available in Tibet to ensure your adventure is as comfortable as possible

  • For those with more time, we can arrange pre-trip extension around Qinghai to appreciate the off-the-beaten beauty

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Perched high on the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet experiences a diverse plateau climate, with temperatures decreasing as you increase in altitude and latitude. Lhasa is pleasant year-round, with warm summers and chilly winters, but plenty of sunshine year round. Interestingly, most of the rain falls at night, making exploring the city a joy even during the rainier summer months. Due to its extreme altitude, Tibet experiences the strongest solar radiation in China, so you can expect plenty of sunshine! The winter months are predictably cold, with a surprising lack of snow for such a mountainous region. Temperature variations in a 24-hour period can be startling, often showcasing ‘four seasons in one day’ so be sure to pack plenty of layers for your Tibetan adventure.

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Discover Tibet through one of the world's most stunning train journeys, passing through superlative and majestic terrains of the Qinghai province. The authentic Tibetan spirits truly come alive in Xigatze, Gyantze and Tsedang - home to the first Tibetan monastery and palace.

  1. Days 1-2: Xining

    You will spend your first night in Xining, the capital of Qinghai. The next morning, you will be transferred into your soft-sleeper train cabin.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Xining (1 night)

  2. Days 2-3: Overnight train from Xining to Lhasa

    Your overnight train will traverse through the vast expanse of Qinghai province, known for its distinct remote ambience and breathtaking beauty as you phase your way into the roof of the world.

  3. Days 3-7: Lhasa

    Passing through majestic landscapes, your train will disembark in the capital city of Lhasa, where you will be transferred to your hotel for rest and acclimatization.

    For the next three nights in Lhasa, you will discover key icons of this Tibetan capital, including the UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, the bustling market of Barkhor Square, the central cathedral of Jokhang Monastery, the meditation caves of Drak Yerpa and an interesting monk debating session at Sera Monastery.

    Accommodation: Songtsam Choskyi Linka Lhasa (4 nights)

  4. Days 7-8: Gyantze

    The journey continues through the stunning Yamdrok Lake and viewpoint of the Karo La Glacier. See the biggest Tibetan pagoda at the Kumbun and Pelkor Chode Monastery before arriving at Gyantze where you will rest for the night.

    Accommodation: Gyantze Hotel (1 night)

  5. Days 8-9: Shigatse

    This morning, you will discover the story behind Pala Manor, once owned by the richest family in Tibetan history. We continue into the Tashilungpo Monastery, seat of Panchen Lama, second in order after the Dalai Lama.

    Accommodation: Gesar Hotel (1 night)

  6. Days 9-11: Tsetang

    We conclude the journey in Tsetang, the cradle of Tibetan civilization. Learn how it all began as you visit Samye Monastery (the first Tibetan temple) and Yumbulakhang Castle (the first Tibetan palace). On your final day, you will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your return flight home.

    Accommodation: Tsedang Hotel (2 nights)


Xining, Lhasa, Gyantze, Shigatse & Tsetang

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