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World Highest Train Journey to Tibet

Starting Price: $ 1080, Trip Grade: Moderate, Total Duration: 10
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Tibet Railway
The Qinghai – Tibet railway is a high-altitude railway that connects Xining, Qinghai Province, to Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, in People’s Republic of China.
The total length of Qingzang railway is 1956 km (1215 mi). Construction of the 815 km (506 mi) section between Xining and Golmud was completed by 1984. The 1142 km (709 mi) section between Golmud and Lhasa was inaugurated on 1 July 2006 by President Hu Jintao: the first two passenger trains were “Qing 1” (Q1) from Golmud to Lhasa, and “Zang 2” (Z2) from Lhasa. This railway is the first to connect China proper with the Tibet Autonomous Region, which, due to its altitude and terrain, is the last province-level entity in mainland China to have a conventional railway. Testing of the line and equipment started on 1 May 2006. Passenger trains run from Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xining and Lanzhou.
The line includes the Tanggula Pass, which, at 5,072 m (16,640 feet) above sea level, is the world’s highest rail track. The 1,338 m Fenghuoshan tunnel is the highest rail tunnel in the world at 4,905 m above sea level. The 4,010-m Guanjiao tunnel is the longest tunnel from Xining to Golmud and the 3,345-m Yangbajing tunnel is the longest tunnel from Golmud to Lhasa. More than 960 km, or over 80% of the Golmud-Lhasa section, is at an altitude of more than 4,000 m. There are 675 bridges, totaling 159.88 km, and about 550 km of the railway is laid on permafrost.
The trains are specially built for high altitude environment. The diesel locomotives used on Golmud-Lhasa section were made by GE in Pennsylvania, and the passenger carriages are Chinese-made 25T carriages: on train T27/T28, between Beijing West and Lhasa, BSP carriages are from Bombardier. Carriages used on the Golmud-Lhasa section are either deep green/yellow or deep red/yellow. Signs in the carriages are in Tibetan, Simplified Chinese and English. The operational speed is 120 km/h, 100 km/h over sections laid on permafrost.
The 1,142-km Qinghai – Tibet railway from Golmud to Lhasa was completed on 12 October 2005. It opened to regular trial service on 1 July 2006.
Apart from hard seat tickets, there is an extra charge for forward-facing seats and berths. Compared with standard pricing for the same class, the soft seat, hard sleeper and soft sleeper tickets have an added charge of 0.09, 0.10 or 0.16 Yuan per kilometer per person respectively.
A Passenger Health Registration Card is required to take the train between Golmud to Lhasa. The card can be obtained when purchasing the ticket. Passengers must read the health notice for high-altitude travel and sign the agreement on the card to take the train. On 28 August 2006 a 75-year-old Hong Kong man was reported to be the first passenger to die on the train, after he had suffered heart problems in Lhasa but insisted on travelling to Xining.
This is BIG: It is now possible to go to Tibet by train via the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world’s highest altitude railway. While traveling to Tibet by train takes much longer than by plane, you will be witness to thousands of miles of the most stunning landscapes in the world, rolling by outside your window.

Trip Introduction

Tour OverView
Tibet Culture Tour: 10 Days Beautiful Landscape world Highest Railway Tour

Day 1 Board the train in Beijing to Lhasa
Day 2 Train Journey
Day 3 Arrival in Lhasa Train station at about 15:45
Day 4 Lhasa Sightseeing to Potala palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor street.
Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing to Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery, Carpet Factory.
Day 6 Lhasa to Shigatse Drive to yamdrok Lake, Gyantse, Shigatse.
Day 7 Shigatse to Rongbuk Monastery Drive to Tingri, Rongbuk Monastery.
Day 8 Rongbuk to Everest Base camp Drive back Tingri, Shigatse.
Day 9 Shigatse to Lhasa Drive to Nyemo, Lhasa.
Day 10 Lhasa to Airport Drive to Airport.


  • What's Included During The Tour
    1. Local Tibetan-English speaking tour guide
    2. Transportation : All types of vehicles service during Your whole trip, Includes Picki and drop to airport , petrol, Car wash, Parking,
    3.All necessary permits and permits delivery fee
    4.All entrance fee as per the itinerary
    5. Accommodation Charge only 3 star hotel and upgrade in 4 star standard hotel with breakfast
    6. Top private service with best service quality
    7. Extra Service & Authentic Tibetan Experience
    8. No fulfil our service Money back Guarantee
    9. Train Tickets soft sleeper for one way

    Our special services
    1.Cultural performance & Special Dinner arrange at last Day
    2. Snacks & Drinks provide in during the tour
    3.Oxygen Tank & First Aid available in Car any emergency Special
    4.Souvenir for presented


  • Service Exclude During the Tour
    1‧ Flight ticket
    2‧ Daily lunch & dinner
    3‧ Gratitude to your guide and Driver ( but it depends on you, no force )
    4‧ Expenses of a personal nature (beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
    5. Any cost incurred in emergency evacuation due to any reason.
Day 1 : Board the train to Lhasa from any cities in mainland
Day 2 : Train to Lhasa
Day 3 : Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in Lhasa at evening
Day 4 : Lhasa Sightseeing:Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street (B)
Day 5 : Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery
Day 6 :  Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse(B)
Day 7 :  Shigatse/Lhatse/Tingri (Shegar)/Tingri/Rongphu Monastery(B)
Day 8 :  Rongphu Monastery/Evrest Base Camp/ Tingri/ Shigatse (B)
Day 9 :  Shigatse to Lhasa(B)
Day 10 :  Lhasa airport dropping off (B)
Day 1 : Board the train to Lhasa from any cities in mainland

The train departs from Beijing West Railway Station, It takes about 1 hour to check in as the train takes about 1000 passengers. Please be sure to arrive in train station 1 hour and a half before the train departure. Train T27 from Beijing to Lhasa departs at 20:09, your Tibet Permit will need to be checked when you check in.
Overnight in the Train

Day 2 : Train to Lhasa

It is quite a long journey that will take 43 hours, two days and two nights in the Train, at the first day you will pass through two important provincial capital cities in northwest China, Lanzhou and Xining. Xining is known as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Travelling along the rail line, you could see the scenery of countryside and city in northwest China. The last stop for today is Xining, where you will arrive at about 16:00.
Overnight in the Train

Day 3 : Scenery View of Tibet Railway, Arrive in Lhasa at evening

Today, you will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the land of snows, the desert, the grassland, the ice mountains, the lakes will continually appears and strongly attracts your heart.
You will arrive in Lhasa at about 16:00, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it and the exit of the train station to welcome you. A private car will take you from the train station to the reserved hotel.
Overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 : Lhasa Sightseeing:Potala Palace/Tibet Museum/Jokhang Temple/Barkhor Street (B)

Morning section to visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala etc. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, as a free Museum in Lhasa, you should not miss it.

Afternoon section visiting to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during songtsen gonpo’s reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc. you will have chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.

Overnight at Lhasa

Day 5 : Lhasa Sightseeing Drepung Monastery & Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous it was the government centre during fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth dalai lama.then you will visit the Carpet Factory, you can see how the world-famous Tibetan carpets are made. After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon section most of the time.

Overnight at Lhasa

Day 6 :  Lhasa/Yamdrotso lake/Gyangtse/Shigatse(B)

Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, karo-la glacier roadside at 4960m, We move westwards to the second biggest city Shigatse, the Area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama. The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.

Overnight in Shigatse

Day 7 :  Shigatse/Lhatse/Tingri (Shegar)/Tingri/Rongphu Monastery(B)

Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapids river and high mountains. If it is in clear whether, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m),Mt. Everes(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m),Mt Mayalu(8463m).

Overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House

Day 8 :  Rongphu Monastery/Evrest Base Camp/ Tingri/ Shigatse (B)

Early in the moring to see the sunrise from Rongphu then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid.After walking arrive the place get on the local bus then use half of an hour arrive at Everest Base camp (Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It’s interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath). Hiking up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest. Then in the afternoon go down from E.B.C back to Tingri by friend-ship highway back to Shigaste.

Overnight at Shigatse

Day 9 :  Shigatse to Lhasa(B)

Before spending about 4 hours to drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse, we will visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo monastery, as the last but famous historic sites for your Tibet tour. Tashilunpo monastery is one of the the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, containing the world’s largest gilded copper image(26m high) of future god Jampa. Drive along the Friend-ship Highway back to Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa

Day 10 :  Lhasa airport dropping off (B)

The driver and your local tour guide will take you to airport. End up your memorable trip.

Dates and Cost


Start DateEnd DateStatusCost 
April 22ndApril 31st2 confirmed$ 1240 USD price included one way trian from Xining to LhasaBook Now
May 1stMay 10th2 confirmed$ 1080 USD without included train ticketsBook Now

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