5-Day Lhasa Tour (Depart Xining by Train, 4-Star, Private)

  • [Thursday] 30th Oct,2014
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Ascend to the "roof of the world" by train and acclimate gradually to the high altitude as the landscape changes right outside your window as you ascend up into the mountainous Tibetan Plateau. Once there, you'll explore Lhasa's must-see sights including the imposing Potala Palace that stands over the city and the bustling markets and monasteries in and around Tibet's storied capital. 

Book this tour for at least four adults before 30 June and get a CNY 1,000 discount. 

Minimum adult travelers: 1


Day 1 Xining-Lhasa by train

Today your journey begins from Xining Railway Station at 3:05 p.m, where you take K9801 or similar for a memorable ~24 hour, 1,956 km (1,215 mi) trip to the hidden land of Tibet, arriving one day later at 2:35 p.m.. Make new friends on the way as each new breathtaking landscape flies by.

Day 2 Lhasa arrival

You will be greeted at Lhasa train station and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to enjoy as you wish.

Tibet sits at an average elevation of 4,000 m (13,123 ft) above sea level so on your first day, it's important to acclimatize to the high altitude. We recommend avoiding any strenuous activity, alcohol and smoking. Fruit and plenty of water will help your body adjust and keep you well hydrated.

You'll spend the night in the Thangka hotel or a similar hotel.

Day 3 Potala Palace, Sera Monastery & Tibet Museum (includes breakfast)

Your first visit to day is the Potala Palace. Towering over Lhasa, this iconic structure was first built in 637 AD by Songtsen Gampo, the first king of united Tibet, and later served as the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas. (Note: Visits to the Potala Palace are restricted to one-hour and tourist numbers to 2,000 per day therefore time or day of visit may be adjusted accordingly).

After lunch, you'll spend the afternoon at Sera Monastery. Dating back to 1419, Sera is famous for its rose-filled gardens and a particular style of theological debate that can only be seen here, as monks discuss the Buddhist scriptures complete with ritualized hand-clapping and gestures in the monastery's "debating" courtyard.

The last stop of the day is the Tibet Museum. A showcase of Tibetan culture, the exhibitions provide a fascinating glimpse into Tibetan history, religion, folk customs and art.

You'll spend the night in the Thangka hotel or a similar hotel.

Day 4 Drepung Monastery, Jokhang Temple & Barkhor Square (includes breakfast)

In the morning you will head to Gambo Utse mountain and Drepung Monastery, one of Tibet's three great "Gelug" university monasteries and once the largest monastery in the world. Wandering its magnificent halls, courtyards and pagodas you will see beautiful Buddhist relics, statues and art, and monks about their daily life and study.

Next you will head to the old city of Lhasa to visit the Jokhang Temple. Considered to be the most sacred Buddhist temple in Tibet, you will be amazed by the incredible statues and works of art within, and the religious fervor of pilgrims and monks at worship.

To end the day we recommend a stroll across to vibrant Barkhor Square. The religious heart and market center of Lhasa, here you will find all manner of local handicrafts and souvenirs, and see pilgrims passing through on their way to Jokhang Temple.

You'll spend the night in the Thangka hotel or a similar hotel.

Day 5 Lhasa departure (includes breakfast)

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airport or railway station to depart for your next destination.


Price includes

  • Necessary Tibet travel permits (TTB permits)
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guide
  • Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • 3-nights' 4-star standard room accommodation (twin-sharing basis). 3-star hotel and 5-star hotel options available. Please note in the "Special requests" section or email us at inbound_resevation@ctrip.com for details
  • One-way train tickets from Xining to Lhasa (hard sleeper)

Price excludes

  • Tips (suggested amount: USD 10-15 per person per day)
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses and all items not included in the itinerary

Important notes

  • Please click here to see more information on Tibet Travel Permits (TTB permits) and Alien Travel Permits (PSB permits). You can also find more Tibet travel tips by clicking here.
  • We will arrange all necessary documents for you and pick you up from Lhasa train station. Please digitally photograph or scan and send us the following at Inbound_reservation@ctrip.com: Passport (photo page), China visa, doctor's statement, signed completed Information Form and Authorization Agreement. If you are not traveling on a tourist visa (L visa), you will need the following additional documents: Employment statement or invitation letter from a Chinese company (if Z/F visa), China residence permit (if D visa) or study certificate provided by Foreign Affairs Office of your university/college (if X visa). Ctrip will not refund any losses that result from incorrect information. 
  • Default number of people per room is 2. Solo travelers and single occupancy rooms will incur an additional fee. To request a single room, please make a note in the "Special requests" section. Supplementary amount will be confirmed by phone or email.
  • Once payment has cleared, Ctrip will email you confirmation, payment information and your itinerary. If credit card payment does not clear, your booking will automatically be canceled.
  • Cancellations/modifications for this tour must be made at least 7 working days prior to the scheduled start of the tour. The cancelation/modification fee is 20% of the order price (applied on per order basis) if canceled more than 30 days in advance, 40% if canceled 15-29 days in advance, 60% if canceled 8-14 days in advance, 100% if canceled 0-7 days in advance.
  • You will be contacted one day before your scheduled tour to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide. Tour schedule may be adjusted by your guide according to traffic and weather conditions.
  • If you opt to join only part of this tour, you forfeit the right to join subsequent parts of the tour, as well as the right to receive a refund for any part of the tour that you miss.
  • Due to uncertain circumstances in Lhasa, Tibet Travel Permit (TTB) applications may not be successful. You will be informed within 7 days of your departure date, and if unsuccessful will receive a full refund. We currently advise against making any non-refundable travel arrangements related to your Tibet tour until your TTB is confirmed.

Tips and notes

  • The average altitude in Tibet is over 3,200 m (10,500 ft) above sea level, with some parts as high as 5,000 m (16,400 ft). Because of potential health risks at these altitudes, travelers suffering from serious heart, lung, brain, liver, or kidney diseases or severe anemia or hypertension are advised against traveling to Tibet. A doctor’s note is required to confirm fitness for traveling at high altitudes.
  • To avoid altitude sickness, travelers should get plenty of rest, drink lots of water and avoid strenuous activity throughout their trip, particularly during their first days in Tibet. Symptoms of altitude sickness include dizziness, light-headedness, nausea and lack of energy. If encountering severe altitude sickness, travelers are advised to see a doctor and alter or cut short their trip accordingly.
  • Travelers are advised to bring any regular medication in addition to bandages, anti-diarrheal medication and aspirin.
  • At such high altitude the temperature varies greatly and the sun is very strong. Travelers should layer clothing, with lighter clothing underneath cold-weather items like sweaters, down jackets, etc. Sunglasses, effective sun block, lip balm and moisturizers are also needed to deal with the sun and dry climate.
  • Facilities are very basic in most Tibetan areas and food is limited and very simple. We suggest you bring some food and snacks in case the food is not to your liking.
  • Solar power is commonly used in Tibet for electricity and heating water, therefore hot water may not always be available.
  • Vehicles in Tibet often have a raised chassis for driving rough mountain roads, so bumpy rides are possible. For those with motion sickness, it’s a good idea to pack the appropriate medicine. Most cars are not equipped with air-conditioners due to low oxygen levels at high altitude. Your safety is our top priority and your understanding is highly appreciated.
  • Tibet tours usually cover long distances by car, affording excellent opportunities to enjoy the landscape. However, it also means a good deal of time is spent in transit between destinations.
  • Foreign travelers to Tibet are not allowed to visit any scenic spots or monasteries without a guide. Please also respect local eating habits, religious taboos and other customs.
  • Check list: passport, identity card camera, film, memory card, batteries mobile phone sunglasses cash medicine high-calorie foods (chocolate, etc.) vitamins moist wipes sun block moisturizers and cosmetics umbrella or raincoat comfortable sports shoes sweaters, down jackets and other warm clothing hats, scarves, gloves emergency drugs electricity adapter other