Tibet by Rail (9n/10d)

Lhasa is the traditional home of the Dali Lama

Lhasa is the traditional home of the Dali Lama

Day 01: Beijing    
Arrive Beijing, met and transferred to hotel.

Day 02: Beijing/Lhasa
Visit Tiananmen Square, Hutong Tour by tricycle with home visit to experience the local life. Transferred to take train No.27 (2130/2058+2).

Day 03: Beijing/Lhasa
Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the world’s highest railway. Some 960 kilometers of its tracks are located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters. The railway is the world’s longest plateau railroad, extending 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai’s provincial capital Xining to Lhasa. The newly completed Golmud-Lhasa section zigzags 1,142 kilometers across the Kunlun and Tanggula mountain ranges. About 550 kilometers of the tracks run on frozen earth, the longest in any of the world’s plateau railways. Upon its completion, the maximum train speed is designed to reach 100 kilometers per hour in the frozen earth areas and 120 kilometers per hour on non-frozen earth.

Day 04: Lhasa
Arrive Lhasa at 20:58, the mysterious land known as the Roof of the World which literally meaning “Holy-Land”, is the heart and soul of Tibet, has history of more than 1,300 years.

Day 05: Lhasa
Today you will visit the world wonder – Potala Palace which is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark, dominating Lhasa skyline. After lunch, visit Jokhang Temple, the spiritual hear of Tibet, this network of shrines hums with shuffling, murmuring pilgrims.  Then join the interesting Barkhore circuit, Lhasa’s fascinating medieval pilgrim circuit, chock-a-block with religious artifacts and prostrating pilgrims. Taste Yak meat for Dinner.

Day 06: Lhasa/Batsom Lake/Nyingchi
Drive to Nyingchi in the morning (470km, 7hours). Nyingchi is 3000m above sea level with humid climate and beautiful scenery, is also called “ the Switzeland of Tibet”. En route you will visit Batsom Lake which is the biggest freshwater lake of Eastern Tibet. The lake shapes like a crescent with the elevation of 3464m and covers an area of 37.5 square km, the depth of the lake is more than 60m.

Day 07: Nyingchi/Lhasa  
Visit the forest and Lama Lin Monastery before drive back to Lhasa.

Day 08: Lhasa/Namtso/Lhasa (round trip 550km, 12hours)
Go to Lake Namtso to enjoy grassland scene of northern Tibet. Far in the distance is Nyainqentanglha Mountains. It’s said that Nam Tso is wife of Nyainqentanglha. And Namco Lake is the highest Salt Lake in the world with an elevation of 4718m.

Day 09: Lhasa/Chengdu
Transferred to take flight to Chengdu. On the way to airport (2 hours) you’ll see Yalongtamgpo River and Nie Tang Budda – a Budda image engraved in the mountain face. Visit the Panda Research Base to see those lovely pandas.

Day 10: Chengdu/Exit
Transferred to take flight departing Chengdu.

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