Amdo & Tibet Train Trip

13 Days
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Tibet Shambhala Adventure has more than 17 years experience in Tibet trips and Tibet travel tours. Since we are a Tibet local agency, we have been to every corner of Tibet to explore different types of Tibet trips. We are also specialized in Kham and Amdo tours. This Tibet train trip is to visit the cultural part of Amdo including Kumbum monastery, the birthplace of Tsongkapa, Labrang monastery, the largest monastery in Amdo, monastery in Rebkong county, the birthplace of Gedhun Chopel and Dhundrupgyel, a famous Tibetan poem writer and scholar and a giant Tibetan Thangka center in Xining.

This Tibet train trip not only helps you gradually to acclimatize to the high altitude but also shows you the beauty of the Qinghai lake, Tso Ngonpo in Tibetan and it’s enormous grassland around, the Kunlun mountain range, Tibetan high plateau, many other beautiful lakes, nomad camps, lots of wild lives, spectacular Nyenchen Thangla mountain range and finally the view of Potala Palace, one of the seven wonders of the world heritage.The entire duration of the Tibet train trip to Lhasa from Xining is around 23 Hours.

Take a comfortable Tibet train trip from Xining to Lhasa, enjoy the most beautiful natural landscape on the way and visit the most important sites in Lhasa. After three nights in Lhasa, your Tibet trips continue to the southern part of Lhasa through beautiful Kyichu fertile valley and Barhmaputra. Visit the cradle of Tibet where there are first monastery, first palace, first temple of Tibet and then continue to Gyantse, Shigatse by visiting the most sacred monasteries and the most beautiful natural landscape of Yamdrok lake, Nojin Kangsang snow mountain.

Days Trip Outline Daily Activity Accommodation Guide & Driver Meal
01 Fly to Lanzhou and transfer to Labrang (2900m/325km) Lanzhou to Labrang monastery overland tour Hotel in Labrang Local Tibetan BB
02 Sightseeing tour around Labrang monastery Visit Labrang monastery and walk around the monastery Hotel in Labrang Local Tibetan BB
03 Labrang to Rebkong county (2500m/180km) Tibetan nomad camp, medical school, Gedhun Chopel village, visit Rebkong Hotel in Rebkong Local Tibetan BB
04 Rebkong to Kumbum monastery (2500m/220km) Visit Jahkyung monastery, Xining, Kumbum monastery Hotel in Kumbum monastery Local Tibetan BB
05 Tibet train tour from Xining to Lhasa ( 1972km) Visit Kumbum monastsery-Xining west train station- great View of Qinghai lake and Kunlun mountain Overnight on train on your own
06 Arrival in Lhasa train station and transfer to downtown Lhasa (3650m/10km) Super view of northern Tibetan plateau, beautiful lakes, Dangun la pass-Holy Lhasa city, Potala Palace, Bharkor Bazzar Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
07 Sightseeing tour around Lhasa Potala Palace, Jokang temple and Bharkor Bazzar Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
08 Sightseeing tour around Lhasa Visit Drepung and Sera monasteries Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
09 Lhasa to Tsetang (3600m/160km) Lhasa-Barhmaputra-Samye monastery,Tsetang Hotel in Tsetang Local Tibetan BB
10 Tsetang to Gyantse.(3950Mts/ 360Km ) Yamdrok lake-Nojin Kangsang snow mountain-Karola glacier-Gyantse Hotel in Gyantse Local Tibetan BB
11 Gyantse to Shigatse. (3900mts/ 90Km ) Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum pagoda stupa, Tashi Lhunpo monastery Hotel in Shigatse Local Tibetan BB
12 Shigatse to Lhasa (3650Mts/ 280KM ) Barhmaputra river, Nyemo county, Chushol county Hotel in Lhasa Local Tibetan BB
13 Drive to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/45Km ) Holy Lhasa city-Kyichu valley-Lhasa airport

Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van both in Amdo and central Tibet
  • Yamdrok lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet trip
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Tibet Permit delivery fee
  • Oxygen inside the car just incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire Tibet trip
  • Service of mainland China or Nepal side
  • China visa fee
  • Insurance including personal, medical, travel and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses.
  • Day 01: Arrival in Lanzhou and drive to labrang, 2900mts, 325Km. Night in Civil aviation hotel

    Arrival in Lanzhou airport and drive directly towards labrang monastery. The road condition from Lanzhou to Labrang is a very good high way and you will see villages of Chinese Muslim, many small mosques in the village that you will see on the way, a white stupa, and some Tibetan families just before reaching Labrang or Xiahe county.

  • Day 02: Labrang, visite and night in same hotel

    In the morning, You will visit the Labrang Tashi Kyil , the largest monastery in Amdo. It was founded in 1709 by the first Jamyang Zhepa which was regarded as an emanation of Master Tsongkhapa , the founder of the Gelugpa school . You will also discover the printing house of the monastery where you see the traditional method of printing using carved wooden blocks . The sacred texts will be printed and used in monasteries in the area. You then visit the nunnery of Rabgya Saltenling and a temple ngakpas ( secular order of Buddhist practitioners ) . You can finally walk around the monastery with pilgrims.

  • Day 03: Drive to Repkong , 2500mts, 180Km and night in Nuoerbang hotel or similar

    After breakfast, you will take a nice road driving to Rebkong ( Tongren in Chinese ) through woodlands and rich pastures with the distant mountain range Amnye Nyemri . Along the way , you can also see herds of yaks and sheep. Arrival in Rebkong. The Rebkong county is a pretty big county and it has more trees, more warmer than Xining or Labrang. It is very popular to Tibetan Thangka arts and there is a town otherside of the river of the county called Senge Shong. It is full of Thangka school monastery where you can visit the Thangka painting. Affternoon, visit Rebkong Rongwo Gonchen Dechen Choekorling. It was a Sakya monastery originally and later it was converted into Gelukpa. The monastery has a Lama called Rebkong Kyepgon Rinpoche he was the 8th reincarnation of Rebkong Kyebgon Rinpoche. The monastery has around 720 monks nowadays. The monastery has a chapel of Tamdrin Lhakang, Assembly hall, dedicated to the statue of Tsongkapa, Kedrupje and Gyeltsabje as the main object of the monastery. The wall was covered by the cloth wall painting which depicts the life story of the Bhuddha. There are many more chapels of Manjushiri, protector deities, several college, 11 meters high Maitreya Buddha outside the courtyard of the monastery.

  • Day 04: Drive Rebkong-Jyakyong monastery- Kumbum, 2500mts,220Km and night at Tsongka hotel

    Today, you will be driving through some beautiful Amdo farmers villages including the birth place of Gedun Choepal, a famous Tibetan artist and poet in early 20th century as well as the birth place of another famous Tibetan artist called Dundrup Gyel in the late 20th century. On the way, visit Visit Jakhyung Shedrubling monastery , an important Gelug monastery of Amdo overlooking the Yellow River. Jakyung monastery is the first monastery of Tsongkapa, the founder of the yellow hat school. Lama Tsongkapa studied there since he was 7 years old. Arriving Kubum monastery and stay in Tsongka hotel, just opposite of the monastery.

  • Day 05: Morning visit Kubum & afternoon to Lhasa by train. ( 1972Km, 22hrs train ride ) Overnight on train.

    After breakfast, walk to Kubum monastery and visit Kubum monastery. Kubum monastery was founded in the 15 th century by one of the Tsongkapa's disciples, Jangsam Sherap Zangpo. It is the largest Gelukpa establishment in the Kham region and the development of the monastery was maintained over the centuries by the successive incarnations of Pakpa Lha whose father Kuchor Toden, had been an actual disciple of Tsongkapa. The most revered object in the monastery are the statue of Maitreya or the future Buddha, Tsongkapa and his two main disciples, Kedrup Je and Gyeltsep Je and the statues of 16 Arhats respectively. After the sightseeing of Kubum monastery, transfer to Railway station and take the Qinghai Tibetan train. This is the most beautiful Tibet train trip, starting from Xining, the capital city of Qinghai Tibet Autonomous region, enjoying the fantastic scenery of Qinghai lake ( Kokonor ), Tso Ngonpo in Tibetan, Kunlun mountain range, the no man plateau with many wild animals including the Tibetan antelopes. Crossing the Tanggu La, Tangla Pass, or Tanggu Pass is a wide mountain pass over 5000 metres elevation in the People's Republic of China used by the Qinghai–Tibet Highway and Qinghai–Tibet Railway to cross the Tanggula Mountains. Passing by Nagqu Prefecture which is the largest prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Nagqu has a total area of 450,537 km². The prefecture is divided into 11 counties and the capital of Nagchu Town is located within Nagqu County. Nagqu is bordered to the Golmud to the south and Ngari to the west and Lhasa to the east dominated by Namtso lake, Nyenchen Thangla mountain range.

  • Day 06: Arrival at Lhasa train station and transfer to Lhasa.(3650Mts/ 10Km ) Hotel on B.B

    Enjoy the most beautiful view of Tibetan high plateau, beautiful snow-covered mountain range-high plateau lake, Thanggola pass and you will finally arrive in the holy Lhasa city. You will be warmly welcome by our Tibetan guide and driver and accompany you to the holy city of Lhasa.

  • Day 07-08: Sightseeing tour in Lhasa, Potala Palace, Jokang temple, Bharkor Bazar, Drepung and Sera monasteries. Hotel on B.B

  • Day 09: Drive from Lhasa-Samye monastery-Tsetang.(3600Mts/ 160Km ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at 8Am and drive along the Lhasa river where it joins the Bharmaputra river at Chushur bridge. You will leave your vehicle at Samye ferry and take a motor boat to Samye monastery by crossing the Bharmaputra river which takes an hour to get to the other side river and then we will take monastery bus or truck to which takes half an hour to get to Samye monastery. After the Samye monastery sightseeing, you will have lunch in the monastery restaurant and then continue your journey back to ferry side and get to Tsetang after half an hour drive. We will directly drive to Yumbu Lhakang which is 30Km outside of Tsetang town. Visit Yumbu Lhakang and Traduk temple on the way back.

  • Day 10: Drive from Tsetang to Gyangtse.(3950Mts/ 360Km ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at around 8.30Am from your hotel and then drive towards Gyangtse through 3 big mountain passes, Kampa La, Karo La, Simila respectively. Karola is the highest pass among them which is over 5000Mts with it's most beautiful glaciers, beautiful Yamdrok lake emerged as coral color from the top of Kampala pass. You will have your lunch at Nakartse country which is just between the Yamdrok lake and Karola glaciers.

  • Day 11: Drive from Gyangtse to Shigatse. (3900mts/ 90Km ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at around 9Am from your hotel and then drive towards Palchoe monastery for a few minutes. Visit Palchoe monastery and Kubum Pagoda stupa. After the sightseeing, You will have your lunch and then continue your journey to Shigatse by passing one of the biggest farming land in Tibet where people grow barley, wheat, different kinds of vegetables. Pm visit Tashi Lhunpo monastery and old market of Shigatse.

  • Day 12: Drive from Shigatse to Lhasa (3650Mts/ 280KM ) Hotel on B.B

    You will start your tour at around 9.30Am from your hotel and drive along the Bharmaputra river with a landscape of sandy hills, villages, and Rulak Yungdrung ling at the otherside of the river. You will have lunch in a small town called Nyenmo which is the border point between Shigatse and Lhasa . Free afternoon for shopping.

  • Day 13: Drive to Lhasa Gongkar airport.(3600Mts/ 45Km ) End the trip

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Inclusive

  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis
  • 1 Local Tibetan English speaking guide
  • Transportation by one good conditioned tourist mini van both in Amdo and central Tibet
  • Yamdrok lake conservation fee
  • Karola glacier conservation fee
  • Breakfast for entire Tibet trip
  • All necessary Tibet permits
  • Tibet Permit delivery fee
  • Oxygen inside the car just incase needed

Exclusive

  • Both international and domestic flight
  • Tibet Train tickets
  • Lunch and dinner for entire Tibet trip
  • Service of mainland China or Nepal side
  • China visa fee
  • Insurance including personal, medical, travel and evacuation insurance
  • Personal expenses such as (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc
  • Any extra cost in the event of landslides and personal nature expenses.

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