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10 Days$3290USD

Activities
  • 9 days adventure touring
Accommodation
  • 5 nights hotel
  • 2 nights train
  • 2 nights basic hotel
Meals
  • 7 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts
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Trip highlights


  • Ride the world's highest train journey through the Tibetan Plateau
  • Explore ancient Lhasa, one of the highest cities in the world
  • Experience the majesty of the Potala Palace
  • Journey to surrounding sites like Samye, Tibet's first monastery
  • Gain an insight into the contrasts of modern and traditional Tibet
  • Discover the revered Jokhang temple and Norbulingka, Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama

This is the ideal short trip to travel through the vast Tibetan Plateau by train, before exploring the ancient city of Lhasa and some of its surrounding monasteries and other cultural highlights. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), the famous Potala Palace as well as side trips to the nearby monasteries of Drepung, Sera or Tsurpu. Sera Monastery is located approximately 5km north of the Jokang and includes 19 hermitages, including four nunneries, which are all located in the foot hills north of Lhasa. Visiting these ancient Buddhist sites, including Samye, the first monastery established in Tibet, will give you a fantastic insight into both ancient and modern life within Tibet.

Trip Code: ACL

You will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon/evening at leisure. Overnight: Chengdu Buddha Zen Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

In the morning we will visit the Panda Sanctuary, at this research center we have a chance to see these gentle giants wandering around the grounds. This afternoon we travel to the Tang Dynasties Wenshu temple, Kuan Zhai Alleyway and People’s Park. Originally built in the 7th century, The Wenshu Temple is one of Chinas oldest and best preserved Buddhist temples. Dinner and transfer to train which departs at around 9pm. Overnight four berth sleeper cabin.

Meals:  B,D

The day is spent onboard the train, reading, relaxing and taking in the spectacular scenery of the Tibetan Plateau. Overnight four berth sleeper cabin.

Meals:  Nil

We will arrive in Lhasa around 7.30am and transfer to a local restaurant for breakfast before heading to our hotel for check-in. The rest of the day will be free to rest and relax as we acclimatise. Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

Two days are scheduled in Lhasa to appreciate its rich cultural history. We include visits to the Jokhang, the Norbulingka (the Summer Palace of the Dalai Lama), and the famous Potala Palace. We also include visits to the nearby monasteries of Drepung and Sera. Drive: 3-4hrs per day Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

Located southeast of Lhasa in the picturesque Yarlung Valley, the Tsetang region is home to many historical sites. We will visit the Thadruk Droma Monastery which houses a famous pearl Thangka. Drive: ~3hrs Altitude: 3,100m Overnight: basic local hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

Samye Monastery was the first Buddhist monastery built in Tibet. It is nestled in a spectacular valley and a visit to Tibet would not be complete without a visit to this significant site. The first Tibetan monks were ordained at Samye, and are known as the ‘Seven Examined Men’. For many travellers, the visit to Samye is a highlight of theirentire journey. Drive: ~3hrs Altitude: 3,580m Overnight: basic local hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

The drive back to Lhasa is approximately 2-3 hours and we will arrive in Lhasa around 1:00 pm. The rest of the day is at leisure in Lhasa. Drive: ~3hrs Altitude: 3,670m Overnight: Gangjian Hotel or similar

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we drive to Lhasa Airport for our flight to Chengdu (flight not included). On arrival in Chengdu Airport, our trip concludes.

Meals:  B


Inclusions

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Airport transfers day 1 and day 10
  • 4 berth sleeper carriage ticket on train Chengdu to Lhasa
  • English-speaking local guides throughout
  • Basic hotel accommodation in Lhasa
  • All scheduled sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Emergency medical kit
  • Pre-departure Information Guide, with all you need to know for your trip
  • Bottled Oxygen for emergency use

  • International flights
  • Tibet Permit fee
  • Lhasa-Chengdu flight. Please contact your local World Expeditions office to arrange your flights.
  • Meals not included in the daily itinerary
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Airport & departure taxes
  • Visas

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