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Would you like to enter Tibet by Train through the famous Qinghai-Tibet Railway? Would you like to enter Nepal by land from Tibet? Our 10-day tour from Xining to Lhasa & EBC, and then across Gyirong Port to Kathmandu, will be your first choice to experience a wonderful Tibet Nepal Overland Tour. Join our Qinghai-Tibet Railway Tour from Xining to Lhasa for a Panoramic Tibet Tour with EBC for an unforgettable journey to the Himalayan area.

This Tibet Nepal Tour starts from Xining, the starting point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The train from Xining is the quickest way to experience the best Train Journey to Tibet (about 21.5 hours by train) while appreciating the charming beauty of the Tibetan Plateau. Upon arrival in Tibet, you will be impressed by the highlights of the top three cities of Tibet - Lhasa, Gyantse, and Shigatse - as well as must-visit places such as the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, and Pelkor Monastery. You can also challenge yourself with a relaxing hike around Rongpuk Monastery (5,100m) and Mount Everest Base Camp (5,200m). Stand under starry skies and get great view of the north face of Mt. Qomolangma / Mt Everest (8,848m, the highest peak in the world). After that, head to Gyirong Port via watching Cho Oyu Peak (8201m, the sixth highest peak in the world) from Qomolangma Guandi Temple in Old Tingri, and you will have some free time to discover the marvels of altitude difference around the Himalayas before arriving in Kathmandu.

This 10-Day Classic Tibet Train Tour from Xining to Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, EBC, Gyirong Port, and Kathmandu reveals the natural wonders and rich cultures at the best price and with the best service! Come and join us.

You Can Experience “Must-see & Must-do” with This Tour
Highlight 1: Take the train from Xining, the start point of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, to reach Lhasa and witness the breathtaking landscape of the Tibetan Plateau on train.
Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Highlight 2:Explore the highlights of Lhasa, including two world heritage sites: the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Monastery, and the famous Barkhor Street.
Potala Palace
Highlight 3: Travel outside of Lhasa city to two of the “great three” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet: Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery.
Sera Monastery
Highlight 4: Reach Kangpa La Pass (4,700m) to catch the breathtaking view of the deep turquoise Yamdrok Lake, one of the Great Three Holy Lakes in Tibet.
Yamdrok Lake
Highlight 5: Discover Gyantse and Shigatse deeply, the second and the third largest city in Tibet, via the famous Gyantse Kumbum and Tashilhunpo Monastery.
Gyantse Kumbum
Highlight 6: Get up close to Mount Everest - the best highlight of a Tibet tour, reach Everest Base Camp (5,200m) and enjoy a great view of Mt. Everest Peak (8,848m).
Everest Base Camp
Highlight 7: Visit Qomolangma Guandi Temple in Old Tingri for an excellent view of Cho Oyu Peak (8201m), the sixth highest peak in the world.
Qomolangma Guandi Temple
Highlight 8: Across the border between China and Nepal - Gyirong Port, it is famous for mild climate conditions and rich vegetation hidden in the Tibetan plateau.
Gyirong Town
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Xining to Tibet Train Ride (2 Days)

Enjoy the beautiful view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Lhasa (3 Days)

Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Sera Monastery, Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery

Shannan & Gyantse & Shigatse (2 Days)

Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery, Tashilhunpo Monastery

EBC (1 Day)

Rongbuk Monastery, Everest Base Camp, Gyawu La Pass

Old Tingri & Gyirong & Kathmandu (2 Days)

Qomolangma Guandi Temple of Old Tingri, Exit Gyirong Border to Nepal, Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu

Itinerary Day by Day

Day 1 Arrival in Xining | Airport or Train Station Pick-up and Hotel Check-in

Nihao! Welcome to Xining, the start point of Qinghai-Tibet Railway! Upon your arrival at the airport/train station in Xining, the tour guide and driver will meet and greet you at the exit, and then escort you to the well-selected hotel in downtown Xining. The rest of the day is free on your own so you can have a good rest for the jet lag or explore by yourself around your hotel.

Arrival Ideas:
Xining is capital of Qinghai province and is well connected by air and high speed rail. The flight time between Hong Kong (HKG) and Xining (XNN) is approximately 7 hours and 48 minutes, covering a distance of around 1977km. This includes an average layover time of around 2 hours and 35 minutes. Services are operated by airlines such as China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China, and others. During the low season, there are no direct flights from Hong Kong Airport to Xining Airport. For the high season, flight schedules may vary, so it is recommended to check in advance.

Free Time Ideas:
You are welcome to ask your tour guide for some useful tips to spend your free time based on your time and interest.

Day 2 Xining Train Station Boarding & On Train | Get Transferred to Lhasa via Qinghai-Tibet Railway

Today, your local guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Xining Train Station to board the train of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway head to Lhasa, Tibet. (Note: Please be sure to bring your Tibet Permit which will be checked when you board the train.)

The train journey offers breathtaking views of the Tibetan Plateau. Pull up a window seat to view Himalayan mountains, shimmering lakes, plains dotted with yaks and herders’ tents, and barren deserts, as you inch slowly up onto the high plateau. Keep your eyes peeled throughout the journey for antelope, foxes and wild asses, plus the occasional nomad.

Useful Tips for Qinghai-Tibet Railway:
1.Sleeping Berths: The train has four types of sleeping berths, including soft sleeper, hard sleeper, soft seat, and hard seat.
2.Dining Cars: The train offers a variety of Chinese and Tibetan dishes in dining cars. If Chinese food is not to your taste, you can bring some instant food.
3.Toilets: The train has both Western-style and squat-style toilets available in each soft sleeper carriage. However, passengers should be prepared for their towels, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer.
4.Oxygen Supplies: The train is equipped with oxygen supplies to help passengers acclimate to the high altitude of the Tibetan Plateau.

Day 3 Lhasa Arrival | Pick-up Service & Hotel Check-in

Tashi Delek! Welcome to Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region! Upon your arrival at the train station in Lhasa, the tour guide and driver will meet you at the exit, and then escort you to the hotel in downtown Lhasa (100km, about 1.5 hours’ drive) . You can have a good rest to get used to the altitude (3,650m) in your hotel and get ready to explore Lhasa with your guide the next day.

Kind Reminds:
1.It is good to avoid altitude sickness by slowing down, keeping warm, drinking water frequently, avoiding showers for the first one or two days, taking it easy, and sleeping well.
2.You should always follow your doctor's advice regarding altitude based on your health condition.
3.Be sure to let your guide or the hotel staff know whenever you feel unwell or need help. The people there are always willing to help and are good at dealing with altitude sickness.

Day 4 Lhasa City Tour | Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery, Barkhor Street

Today, you and your group will explore Lhasa by visiting Jokhang Temple, a world cultural heritage site renowned for its brilliant architecture, culture, art, and history. After that, you will experience Tibetan Buddhism by witnessing the Monks' Debating in Sera Monastery. Finally, you can stroll through the famous Barkhor Street with locals and learn more about the daily kora life of Tibetans.

Located in the heart of Lhasa for over 1300 years, the Jokhang Temple is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists from all over the world. Famed as the spiritual center of Tibet, it is said that the Jokhang Monastery was built for King Songtsen Gampo's two brides: Chinese Princess Wencheng and Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti. "Jokhang" means "House of Buddha", and it houses a life-size statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni, which is considered a treasure of the Buddhist world. This is why Buddhist pilgrims consider it the holiest destination. The Jakhong temple is also renowned for its beautiful architecture. You can admire the intricate carvings, colorful murals, ornate decorations, and details of the building, which is a masterpiece of Tibetan architecture. Time seems to stand still as you watch people pray in front of the temple during the day and night. (Please note that the visit order may be adjusted based on the reservation of your Jokhang Temple Ticket Reservation.)

In the afternoon, drive approximately 30km (50 minutes) to visit Sera Monastery, which is one of the three great Gelug university monasteries of Tibet. It offers the opportunity to experience Tibetan Buddhism up close. The highlight of Sera Monastery is watching the monks' debate, which takes place around 15:00-17:00 (except on Sundays). The debate is an interesting form of exchange, where one monk acts as the questioner, standing while the answerer or group of answerers sit. The standing monk asks questions and slaps his palms and stomps, each action having a special meaning, such as activating wisdom, and are not meant to be aggressive. You will also have the chance to attend prayer ceremonies, visit meditation halls, and learn about the monastic way of life. It is a must-visit destination to gain insight into the beliefs and practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

Afterward, head back to downtown Lhasa for a walk on busy Barkhor Street near the Jokhang Monastery, which was a place for Buddhists to do a kora (pilgrim circuit) in ancient times. Nowadays, it has become a thriving local market where you can drink a pot of yak butter tea, dress in Tibetan clothes for photos, and pick up some local Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian handicrafts and souvenirs.

Day 5 Lhasa City Tour | Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery

Today you will explore the world’s highest palace for its brilliant architectures, culture, and history, then visits to one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries in Tibet - the Drepung Monastery.

In the morning, you can walk into Potala Palace (World Heritage), the traditional residence and winter palace of the Dalai Lama (1649-1959). It takes 365 steps from potala gate to reach the Red Palace which is the highest palace in the world at an altitude of 3,700m. Through the principal halls, chapels, and shrines of past Dalai Lamas in the Red Palace, you will be astonished and touched by its remarkable paintings, gorgeous jeweled works, skilled carving, colorful ornamentation, and the mystery stories behind the treasures. Inside the Potala Palace you will meet lots of Tibetan pilgrims who come all the way from afar to this sacred site to pray as their life time destination. You can also ask your guide to share more information about Songtsen Gampo, the 33rd king of Tibet, who first build the Potala Palace in the 7th century for his marriage to Princess Wencheng of the Tang Dynasty. (Note: We may adjust the visit order due to the visiting time of your Potala Palace Ticket. All visitors must visit the Potala Palace with a tour group while staying inside for an hour. No photo inside.)

Then, drive about 35 minutes (12km) to visit the Drepung Monastery, which was the largest Tibetan monastery (of the Gelug Sect) in Lhasa. It used to be the palace of the Dalai Lama before he moved to the Potala Palace in the 17th century. Today, it is famous for the Drepung Shoton Festival held each August, where people come to offer yogurt to the monks who have finished their 100 days of meditation. You can also witness the grandest Buddha/Thangka Unfolding Ceremony. Besides the unique architecture and amazing buildings, you can watch monks debating in Tibetan Buddhism, which is vibrant and active with expansive gestures, clapping, and stamping. After visiting the Drepung Temple, you will have about a 2-hour Tibetan culture tour, which includes an introduction, Tibetan incense making, and block printing.

Day 6 Lhasa to Shigatse (3,850m) via Gyantse (3,950m) | Yamdrok Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery

Today, drive about 7.5 hours (270km) from Lhasa to Shigatse (3,850m) via Gyantse (3,950m). You will visit two amazing natural landscapes - Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier on the way, then after a visit of Pelkor Monastery in Gyantse, you will reach Shigates for overnight.

In the morning, you will head to the Kampala Pass (4,797 meters) and have a breathtaking view of Yamdrok Lake (a freshwater lake) down below as well as spectacular views of the holy Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar (7,206m) in the distance. It is one of the four largest sacred lakes in Tibet along with Lake Lhamo Latso, Lake Manasarovar, and Lake Namtso. And Lake Yamdrok is said to be able to help Tibetans find the reincarnated soul of the Dalai Lama. You will be happy to see dressed-up Tibetan mastiffs/dogs, goats, and yaks there. It is optional for you to pay 5-10 yuan to pose with and take photos of them, for local Tibetans, it’s a subsidy income for their family.

Then, drive to visit one of the most beautiful Glaciers in Tibet - Karola Glacier, the location of the film Red Valley (Hong He Gu). As one of Tibet's three major continental glaciers, backed by the southern slope of Naiqin Kangsang Peak (7,191 meters), one of the four highest peaks in Tibet, this white glacier is also the source of the eastern part of the Nianchu River. The Karola Glacier (5,012m) is only 300 meters away from the highway connecting Lhasa to Gyantse town. You can view it right off the highway from your car. Sure you can easily walk to the foot of the charming glacier which shape is like a frozen waterfall right above the road and you. Besides the fantastic hike to the Karola Glacier, on the opposite side of the road, you can appreciate the beautiful snow-capped mountain of Mt Kalurong.

Karola Glacier Visiting Notes:
1. The altitude at the glacier scenic spot is about 5,012m, be sure to slow down to avoid altitude sickness.
2. The public toilet at the glacier is very basic.
3. Local people would ask you to take photos with them for a fee. Be sure to ask before taking photos to avoid potential little troubles.

After that, drive on the Friendship Highway( between Tibet and Nepal) to Gyantse, the third largest city of Tibet after Lhasa and Shigates, and visit Pelkor Monastery.

Pelkor Monastery (Palcho Monastery) is an important site for Tibetan Buddhism, as it houses different sects including the Gelug, Sakyapa, and Kadampa. Pelkor Monastery, with a history over 600 years, is also renowned for its impressive architecture, which blends Tibetan, Nepalese, and Han Chinese styles. One of the main attractions of Pelkor Monastery is the Kumbum Stupa (Gyangtse Kumpum), which is a nine-story tower adorned with thousands of images of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. It is said to be the largest such structure in Tibet. Visitors can enjoy their time by witnessing the daily rituals and prayers of the monks, and have a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape from the top of the Kumbum Stupa (100-Thousand-Buddha Pagoda). You can also catch the far view of Gyangtse Fortress (Gyantse Dzong). After that, drive about 90km to reach Shigates for overnight.

Day 7 Shigatse (3,850m) to EBC (5,200m) | Tashilunpo Monastery, Gyawu La Pass, Rongpuk Monastery

You will get an early start with a visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery. After that, drive to Rongpuk Monastery (5,100m) and Mount Everest Base Camp (5,200m) which is 340km (8h) from Shigatse via a photo stop at Gyawu La Pass (5,200m).

Tashilunpo Monastery is founded by His Holiness the 1st Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Gedun Drup in 1447. In Tashi Lunpo Monastery, you can unveil the traditional seat of successive Panchen Lamas, Tibet's second-highest incarnation. Pay a visit to the ancient tombs of the fourth and tenth Panchen Lama and the chortens, which hold the bones and remains of the sacred Tibetan lamas. Learn more from your guide about Panchen Lamas and Dalai Lamas while appreciating the brilliant religious painting on Tibetan architecture, listening to the Tibetan Buddhism chanting by local monks, and even participating in the kora like locals. Don’t forget to hike up to the top of the monastery and have a stunning bird view of the monastery itself and Shigatse City.

Departing from Shigatse, after about 4.5 hours of driving (240km), you would get your first glimpse of Mt. Everest from the Gyawu La Pass (5,200m), between Lhatse and Shelkar. Apart from Mt. Everest, you will be marveled at the zigzag road that looks winding to the end of the world. On the road, you may see local people biking or hiking all the way to Everest Base Camp, for them reaching the base of the world's highest mountain is a must do goal or holy belief that is worth the effort.

After enjoying the beautiful and unique scenery on the pass with incredibly snow-capped mountain ranges, blue skies, floating high clouds, and endless grasslands, it is time to head to Rongbuk Monastery (about 3.5 hours,122km) which is the highest monastery in the world and the best site to view the north side of Mt. Qomolangma (Mt. Everest), also known as the Third Pole on Earth. With both monks and nuns in residence, Rongbuk Monastery is a must-visit for spiritual travelers, and you will find it to be a photo-worthy destination. It used to be an area of meditation huts, and you can find hermitage meditation caves with a history of over 400 years, dotting the cliff walls all around the monastery and the valley. You can admire the magnificent sunset on Qomolangma's steep north side in good weather. The humble stupa at the monastery is the same one that can be seen on most postcards and posters of Mt. Everest.

Overnight in a tent guesthouse at Rongbuk Monastery or EBC. If you venture out at night, you will be rewarded with a heavenly starry night.

1. Travelers can only go as far as the Rongbuk Temple area rather than a few kilometers farther as before. But it’s no big difference in terms of viewing Mt. Everest.
2.Today’s food and lodging is very basic. Due to the high altitude, it is possible that you may have some symptoms of altitude sickness. We recommend that you stay well hydrated, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery to minimize your symptoms.
3.If you're interested in trekking to EBC from Old Tingri, you can spend 4 days trekking along the relatively open, flat, and safe route. The trek is suitable for almost all people, including underage children, without severe altitude sickness. Taking four days to cover 70km at an average pace of 18km per day is a lifetime experience to walk on the world's highest trekking trail and realize the dream of standing close-up to the towering Mount Everest. Contact us to customize a trekking trip from Old Tingri to Everest Base Camp.
4.When we talk about Everest Base Camp (EBC), we are referring to the area near Rongbuk Monastery that ordinary travelers are allowed to visit. EBC is about 20km from Mount Everest’s summit as the crow flies. From EBC, travelers can view the summit of Mount Everest in fine weather.

Day 8 EBC (5,200m) to Old Tingri (4,300m) | Sunrise of Mount Everest, Qomolangma Guandi Temple

Try your luck at witnessing the breathtaking sunrise of Mount Everest in the early morning (Note: The sunrise usually starts around 6:30 am to 7:00 am). After breakfast, hike around Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp (5,200m), which is the closest place for ordinary tourists to view the world’s summit. Take your time at Everest Base Camp to enjoy the amazing view of the peak of Mount Everest (8,848m), the highest peak in the world.

After that, drive to Old Tingri (Gangga Town, 145km, 3.5h) on well paved road via Gyawu La Pass (5,200m). Gangga Town is located 71 kilometers away from Tingri County (New Tingri; Shegar; Xiegel) at an altitude of 4340 meters. It is situated 74 kilometers away from the Mount Everest Base Camp. The G318 National Highway runs through the whole town and is the only way to Zhangmu Port and Gyirong Port (China-Nepal Borders).

There is a unique Guandi Temple in Gangga Town that you should not miss. It is an excellent spot to watch sunset of Mount Cho Oyu Peak (8201m), the sixth highest peak in the world. From there, you can not only view Mount Everest (8488m), but also Nepal, India, and Bhutan. It is known as the "One Temple Look at the Four Kingdoms" International Golden Palace by locals.

The Gangga Guandi Temple, also known as Qomolangma Guandi Temple, is located on Gangga Mountain (4390m) which is the highest Guandi Temple in the world. Normaly, Guandi Temple a temple where Guan Yu is worshiped. Guan Yu was a famous general during the Three Kingdoms Period (1800 years ago) and is considered the god of war by the Han people. His status was almost equal to that of Confucius. The Qomolangma Guandi Temple was built in 1794, more than 200 years ago. After the Qing Dynasty army and Tibetan soldiers fought back against Gurkha (Nepal), who invaded Tibet from 1788 to 1792, all the soldiers believed that the victory of this battle was the blessing of Guan Yu. Therefore, the Guandi Temple was built here with the features of both Han and Tibetan architectural styles. Its main hall is dedicated to Guan Yu and King Gesar, a well-known hero among Tibetans. This is a testimony to the cultural exchange and integration of the Han and Tibetan nationalities, and a historical witness to the Chinese nation's united will to defend against invasion. Additionally, the Guandi Temple was restored in 2018 and is now a high-value copper building with carved beams and painted buildings in the main hall.

If you are interested and have time, you can also the cemetery of the Qing army, the forts and watchtowers that fought against the Gurkhas, and the stone tablet of "Qomolangma Nature Reserve" inscribed by President Jiang Zemin.

Day 9 Old Tingri (4,300m) to Gyirong Town (2,800m) | Paba Monastery

Today, you will head to Gyirong Town (280km,6h) via Gyirong County (4,200m), where the Gyirong Port is located, via a part of the Friendship Highway, also known as the China-Nepal Highway. On the way, you will get good chance to see the majestic and awe-inspiring Mount Shishapangma, about 120km from Mount Everest and located in the Himalayas near the Nepal-Tibet border. At an elevation of 8,027 meters, Mount Shishapangma is the 14th highest mountain in the world and the only 8,000-meter peak that lies entirely within Tibet. The mountain is known for its striking appearance, with its towering peaks and massive glaciers.

Gyirong Town is located on the border between China and Nepal, and serves as an important entry and exit point for travelers between the two countries. You can pay a visit to Paba Monastery which was built around 637 AD. When the Nepalese Princess Bhrikuti, who married Songtsen Gampo, entered Tibet, she brought three statues of Shakyamuni Buddha with her, one of which was the statue of Wadisambhava. It was placed in Gyirong Town, and Paba Monastery was built for it. Visit around Gyirong and get ready for the border exit next day.

Travel Notes:
The Friendship Highway is an 800-kilometre scenic route that connects Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, to the Chinese/Nepalese border at the Sino-Nepal Friendship Bridge between Zhangmu and Kodari. (Note: Currently, the Zhangmu Port is primarily used for freight, while Gyirong Port is used for tourism.)

Day 10 Gyirong Port (1,830m) to Rashuwaghadi (1,830m) | Across the Border , Head to Kathmandu

Today, you will across the Gyirong Border and head to Kathmandu(1,400m) via a mountain road. Although it is only 150km from Rashuwaghadi to Kathmandu, it may take more than 6 hours due to the bad road conditions.

When arrive in Kathmandu, it is time to end your 10-day Tibet Nepal Overland Tour from Xining. Your guide will say goodbye to you and you will continue on your next destination in Nepal. (Note: If you require assistance for your tour in Nepal, please do not hesitate to contact us.)

Thank you for choosing Asia Odyssey Travel for your Asia Tour, and we are always here working for you and hope to see you again for your next trip to China/Asia. Safe journey!

Price: What’s Included & What’s Excluded

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The above price is based on a private tour for 2 people. Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Price varies depending on travel date, group size, hotel class, program in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Professional licensed English-speaking local guide
Private Vehicle: Experienced drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
Hotel accommodation with breakfasts (3-star standard)
Meals: Breakfasts plus featured meals - Tibetan welcome banquet in Lhasa & The world’s highest altitude hot pot experience at EBC (if you take the tour to EBC).
Admission tickets, activities listed in the itinerary
Tibet Permits: Tibet Entry Permit, Alien Travel Permit, Border Pass, etc.
Pick up and Drop off Service: The pick up and drop off service are free from 7:00am to 22:00pm on the pick up and drop off date.
Oxygen and Water: A container of Oxygen per person for emergency use; 2 bottles of drinking water per person per day (300ml); 4L Medical oxygen cylinder with car
Our service from tour planning, handling, operational and finishing your trip

What’s Excluded?

International airfares
Entry visa fees
Personal expenses
Single room supplement
Recommended optional activities
Arrival/departure flights or train on the first and last day
Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers

Important Trip Notes for Booking a Private Tibet Tour

Do I need to get a Tibet permit to visit Tibet? How long does it take to obtain?
All foreign travelers are required to obtain a Tibet Travel Permit to visit Tibet. The permit can only be applied for through a registered travel agency in Tibet (we are local based Tibet travel agency with office setting in Lhasa) and is required to purchase flight or train tickets to Tibet. The permit is necessary to enter Tibet and visit certain areas within the region, including Lhasa and Mount Everest Base Camp. Travelers should plan ahead and allow sufficient time for the permit application process, as it can take one to two weeks to obtain the necessary permits.
All foreign travelers are advised to make their bookings at least one week in advance and send the necessary documents to us for obtaining the permits. However, if you plan to visit Mount Kailash, it is recommended to book at least two weeks in advance, as it may take longer to obtain the necessary permits.
How do I book a private Tibet tour?
It is very simple to book a private Tibet tour. Select the tour you are interested, and click “Make an Enquiry for Free”. Tell us your demands and likes while submitting the form. During this process, you don’t need to pay immediately. After sending us your requirements, one of our professional travel experts will get back to you within 0.5 to 24 hours. When all the information have confirmed, then you make the deposit. Please feel free to contact the travel expert directly if you have any questions prior to booking.
Combine Your Tibet Tour with Other Destinations in China
The above itinerary is the sample one that most travelers would go like that. The tour can be customized based on your likes, interests and budget. At the same time, if you want to extend this tour, just tell us your favored destinations and things to do. Our professional travel experts will redesign the trip totally for you at the best price. Tell us your ideas now >>
In a private tour, it means you will transfer to the tourist attractions in one city by private vehicle. The private car we selected is spacious, comfortable and air-conditioned. And the driver we use are very experienced. As for traveling between two destinations, we use domestic flights (economy seat) or high speed trains (second class seat, usually less than 6 hours). The local guides and drivers will pick you up at the airport/train stations, and escort you to the hotel.
“B” stands for breakfast. You will have it at your hotel in the morning.
“L” stands for lunch. The restaurants we will arrange for you are all designated tourist restaurants approved by local tourist administration bureau. All are in good sanitary conditions. Your guide will assist you with ordering the dishes.
“D” means dinner. All dinners are excluded in the itinerary. You have the chance to taste some authentic Chinese food and local snacks.
If you have special dietary requirements (vegetarian, halal, kosher, Indian, or gluten-free), please let us know before your booking. We will try our best to take care of you.

Accommodation & Hotel Condition for Your Tibet Tour

Lhasa Recommended 3 Star Hotel
Shigatse Recommended 3 Star Hotel
EBC Accommodation
Have a good sleep everyday is very important during your China tour. In a private tour, you can decide on your own which hotel class you want - luxury 5 star, comfortable 4-star or economic 3-star.
All the hotels in each destination we selected are at good location, close to commercial street or tourist attractions. And, all the hotels we use have a business relationship for many years and they have windows, air-conditioners, hot water, showers, wifi... (except for basic accommodation condition when travel to Mount Everest) to ensure you luxury and comfortable sleep experience. The staff can speak English and they will provide you the high quality service. If you have any requirements, you can ask them to help.

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  • Xining Airport, Qinghai
  • Xining City, Qinghai
  • Ta'er Monastery
  • Ta'er Monastery
  • Xining Train Station, Qinghai
  • Train to Tibet
  • Views along Qinghai-Tibet Railway
  • Train to Lhasa
  • Train To Lhasa, Tibet
  • Lhasa Train Station
  • Welcome to Tibet with AOT
  • In Tibetan Restaurant
  • Lhasa Jokhang Temple
  • Jokhang Monastery, Lhasa
  • Lhasa Sera Monastery
  • Barkhor Street, Lhasa
  • Lhasa Potala Palace
  • Potala Palace, Lhasa
  • Lhasa Drepung Monastery
  • Lhasa Drepung Monastery
  • Tibet Yamdrok Lake
  • Tibet Yamdrok Lake
  • Karora Glacier in Tibet
  • Gyantse Kumbum, Tibet
  • Tashilumpo Monastery, Shigatse
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse Tibet
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery, Shigatse, Tibet
  • Mount Everest, Tibet
  • Mount Everest, Tibet
  • Old Tingri Guandi Temple, Tibet
  • Old Tingri Guandi Temple, Tibet
  • Old Tingri, Tibet
  • Mount Riwu Bamba, Gyirong Town
  • Mount Riwu Bamba, Gyirong Town
  • Nepal Vehicles in Gyirong Town, Tibet
  • Gyirong Port, Tibet

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Reviewed on May 29. 2023
Unforgettable Experience in Holy Tibet
My Tibet tour was an unforgettable experience. The stunning natural beauty of the Tibetan plateau and the rich cultural heritage of the region left me in awe. Our knowledgeable guide showed us around the famous Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and other important landmarks and provided insights into the local customs and traditions. The tour was well-organized and comfortable, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an authentic and enriching travel experience.
Tibet Tour Review
Marcin T
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on May 22. 2022
8 Days Trip to Mount Everest and Lhasa...
I recently went on a Tibet tour and was blown away by the breathtaking scenery and fascinating Tibetan culture. The tour was well-planned and our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. We visited the iconic Potala Palace, explored the bustling Barkhor Street, and hiked in the stunning Himalayan Mountains. It was a physically demanding trip, but the experience was worth it. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone looking for an adventure in a unique and beautiful destination.
Tibet Tour Review
Jade X
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on April. 2023
Lifetime Experience to Mount Everest!!!
My trip to Tibet Mount Everest was an experience of a lifetime. The breathtaking views of the world's highest peak and the stunning Himalayan range left me speechless. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful throughout the trip, and the accommodations were comfortable. We also had the opportunity to visit the Rongbuk Monastery, which provided a unique insight into the local culture. I highly recommend this tour to anyone looking for a memorable journey to one of the world's most iconic destinations.
Tibet Tour Review
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Oct. 2022
Lhasa, Glimpse of Mt. Everest, Manasarovar Lake & Mt. Kailash - 10 Days
I should thank Daria of ASIA ODYSSEY TRAVEL for organizing a tailor made trip for us to visit Lhasa, Manasarovar Lake and Mt. Kailash. She took special care to our requirements and was following with us in organizing our travel permit to Ali regions in the last 8 months. It was worth the wait and she managed to get the first permit for foreigners in the last 1 1/2 years, due to Covid travel restrictions. Our guide Mr. Tashi was very good in explaining in English. He was also very useful in helping us through out the trip and coordinating with the travel agency.
Tibet Tour Review
Peter J
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Aug. 2022
Excellent holidays
We had a great holiday. They listen to our needs and adapt the trip according to our desires. The guides are excellent and very effective. I recommend and I will certainly reuse them for the next vacation.
Tibet Tour Review
Sylvan G
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on July 2022
An Exceptional Tour with AOT - Highly Recommended!
Every aspect of the tour was well-organized and professional, and our tour guide Tony was a true gem. She was knowledgeable and friendly and took care of every small detail to ensure we had a great time at every destination. The hotels, transport, and activities were all top-notch, and we felt well taken care of throughout the trip. We have already recommended Asia Odyssey Travel to our friends and family, and we will definitely use their services again. Thank you for making our vacation so memorable and enjoyable!
Tibet Tour Review
Mini L
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Mar. 2022
First adventure in China
This was our first adventure since moving to China and it did not disappoint!!! Guilin and YangShuo are some of the most beautiful places on earth. If you are thinking of going - don't think, GO!! It's truly a magical area with some of the most scenic scapes I've ever experienced.
Tibet Tour Review
Rebecca M
Rating: star star star star star
Reviewed on Jul. 2021
Professional and quality service. Excellent trip!
Our trip to Guilin with Asia Odyssey Travel was AWESOME! Seriously, stop trying to plan a trip yourself and book through them. They took care of everything and made the trip ideal for us and the activities we enjoy.
  • Xining
  • Lhasa
  • Shannan & Gyantse & Shigatse
  • Everest Base Camp
  • Old Tingri / Gyirong / Kathmandu
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Trip Style: Private Tour (flexible travel dates & numbers of travelers)
Tour Code: AOT-TTB-017
Travel Route: Xining - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp (EBC) - Old Tingri - Gyirong Border (China-N
Features: Train, History, Culture, Grassland, Religious Sites, Holy Mountains, Monastery, Lake

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