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Qinghai Tibet Tour:QTT 01 Qinghai-Tibet Train Sightseeing, Everest Base Camp and Namtso lake 11 Days Tour

 

 

 

Route:Chengdu - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - Lhatse - Tinggri (Shegar) - Rongbu/ E.B.C  - Tinggri - Shigatse - Namtso lake - Lhasa

Feature:During this route,you will have a chance to visit the holy lake--Yamdroktso, Gyantse Stupa Kumbum.At shigatse to head forward to Mt. Everest, during the process,you will cross the prairie, the rapids,mountains, Mt. Everest which will shock you and let you never forget. Overnight at Namtso ,do a trekking at lakeside, enjoy the sunrise and sundown of Namtso, overload your tireness at Yanpachen hot-spring, return back to Lhasa.

 
Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive in Chengdu, be met at the airport, transfer to hotel.  O/N in Chengdu.
If time permits, visit the Kuanxiangzi (wide lane) and Zhaixiangzi (narrow lane), it used to be home to officials in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties and are among the city's cultural heritage sites still intact today. Originally, single-story houses and courtyards featured the specialty of the area. To relive the taste of local life years ago, teahouses and folk arts are readily found in the area while displays of the lifestyle, dialects, food and customs of Chengdu in the past will be reinstated in museums. As an option in the evening(200RMB extra), enjoy a wonderful variety show of “Face changing” and “Flame Spitting - Out” of Sichuan Opera.

Day 02: Chengdu Panda Base and Sanxindui Museum    O/N in Chengdu
Visit The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in the morning. It is located in the northern suburb of Chengdu on Futou Hill about 10 km from downtown Chengdu. Giant pandas live in large naturalistic habitats, which help the visitor to understand how these animals live in the wild. The Research Base is one of the important centers in China for the captive conservation of giant pandas. After lunch, we drive 40km to visit Sanxindui Museum, it is situated in the northeastern part of the state-protected Sanxindui ruin by the bank of the Yazi Rive. Two large sacrificial pits were found in 1986 boast the most important archaeological finds on the Sanxindui Ruins for the past half century. The exposure of a large number of spectacular relics created a great sensation, making the Sanxindui site well known to the world. 

 

Day 03: Fly to Xining., Xining sightseeing: Kumbum Monastery    O/N in Xining
Take a flight to Xining and transfer to the hotel. Xining which is an ancient city in Qinghai-Tibetan highland, also the capital of Qinghai Province, visit Kumbum Monastery in the afternoon which is another Tibetan Buddhism monastery ,famous for the three unique---butter flower, mural and embroidery . also it is the Birthplace of Tsongkapa , who is the former of Gelu sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Back to Xining.

 

Day 04: Xining/Korkornor lake/Xining,   O/N in Xining
After breakfast drive to beautiful Korkornor lake, the biggest inland salt lake in china,  on the way you can appreciate the Sun and Moon mountain, Sand island ,Golden and silver grassland. then come back Xining                     ]

 
Day 05: Take train to Lhasa, Sightseeing on the train along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Train N917, departure time from Xining at 8:30, arrive in Lhasa at 9:50 on the next day.  O/N on the train
The building of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway started on 29th June 2001. The 1142 kilometre-long railway extends between Golmud in Qinghai Province and Lhasa in Tibet Autonomous Region. Its sections over 4,400m above sea level total 960km, and the highest section, which crosses the Tanggula Mountain, is at 5,072m above sea level. The railway passes 550km of ever-frozen land. The construction of the railway, the highest and longest one on plateau in the world , is planned to be finished in six years. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is a representative project in China’s implementation of its strategic decision to develop China’s west at the beginning of the 21st century. The significant project is a magnificent task in the world history of railway construction and has drawn the attention of the world. Pickup and transfer to hotel in Lhasa .
 

Day 06: Arrive in Lhasa at 9:50   O/N in Lhasa
Arrive in Lhasa, the roof of the world, Tibet is truly beyond your imagination. The blue sky, the highest mountain, lake and train, religious people, harmony between people and nature will give you a deep impression. Pickup and transfer to hotel in Lhasa . In order to acclimatize to the high altitude. No program will be arranged for the rest of the day

 
Day 07: Lhasa city sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market  O/N in Lhasa 
An extraordinary day of sightseeing shows the spectacular architecture at the world famous Potala Palace. Former home of the Dalai Lama, its massive 1000-room structure towers over this mountain city. The tour is followed by Jokhang Temple . Then visit famous Barkhor Market, where you can shop for rare Tibetan items.
 

Day 08: Lhasa - Yamdroktso - Gyantse - Shigatse (360km, 6hours driving, asphalt road in good , 3950m, 15-19 centigrade)  O/N in Shigatse
Yamdroktso(4441m), one of Tibet's three holy lakes, is located 110km outside of Lhasa. It's mostly mountain road, winding and bumpy, even thrilling somewhat. After about 3 1/2 hours' driving, climbing over the snow pass of Kambala(5030m), the dazzling Yamdroktso just lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is a fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin Kangtsang(7191m).After down from the mountain, there's about 30km road along lakeside, with barley fields on the other side of the road. A nice walk by the lakeside can be a great joy. Leaving Yamdroktso is as spectacular as arriving, since you'll cross the 5045m Karola, with its awesome roadside views of the Nojin Kangtsang Glacier. With the Glacier scene still exciting you, after about 90km, you get to Gyantse. There stands the 35m-high famous Kumbum, packed with exquisite Tibetan sculpture and paintings, a stunning architectural wonder in Tibet.                                     

 

 

 

Day 09: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tinggri (Shegar) - Rongbu/ E.B.C ( 380km, 10 hours driving, asphalt road , 4050m, 8-15 centigrade)  O/N in Rongbu Guest House
Morning time, after lunch driving along with Friend-ship way pass Lhatse to Tinggri. One the way you will pass the checking point with your TTB permit, travel permit and passport. Then arrive at Tinggri. Buy the entrance of Everest Base Camp. During this route,you will have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as:Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m),Mt Mayalu(8463m). Then arrive at Rongbu Monastery.                                

 
Day 10: Rongbu Monastery - Evrest Base Camp - Tinggri - Shigatse ( 450km, 8hours drving, most asphalt road, 4980m, -5-10 centigrade)  O/N in Shigatse
After seeing the sunrise from Rongbu, then walking a few minutes to arrive the place get on the animal carriage then use half of an hour to arrive at Everest Base camp ( Or you also can do trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2hours one way. It is interesting and much more warm but hard to  breath). Hiking up to the top of the photo point take pictures for the splendid- Mt. Everest. Then driving down from E.B.C to  Tingri then to Shigatse 
 
Day 11: Shigatse - Namtso lake (500km, 7hours driving,asphalt road in good , 3900m, 15-19 centigrade)  O/N int Namtso Tent guest house
In the morning, visit Tashilumpo Monastery which was Built in1447 , spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas. then we leave Shigatse to Namtso Lake. On the way you will see the huge grassland of Naqu and have a chance to see the sky road- Qinghai Tibet Railway passing through it looks like a dragon. Then the Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges appear in front of you, and also you will pass the Nagela Pass. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet (other two is Yamdrotso lake, at Shigatse area, Lake Manasarova at Nagri) and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Zhaxi Island. You can enjoy the sunset by the lake. 
 

Day12: Namtso lake - Lhasa (250km, 4 hours driving, asphalt road in good condition , 4178m, 5-15 centigrade) Morning time see the sunrise beside the holy lake. Drive to Yangbacheng Hot spring 92km north of Lhasa, view the Northern Tibet grassland and NyanchengTanggula Snow Mountain on the way, overload your tireness at Yanpachen hot-spring, return back to Lhasa.

 
Day13: Airport drop off  

 

Warm Notes:
1.All road from Yamtso Lake to Langkazi was repaired in 2007
2.The road from Shigatse to Namtso is so rough hard to drive so suggest to change the route from Quishui to Namtso.
3.Rongbu at high altitude, sleeping at there is so cold, maybe there will be a heavy headache with you, please take very warm clothes and shoes along with you.
4.During the rainning season sometimes the weather will be not good enough to see the Mt. Everest. But you also have a chance to see the surrouding high snow mountain with fabulous view.
5.You had better take some fast food like cookie chocolate with you because there isn't so much delicious food from Tinggri to E.B.C, and long times driving is a little bit boring.

 

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Qinghai Tibet Culture Heritage

  
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the highest railroad in the world, carried 2,569 passengers to Tibet Autonomous Region in the first three days of operation. Three passenger trains, starting from Beijing, Lanzhou and Chengdu pulled into the Lhasa Railway Station one after another on Monday.Before the opening of the railway, flights from Beijing, Chengdu and several other Chinese cities carry hundreds of people to Lhasa everyday.
"I came to the platform everyday to present had a (a white silk scarf symbolizing respect and blessings) to passengers when they got off the train," said Zhoima, 18, a student at Lhasa Teachers Professional School.
Zhoima was one of the volunteer groups organized by the Lhasa Youth League Committee to participate in activities celebrating the opening of the railway on July 1.
"I feel tired, but excited, and I will take part in a dance performance in the square in front of the Potala Palace Tuesday," Zhoima said.
A young woman surnamed Chen, arriving from Beijing, said, "I enjoyed the journey and the beautiful scenery. It's a pity that I can only stay in Lhasa for a week before I have to return to work."
"We never expected to make a profit from singing and dancing," said Cering Wangdu, head of the committee of Sangmu Village in Doilungdeqen County, which is administrated by Lhasa.
Last year, the village began performances of Tibetan dance and songs and other activities showcasing Tibetan folklore to entertain visitors.
"The railway brings us guests and business," Cering Wangdu said.
The Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches 1,956 kilometers from Xining to Lhasa. About 960 kilometers is located 4,000 meters above sea level and the highest point is 5,072 meters, at least 200 meters higher than the Peruvian railway in the Andes, the former world's highest track.
The first train from the Chinese capital started its journey of 4,060 kilometers to Lhasa on Saturday evening and arrived late Monday after more than 48 hours.
 

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