Day2: Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake or Tsongon Po is the largest inland and salt water lake in China.

Day7: Potala Palace, Lhasa

Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m at the topmost point.

Day8: Sera Monastery

These debates are unique to Sera and are quite famous. Enjoy the debates!

9 Days Xining Tibet Overland Tour

Duration: 9 days and 8 nights Departure: You Choose!
Tour Code: TA-OT-09 Max Altitude: 5010m
Tour Type: Escorted Private Tour
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Day 1

Xining Arrival


Upon arrival in Xining, your local guide will meet you in the airport and transfer you to the hotel in Xining. The rest of today is free to rest and prepare for the overland tour.


Day 2

Xining - Qinghai Lake ( B, L, D )


Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake

Altitude: 3260m; Drive: 136km;

Start your overland trip from Xining to Lhasa. Your first stop is the Kumbum Monastery, one of the six great Gelukpa sect monasteries in Tibet. (The others: Ganden, Sera, Drepung, Tashilhunpo and Labrang.) It has been a very important monastery in Tibetan history.

Then drive to the Qinghai Lake, also called the Koko Nor Lake, one of top five most beautiful Lakes in China, and the largest inland/saltwater lake in China.

Overnight at the shore of Qinghai lake.


Day 3

Xining - Chaka - Golmud ( B, L, D )


Chaka Salt Lake Qinghai
Chaka Salt Lake

Drive: 360km

Enjoy the sunrise of the Qinghai Lake in the early morning. Then depart to Golmud, the starting point of the Qinghai and Tibetan Railway. En route, visit the Chaka Salt Lake, not only famous for producing Qinghai salt, but also for the unique landscapes in the area.


Day 4

Golmud - Tuotuo River ( B, L, D )


Tuotuo River
Tuotuo River

Drive: 420km

Today drive through the Gobi Desert and enjoy the magnificent view. Surpass the Tongtian River, the tribute of the Yangtze River.

Overnight at Tuotuo River.


Day 5

Tuotuohe River - Nagqu ( B, L, D )


Geladandong Mountain
Geladandong Mountain

Altitude: 4500m; Drive: 430km

Get up early and catch the amazing sunrise view of Tuotuo River. Then depart for Nagqu. En route, visit the Geladandong Mountain where the Yangtze River originates. Continue to drive through the Tanggula Pass and arrive in Amdo and Nagqu.

Overnight in Nagqu.


Day 6

Nagqu – Lhasa ( B, L, D )


Namtso Buddhist Meditation
Namtso Buddhist Meditation

Drive: 610km

Today's first stop is the holy lake in Tibet: Namtso Lake, the bright pearl of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is known as one of the three holy lakes in Tibet. Endowed with pure water and stunning landscapes, it has been the holy land of Tibetan Buddhists and Mecca of the hiking enthusiasts from all over the world.

Picnic by the lake, then drive to Yangbajing and Tsupu Monastery for a visit.

Your overland tour ends in Lhasa.


Day 7

Lhasa ( B )


Potala Palace Tibet
Potala Palace

The overwhelming Potala Palace is your first stop. As the symbol of Tibet, it was built in 641 AD and was the winter palace of Dalai Lama who is Tibet’s pope. Impressive Tibetan architecture, huge golden Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted pilgrims all make it a must-visit.

In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Every day, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek here from long distances to worship. Finally, walk the special circular pilgrimage route as local followers always do at Barkhor Street.

After the tour, take an optional Tibetan-style farewell dinner in a typical restaurant, with Tibetan dances and songs.


Day 8

Lhasa ( B )


Norbulingka Park
Norbulingka Park

After breakfast, you are driven to visit the Norbulingka Park, the former summer palace of Dalai Lama, and then come to Drepung Monastery, once the largest Monastery housing 10,000 monks in its heyday.

Your tour ends at Sera Monastery, and the Buddhism Scriptures Debating in Sera is very famous. Enjoy the debate!


Day 9

Lhasa ( B )


Tibet Departure
Tibet Departure

Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.


What's included in this price?
  • Train ticket from Xining to Lhasa.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
What's excluded in this price?
  • China visa.
  • Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Single room supplement.
  • Additional tour service and/or activities.
Value for money:

 While the trip of a lifetime is priceless, we know value is a vital aspect for those deciding which tour to choose.

When comparing tour prices, be sure to compare like to like. Our tours are designed to ensure that our customers experience all the culture, history, and beauty that Tibet has to offer, and at a reasonable price.

A great way to ensure the lowest possible price is to invite more people on the trip. The more people in a group, the lower the price per person. For example, for a typical 5-day Lhasa and Lake Namtso tour: the one-person price is about $1010; the two-person price will be only $633 per person. These prices are an indication of how much money you can save by travelling with more people. (We recommend you join our group tour if you are traveling alone. Please contact our travel consultant for more information)

Booking early is also an easy way to ensure the best rate! We highly recommend you contact us at least 1 month before your planned departure date.

Private Tibet Tour Package means you will have your own private local tour guide, private vehicle and private driver for your group. You don't have to share the vehicle with others. You tour guide will take care of only your group. With the help of your private tour guide, you will see more in Tibet, communicating with locals to learn about Tibetan lifestyle and culture.

You have the flexibility to arrange the group activities accorddingly, such as changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time of certain place. You can also stop on the road as you need.

If you are traveling with your family or a group of friends, a private tour for your group is ideal. As you have more people in the group, the price won't be much higher than a join-in group tour. It is a good way to save money and enjoy ultimate service.
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