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Qinghai Tibet Plateau Overland Tour - 11 Days

Destination: Qinghai to Tibet
Duration: Eleven Day
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Overland Tour to Lhasa from Xining is still a unique trip though a new railway linking Xining and Lhasa has been finished because if travelling to Lhasa by train from Xining, you will miss so many stunning sceneries on and off the way, while you can enjoy stopovers to your heart's content and have an eyeful of fascinating sights on the way. You also can make a detour to those places off the railway.
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Day01 Arrive in Xining

Upon your arrival, our guide will meet you and transfer you to the city center. enjoy a free day at leisure.

Overnight in Xining


Day02 Xining to Qinghai Lake

Today, we will start our overland trip from Xining, we take the first stop to the Kumbum Monastery, the most important monastery in Qinghai Tibetan Area. Next to Qinghai Lake, also called Kokonor Lake, where you will see birds assembling in the bird island, this Island has become a very large sanctuary for the birds in spring and summer.
Overnight at the shore of Qinghai Lake, Grassland Hotel.


Day03 Xining to Chaka

After breakfast you will have a good chance to walk a short distance around the Qinghai Lake, Qinghai Lake is the largest inland saltwater lake in China. Drive to Chaka in the late morning.Overnight in Chaka


Day04 Chaka to Golmud

Today you will be driven to Golmud. This afternoon go to see Gobi sight, oasis in the desert, and so called Treasure bowl, also one of the four basins in China Qaidam basin on the way.Overland to Golmud.


Day05 Golmud - Tuotuoheyan 420 km

Take a drive through the vast wilderness and Tsaidam meadow on the Tibet Qinghai Plateau. This journey is along the road that lies on the foot of the Kunlun-mountain. Move upwards by a steep valley to cross over the 4.837- meters-high Kunlun Pass. After you pass by the First Bridge over the Yangtse River reach Tuotuoheyan (located in head stream of River Yangtse).Overnight in Local Guest House.


Day06 Tuotuoheyan - Naqu 430 km

Move southwards as you cross Tangra Shan Mountain. The environment is in harmony with local animals like eagles, sheep, cattle and yaks along with the snow covered mountains and tents belonging to Tibetan farmers. It is a place to relax.Overnight in Local Guest House.


Day07 Naqu-Namtso 390km

Today, you will drive across immense northern Tibet Qiangtang Grassland, to close touch to the Tibetan Nomad, drive to Namtso lake. Today, your will have enough time to play at the grassland, visit the nomad family, go into the tent to drink freash yak milk, play with the Tibetan Children, and Sheeps, Yaks. Wandering on the glass land, ride horses (Notice, the nomad visit available only at summer time from June to August). Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.Overnight at Lake Shore Guest House.


Day08 Namtso/Yangpachen Hotspring/Lhasa 220km

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. drive to Dumxung to have lunch.In the afternoon, you will visit Yangpachen hot spring on the way back to Lhasa.Overnight in Lhasa.


Day 9: Lhasa

Today, we will visit the Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels. Also today, we will drop a visit of the Jokhang Temple, the spiritual center of Tibet. Everyday, pilgrims from every corner of Tibet trek a long distance to the temple. The temple is the product of Han, Tibetan and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then we will visit Barkhor, the oldest street in a very traditional city in Tibet.



Day 10: Lhasa

About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once world's largest monastery with about 10,000 monks. This day's sightseeing begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambience inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains. Drepung is one of Lhasa's two great Gelugpa monasteries, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The 'Buddhism Scriptures Debating' in Sera is very famous.



Day 11: Leave Lhasa

Take flight to leave Lhasa, tour ends.



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