18 Days Tour to Mt. Everest by Qinghai-Tibet Train

Beijing, Xian, Xining, Lhasa, Shigatse, Tingri, Mt. Everest, Shanghai

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Tour Code: TCT-Tibet-11

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

  Well-designed privte China tour to Mt. Everest
  Visit the must-see wonders in most famous destinations
  Experience the Qinghai-Tibet train From Xining to Lhasa
  Impressed by the myterious culture and highland natural view of Tibet
  Visit the Everest Base Camp, the very beginning for every climber
  Inspired by the spirit of the highest mountain climbers' footprints
 

Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November. p.s. July and August will be the best months for a tour to Qinghai Lake, Xining.

Price from $ 3465

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Day 1Arrival Beijing
Be transferred to the hotel

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be met at the airport (Beijing Capital International Airport) by tour guide and transferred to your comfortable hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square

Day 2Beijing
Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing

Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tiananmen Square (40min) - the World's largest urban square, and the Forbidden City (2.5 - 3 hours) - the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then visit the Temple of Heaven (1 hour) in the afternoon. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City

Day 3Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park (Bird Nest, Water Cube)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Beijing

In the morning, you will be transferred to the famous Great Wall part - Mutianyu Great Wall (including round cable car and scenic shuttle bus), the most popular part among foreign visitors. And then, drive back to the downtown for a short visit to see the exterior Bird Nest and Water Cube (about 1 hour) - the amazing architectures that built for Beijing Olympic Games. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Beijing Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 4Beijing-Xian
Hutong Tour by rickshaw, Summer Palace, High speed train to Xian

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

After breakfast, taking a relaxing Hutong Tour by rickshaw (Short route) - the way to know the Beijing local lifestyle. And then, visit Summer Palace - the most famous imperial palace as Emperor’s summer resort in China. After the tour, be transferred to the railway station to take a high speed train for Xian.

Summer Palace
Summer Palace

Day 5Xian
Terracotta Warriors, outside view of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xian

Ample time will be provided for visits to Terracotta Warriors (2.5 - 3 hours) - one of the world's most important archaeological finds, with troops, horses and carriages in battle formation. After lunch near the Terracotta Warriors area, drive back to the downtown for a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda from the outside - the site of the old Han and Tang capital Chang'an. After that, continue to visit the Xian City Wall (1 hour) - represents one of the oldest and best preserved Chinese city walls. After that, You could choose to walk around Muselim street on your own. Then drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Qin Terracotta Army
Qin Terracotta Warriors

Day 6Xian - Xining
Shaanxi History Museum , Flight to Xining

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xining

Finish up your Xian tour by visiting the famous Shaanxi History Museum (2 hours) - one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China. After lunch, you will be transferred to the airport for a 1.5 hours flight to Xining (2261m), one of the major gateways to the Tibetan Plateau. Your Xining tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to check in the hotel. After that, have a rest of this day.

Shaanxi History Museum
Shaanxi History Museum

Day 7Xining
Qinghai Lake, Sun & Moon Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Xining

After breakfast, you will start your tour to Qinghai Lake (including scenic shuttle bus and lake cruising, average 3,200m /10,500ft above sea level). After 2.5 hours driving, you will reach this largest inland and salty lake of China. During the way, you can have a short stop at the Sun & Moon Mountain (ticket excluded) site - a natural boundary of the Loess Plateau and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. In the late afternoon, be transferred back to Xining.

Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake

Day 8Xining - Lhasa
Taer Monastery, Train to Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: On the train

Today, you will first take a 0.5 hour driving to Ta’er Monastery (2 hours) - one of the six grandest monasteries of Tibetan Dge Lugs School, for your half day religious tour there. After lunch and free at the leisure till be transferred to Xining train station for your overnight train to Lhasa.

Tips:
1) Duration of Xining - Lhasa overnight train: around 24 hrs both K train and T train
2) Click
Train to Tibet for further information about that

Taer Monastery
Ta’er Monastery

Day 9Lhasa
Arrival Lhasa in the afternoon

Meals: No meal
Recommended Hotel: In Lhasa

It will be a tired day because you need to stay on the train for more than half of this day. After arrival Lhasa (altitude: 3600m) in the afternoon or evening, your Lhasa tour guide will wait for you at the train station. Be transferred to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

Tips: How to prepare for the high altitude sickness can be found in High Altitude Sickness Tips

Qinghai Tibet Rail
Train to Lhasa

Day 10Lhasa
Potala Palace, Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lhasa

Taking a visit to Lhasa, a trip to Potala Palace (1 hours) - largest monastery of its type in the world and official home to Dalai Lama. When finished lunch, move to Jokhang Monastery (1 hour) - where monks receive their official training and education. The surrounding Jokang Monastery of is Barkhor Street (1 hour) - afford us a window into Tibetan culture and an opportunity to buy colorful ethnic handicrafts rarely seen outside of Tibet. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 11Lhasa
Tibet Museum, Norbulingka, Sera Monastery

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lhasa

After breakfast, enjoy your one day city tour today that starts with a visit to Tibet Museum (1 hours) - the first modern museum in Tibet. Drive back to the downtown and have the lunch, then continue your tour to Norbulingka Park (1 hour) - a traditional summer palace and residence starting with the 7th Dalai Lama. After that, pay a visit to Sera Monastery (1.5 hours) - to see a monks debating inside the shady courtyard behind the main temple. After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery Monks Debating

Day 12Lhasa - Gyangtse - Shigatse
Yamdrok Lake, Coach to Gyangtse, Pelkor Chode Monastery, Private Vehicle to Shigatse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shigatse

Today, you will drive to Shigatse in the morning. On the way, you can take a short stop at the pure blue Yamdrok Lake (30 min) - one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. And continue to drive to Gyangtse Pelkor Chode Monastery (4000m)- with its unique structure at the foot of Dzong Hill. Then continue your driving to Shigatse. When arrival Shigatse downtown(3836m), have rest of this day in your hotel.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

Day 13Shigatse - Tingri
Tashilhumpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery,?Private Vehicle?to Tingri

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Tingri

In the morning, you will enjoy a visiting to famous Tashilumpu Monastery - one of the six big monasteries in Tibet which is the seat of the Panchen Lama. After that, drive to visit Sakya Monastery - the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. And then, continue your driving to Tingri (4300m). You will arrival Tingri around the evening. Stay overnight at Tingri. Even though the hotel is simple, the people are very friendly.

Tips: The accommodation in Tingri is simple and crude equipment, may be in a guesthouse standard. No enough warm water to supply when accommodation.

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilumpu Monastery

Day 14Tingri - Mt. Everest Base Camp - Shigatse
Base Camp of Mt. Everest,?Private Vehicle?to Shigatse

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shigatse

Today, you will need to get up early, generally between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. for catching a picture of the sunrise of Mt. Everest. After a bout 3.5 hours driving on the bumpy road, you will arrival the Base Camp of Mt. Everest (5200m) in the morning. Stay for a while to appreciating this holy mountain. And then, drive back to Shigatse. It will be a driving day with about 8.5 hours on the road. Stay overnight at Shigatse.

Tips:
1) Tingri - Mt. Everest Base Camp: 115km, 3.5 hours driving
2) Mt. Everest Base Camp - Shigatse downtown: 340km, 8.5 hours driving

Base Camp of Mt. Everest
Base Camp of Mt. Everest

Day 15Shigatse - Lhasa
Private Vehicle Back to Lhasa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Lhasa

After one night rest, be transferred back to Lhasa in the morning. But this time, you will go another way that drive along Yurlong Tsangpu River. So you will have the chance to enjoy the different view out of the window. Lunch will be served on the way.

Tips: Shigatse downtown - Lhasa downtown: 265km, 5 hours driving

Shigatse City View
Shigatse City View

Day 16Lhasa - Shanghai
Flight to Shanghai

Meals: Breakfast
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai

Feel free in this day till be transferred to the airport for a 3-hour flight to Shanghai. Upon the arrival, your Shanghai tour guide will wait for you at the airport and help you to check in the hotel.

Shanghai City View
Shanghai City View

Day 17Shanghai
Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao, Shanghai World Financial Center, Nanjing Road, The Bund

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Recommended Hotel: In Shanghai

Today, enjoy your full day city tour that start with the visit to the Jade Buddha Temple (1 hour) - famous for the seated Buddha, encrusted with jewels, which is said to weigh 1,000 kg. And then, go to Yuyuan Garden (1 hour) - a Chinese classic garden in city downtown. Then visit the nearby Chenghuangmiao Old Street (1 hour). After lunch time, continue to have a bird-eye view of the city after ascending Shanghai’s new landmark- Shanghai World Financial Center (1 hour, 94th - 100th floors). After that, have a nice walk along the Bund (30 min) - famous as a group of building known as "a Gallery of world architecture". After that, drive back to your hotel and free of the rest time.

Shanghai Chenghuangmiao Old Street
Chenghuangmiao (Old Street)

Day 18Departure Shanghai
Be transferred to the airport

Meals: Breakfast

Feel free at leisure till be transferred to the airport.

Service Ends

Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $5334 $5500
6 ~ 9 pax $3465 $3630
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $5484 $5804
6 ~ 9 pax $3614 $3934
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $5864 $6372
6 ~ 9 pax $3995 $4503
Price includes:

♦ Domestic flight or high-speed train as specified
♦ Private transfer between the airport or railway station, attractions, and hotels
♦ Private licensed English-speaking guide and driver service
♦ Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast on sharing basis
♦ All attraction entrance fees as specified
♦ Meals mentioned in the itinerary, Chinese local food
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
♦Tibet Permit

Price excludes:

* International Air tickets or Train Tickets to enter or leave China
* Tips to your tour guide and driver on your own discretion
* China Entry Visa Fees
* Personal expenses
* Optional tours, meals, activities and services


Remarks:

※ Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2020 to Feb 28, 2021, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※ TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※ No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※ Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※ Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※ TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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5.0

574george

5.0

In April we had the pleasure of having Juli Liu as a tour guide for three days in Guilin China and the sourronding area. She speaks very good English. Is very friendly, knowledeable,and has a good sense of humor. She asked what we wanted to do and see and made suggestions of things she felt we might enjoy. She took us on a Li River day trip is not to be missed. She advised us on shopping and other things to do on our own. She did not rush us or try to push us to go to certain sights or stores. She stayed with us each day from early morning to what ever time we wanted. She even took us to an evening event after spending a full day showing us around. She also advised us on places to eat. We enjoyed her so much we wished we had allowed more time in Guilian. We plan on return to Guilian and will use Juli again.
Mishki_12

5.0

We used Top China Travel for planning our trip from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Bonnie from TCT was our contact person. She was very helpful, corresponded with us by email before our trip and was extremely responsive and flexible, trying to accommodate our interests. . Every aspect of the trip was well planned and organized. She purchased our tickets on the bullet train, reserved our hotel in Hangzhou (hotel Shangri-La), arranged for airport transfer, and excellent private guide in Hangzhou and Shanghai. We highly recommend TCT for visiting China. Thank you Bonnie.
Avani S

5.0

We were apprehensive of booking the trip to china through a travel agency in China. But we found Maggie, our travel co-ordinator to be extremely helpful n co-operative. We had arranged for a 12 day private tour of Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Hong Kong. The tour guides and drivers were good. Especially in Beijing, we had Annie as our guide. And she was so friendly, flexible and knowledgeable.We really enjoyed her company. In Xian, we had Sherry who was also gud enough. In Shanghai, we had Nathan who was good but Annie had set our expectations higher. We had asked for Indian Vegetarian food for lunch everywhere and we really surprised by the good Indian food available there. Hotel Novotel Beijing, Skytel in Xian, Sunrise on the Bund in Shanghai & Park hotel in Hong Kong were all very gud. Specially in Shanghai n Hong Kong, there were better vegetarian options in breakfast. Overall we had a wonderful stress-free trip to China and we wud surely recommend TCT to others.
JrnyJunkie

5.0

The views are stunning and the boat that we were on had VIP seating for just our group with a private balcony to view the river.
Cruiser794284

5.0

I took the one day cruise tour and it was fabulous. The view is very good and the service provided by the travel agency is also accepted. I highly recommend this tour for all of you.
Patricia S

5.0

We only had a few days to get a taste of China and we couldn't be happier. We visited Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. In each city our guide had exceptional local knowledge. Our tour was not set in stone with the guides flexible to suit the needs of the group. We not only saw the sites but gained in depth knowledge about them. The drivers were amazing, negotiating the hectic traffic conditions we felt very safe in their care. The guides take a personal interest in their group and look after their every need. I booked the trip over the net and had fantastic communication from start to finish. TCT is great!
Pouchet

5.0

TCT provided us with EXCELLENT Guides and Drivers. Very attentive to meeting our requirements. In fact all of the arrangements and organization, more than met our requirements. The highlights for us were our visits to the Stone Forest and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. At the Stone Forest, we benefited from having a knowledgeable guide (Shirley) - she was able to let us see all of its beauty but still avoid the crowds. The Jade Mountain was the highest elevation that we have ever been - over 14000 ft. This is the time of the year to there - 50 F and sunshine. Also thrilling was going through the cloud bank before completing the cable car ride. As far as we could tell, the Minority people's (all over Yunnan) were living harmonious lives. All in all - a wonderful trip.
Kmayer14

5.0

Our private tour guide, Jason, picked us up at our hotel and took us to the pier outside of Guilin where we boarded our boat for a cruise down the Li River to Yangshuo. The experience was amazing!! The views were stunning, breathtaking... whichever word you want to use, but I can see why many claim this is the most beautiful region of China. And Jason was so warm, welcoming and accommodating. We learned so much about him, where he's from and the culture in southwest China. It was a great day and an experience I would highly recommend if you're visiting this part of China. We're so thankful Lily at Top China Travel helped us plan this awesome day trip!!
bjsDenverCO

5.0

We had little time to plan this trip to China and decided a private tour was best for the short time we had available. We really enjoyed the tour 4.5 days in Beijing and 1.5 days in Shanghai. We saw all the highlights, but more importantly our guides talked to us about the people, the culture, the society, etc. We felt very immersed in what we were learning and seeing for those days. The guides were flexible, changing the schedule to accomodate visiting the Great Wall of China on a sunny day. Our hotels were all very nice, and we enjoyed having a driver drop us off right at the entrance to the places we were visiting and picking us up right when we were done. It enabled us to see quite alot in a short amount of time. We enjoyed the one on one contact with our guides (Cathy in Beijing and Sophie in Shanghai.)
Karan J

5.0

From the 1st point of contact till the end Joyce was great and helped plan a perfect trip which I was for a short time in Beijing. I was traveling alone and was recommended to join a small group of fellow travelers which was perfect. Great tour guide with a clean bus. Pick up on time and overall a great experience.
Ruth288

5.0

The 8 of us just returned from an amazing trip to Beijing, Xi’an, Lhasa, Chengdu and Shanghai. I must admit we were a bit nervous, organizing the trip from afar. However Lily Li from TCT was in constant communication with me, answering all my queries with professionalism. We had exceptional tour guides and drivers all the way. The service ran like clockwork yet allowed flexibility in what we wanted. We are thrilled with our experience and will not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who are looking for small group tour, flexibility and good value for money. Thank you Lily from TCT.
ourview_11

5.0

From the first email to Top China Travel with Joyce to our wonderful Tour Guide Linda and our driver I can not say more happily what a wonderful trip we have had. Linda was very Kind and very informative with all your tours. The vehicle used was at very high standard and the Driver very safe. We had a private Tour for myself and my Husband we would totally recommend this company.
fweinhappl

5.0

The professional service and arrangements exceeded our expectations. Although we travelled during Chinese autumn holiday and places were crowded, the tour was very pleasant and very well organized. As a Swiss living and working in China, I am very impressed by the diversity and beauty of this country. We have booked several tours with Top China Travel Guilin Tracy (Xi'an, Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou, Huanlong, Zhangjiejie, Guilin) and everything went very smooth from the beginning to the end of our journey. The places we have visited were all super nice and people super friendly.
catebeai

5.0

Today we had a great day. We went to the Great Wall. Walked about 1 kilometer of the 8000. We went to a Jade warehouse. We had a great lunch there. We then went to the summer palace and enjoyed the views. We ended our day with a tour of Hutong. We had a fabulous dinner in the home of Mrs. Fan. So far our driver (Mr. Luo)and Dream have been wonderful. Five stars.
Hayley131

5.0

My parents and I used top China travel for ten days across China, they were excellent to deal with. The Guilin trip was amazing, such wonderful place I highly recommend it to everyone. our guide was very helpful and went well beyond expectations to make sure we were comfortable and got to see all the things we wanted to. Thank you very much :-)
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