Road to Tibet 11 Days

$4,595.00

Tour Highlights:

  • Experience an unforgettable railway journey through the Qinghai to Tibet
  • Marvel at the enormous Qinghai Lake, the largest lake in China
  • Discover the spiritual city in Tibet, Lhasa
  • Immerse yourself in the sacred Tibetan culture with visits to intricate palaces, holy monasteries and religious temples

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

Date Price Per Person Single Supplement
18 Sep 2016

$5,999

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$700
23 Oct 2016
23 Apr 2017
21 May 2017

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class international airfares, taxes and fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne flying China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines or Air China (subject to availability)
  • Tibet entry permit
  • Internal airfares (operated by a local carrier)
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Daily meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Coach transportation
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Entrance fees to scenic attractions
  • English speaking tour guide(s)
  • Soft sleeper class train from Chongqing to Lhasa

Package Exclusions:

  • Tipping prepaid in Australia: $80
  • China visa application fees
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Accommodation

Chongqing Hilton Chongqing local rating or similar
Lhasa Express Soft sleeper class
Lhasa The Tibet Cang-gyan Lhasa Hotel local rating or similar
Shigatse VanRay International Resort local rating or similar
Chengdu Chengdu House International Hotel local rating or similar

Tibet Express – Facts and Records

  1. The Tibet train is the world`s highest railroad.
  2. The tracks consist of 960+km built across land 4,000m above sea level, with the highest point reaching 5,072m.
  3. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway is also the world`s longest plateau with a total mileage of 1,956km.
  4. The Tanggula Station, also known as Dangla, is the world’s highest railway station at 5,068m above sea level.
  5. The Fenghuoshan Tunnel is the highest tunnel in the world that is constructed over permafrost at 4,905m above sea level.
  6. The Kunlun Mountain Tunnel at 1,686m, is definitely the earth’s longest plateau tunnel built on permafrost.
  7. The maximum speed that the Tibet Train can reach is 100 km/h, in the permafrost areas, and 120 km/h on non-permafrost areas.
  8. The Kunlun Mountain Tunnel at 1,686m, is earth’s longest plateau tunnel built over permafrost.
  9. There are 45 stations along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway as of 2012.
  10. The railway is slated to be extended further into Tibet with construction already in progress.
  11. The average altitude along the Tibet railway is 4,600m with temperatures dipping down to -30C.
  12. The air oxygen content is half of what it is in lower sea level areas.
  13. The Amdo construction site is the highest railway construction base in the world at 4,704m above sea level.
  14. The Qingshuihe Bridge is the longest railway bridge on the Tibet railway line at 11.7km in length.
  15. The bridge is constructed over the Hoh Xil Nature Reserve which is at 4,600m above sea level.

Oxygen Supply on Tibet Train

Being warmly considerate on Oxygen supply, Tibet Train offers two sets of Oxygen supply system. One is used for increasing the oxygen content in the train when the train to Lhasa is driven into the plateau zone. The other is directly used by passengers through independent port. There are oxygen supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency.

When Tibet Train heads its way up to Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Zone, Oxygen begins to emit to the whole cabin by temperature and air pressure controlling system, it mostly release the difficulty of travelling on such a high altitude, like headache, out of breath inside Oxygen filled cabins. The altitude, temperature , driving speed are shown on each cabin as well.

Private Oxygen masks are provided to every passengers whatever tickets you have. In sleeping berth car, you can find Oxygen Supply tube and mask on each cabin for emergency.

The air pressure inside train is automatically controlled to make you feel as travelling in low altitude zone. More than these conveniences, the glass window of Tibet Train is designed to anti ultraviolet rays.

Supplementary Information

Different from travelling by air, Tibet Train does not provide luggage check-in service. All the luggage you take requires to be carried on by yourself, to put them on top luggage shelf, or under the bottom berth. There are some restrictions for carry-on luggage.

The soft sleeper class of the Tibet train is the most expensive ticket you can purchase. This class is also considered “first class”.There are 12 compartments with locking private doors. Each compartment has 4 beds and a small table.

There is a centre kitchen on each train, next to soft sleeping berth car to supply 3 meals a day for hundreds of passenger of the whole train. Attached to this kitchen, a restaurant for 40-50 passengers with widely widow review to outside is the favourite places for travellers, they enjoy the beautiful scenery along Qinghai Tibet Railway while having lunch or breakfast or dinner.Compared with narrow sleeping berth compartment, restaurant car is a comfortable place to see outside. Beyond lunch or dinnertime, you are required at least to buy a beer or a cup of tea to seat there, otherwise, you will be drive back to your compartment.

Board an overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Chongqing.
Upon arrival, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel. This evening you will be feast on sumptuous Sichuan cuisine.
Enjoy a short tour of the city’s historic sites, including the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, People’s Assembly Hall, and Hongya Cave. You will be transferred to the train terminal this afternoon for your 3 days 2 night Qinghai-Tibet Rail trip. The 40 hours trip is a great opportunity for the group to get to know each other. It is also fun trying to communicate with some of the locals on board. – The passenger carriages used on Lhasa trains are specially built and have an oxygen supply for each passenger. Every passenger train has a doctor.
The train will pass Xi’an, Lanzhou and Xining today. Qinghai Lake: The lake is about the size of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, though Qinghai Lake is not nearly as salty. Its waters support a variety of fish which, in turn, support a variety of birds – many of which call on Qinghai Lake during their bi-annual migrations. Commorants, gesse, cranes and swans are plentiful here. The summer months bring herds of yak. Over twenty rivers and streams flow into the lake but there’s no outflow; evaporation maintains its level.
The train will pass Golmud, Qaidam Basin, Tsonag Lake today. You train arrive this afternoon and you will be warmly greeted by our local tour guide. Golmud: The city’s economic mainstays are its burgeoning mineral, oil and chemical industries. But to the visitor Golmud’s main function is “transportation hub.” Through here funnels traffic from China’s eastern and northern cities to the lone highway (and now, the lone railroad) leading southwest to Lhasa. To many visitors passing through, Golmud’s surrounding landscape presents an almost lunar look; at an almost 10,000-foot elevation, the region is virtually treeless.
The first hint that you are entering the traditional capital of Tibet is the red and white Potala Palace, home to Tibet’s spiritual leaders – the Dalai Lamas since the 17th century. Then visit Tibet’s oldest temple, Jokhang Temple. Tibetan Buddhists aim to visit Lhasa as they are drawn by this sacred temple, which forms the heart of the Tibetan quarter. In the afternoon, explore the captivating neighbourhood, the Barkhor Street. It is a traditional shopping street situated in the centre of Lhasa and a place where Tibetan culture, economy religion and arts assemble.
This morning, travel by coach to Yamdrok Lake, also known as Yamdrok Yumtso, one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. The lake lies several hundred meters below the road, and in clear weather is fabulous shade of deep turquoise. Far in the distance is the huge massif of Mt. Nojin (7191m). The famous Kharola Glacier is below the south ridge of Nojin Kangsang. Then we visit the Palkhor Monastery, a huge temple with a unique history and a wealth of Buddhist art. It is notable for its superb Kumbum, the largest and spectacularly well preserved chorten in Tibet, crowned with a golden dome and still containing thousands of wonderful murals.
Visit the Tashilunpo Monastery. Tashilunpo means in Tibetan “all fortune and happiness gathered here”. The monastery is well known for its biggest gold-gilded sitting Buddha in Copper Amitabha. Travel back to Lhasa in the afternoon. On the way back, we will visit the Norbulingka, it was used as the Summer Palace for successive Lamas and it is now been turned into a park open for public.
Fly to Chengdu this morning. Upon arrival, explore the dynamic folk custom street Jin-Li, and experience the life style of Old Chengdu.
After breakfast, transfer to Chengdu airport to board your overnight connecting flight via an intermediate city to Australia. The trip may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a life time.
Arrive home this morning