Mystic West China Package

Tibet, the mystical land of mountains, monks and spirituality, lies along the Himalayas (literally, abode of the snow). Tibet is home to some of the world's tallest mountains - Mount Everest at 8,848 metres is the highest mountain on earth! Several major rivers also have their source in the Tibetan Plateau. These include Yangtze, Yellow River, Indus River, Mekong, Ganges, Salween and the Yarlung Tsangpo River. The Yarlung Tsangpo Grand Canyon, along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, is among the deepest and longest canyons in the world.

It is said that some come to Tibet for the scenery. Some for the majestic Mount Everest. Some come there for the wisdom of the Buddha. Some come there in search of peace. Some to meditate and discover their true self. However, nobody leaves Tibet empty handed!

Our Tibet package takes you through this “Land of the Gods”, starts in Xining and covers Xining, Lhasa, Shigatse and ends in Lhasa. The package include a trip by the Qinghai-Tibet railway that stretches from the ancient city of Xining in Qingha Province to Lhasa. This is the highest-altitude railway ever constructed. It traverses unbelievably harsh terrain and utilizes some of the most complex technology available – making it a the first and only railroad of this nature in the entire world!

Day 1, 2 Arrive in Xining, visit local attractions and the Qinghai lake
Day 3 One day on the Qinghai-Tibet train from Xining to Lhasa
Day 4, 5 Stay in Lhasa. Visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street and Drepung monastery
Day 6, 7 Travel to Shigatse. Stay and visit local attractions
Day 8 Back to Lhasa
Day 9 After a relaxed breakfast, depart to your destination

If you would like to arrive and depart from the same city or cannot travel high altitude by train (some travelers may require supplemental oxygen), please let us know ahead of time.

All our packages include pick up and drop from airports, 4 star hotels, local travel by bus or taxi, complimentary breakfast and a traditional Chinese lunch. An English speaking guide will accompany you throughout your travels! The price does not include dinner and tickets to local attractions.

Xinning

Known as China's Summer Capital, Xining, offers awe inspiring landscapes and a salubrious climate! The scenery of the Qinghai Lake, situated within Xining, is almost surreal. The Bird Island, situated on the northwest of Qinghai Lake, is home to several exotic species of birds and is every bird watcher’s dream!

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Qinghai-Tibet Railway

The Qinghai-Tibet Railway stretches from the city of Xining to Lhasa. This stretch holds claim to being the highest altitude railway ever constructed! It winds through unbelievably harsh terrain with extreme weather changes and utilized some of the most complex technology available to overcome constructional challenges never encountered before in the history of railroads!!

The train travels through dramatic landscapes and crosses the fertile plains of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lantsang River, Qaidam's Qarham Lake (Asia's largest salt lake which has the world's longest salt bridge), the Kunlun Mountains (a prominent pilgrimage site for Buddhists) and Hoh Xil Nature reserve (home to the Tibetan antelope, wild yak and Tibetan wild donkey).

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Lhasa

Lhasa, which means "Land of the Gods", is the heart of Tibet. Over 1,300 years old, it sits in a valley right next to the Lhasa River. In the old quarters near Barkhor are still homes drawn from its Buddhist past.

The Eastern end of Lhasa is home to monasteries and one can still find many monks, draped in traditionally dresses spinning a prayer wheel and engaged on a kora (a journey around a Buddhist shrine).

Tour of Lhasa, Tibet

The Drepung Monastery in Lhasa, one of the 'Three Great Monasteries' (the other two being Ganden Monastery and the Sera Monastery), is considered the most important monastery in Tibetan Buddhism. Covering an area of 250,000 square meters, it held 7700 monks at its peak and is still the largest monastery of its kind. Seen from afar, its grand, white construction gives the monastery the appearance of a heap of rice, from which it derives its name.

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Shigatse

Shigatse is an ancient city in Tibet, with a recorded history of over 1000 years. South of the city lies the Tashilhunpo Lamasery, one of the four lamaseries of the Galu sect of Lamaism and the residence of the Panchan Lama for long. Lying in the shadows of the Nima Mountain, Shigatse, with an average elevation of 3,850 meters, is situated at the converging place of the Yarlung Zangbo River and the Nianchu River. With its well laid out roads and unique architecture, the city is the birthplace of the Banchen II, III & IV and the Dalai Lama II.

It is wet and warm in summer, while dry and cold in winter. There are about 130 days of sunshine, 120 frost free days and 120mm of rain every year.

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The Tibetan cuisine reflects its local climates and customs. Few crops grow at the high altitude that characterize Tibet. The most important crop is barley. Flour milled from roasted barley, called tsampa, is the staple food of Tibet. Milk, butter and cheese are a also a key part of the Tibetian cuisine.

Meat dishes are likely to be yak, goat, or mutton, often dried, or cooked in a spicy stew with potatoes. Mustard seed is cultivated in Tibet, and therefore features heavily in its cuisine.

One can find a variety of sweet dishes made from flour flavored sugar and combined with fruits or dried nuts. The food is traditionally served with bamboo chopsticks and a soup bowl.

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Mount Everest

(not included in package)

Mt. Everest, also called Mt. Qomolangma, is the highest peak in the world. The Tibetan name means 'Goddess the Third' and attributes mysterious characteristics and magical powers to the summit. Everest has intrigued all kinds of people since it was first discovered. Pilgrims trek long distances to offer prayers, climbing enthusiasts run great risks at high altitudes to reach the peak!



Package Price

Adult $1850
Children Not recommended on this package

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