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Qinghai + Tibet

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2024
Qinghai Lake, Qinghai–Tibet railway, Lhasa, Shigatse

Journey to the Mother Goddess

In lofty realms where heavens meet the Earth,
There stands a peak that claims the sky's rebirth.
At dawn's first blush, your crown gleams gold,
A shimmering jewel, an allure untold.
Mount Everest, majestic, in Tibet's embrace,
A testament to nature's sovereign grace.

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Highlights

  • Xining | To ease into our acclimation to high altitude, we begin our tour in the city of Xining (8000ft above sea level)
    • Start acclimation with slow exploration of Qinghai, China's largest lake 
    • Tour the 2000-feet-long Thangka scroll to for an introduction to Tibetan history and humanities
  • Take the Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Tibet, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. See four seasons in one train ride to the roof of the world
  • Tibet | From Lhasa, spiritual and political capital of Tibet, journey to must-see highlights
    • Potala Palace: To properly appreciate the world's highest ancient palace, enjoy a variety of experiences: tour the residences, night view tour, and a panoramic view from our hotel lobby
    • Holy Places of Faith: Visit the Old Town of Lhasa, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street to find the true holy places in the hearts of Tibetan believers. Admire the immense spirituality and devotion of Tibetans on pilgrimage.
    • Lama Debates: Visit Sera Monastery to marvel at the wonderful debates of Tibetan monks and see the unique practice culture of Tibetan Buddhism.
    • Norbulingka: Take a glimpse of the Dalai Lama's summer residence and walk through the beauty of the Tibetan garden Norbulingka

 

Special hotel highlights

  • Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa Stay in specially-arranged rooms with a direct view of Potala Palace

Itinerary

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Xinning Caojiabao International Airport (XNN) 2
22 mi
, 40 mins

Xining downtown
Welcome to ! For guests within our pickup timeframe, a Supera representative will greet you at the arrival airport. Have a wonderful journey with us!
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Sofitel Xining
Xining 2
125 mi
, 3 hrs

Qinghai Lake 2
125 mi
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Xining
Strolling around serenity lake, immerse the peaceful landscape.
Strolling around serenity lake, immerse the peaceful landscape.
Enjoy scenery of Qinghai Lake
Enjoy scenery of Qinghai Lake
To help everyone acclimate more safely to high altitudes, our day of touring takes a comfortable pace. Enjoy the quiet beauty of the gateway to Tibet.
 
  • Qinghai Lake:
    Cruise the waters and walk the shores of Qinghai; feel the vastness and spiritual holiness of China's largest lake
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Viewing 2000-foot-long Thanga scroll
Viewing 2000-foot-long Thanga scroll
Heading to the dream land.
Heading to the dream land.
  • Tibetan Culture Museum:
    Start your journey into Tibet with a visit to the remarkable 2000-foot-long Thangka scroll where we can begin to understand the profound Tibetan culture and folk customs
  • Xining City Bus Tour:
    Tour the peace and quiet of downtown Xining and experience the multicultural atmosphere of the plateau city
  • Qinghai-Tibet Railway:
    The overnight train to Lhasa won't be the easiest, but it is an extraordinary adventure worthy of superlatives. Once considered "impossible to build" owing to its isolated wilderness, long distance, and inhospitable environment, the railway is a remarkable feat of human ingenuity and one of the most notable accomplishments of the 21st century. It holds several records: the world's highest railway, highest rail tunnel, and the longest bridge on permafrost. 

The journey from Xining to Lhasa is about 21 hours. To help our guests travel more comfortably, we arrange soft sleepers with 4 guests per room. Due to limited conditions onboard and difficulties in obtaining tickets, however,  it is possible that we share a room with other passengers.

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Encounter with beautiful highland
Encounter with beautiful highland
Crossing each wonderful and spectacular section.
Crossing each wonderful and spectacular section.

The Qinghai-Tibet train passes through stunning sections of landscape and wildlife ranging from snow-capped mountains to bright green plains (landscape seen during the day varies depending on train departure time, weather conditions, etc.):

  • Qinghai Section - See the mysterious "Lovers Lake" in the Qaidam/Tsaidam Basin
  • Kunlun Mountain Pass - Beautiful snow-capped mountains and harsh climate of the Hoh Xil plateau are untouched by man. Here, you can spot an occasional herd of yaks or antelope. 
  • Yangtze River Headwater - Tanggula Mountain Pass - Shining glaciers stand in stark contrast to shadowy glacial rock fragments. See the origins of the mighty Yangtze River and pass through Tanggula Station, the highest in the world (train does not stop)
  • Changtang Plateau - The most abundant natural grassland in Tibet, lush with wildlife and untouched vegetation
  • Nagqu to Lhasa Section - Majestic Samdain Kangsang Snow Mountain, the main peak of the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountains, the charming Lhasa River
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Norbulingka Palace
Norbulingka Palace
Unique public debates by Tibetan Buddhism.
Unique public debates by Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Norbulingka Palace:
    Visit the summer residence of the Dalai Lamas and home to the grandest gardens in Tibet.
  • Sera Monastery:
    One of the three main temples of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Don't miss the public debates here: the unique style is eye-opening!
  • Nightscape of Potala Palace:
    See unique angles of the Potala Palace from the best viewpoints including Palace Square and Yaowang Mountain.
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Tibetan's spiritual holy sanctuary, Potala Palace.
Tibetan's spiritual holy sanctuary, Potala Palace.
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
  • Potala Palace:
    Home of the Dalai Lama until 1959, the palace today remains a spiritual sanctuary and haven of art for Buddhists and tourists. Our tour of the palace is an immersive experience.
  • Jokhang Temple:
    The most sacred temple of Tibetan Buddhism. See Tibetans on pilgrimage and waiting for worship, and witness the power of piety.
  • Barkhor Street:
    Lhasa's primary market square is a great place to see Tibetan culture firsthand - browse local markets, tour the streets, or try yak butter tea in a local teahouse!
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Next Destination

(Guests on our 8-day tour return home today while guests on our 12-day tour continue to Mt. Everest base camp)

A great journey always feels short, let’s look forward to seeing each other again!
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  • Deposit:A deposit of per person is due within 5 days of reservation confirmation to secure your space on tour.
  • Balance:Due days before tour departure.
  • Flights:We are happy to arrange air tickets with the best balance between price and flight quality. If you are purchasing your own flights, please book flights scheduled to arrive/depart within the times listed below. If you are arriving/departing on the same day as our tour but outside timeframes, we may still be able to arrange service - please contact us for transfer options. Please be aware missed portions of the itinerary will not be refunded. Prior to issuing tickets, please reconfirm with us to avoid unexpected expenses.
        • Please review the Terms & Conditions before you book.
        • Is This Trip Right for Me?
          • Please see the Itinerary for activity levels and details.
          • Wheelchairs: Please understand some sites on this itinerary may not accessible and may need to be forfeit. A companion to help with the wheelchair must accompany the guest.
          • Age Limit: For quality concerns, guests should be 2 years or older to join this tour
          • Dietary Restrictions: Following our tradition of encouraging our guests to “savor the world,” we arrange delicious local menus, but many restaurants cannot meet custom preferences. If you have a serious meal restriction (i.e., fatal allergy, vegetarian, etc.), please let us know before booking and we can check if it can be accommodated.
          • Local Climate & Conditions:

            This is a very high altitude trip and it is important to take time to acclimate. From the moment you step on the Tibetan plateau, please remember: slow, slow, slow. Walk slowly, talk slowly, and breathe slowly. Mild headache, dizziness, vomiting, etc. are normal symptoms of high altitude; conditions will usually improve slowly over a few days. If symptoms become serious, please inform our guide immediately.
            *Before you leave, please consult your physician and prepare an appropriate prescription medication to alleviate possible reactions to high altitude, making your trip more enjoyable and exciting. Diamox pills are not commonly sold in Tibet.

        • Accommodations:
          • Most reserved rooms are TWIN (2 bed) rooms. Please let us know if you require a DOUBLE (1 large bed) for the entirety of the tour - we will try our best to accommodate. Otherwise, rooms will be TWIN (2 bed) rooms.
          • If you have special requirements, please inform us at time of booking so we may make arrangements as soon as possible.
          • For guest privacy and security considerations, we do not have single sharing arrangements.
        • Visas:
          • China visas are required for US/Canadian passport holders and not included in the tour fare. A separate Tibet Travel Permit is required to enter the region and we include this in our tour.
          • Please be aware once a visa is processed by Supera, we will not be able to provide a refund under any circumstances.
        • Passports:
          • Please provide a copy of your passport at sign up; we recommend having a copy of your passport with you in case of emergencies.
          • Your passport must have at least 6 months of validity remaining and two blank “Visa” pages.
        • Luggage Handling:
          • Domestic flights in China have a checked luggage limit of 44lbs (20kg) per person.
          • Luggage space is limited aboard the Qinghai-Tibet train. Large suitcases should not exceed 25in x 14in x 8in.
        • Flights and Luggage:
          • Some airlines charge a fee for pre-assigned seats. If so, we will let you know the details at time of booking.
          • If you are booking your own tickets, we recommend reserving at least 3 hours connecting time between international airports.
          • Luggage allowances will vary based on the rules for each airline. Excess baggage fees are the responsibility of the traveler.

        Stays of a Lifetime

        Don't be too tired to remember your trip!
        A hotel is not merely a place to rest your head. We hand-pick each one to give you comfort, great views, unique experiences, and above all, memorability. We carefully consider locations to let your mind, body, and spirit wander freely while feeling at home.


        Xining :

        Sofitel Xining

        The Sofitel Xining blends romantic style with elegance and is the only platinum five-star luxury hotel in Northwest China. From fresh floral arrangements in French style, French artwork to French music, the French art of living is combined with Chinese hospitality traditions to create a noble and elegant atmosphere.

        Deluxe Room    
        40 m² (431 ft²)
        120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        180 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
        Arranged with Deluxe Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 200 cm)

        Xining :

        Qingzang Railway

        The Tibet Train represents a remarkable achievement in engineering and has become an iconic symbol of human ingenuity and perseverance. It serves as a gateway to one of the most extraordinary and enchanting regions in the world, providing an unforgettable travel experience for all who embark on this extraordinary railway adventure.

        Our guests can enjoy soft sleepers with panoramic views from large windows, witnessing the awe-inspiring landscapes unfold before their eyes. The journey offers a chance to immerse oneself in the rich Tibetan culture, interact with the friendly locals, and gain a deeper appreciation for the region's unique way of life.

         

        Lhasa :

        Shangri-la Hotel Lhasa

        With its prime location in Lhasa, the Shangri-La Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city's cultural treasures, including the magnificent Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street. After a day of exploration, you can retreat to the hotel's serene ambiance and soak in the majestic beauty that surrounds you.

        Deluxe View Room    
        43 m² (463 ft²)
        120 x 200 cm * 2 Bed    
        180 x 200 cm * 1 Bed
        Arranged with Deluxe View Room + Rollaway Bed (100 x 200 cm)
        Ashley V.
        (03/20/2019) Ashley V.

        Lhadar was great & Vincent was amazing. Vincent's attitude was awesome & he went above and beyond to see our comfort as well as make our trip unforgettable. Lhadar was so good at explaining everything we saw & he answered all the questions we had along the way. This trip was really fantastic & I can't imagine another company doing it as well. I also appreciated all the small comforts along the way like masks, snacks, neck pillow, toilet liners, toilet paper, etc. It showed attention to detail that we would not have anticipated.

        Richard & Melinda S.
        (11/20/2019) Richard & Melinda S.

        We had a spectacular trip. It was a trip of a lifetime. Got to see Everest too (the clouds opened up just for us). Everything went really. We even handled the altitude with no issues. As usual, Super Value Tours did an amazing job (great guides, hotels, food, service, and itinerary). Thank you for all of your help to make this trip happen for us!

        Louis L.
        (02/16/2019) Louis L.

        Tutu, our tour manager for the Tibet Tour was exceptional. She was smart, efficient, organized, energetic but also warm and caring, cheerful, and unfailingly helpful... She was quite a special person.

        Before departure, learn more about altitude sickness, local customs and culture, and Tibet Travel. With these basic concepts in mind, you can quickly adapt to the local area, and you will definitely have a wonderful and unforgettable time!

        ◈ Information About Altitude Sickness

         

        Altitude sickness generally refers to the reaction of the human body in high altitude areas (8000-9000 ft above sea level). Because of low pressure, high radiation, lack of oxygen, high cold and other climate characteristics, each person may have different reactions. Common reactions are headaches, dizziness, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, exhaustion and weakness. Not to worry though, with proper preparation and precautions, these symptoms will gradually decrease or disappear after 1-2 days.

         

        Populations at higher risk of developing high-altitude disease

         

        Due to the special environment and the remoteness of most high-altitude areas, medical resources are less accessible. Those suffering from heart failurepulmonary hypertensionchronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), myocardial hypoxia (angina), sickle anemiaany type of pulmonary dysfunction and high-risk pregnant women should first consult a physician if high altitude activities are safe.

         

        Prevention and response to altitude sickness

         

         

        • Get plenty of rest to adjust your optimal condition When entering the plateau, strenuous, heavy physical strength and high oxygen consumption should be avoided, which will accelerate blood oxygen consumption and increase pulmonary artery pressure; It is recommended to allow the body to rest enough and gradually adapt. Sleep can be in a semi-recumbent position to reduce the burden on the heart and lungs.
        • Will I experience altitude sickness? If so, what should I do?
          Given the extreme altitude of the Tibetan plain, it's quite common for most travelers to experience mild altitude sickness. The best treatment for altitude sickness is to go slow and adjust with time. We design our tour to include time to acclimate at 8,000ft before ascending to higher elevations, but some guests may also feel more comfortable with preparing altitude sickness medicine such as Diamox in advance. Diamox requires a prescription, so please rememember to consult with your physician in advance.
        • Other prevention methods and concepts
          • Keep your body warm, low temperatures will increase pulmonary artery pressure, and try to avoid bathing when you first arrive at the plateau to avoid lack of blood oxygen.
          • Do not smoke, smoking reduces the amount of oxygen inhaled and increases pulmonary artery pressure.
          • Do not drink, take sedatives or sleeping pills, so as not to inhibit the respiratory center and hypoxia ventilation response, in addition, drinking alcohol and taking sedatives will also change the state of consciousness, easy to confuse with high-altitude cerebral edema symptoms.
          • In terms of diet, when you first enter Tibet, you should not overeat, eat more vitamin-rich foods such as vegetables and fruits, drink a lot of water, choose high-calorie and easily digestible foods, and eat more high-sugar, high-quality protein foods, which is conducive to overcoming the adverse effects of hypoxia. Avoid foods that produce gas (such as soybeans, carbonated drinks, etc.).
          • Altitude sickness is a reversible reaction, for people who live in the plateau for a short time or travel, after leaving the plateau, these discomforts will disappear on their own and will not cause damage to the body.

         

        ◈ Local customs and culture

         
        • When visiting Tibetan temples around the Buddha, you must travel in a clockwise direction. The prayer wheel must also follow a clockwise direction.
        • The heavenly burial process and the heavenly burial platform are sacred and off limits to visitors. Please do not enter the sky burial platform area.
        • Pointing is considered rude. If you are gesturing or calling attention to something, use your arm outstreched with an open palm instead of pointing. 
        • Tibetans strongly believe in the sanctity of nature and every mountain has a representative god. To show respect for the sacred mountains, please do not point when gesturing toward them.
        • By the same token, every lake is sacred. Avoid playing in water, which is considered blasphemous.
        • The prayer banner is a strip of cloth with a six-character mantra, which indicates where the gods are located. They should not be trampled on or mistreated.
        • If you encounter a monk or priest and would like to take a photo with them, it is polite to ask. Please avoid touching them when taking photos.
        • Temple visits should be quiet and photos should not be taken without consent. Buddha statues, scriptures and other artifacts should not be touched; please remove hats and sunglasses when entering the temple
        • When entering Tibetan temples avoid wearing revealing clothing such as backless or sleeveless tops, shorts or skirts above the knee, and open-toe shoes.
        • Tibetans sticking out their tongues is an act of humility and respect for each other, and clasping their hands together shows blessings to their guests.
        • Offering khata (Tibetan scarf) is the most common and solemn etiquette of the Tibetan people. When a Tibetan host presents a khata to the guest, the guest should bow down and gracefully accept.
        • Tibetans do not eat horse, donkey and dog meat, and in some areas, they do not eat fish.

         

        ◈ Travel in Tibet

         

         

        • What is the weather like in Tibet?
          Tibet's climate is dynamic, with a large temperature difference between day and night. The temperature in summer is about 75°F during the day and about 50°F at night. In winter, average temperatures are about 50°F during the day and below 30°F. Most activities are arranged during the day while the temperature is comfortable. Humidity is low, so using plenty of moisturizer is a good idea.

         

            • What kind of clothing is suitable for traveling in Tibet?
              UV light is quite strong in the day, so make sure to bring sunscreen, sun hats, and sunglasses. Short-sleeve T-shirts and shorts are not recommended. Bring warm all-weather or down jackets for the Everest area. Hiking shoes or sneakers are a must.

            • Is bathing in Tibet convenient?
              The hotels we have selected are equipped with hot water and private bathrooms. However, it is recommended not to shower often when first arriving in Lhasa to avoid catching a cold. Bathing while exhausted may aggravate altitude sickness. Once the body adapts to the higher altitude climate, showering is generally not a problem. Keep in mind the air in Tibet is very dry so many people can skip showering for 1-2 days without feeling uncomfortable.

         

            • Is it better to bring cash or credit card when traveling in Tibet?
              Tibet is quite safe and when traveling in the region, it is still more convenient to bring cash. Credit cards are not commonly accepted.

         

            • What are the unique foods in Tibet?
              Rice dumplings, yak butter tea, beef, Tibetan noodles, sweet tea, barley wine are all unique foods in Tibetan areas. If you want to get closer to the life of Tibetans, you may go to the local sweet tea house, try authentic Tibetan noodles, sweet tea, while feeling the rich atmosphere.

         

          • What souvenirs are worth buying in Tibet?
            Small trinkets such as yak bone bracelets, necklaces, and turquoise bracelets are excellent gift ideas. More valuable items include handmade Gyantse carpets, Medog stone pot, tapestries, Thankga, and Champlain wooden bowls. Tibetan medicines such as saffron, snow lotus, cordyceps are also a popular homeopathic specialty, but we do not recommend purchasing these items due to the possibility of fakes. Tibetan knives are currently a controlled item and cannot be brought back to your home country, so purchasing these are not recommended (please note: there is strict security in Tibet. Knives on planes and trains are strictly prohibited (including multifunction knives or fruit knives brought from home).