Xining to Lhasa Overland via Qinghai (Kokonor Lake)

Covering a distance of 1937km and with an average altitude of over 4000 meters, Qinhai-Tibet Highway wriggles across Kunlun MountainQinghai Lake Pass (4837m) and

Tanggula Mountain Pass (55231m) on Qiangtang,which means Highland in the north, from north to south crossing Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

The waving asphalt road keeps vehicle riders on it the illusion that they are going into the sky due to the hogh topography and open wildness of grassland, saline,Gobi and so on.

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Day 01: Arrive in Xining
Fly to Xining from other city, met and transferred to hotel.

Day 02: Xining sightseeing
Drive 25km to Ta'er monastery (located in Huangzhong county), it is the biggest monastery in Qinghai(of Gelupa order) which was the birth place of Chongkhaba (founder of Gelupa). In Xining city, visit the Dongguan Muslim temple (one of the 4 most famous Muslim temple in China).

Day 03: Xining to Korkolor Lake (Qinghai Lake) to Dulan (326KM)
Climbing over the Sun - Moon mountain and drive past Daotanghe to get close to the Korkolor lake area, spending some time by the lake to enjoy the beauty of it, this lake is the biggest lake in Tibet -- Qinghai plateau and has a water area over 4500 square kms. In which are two famous islands' the Bird island and the Haixin island. In the late afternoon, arriving at Golmud, a big city on desert.

Day 04: Dulan to Golmud (360KM)
Driving across the dry, wide and flat Caidamu desert .The view along the road is similar. Golmud (2800m) is a new city and the biggest one in this desert. The Qinghai to Tibet highway passes through it. Around the city is flat and open area, there are little for visit. Golmud is now the construction site for the Golmud -- Lhasa railway project.

Day 05: Golmud to Tuotuoheyan (5000m) (410KM)
On the way there, through the 4780m -- high Kunlun pass (one pass of Mt. Kunlun ranges) and over Tsumar'er river and Tongtian river (tributes of the upper reach of yangtse river). 10km to the east of Kunlun pass is Yuzhufeng (Peak Yuzhu, 6178m), from April through to October is the nice season for mountaineering. Here is a nice equipped hospital. The impressive view here is to see the sunrise at the Tuotuohe bridge.

Day 06: Tuotuoheyan to Amdo to Nakchu (450KM)
90km to the west of Wenquan (160km to the south of Tuotuoheyan) is the road to Mt. Geladandong (6621m) where the yangtse river originates. Then drive over the Tangghula pass (5231m) to arrive at Amdo (4500m) and Nakchu (4500m) (155km between Amdo and Nakchu). The Sichuan - Tibet highway (by northern route) and Qinghai to Tibet highway meet here. At Nakchu, visit Xiaodeng monastery of Bon religion and the horse race festival (begins on 10th, August every year).

Day 07: Nakchu to Namtso lake (260KM) 
Namtso is the biggest lake in Tibet, and the second holiest lake in the pilgrims' hearts, its elevation is 4718m, beside it is grand Nyianchen Tanghula mountain, its peak (of 7162m) can be clearly viewed from the lakeside. Around the lake is huge and vast prairie.

Day 08: Namtso Lake to Lhasa (240KM)
Passing Yangbajing geothermos fields and the Duilong river to Lhasa. On the way (55km before Lhasa), go and visit the Ganden monastery (of KGelupa). Ganden monastery is the first monastery to Gelupa sect

Day 09: Lhasa sightseeing
In the morning, visit the grand -- looking Potala Palace, which was built in the 7th century for the King. In the afternoon, visit Jokhang temple and stroll in the famous local bazaar - Parkhor street.

Day 10: Lhasa sightseeing
Visit Tsepung monastery which is the biggest monastery in Tibet. Then visit Sera monastery and Norbulingka which can give you deep impression of Tibet arts and civilization.

Day 11: Lhasa to your destination by air/ or by rail
Take morning flight to your next stop; or send you to Lhas railway station, you take train to leave Tibet

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Van
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouse
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height:5231m
  • Start From: Xining
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Xining to Lhasa Overland map

 

Cost Include

  • All necessary permits
  • All monastery and monument entrance fees
  • Transportation by 4500 model luxury Japanese Land Cruiser
  • English speaking local Tibetan guide or Chinese Guide
  • Accomodation with daily breakfast
  • Experienced local Tibetan driver 

Cost Exclude:

  • Travel insuranceany air fare and train fare
  • China visa fee
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunch and dinner while in tour
  • Others which is not mentioned on the above included items

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Van
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouse
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height:5231m
  • Start From: Xining
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Xining to Lhasa Overland map

 

Additional Infos

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Van
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouse
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height:5231m
  • Start From: Xining
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Xining to Lhasa Overland map

 

Testimonials

Trip Facts

  • Total Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
  • Mode of Transport: Land Cruiser / Van
  • Accommodation: Hotel / Guesthouse
  • Trip Grade: Moderate
  • Max. Height:5231m
  • Start From: Xining
  • End To: Lhasa
  • Best Season: Summer / Spring / Automn

Trip Map

Xining to Lhasa Overland map

 

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