11 Days Xining to Tibet Motorcycle Tour

11 Days Xining to Tibet Motorcycle Tour
Apr - OctBest Time
MediumTour Pace
5190mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Xining / Qinghai Lake / Golmud / Namtso / Lhasa
This extraordinary journey by motorbike brings you from Qinghai province to Tibet. Besides the Tibetan monasteries along the way, you will have opportunities to enjoy the natural landscapes: snow-covered mountains, crystal clear highland lakes, grasslands, emerald-green forests, peculiar plants and rare wild animals across the Qinghai-Tibet plateau.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
D1: Arrive in Xining
D2: Xining / Qinghai Lake
D3: Qinghai Lake / Chaka
D4-7: Chaka / Namtso Lake
D8: Namtso Lake / Lhasa
D9-10: Lhasa Sightseeing
D11: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Xining

Upon your arrival in Xining, our guide will meet you at the airport or train station, then transfer you to the hotel for a short break. You may rest or explore freely in the city for the rest of the day. Xining is also called “summer resort of China”, the altitude in Xining is about 2260m, make sure to take enough rest so that to get used to the altitude ASAP. Stay overnight in Xining.

Day 2 Xining to Qinghai Lake (159km)

Today we will pay a visit to Ta’er Monastery. It is the most important Monastery in Xi’ning, named from the Great Temple of Golden Tile, one dedicated to Zongkaba. The temple is actually comprised of several temples, halls for scripture, Buddhist pagodas and monks' dormitory, and incorporates both Tibetan and Han architectural styles. Later driving to Qinghai Lake by crossing Sun & Moon Mountain (With an altitude of 3520 meters, it is the exact route taken by Princess Wencheng and Songtsen Gampo in Tang dynasty when they married , since when numerous passersby would go there and trace the way.). Qinghai Lake means “Blue sea” in Chinese, and the biggest inland saltwater lake. The vast beautiful lake surrounded by snow-capped mountains and nature pasture, the grazing cows and sheep crowds are like clouds moving on the green grassland. Stay overnight at Qinghai Lake.

Ta’er Monastery
Ta’er Monastery
Sun & Moon Mountain
Sun & Moon Mountain

Day 3 Qinghai Lake / Chaka (200km)

Say goodbye to the incredibly stunning sunrise at Qinghai Lake, take last glance at the ripples stretching far across the lake,mountains in the distance, our next stop is the Chaka Salt Lake. (Noted for its natural crystal salt, the lake is extracted as far back to 1763A.D and has a history of over 230 years so far). Stay overnight at Chaka Salt Lake.

Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake
Chaka Salt Lake
Chaka Salt Lake

Day 4 Chaka / Golmud (515.5km)

Driving to Golmud from Chaka, it is a city in the desert, that’s why its called Treasure bowl. The Gobi sight is quite visual impact, you will not forget the magnificent beauty of the oasis in the desert. The altitude at Golmud is 2780m. the name of Golmud is from Mongolia, means a place with interlace rivers. Stay overnight at Golmud.

View along the way
View along the way
City of Golmud
City of Golmud

Day 5 Golmud / Tuotuoheyan (420km)

After Breakfast, begins our tour to the mouth of Mt Kunlun along the highest altitude road in the world. Take a drive through the vast wilderness and Tsaidam meadow on the Tibet-Qinghai-Plateau. You can also see numerous hills rising one upon another, snowy peaks towering into the sky, and a vast expanse of grassland This journey moves along the road that lies at the foot of the Kunlun Mountain. Move upwards through a steep valley to cross over the 4.837- meters-high Kunlun Pass. After that you pass by the First Bridge over the Yangtze River and finally reach Tuotuoheyan (located in head stream of Yangtze River). Stay overnight in Local Guest House.

Kunlun Mountain
Kunlun Mountain
Tuotuo River
Tuotuo River

Day 6 Tuotuoheyan / Naqu (430km)

Today we are crossing the Mt. Tangula, it is also the dividing ridge of Qinghai and Tibet. Take a look from the instance, you can find it proves itself as the mount in the plateau with icy peaks and snow ridges surrounded , the source of the first river of the Yangtze River (Tuotuo River). The environment is in harmony with local animals like eagles, sheep, cattle and yaks along with the snow-capped mountains and tents belonging to Tibetan farmers. Stay overnight at Local Guest House.

Tangula Mountain Pass
Tangula Mountain Pass
Tibetan Antelope
Tibetan Antelope

Day 7 Naqu-Namtso (390km)

Today, you will drive to Namtso Lake, the highest altitude holy lake in the world by crossing immense northern Tibet Qiangtang Grassland. If you are coming during summer time, you can have close contact with the Tibetan Nomad like visiting their tents and sharing fresh yak milk, the changeable plateau climate would give you the real feeling of reaching to the Third pole of the world. (Notice, the nomad visit is only available at summer time from June to August). Namtso Lake is the Heavenly Lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake, where blue water and sky blend into one harmonious whole, do a relax trek around the lake side and Tashi Island. Stay overnight at Lake Shore Guest House, dorm bed.

Qiangtang Grassland
Qiangtang Grassland
Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake

Day 8 Namtso / Yangpachen hot spring / Lhasa (220km)

Get up early, enjoy the clear morning and do not miss the sunrise at Namtso Lake. Farewell to the Odd-shaped rocks in Tashi Island, southern lake, and meditation caves with numerous legends. We are driving to Dumxung to have lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit Yangpachen hot spring which is noted for its highest geothermal power plant in the world on the way back to Lhasa [optional]. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Tashi Island
Tashi Island
Yangpachen hot spring
Yangpachen hot spring

Day 9 Lhasa Sightseeing

Potala Palace, considered as the pearl of world roof, is the landmark of Lhasa and is also considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In November 2000,the UNESCO put the Potala Palace architecture group into the world heritage list. In the afternoon, tourists will visit Johkang Temple, built during songtsen Gonpo's reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty. The highlight in Jokhang is the sacred goat head in the Jampa chapel which is believed to be 'self-arisen' i.e. not manmade. And finish the day by taking a Kora around the Barkhor Street. Test your bartering skills with the locals in this push-and-shove economy. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street

Day 10 Lhasa Sightseeing

Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. The Monastery is about 8km west of central Lhasa. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre during fifth Dalai Lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth Dalai Lama. Enjoy the walk up the hill, you can have a great view of the whole Lhasa city.

Then visit the Nechung monastery located 1km southeast of Drepung and is the abode of the protector deity pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet. In the afternoon explore the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. It is another great Gelupa Monastery in Lhasa city. Here you could see the famous “ Buddhism Scriptures Debating” in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 11 Leave Lhasa for your next destination

If you are not visiting other parts of Tibet like Shigtse, Tsedang, and Everest Base Camp etc. Then it is time to shop some souvenirs for your families and friends, say goodbye to the friendly Tibetans with their prayer wheels in hands. We will drop you to the airport or train station for your next destination. But if you want to other parts of Tibet, please feel free to let us know. we have lots of choices that can take you to see different and more about Tibet.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Government paper works: tourism bureau, transportation, police, custom, etc.
The temporal driving license and driving plate of the car in China (We only provide one free temporal driving license, and there will be $75 / person fee for extra driving license.)
Twin-sharing / double room hotel in cities; guesthouse at remote areas
Good English-speaking guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary except the optionals
Vehicle Insurance of the accident
All necessary travel permits
Government tax
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Vehicle: can be your own car or you can rent in China
Oil, vehicle maintenance, toll gate fees, parking fees
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Personal expenses: laundry, drinks, etc.
Tips for guide and driver
Tour FAQs

※What is a Private Tour?

A Private Tour Package means you will have your own private guide, driver, and vehicle for your own disposal. You don't have to share the vehicle with others even if you are a single traveler. You would have full attention of your guide and driver. Our professional guide would love to share local culture, knowledge and stories.

Your private guide would also help you make an easier, comfortable, flexible and enjoyable tour. You can stop on the road to get a rest or take pictures during the drive. You have the flexibility of changing the visiting order of attractions or extending the visiting time at some tourist sites.

We will arrange the private airport or train station pick-up and see-off for you. Upon your arrival, you can find our guide waiting at the pick-up area, holding a name sign, welcome you with a warm smile. You will be transferred to hotel.

When traveling with your family or friends, a private tour would be your first choice.

※Accommodation Choices

For private tour, we can arrange hotels according to your requirements. There are options of budget guesthouse, 3 star hotel, 4 star hotel, high-end luxury hotel or bouquet heritage hotel. If you have your own preferred hotel, just let us know, we will help you with the booking, everything would be arranged as per your interests.

※Meal Choices

Our tour packages generally include breakfasts. Meanwhile, lunches and dinners are optional to be arranged either by yourself or by us.

It’s easy to find nice restaurants in China, and you could also ask for suggestions from your guide. They always know where you can find something tasty.

The price would be different according to different food:

1. If you choose noodles, around RMB 15-30 per person.

2. If you like some fast food like KFC, around RMB 25-40 per person.

3. If you prefer some food at a decent restaurant, around RMB 70-150 per person.

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Client Feedback

From Mrs. Florentina Gadau From Mrs. Florentina Gadau
GTT-V-3026, 28-05-2019

Hello Violet, We arrived home safe and happy. The experience in Tibet was wonderful. Thank you for your professionalism and way of organizing our trip. Kind regards, Florentina

From Ms. Florencia  Marino From Ms. Florencia Marino
GTT-V-3074, 28-05-2019

Hi Violet, how are you? We were most impressed with all you assistance before the trip. You did am amazing job, replying always on time and providing all the information needed, so thank you very much!!