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Chengdu and Tibet Tours

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When you hear the word "Chengdu", the first thought should be an adorable giant panda and delicious hot pot. Since ancient times, it has been known as the "land of abundance". Here, you can enjoy a history of over 3,000 years, visit rich natural resources and historic sites, like the Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei, and savor tasty Sichuan Cuisine.

What's more, Chengdu is considered the most important and nearest gate of Tibet. If you choose to travel to Tibet from Chengdu, there're many flights to choose from. Every day from Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, there are around 10 flights to Lhasa, 3 flights to Nyingchi, and 2 flights to Chamdo. Also, you also can take the Chengdu-Lhasa train (Z322) for 36 hours and 18 minutes to enjoy the amazing scenery along with Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Meanwhile, you can adapt to the plateau climate and alleviate the possible altitude sickness.

Here We have designed some tours to incorporate Chengdu and Tibet, as below. They are all flexible and ready to be customized to meet your interests, schedule and budget.

Most Popular Chengdu to Tibet Tours

Chengdu-Lhasa train (No. T22/T23) is absolutely the great bridge connecting the east and west of China. It covers 3360km which is full of incredible views, such as the fruitful plain, snow-capped mountains, endless grassland, desolate desert, etc. After around 41:31 hours, you will finally arrive in Lhasa and start an essential sightseeing tour.
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Fly to Xining after visiting Chengdu, then take a train to Lhasa to have sightseeing. Travelers can experience the most important scenic spots and different charms of three cities within 9 days.
Chengdu – Kangding - Bomi – Nyingtri - Lhasa
This journey starts from Chengdu and ends in Lhasa. Crossing two provinces, you can visit all the meaningful places along with the Sichuan-Tibet highway by 4WD Land Cruiser, such as Kangding, Litang, Bomi, Nyingchi, etc. exploring the holy land step by step.
This epic overland journey will start from Chengdu, through the lofty Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, across magnificent Himalayans to exotic Nepal.
Welcome to Sichuan - the land of abundance! In the first 4 days, you can visit the well-known tourist spots like Mt. Emei, Leshan Giant Buddha, Giant Panda Base, and enjoy the spicy yummy food. Then head to Tibet by train, continue a trip to this holy land and experience the different Buddhist culture.
Chengdu - Lhasa
The Chengdu to Lhasa tour is a wonderful tour for tourists. During the tour, you may experience two different culture. In Chengdu, you have a chance to see some cute Pandas, walk on the ancient street and watch the traditional culture show. In Lhasa, you can visit the world-famous Potala Palace, the ancient Jokhang Temple as well as the Barkhor Street, the largest market in Tibet.
This great tour will take you to the three mighty provinces of China - Beijing, the heart of China; Sichuan, the land of abundance; and Tibet, the roof of the world. You can visit all the enchanting sites to discover the culture and the traditional beauty.
For the 13-day tour, you will travel from Chengdu to Lhasa and then to Kathmandu. In Tibet, you will have a good chance to visit the famous monasteries, charming natural landscape, and awe-inspiring Mount Everest.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get to Tibet from Chengdu?

Option 1: Chengdu to Lhasa by Train

Taking the Chengdu-Lhasa Train is a popular way to get to Tibet. The distance from Chengdu to Lhasa is 3070 kilometers, and this train journey gets across five provinces. The total duration is about 36hrs 18mins. It will take you to travel from Sichuan Basin to the Roof of the World-- Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Option 2: Chengdu to Lhasa by Air

There are more than 14 direct flights from Chengdu to Lhasa every day in the peak travel season. Even in the low season, tourists still can choose among more than ten flights to Tibet. The one-way duration is about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Tibet Airlines, Air China, Sichuan Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines all offer flights to Tibet from Chengdu. You can check detailed information and book a flight that suits your schedule. Due to the significant change of altitude in a short time, you are recommended to have a good rest after arriving in Lhasa. Remember to drink lots of water and avoid strenuous exercises.  

Option 3: Fly to Xining and then Take a Train to Lhasa

For tourists who want to travel to Qinghai Lake or can’t get a train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa in the peak travel season, alternatively, you may fly to Xining first then board a train to Lhasa. Therefore, you will not only save time but also view the most charming section of Qinghai-Tibet railway like snow-capped mountains, nomad tents, holy lakes, etc.

You will spend about two days to visit the famous attractions in Chengdu, such as Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha, Wenshu Temple, or Jinli Street. Then, board a flight or a train to Lhasa for exploring a different culture and tradition. As the local Tibet Travel Agency based in Lhasa, we are capable of arranging your Chengdu Tibet Tour well. Please feel free to contact us if you have any plans or ideas in mind.

The best time to visit Chengdu is from March to June and September to November. The reason why not mentioning July and August is that the weather during those periods is heat and damp. Generally speaking, the climate in Chengdu is mild with an average temperature of 16 degrees centigrade all year round. Even the winter temperature in Chengdu is higher than that in Beijing and Xi'an.

The best time to visit Tibet is from April to October, during which you can have a trekking tour, Mt. Kailash kora, or sightseeing of Lake Namtso. In winter, snow will block the roads to Mt. Kailash and Lake Namtso, so it's not applicable to go to these destinations. However, you still have lots of choices. You may travel in Lhasa, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp, and most of the monasteries in Tibet. And Tibet is not so cold as you might think, due to the strong sunshine in the daytime. Moreover, you can enjoy the low season price during the wintertime for vehicle, accommodation, entrance fee, as well as the flight fare.

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