Chengdu Xining Lhasa Chengdu Train Tour

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10-Day Chengdu-Xining-Lhasa-Chengdu Train Tour allows you to travel to Tibet by the shortest train ride from Xining; see the major attractions of Xining, Qinghai Lake & Ta'er Monastery; visit the most popular sights in Lhasa city & suburb; visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base & Leshan Grand Buddha in Chengdu before returning home.

1 Arrival in Chengdu
2 Flight: Chengdu-Xining
3 Train: Xining-Lhasa
4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
5 Lhasa Suburb
6 Lhasa City
7 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden - Lhasa
8 Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu
9 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu
10 Departure from Chengdu
Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu

Guide and driver will wait you at Chengdu Airport/Railway holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu. 

Day 2 Flight: Chengdu-Xining

Start our tour in a fresh morning. Today, we will visit two popular scenic spots in Xining - Qinghai Lake, and Mt. Sun and Moon. It is time to head to our first destination - Qinghai Lake after breakfast. As the largest saltwater lake in China, Qinghai Lake is famous for the sapphire-like surface, turquoise-like grassland, and majestic snow-capped mountains. The picturesque views vary from season to season, and the best season to visit Qinghai Lake is from summer to fall. Cruising is the ideal way to enjoy its beauty. Cruising down the Qinghai Lake, you can catch a glimpse of the grand Mt. Sun and Moon along the way. After visiting the places, you will stay overnight at the lakeside to enjoy the stunning sunset and sunrise.

Swans playing in Qinghai Lake
In the Tibetan language and Mongol, Mt. Sun and Moon means the place with sun and moon.
Day 3 Train: Xining-Lhasa

Exchange eTicket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the eTicket & your original passport. To arrive abt 2hrs in advance is suggested. There are train departs from Xining to Lhasa every day, about 24hrs covering a distance of 1960km. 

Ta'er Monastery
Day 4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train

Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa (3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

Day 5 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung monastery, which means Monastery of Collecting Rice in the Tibetan language. It’s a white magnificent construction that looks also like a pile of rice in the distance. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, where lived more than 10 thousand monks before Tibet liberation.

Drepung Monastery has white constructions and looks like a heap of rice in the distance. Its name, “Drepung”, means “Collecting Rice” in Tibetan.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 6 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
Jokhang Temple has a beautiful golden roof.
Day 7 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden - Lhasa

A day's excursion outside of Lhasa city takes you to Ganden Monastery which is abt 50km northeast of Lhasa. En route, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Drak Yerpa hermitage, abt 16km northeast of Lhasa.

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Ganden Monastery
Day 8 Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu

Transfer to Lhasa Airport for the flight to Chengdu, abt 2.5hrs. Upon your arrival in Chengdu Airport, look for your guide, then transfer to hotel in downtown Chengdu.

Day 9 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu

You will be picked up from your hotel then set out for Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda, which is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas as well as other rare animals. After sightseeing here we head for Leshan, and visit Leshan Giant Buddha, the tallest rock Buddha statue in the world and carved out of a cliff by monks in southern Sichuan province during Tang Dynasty (618–907AD).

Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
Leshan Gaint Buddha
Day 10 Departure from Chengdu

Pick up from hotel in Chengdu according to your flight schedule, then transfer to Chengdu Airport for your next destination.

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I would like to take the 10 day trip Chengdu to Lhasa and then back to Chengdu. I would like to start about May 30 and finish about June 12. Can you arrange for me? I want to travel with a group.



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to join the 10 Days Chengdu Xining Lhasa Chengdu Train Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest they join our small group tour to keep the cost down. We have 10 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Everest Namtso Group Tour with the departure date on May.30th. Is it available to you? There is no group tour in Xining. And we can arrange the daily group tour in Chengdu for you.  May I remind you that we need at least 12 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit. There is no much time left. 



hi, we will fly to chengdu from bangkok on 11/04/2018 and fly back to bangkok on 20/04/2018 at night. we would like to do this trip, and I would like to know is it possible to do in these date?



In your inquiry, you mentioned that there are three of you would like to do our 10-day Chengdu Xining Lhasa Chengdu Train Tour from April 11-20. Yes, it’s possible since it’s a private tour. You could choose the beginning time based on your schedule. Please confirm the following itinerary before I could quote to you.(



We are interested in introductory tour of Chengdu and Tibet. We are available from December 15 - December 31, although the length of tour depends on cost. We are more interested in culture like cooking, art, music etc. Of course nature is interesting for us. We are brother and sister aged 60 so we will require separate single accommodations. We await your recommendations and price estimates. We are based in the Philippines.


Hi Paul Bograd, thanks for telling us your travel plan! I got them all. Kindly check the email I've sent to you and let me know if you like the itinerary I suggested, thanks!



Me and my girlfriend plan in taking a tour like this around October 15 2017. We want to pay as little as possible so the cheapest accomadatuins will do. We also don't mind being put in another group to lower the cost please let me know how much just us two would cost and if going in a group is possible



Dear Mitchell J Sternweis, since you are on budget for the tour, here I have some suggestions for you: our 10 Days Chengdu Xining Lhasa Chengdu Train Tour is a totally private tour, so I suggest you travel in Chengdu & Xining on your own between 15th Oct & 17th Oct, then to join our 6 Days Lhasa Gyantse Shigatse Group Tour on 18th Oct in Tibet.

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