Chengdu Xining Lhasa Chengdu Train Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Route:
Chengdu-Xining-Lhasa-Chengdu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

The 10-day trip allows you to travel to Tibet by the shortest train ride from Xining; see the major attractions of Xining, Qinghai Lake & Kumbum Monastery; visit the most popular sights in Lhasa city & suburb like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Temple, etc.; visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in Chengdu & Grand Buddha in Leshan before returning home.

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Chengdu

Upon arrival in Chengdu airport/railway station, you will find your guide/driver holding your name sign at the exit. Then they will transfer you to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of the day is your free time.

Stay overnight in 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.

Stay overnight at the lakeside

Swans playing in Qinghai Lake
In the Tibetan language and Mongol, Mt. Sun and Moon means the place with sun and moon.
Day 3 Visit Kumbum Monastery and board the overnight Train to Lhasa

In the morning, you will visit the Kumbum Monastery which is located 25 kilometers away from Xining City. It is one of the major Gelugpa monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and is also called “Ta’er Monastery”. It is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa- ​the​ ​founder of Tibetan Buddhism. You will find numbers of pilgrims traveling from thousands of miles away for 100,000 prostrating here. From visiting here, you will learn more about Tibetan Buddhism.

In the afternoon, transfer to the railway station and prepare to board a train to Lhasa. On the train, you will enjoy the fabulous scenery along the highest railway in the world - Qinghai Tibet Railway. You will see the gorgeous natural scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau such as nomadic pasture, sapphire lakes, flocks of goats and yaks, snow-capped mountains, etc.

Stay overnight in the train

Kumbum Monastery
Plateau scenery along Qinghai-Tibet Railway
Day 4 Arrival in Lhasa by Train

Our local Tibetan guide will wait for you at Lhasa railway station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashi Delek (a kind of blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer to the hotel in Lhasa city. . On your first arrival day in Lhasa (3650m), it's essential to have a good rest to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food which will be helpful to you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
As the summer palace of Dala Lama, Norbulingka means precious garden in Tibetan language.
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 the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

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

Stay overnight in Lhasa

far view of Potala Palace.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 7 Lhasa - Drak Yerpa - Ganden - Lhasa

In today's excursion outside of Lhasa city, we'll take you to Ganden Monastery which is about 50km northeast of Lhasa. Ganden Monastery is the most special one of the top six Gelug monasteries in Tibet, as it's built by the founder of the Gelug sect - Tsongkhapa in 1409. It's quite worthy to see if this is your first time to travel in Tibet.

En route, we will also visit the less-known-by-tourists Drak Yerpa hermitage, which is about 16km northeast of Lhasa. It's an ancient temple that has a history of more than a thousand years. After passing through a rugged path to the temple, you can see the beautiful scenery in the distance. Compared to the Jokhang Temple and Sera Temple, which are full of incense, there're not many tourists. Only devout Tibetans burn mulberry to worship here, and you can feel the tranquility brought by Tibetan Buddhism.

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
Ganden Monastery
Day 8 Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu

Your tour guide and driver will transfer you to Lhasa Gonggar Airport for the flight to Chengdu, which usually takes about 2.5hrs. Upon your arrival at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver then transferred to your hotel in downtown Chengdu. The rest of the day is your free time.

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. Chengdu Panda Base is located in the northern suburbs of Chengdu. It is a national 4A level scenic spot. The scenic spot is verdant with bamboo and trees, birds, and flowers, as well as integrated natural mountain scenery and beautiful artificial landscape. The highlight of the visit is the Panda Birth Room where the baby pandas can be seen growing up, and the Giant Panda Activity Field where visitors can see the relaxed daily life of pandas of different ages.

After sightseeing here, we're heading for Leshan to visitLeshan Giant Buddha, which is 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). Visitors also can get to the footsteps of the Giant Buddha or take a cruise to worship the Buddha from the river.

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

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

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Ruth***

2019-05-07

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.

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Cherry

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. 

nara***

2018-03-15

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?

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Caroline

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.(https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-tour/chengdu-xining-lhasa-chengdu-train-tour-1001)

Paul***

2017-10-05

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.

penny

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!

Mitc***

2017-07-24

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

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amy

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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