Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel

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This 12-Day Chengdu-Tibet-Nepal Overland Train Tour takes you to Chengdu to see giant pandas; travel by train through Qinghai-Tibet Railway to Lhasa; sightseeing Gyantse, Shigatse, Everest Base Camp; then overland to Kathmandu, Nepal; sightseeing major attractions of Kathmandu.

1 Arrival in Chengdu
2 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu
3 Train: Chengdu-Lhasa
4 In the Train
5 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
6 Lhasa sightseeing
7 Lhasa City
8 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
9 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC
10 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
11 Gyirong - Kathmandu
12 Kathmandu
13 Departure from Kathmandu
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 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 3 Train: Chengdu-Lhasa

Go to Chengdu North Railway Station on your own. 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.

Kuan Zhai Line
Wenshu Temple
Day 4 In the Train

Today, you will spend the whole day in the train. Enjoy the fantastic view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. 

Day 5 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 6 Lhasa sightseeing

Today, it is an excellent idea to spend the day exploring Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery.

In the morning, you will head to the Drepung Monastery, which is the largest of all Tibetan monasteries that housed for more than 10,000 monks. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the Great Fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala. It was known for the high standards of its academic study and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.

After lunch, drive to the Sera Monastery, which is another one of the ‘Great Three’ Gelug monasteries. It is famous for the Buddhism activities of "Monks Debate" for around 3 to 5 PM in the afternoon. The hot attractions are the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha in the monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drepung Monastery is one of the three greatest Gelug university gompas in Tibet.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics.
Day 7 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 stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is regarded as the holiest object in Tibet.
Day 8 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Bathing in the sunshine, Yamdrok lake is displaying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 9 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

If it’s summer time (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
Day 10 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
Our clients at Everest Base Camp, with Mt.Everest in the background.
Best place to take a photo of Mt. Everest.
Day 11 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Drive to Gyirong Port in early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Durbar Square is a world heritage in Kathmandu.
  • Bunjy place
  • Dhulikhel mountain
  • Kathmandu Durbar Square
Day 12 Kathmandu

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, the largest Himalayan state in Asia. Kathmandu stands at an elevation of approximately 1400m above sea level in the bowl-shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal.

Swayambhunath Stupa
BoudhaNath Stupa
Day 13 Departure from Kathmandu

Guide and driver will pick you up at you hotel according to your flight schedule to transfer you to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home.

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We plan to fly to Chengdu from the US. The overland Chengdu, Tibet and Nepal tour appeals to us because we want to take the train to Lhasa. We would like to travel beginning the last week of April. (April 30 train if possible and have one extra light touring day in Lhasa to rest). Are these things possible? Thank you for your reply. We are trying to put this trip together in a short time.



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 13 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel which is a private tour. We can arrange this private tour for you. 

I will quote for you after you confirm the itinerary. By the way, which hotel star do you prefer? Economy 3-star hotel or comfortable 4-star hotel.



I'm looking into the tours you provide, especially the 13 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel. But I have the following questions: We arrive via Yangshuo to Chengdu. So how is it arranged with the Tibet permit? Do we get them deliver while still at home? Or do we need to collect them somewhere in China? (Because I imagine we need them on the train already, right?). We would like to book the tour around 30th of September or October first 2019. Is this possible? And how big will the group be: we travel with two, but a bigger group is oke for us. And what will te price be?



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 13 Days Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Train Travel which is a private tour. How about dividing this private tour into 3 parts?  Chengdu private tour, Tibet small group tour, and Nepal Private Tour. 

You just need the copy of the Tibet Travel Permit to check in at the railway station. 

We can open a new small group tour in Tibet to match your departure date if you book the tour with us 90 days in advance. 



I am interested in travelling Chengdu to Lhasa then to Kathmandu (13 days Chengdu,Tibet, Nepal Overland Train Travel) March, April 2019! in a small group?



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to travel from Chengdu to Tibet then to Kathmandu. Tibet is closed to foreigners travelers in the whole of March. You just allowed to have this tour in April.  We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour with the departure date on Apr. 3rd, Apr.20th, and Apr.21st. Which departure date do you prefer? 

We have one day Chengdu Group Tour. 



Hi there I'm thinking about travelling in April 2019 (no dates fixed so far) and this tour looks great. How much would it cost? I'm a solo travaller, would it be a small group or just me? Kind regards



In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have a Tibet Nepal Overland Tour. We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour with the departure date on Apr.3rd, Apr.20th, and Apr.21st. Which departure date do you prefer?

We can purchase the train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa for you. 



Interested in travelling from Chengdu to Lhasa then Kathmandu in mid May next year Would like to be part of small group if possible but can travel on our own What are our options?



We have 2 days Chengdu Group tour plus 7 days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour. For Nepal tour, we can arrange a private tour for you. : ) 

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