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.
|Day||Route||Attractions & Activities|
|1||Arrival in Chengdu||Pick up from north Train Station in Chengdu and transfer to the hotel|
|2||Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu||Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha|
|3||Train: Chengdu-Lhasa||Kuan Zhai Lane, Dufu’s Thatched Cottage, Wenshu Temple|
|4||In the Train||Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way|
|5||Arrival in Lhasa by Train||Pick up and transfer to the hotel|
|6||Lhasa sightseeing||Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery|
|7||Lhasa City||Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Norbulingka|
|8||Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse||Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery|
|9||Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC||Tashilhunpo Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery|
|10||EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs||Everest Base Camp|
|11||Gyirong - Kathmandu||Bunjy place, Dhulikhel mountain, Kathmandu Durbar Square|
|12||Kathmandu||Swyambhunath Stupa, BoudhaNath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple|
|13||Departure from Kathmandu|
Guide and driver will wait you at Chengdu Airport/Railway holding your name sign. Transfer to hotel in downtown 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).
Today, you will spend the whole day in the train. Enjoy the fantastic view along the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
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.
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
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.
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 summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; 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.
Drive to Gyirong Port in early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is abt 50m long. See Nepali driver. Transfer to hotel in 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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