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Chengdu Tibet Nepal Overland Tour by Train

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This 13-day Chengdu-Tibet-Nepal epic tour starts from Chengdu. Chengdu is home to the ancient Shu civilization. Here you will have close contact with the lovely giant pandas, witness the Leshan Giant Buddha, wander the famous Jinli Street, and taste various famous Sichuan dishes, etc. Then take a train from Chengdu to Lhasa, Tibet, via the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, to see the lofty plateau scenery. In Lhasa, you will visit the sacred monasteries and temples of the city of sunshine, then take an overland excursion to Everest Base Camp via Shigatse and Gyantse. Traveling through the majestic Himalayas, you will reach Kathmandu, Nepal, to experience the exotic atmosphere of Kathmandu Valley and enjoy UNESCO-listed sites here.

DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrive in Chengdu Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Chengdu Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding‎ Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha
3 Chengdu - Lhasa Train Kuan Zhai Lane, Dufu’s Thatched Cottage, Wenshu Temple
4 On 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
8 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse, 360km, Approx, 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
9 Shigatse - Tingri - EBC, 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak
10 EBC – Gyirong Border, 370km, Approx. 8hrs Peikutso Lake
11 Gyirong - Kathmandu, 160km, Approx. 7hrs Transfer to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border
12 Kathmandu Sightseeing Swyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple
13 Departure from Kathmandu Send off to the airport

Daily Itinerary


Upon arrival at the 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

You will be picked up from your hotel and 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 visit Leshan Giant Buddha, which is the tallest rock Buddha statue in the world. It was carved out of a cliff by monks in southern Sichuan province during the 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.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

You will visit Wenshu Monastery in the morning, the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu. It is the home of the Buddhist Association of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. In Wenshu Monastery, you can visit the cultural relic and taste the delicious vegetarian food for lunch.

In the afternoon, you will visit a nostalgic place - Kuan Zhai Lane. It shows the courtyard culture of old Chengdu. Most of these courtyards are occupied by stylish bars and restaurants. Tourists and youths stay in the alleys and spend the whole afternoon leisurely, feeling the stop of time.

In the evening, your tour guide will escort you to Chengdu West Railway Station to board the Chengdu-Lhasa train.

Today, you will spend the whole day on the train. You will see the majestic mountains, barren land, and the Yellow River. In the afternoon, you will arrive in Xining - the start point of the Qinghai Tibet Railway. You will see massive deserts, immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains, picturesque lakes, and flocks of yaks and sheep.

Stay overnight on the 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

You'll spend a day exploring two of three ‘Great Three’ Gelug monasteries - 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 more than 10,000 monks in the past. It was the residence of the Dalai Lamas until the great fifth Dalai Lama constructed the Potala Palace. It was known for the high standards of its academic study and was called the Nalanda of Tibet. And then you also can visit the biggest monastery kitchen in the monastery and enjoy a Buddhist sculpture carving workshop near Drepung.

After lunch, drive to the Sera Monastery, which is renowned as the most beautiful Tibetan Monastery. It is famous for the Buddhis debate from 3 pm to 5 pm. You can also appreciate three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Paintings of Buddha in the monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 the most sacred temple in 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 circuits 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

From Lhasa to Gyantse is about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4790m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso Lake. Later we will pass and enjoy the Karola Glacier, which looks spectacular from the highway. Then visit the main monastery in Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery, famous for its exquisite architecture and intact murals and statues. Finally head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

In the morning, you will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery, which was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447, a culturally important monastery in Shigatse. Then you will leave Shigatse for Lhatse for lunch. After a short break, you will continue to Tingri via Tsola Pass(4,600m), and Gyatsola Pass(5,248m). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, with countless prayer flags flying in the wind. After ascending to Gawula Pass(5,198m), you can enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas. Then you will drive along the zigzag road to Rongbuk Monastery .

You will stay overnight at Everest Base Camp(5,200m). You can see the glorious sunset of Golden Everest Peak if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border that connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5,236m), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight at Gyirong Town

Drive to Gyirong Port in the 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 on the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu. Although the distance between Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is only over 160 kilometers, due to the poor mountain road conditions, it takes 6-7 hours from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Today you will start to explore Kathmandu with our experienced Nepali guide.

Firstly, you will go to Swyambhunath Temple to see the stupa there. Swyambhunath was built 2000 years ago, even older than Kathmandu city! It's one of the World's Cultural Heritages in Nepal. And it's also called "Monkey Temple" as there are hundreds of wild monkeys living around it. The Swyambhunath Stupa is the second largest stupa in Nepal. The Buddha's eyes were painted on the four sides of the stupa, which means Buddha is watching you. The paint makes it so sacred that many pilgrims come to worship.

Then you will go to see the largest stupa in Nepal, as well as in the world. Boudhanath Stupa is located in the eastern of Kathmandu. 90% of Nepalese are Hindu devotees. you can see Lord Shiva everywhere. But here, Boudhanath is a holy place of Tibetan Buddhism as it's located in the main trading pass between Nepal and Tibet. So, every morning, there are many Tibetan Buddhists doing kora here, which is really an impressive scene. .

In the end, we are heading to Pashupatinath Temple, the largest Hindu temple in Nepal. The god of destruction - Shiva is enshrined in it. "Pashu" means "all living creatures", and "Patinath" means "the lord". This temple is also known as the "corpse cremation temple" because it's the place where Hindu devotees cremate the dead bodies in public.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

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

Our Service


  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for tourist attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Experienced local English-speaking tour guide;
  • Travel-licensed vehicle according to group size & season as itinerary needed including gas and parking fee;
  • Transfer from Gyirong border to Kathmandu by jeep;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel, or guesthouse. Please tell us your preference;
  • Breakfasts provided by hotels;
  • Pick-up & Drop-off service from Airport/railway station;
  • Travel Agency Liability insurance;
  • Government tax;
  • Express delivery fee of Permit (eg. SF. Express);
  • Food & lodgings for guide & driver;
  • Oxygen tank for emergency use;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.


  • Nepali Visa;
  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese Visa/China Group Visa; (Note: we could help you by providing the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies for your Chinese Visa or the invitation letter for your China Group Visa)
  • Domestic flight/train to and out of Lhasa; (We can help you book the domestic flight/train ticket at the BEST price. Please contact us for details.)
  • Meals are not included but we will recommend some good ones for you according to your requirements. Usually, it takes 3-10 USD per person for each meal.
  • While the gratuity for guide and driver is NOT mandatory, it is expected. Based on their service, you can tip them on the last day of the tour. Each of you is suggested to tip them 5-10 USD/day in total;
  • All the commission and tax charged by PayPal, Bank, and government when making payments. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.4%. Wire transfer --- 2%);
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Typically Asked Questions from Our Clients

Asked by Mr H***

Can you add three days to the itinerary? We would like to start in HongKong and then do Giulin and a boat trip there and then take the train to Chengdu.

Answered by Jennie

Dear Mr Herm****,

Yes, we can arrange the Guilin Chengdu Tibet Kathmandu tour for you. 

Asked by Fran***

Hi- I would like to visit Pandas in Chengdu, then go to Lhasa then go to Nepal

Answered by Beatrice

Thank you for sending us an inquiry!  We can arrange Chengdu(train)Tibet(overland)Nepal tour for you. Since you are traveling alone, I suggest you join a one-day group tour going to the Panda base and Leshan Giant Buddha in Chengdu, then take a Tibet train to Lhasa. In Tibet, you can also join our group tour from Lhasa to Gyirong, which is the border between Tibet and Nepal. And we'll arrange a vehicle to take you to Kathmandu and have a one-day sightseeing tour here. For the Tibet group tour, as therés a 7-day duration, you may consider booking one earlier. Right now, we have a big discount of 8% off. If Tibet doesn't open, we will fully refund you. If it's getting closer, it's difficult to just find one meeting your departure date. If you have any further questions or doubts, please let me know without hesitation. It is my pleasure to work with you at any time. Looking forward to hearing from you! 

Asked by Debo***

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.

Answered by Cherry

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.

Asked by Xian***

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?

Answered by Cherry

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. 

Asked by Cari***

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?

Answered by Cherry

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. 

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