Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour

Duration:
12 Days
Destination:
Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa-Chengdu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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The modern, surprisingly laid-back city of Chengdu is the largest and most important in China’s southwest. Visit its major attractions of Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt Emei.. Take the world’s highest railway to Lhasa. Tibet, the roof of the world, the highest of azure skies; serene nomads atop their horse; city-state temples; rivers of orange-clad monks and flapping prayer flags…

DayRoute
1 Arrival in Chengdu
2 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei
3 Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu
4 Train: Chengdu-Lhasa
5 In the Train
6 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
7 Lhasa City
8 Lhasa Suburb
9 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
10 Shigatse - Lhasa
11 Flight: Lhasa-Chengdu
12 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 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in northern suburb of Chengdu this morning. The Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. Through 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and its panda population has grown to 62. It is a huge, beautifully landscaped park.

After lunch (about 13:00 pm), drive to Leshan city to see the famous Giant Buddha which is a statue of Maitreya (a Bodhisattva usually represented as a very stout monk with a broad smile on his face and with his naked breast and paunch exposed to view) in sitting posture. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet) high, and has 8.3-meter-long (about 27 feet) fingers. The 9-meter-wide (about 30 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 24-meter-wide (about 79 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. (Optional: ferry boat ride at Leshan Giant Buddha, USD 10/person).

We’ll continue to go to the foot of Mt. Emei around 18:00 pm. 

Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu
Leshan Gaint Buddha
Day 3 Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu

Today, you will spend the whole day to explore Emei Mountain. In the early morning (about 7:00 am), take the shuttle bus in the Scenic Spot to Leidongpin, then hike to Jieyin Palace to take the cable car up to Golden Summit which is the mountain's main peak at 3079 meters above sea level, seems to almost touch the sky. At Golden Summit, the highest peak of the mountain, you will be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of the Huazhang Temple and enjoy the magnificent view of the clouds, mountains, forests. Then take the sightseeing bus down to Wannian Temple, you’ll experience the beautiful scenery by walking from Qingyin Pavilion, Moneky Zone, etc. to WuxianGang.

After that (about 17:00 pm), go down the mountain by vehicle and then drive to Emei Railway Station to take the bullet train back to Chengdu within only 1.5 hours. End of service. After arrival in Chengdu Railway Station, you need to go back to the hotel by yourself.

Mt. Emei
Overlook of the golden summit of Mt. Emei.
Day 4 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.

Wenshu Temple
Kuan Zhai Line
Day 5 In the Train

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

Day 6 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 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 original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
Day 8 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.

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
Day 9 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.

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 10 Shigatse - Lhasa

We will depart today from your hotel in Shigatse around 08:00 am. The rode condition is pretty good but because of the speed-limit, we will spend about 6hrs on the road. 

Tashilhunpo Monastery covers an area of nearly 300,000 square meters
Well-known butter sculpture in Tibetan Buddhism.
Day 11 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 12 Departure from Chengdu

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

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Mich***

2019-09-02

Would like to begin in Chengdu and take train to Lhasa, which is a very high priority for us. Would like to return by air from Lhasa either to Chendu if necessary, or preferably to Shanghai. Ideal would be the four of us, but could be part of a larger group if necessary.

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Catherine

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to take a train from Chengdu to Lhasa. We can arrange a private tour for you. There would be only four of you. We can book the train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa and air tickets from Lhasa to Chengdu or Shanghai for you. Here is the recommended itinerary,

Rich***

2019-05-11

Chengdu en Tibet train tour for 12 day’s. Cost?

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to have the 12 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour which is a private tour. May I know have many travelers and when would you like to have this tour?

cris***

2019-04-07

GOOD MORNING ASK INFO FOR 4 PEOPLE ARRIVE IN CHEGDU 15 NOVEMBER (12 days start chengdu e tibet train come back chengdu ) PRICE AND DETAILS THIS TOUR WHITOUT HOTEL WAITING OUR RESPONSE THANKS CRISTINA

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned four of you would like to have the 11 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour. We can purchase the train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa 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. 

Naom***

2018-10-01

Hi, I'm planning my tibet travel on 26 June - 10 July 2019. I haven't book any flight ticket or hotel yet. Just wonder to send email asking about the whole 8 days Chengdu to Tibet trip will cost how much. Thank you!

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to 12 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour or 8 Days Shanghai Tibet Train Tour. These two tours are private tours. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them join our small our group tours to keep the cost down. How about dividing 12 Days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour into 2 parts. 5 Days Chengdu E-mei private tour and 6 days Lhasa & Shigatse group tour. 

Fifi***

2018-06-25

I'd like to take this 12 days train trip, but I didn't see the Namtso Lake visit? Planning to go in September. Please be advised.

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do this 12 days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour which is a private tour. Frankly speaking, the cost of a private tour for solo traveler would be a little bit expensive. For people less than five, we usually suggest them join our small group tours to keep the cost down. 

How about dividing this 12 days Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour into two parts. 5 Days Chengdu private tour and 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour. We have 6 Days Lhasa & Namtso Lake Group Tour with departure date on Sep.4th and Sep.7th. Is it available to you? 

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