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Chengdu & Tibet Train Tour

Duration:
11 Days
Route:
Chengdu-Emei-Chengdu-Lhasa-Shigatse-Lhasa-Chengdu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

The modern, surprisingly laid-back city of Chengdu is the largest and most important in China’s southwest. You will visit its major attractions of Chengdu and nearby city Leshan such as 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 red-clad monks and flapping prayer flags…
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Arrive in Chengdu Pick up and transfer to the hotel
2 Chengdu - Panda Base - Leshan - Emei Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding‎ Research Base, Leshan Giant Buddha
3 Bullet Train: Emei - Chengdu Mt. Emei
4 Chengdu - Lhasa Train Wenshu Temple, Kuan Zhai Lane
5 On the Train Enjoy the beautiful scenery on the way
6 Arrival in Lhasa by Train Pick up and transfer to the hotel
7 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Tibetan Carpet Workshop
8 Lhasa Suburb Drak Yerpa, Sera Monastery
9 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse Yamdroktso Lake , Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chode Monastery
10 Shigatse - Lhasa, 300km, Approx.6hrs Tashilunpo Monastery
11 Lhasa departure Send off to the airport/train station

Daily Itinerary

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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

We’ll pick you up at your hotel in Chengdu (inside 2nd Ring Road) at about 7:00 am and then drive to visit the Panda Research Base in the 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, about 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

Today, you will spend the whole day exploring Mount Emei. In the early morning at 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 3077 meters above sea level, seems to almost touching 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, and forests. Then take the sightseeing bus down to Wannian Temple, you’ll experience the beautiful scenery by walking from Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Moneky Zone to WuxianGang.

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

Go to Chengdu North Railway Station on your own. Exchange e-Ticket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the e-Ticket, the copy of your Tibet Travel Permit, as well as your original passport. Z322 departs from Chengdu at 21:28, which arrives in Lhasa at 09:55 on the third day, a total of 36hrs 18mins. Please get to the train station 1.5hrs before the departure time.

Wenshu Temple
Kuan Zhai Line
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, the immense grasslands, vast valleys, snow-capped Mountains, picturesque lakes, and flocks of yaks and sheep. Stunning scenery along Qinghai- Tibet Railway

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

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

A Tibetan granny turning players at Potala Palace Square.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.

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

Known as the shrine of Lhasa, Drak Yerpa has monasteries and famous ancient meditation caves.
The yard for Buddhist debates at Sera Monastery.

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. 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 cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.

In Shigatse, we will visit the Tashilunpo Monastery - the home of Panchen Lama. It was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447 and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse. It's located in the central hill of the city, the full name in Tibetan of the monastery means "all fortune and happiness gathered here" or "heap of glory".

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse along the Friendship Highway, via the northern route to Lhasa. It is the most direct route and usually takes around five hours to reach the capital. We will make several stops on the way in order to enjoy the views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River Valley.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Standing on the entrance of Tashilhunpo,visitors can see the grand buildings with golden roofs and white walls
Yarlung Tsangpo Valley
Your tour ends today. After breakfast, you will be free in the morning. Our staff will transfer you to Lhasa Airport/Railway Station.
Tour Price and Service
INCLUSIONS
  • Tibet Tourism Bureau Permit (TTB) and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance tickets fee 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;
  • 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;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • 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;
  • Free use of sleeping bag;
  • Two bottles of mineral water per person per day.

EXCLUSIONS
  • 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 payment. (e.g. PayPal --- 4.2%. 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 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.

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2019-09-02

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,

Asked by Rich***
2019-05-11

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

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2019-05-11

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?

Asked by 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

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2019-04-07

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. 

Asked by 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!

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2018-10-01

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. 

Asked by 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.

Cherry
Answered by Cherry 2018-06-25

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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