Chongqing Tibet with Mt Everest Train Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Destination:
Chongqin-Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Train departs from Chongqing to Lhasa on every other day, the entire railway stretches as long as 3654km and it takes around 42hrs to reach Lhasa from Chongqing. If tourists prefer to enjoy Yangtze River Cruise trip first and later move from Chongqing to Tibet, this route is strongly recommended to you. After you visit the highlights of Lhasa city, you will continue your journey to Everest Base Camp.

DayRoute
1 Train Chongqing-Lhasa
2 On the train
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)
4 Lhasa Suburb
5 Lhasa City
6 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs
7 Shigatse- Tingri- EBC(5100m), 350km, approx 7hrs
8 EBC-Shigatse, 350km, approx 6hrs
9 Shigatse- Lhasa, 300km, approx 5hrs
10 Depart from Lhasa
Day 1 Train Chongqing-Lhasa
Go to Chongqing Railway Station on your own. Exchange e-Ticket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the e-Ticket & your original passport. To arrive at the railway station 2hrs in advance is suggested.
Day 2 On the train
The train from Chongqing to Lhasa will run through Xian, Lanzhou, and Xining where you can also see the amazing landscapes outside the window, especially the snow-capped mountains. It’s superb!
Day 3 Arrival in Lhasa (3680m)

Welcome to Lhasa! Our local Tibetan guide and driver will wait for you at Lhasa Railway Station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city while you enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlong Tsangpo River. After checking in your hotel, the rest of day is free for you to have a good rest and acclimatize to the high altitude at the top of the world. If you physically feel good, you can visit the Potala Palace Square, far view the Yaowang Mountain and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat light and high carbohydrate food which will be helpful to you to adapt to the high altitude better and quicker.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

After one night rest in the hotel, we will start an incredible day of exploration in Lhasa city. We will take an easy visit to less known tourist site- Dark Yerpa hermitage. Drak Yerpa is only a short drive to the east of Lhasa, Tibet, and consists of a monastery and a number of ancient meditation caves that used to house about 300 monks. The entrance to the Yerpa Valley is about 16 kilometers northeast of Lhasa on the northern bank of the Kyichu. From there, it is another 10 kilometers to the famous ancient meditation caves in the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Yerpa Valley. There is an ancient sky burial site opposite the main caves. The most interesting thing of Sera Monastery is the Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard between 15:00 - 17:00 from Monday to Saturday.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
Day 5 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will pick you and drive to visit the splendid Potala Palace for around 1.5 hours, Potala Palace is Lhasa’s cardinal landmarks. You will have a whole morning to explore this world-level architectural works: White Palace, Red Palace, corridors and stairs and countless lama’s dormitory.

After lunch, we will walk to visit the age-old 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 have a relaxing walk around Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa and full of religious atmosphere, showcasing Tibetan culture and arts assemble. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
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 6 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs

Today you will be taken to the second largest city Shigatse while viewing the highlights along the road. After about 2 hours of driving, you will arrive at the famous holy Yamdrok Lake with an altitude of 4,441m, Yamdrok Lake is known as one of the "Three Holiest Lakes" in the world, and also one of the most beautiful lakes in Tibet. The turquoise pure waters of the lake are overlooked by incredible snow-capped mountains. Peaceful Tibetan villages surround the lakeshore in the neighboring flat valleys. Looking in the distance, you can see clearly yaks and sheep grazing on the grassland. After this stop, we will continue driving to the next destination Gyantse and the grand and vast Karola Glacier.

You will have lunch in Gyantse town and then make a visit to the key landmark of Pelkor Chöde Monastery. This is a traditional Tibetan monastery with a fusion of Han, Tibetan and Nepali architecture in its Gyantse Kumbum. Gyantse Kumbum is the symbol of the monastery, famous for its 100000 Buddhist figures, paintings, and statues in the chapels, wall niches and on the walls. After the visit, you will leave Gyantse and drive ahead to Shigatse for overnight.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

Yamdroktso Lake is a freshwater lake in Tibet
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 7 Shigatse- Tingri- EBC(5100m), 350km, approx 7hrs

Today we will leave Shigatse for a small town Lhatse is located around 150km from Shigatse and you may have lunch in a local restaurant there. After a short break, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery before going ahead to Tingri. Tashilunpo Monastery was founded by the 1st Dalai Lama in 1447, and is a historic and culturally important monastery in Shigatse and also the second-largest city in Tibet. Then we will continue to Tingri via pass Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). In the late afternoon, you enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve. You can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the new zigzag road to Rongpuk or the Tent Camp to stay overnight. If the weather is good, you can have a clear view of the sunset of golden Everest peak.

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 you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight in Nomad Tent, (Dorm Bed) or Rongbuk guesthouse

Tashilhunpo Monastery is located at the foot of Drolmari (Tara's Mountain), Shigatse
To celebrate Sakyamuni’s birth, Saka Dawa Festival is held in Rongbuk Monastery on every April 15th according to Tibetan calendar. You can watch monks do Tibetan dances there.
Day 8 EBC-Shigatse, 350km, approx 6hrs

You are highly suggested to get up early to catch watching the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. And then, we can drive you to the Everest Base Camp. After sightseeing, we will drive back to Shigatse and enjoy the fabulous view along the way back.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Day 9 Shigatse- Lhasa, 300km, approx 5hrs

Today we will visit Yungdrungling Monastery on our way back to Lhasa, Yungdrungling is a typical Buddhist monastery with many friendly monks here and some of them can even speak English. If you are lucky to meet the key holder, he can show you the large dukhang. Inside the house are the impressive thrones of the monastery's two resident Shiromo along the walls-look for the deity's characteristic swastika mace. There are also a couple of more behind the main hall that you can pay a visit to. Those chapels' include the Namjya Lhakhang. Keep in mind that you should visit those chapels in an anticlockwise direction.

Stay overnight in Lhasa 

Doing kora around the monastery is part of the daily life of the locals.
Like most Tibetan monasteries, Yungdrungling Monastery was built under a hill.
Day 10 Depart from Lhasa
Today your guide and driver will escort you to the Lhasa Airport or Railway Station for your next destination. Before your departure, we will appreciate if you can spend a few minutes to evaluate our services either by filling the feedback form or simply send us an email when you back home, tour ends.

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Jie ***

2018-01-18

I am interested in Chongqing Tibet with Mt Everest Train Tour, except going and staying overnight at Everest Base Camp. please send me the price for touring in April.

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Sure. We can arrrange this tour for you, as well as the train ticket. Here below I list the items one by one.

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