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Chongqing Tibet with Mt Everest Train Tour

Duration:
10 Days
Route:
Chongqin-Lhasa-Shigatse-EBC-Shigatse-Lhasa
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Overview

The train departs from Chongqing to Lhasa every other day, the entire railway stretches as long as 3,269km and it takes around 35hrs to reach Lhasa from Chongqing. If tourists prefer to enjoy Yangtze River Cruise trip before going 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.
DayRouteAttractions & Activities
1 Train Chongqing-Lhasa Get on the train in West Railway Station
2 On the train Enjoy the spectacular views through the window on the train
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3650m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel
4 Lhasa Sightseeing Drak Yerpa, Sera monastery
5 Lhasa City Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
6 Lhasa- Gyantse(4040m)- Shigatse(3840m), 360km, approx 7hrs Yamdroktso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Chöde Monastery with Gyantse Kumbum
7 Shigatse- Tingri- EBC(5100m), 350km, Approx. 7hrs Tashilhunpo Monastery , Rongbuk Monastery, Sunset of Golden Everest Peak
8 EBC - Shigatse, 350km, approx. 7hrs Sunrise of Golden Everest Peak, Everest Base Camp
9 Shigatse- Lhasa, 300km, approx. 6hrs Yungdrungling Monastery
10 Depart from Lhasa Send off to the airport/railway station

Daily Itinerary

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Go to the West 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.

The train from Chongqing to Lhasa will run through Xian and Lanzhou where you can also see the Gobi desert landscapes of western China. When the train passes through Xining - the start point of Qinghai Tibet Railway, the breathtaking sceneries will appear one after another. Be sure to capture the memorable scenes with your camera. Major attractions are Qinghai Salt Lake, Yuzhu Peak, Kekexili Nature Reserve, Tuotuo River, Tangula pass, Tsonag Lake, Qiangtang Prairie, and Namtso Lake, etc.

Stay overnight in the train

Qinghai Tibet Railway is one of the most spectacular railways in the world.

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). Then transfer you to the hotel in Lhasa city. On the way, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Yarlung Tsangpo River. After checking in your hotel, you will be free for the rest of the day 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, have a far view of the Yaowang Mountain, and take a panoramic view of the Potala Palace. Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food, which will be helpful for you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

In the morning, you are heading to Drak Yerpa, a place maybe not that famous but with its advantage. It consists of a monastery and several ancient meditation caves. Some arrow holes on the cliffs are believed to prove that the legendary hero Ling Gesar had visited this valley.

In the afternoon, you will pay a visit to Sera Monastery, which is one of the "great three" Gelug monasteries of Tibet. Monks debate from 3pm to 5pm. It's exciting, even if you don't understand what they are talking about at all. If the debate is not your type, you can also see the three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha inside the monastery. Besides, the sight in the Sera monastery is splendid because you can see roses around. That's why people also call it "the court of wild rose."

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Drak Yerpa in winter.
Sera Monastery, one of the "great three" Gelug university monasteries of Tibet.

In the morning your guide will meet you in the hotel lobby 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 by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it is 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 which is 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 is also a must-see place for visitors.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The Potala Palace is the world's highest palace, castle and monastery.
The life-sized statue of the Jowo Shayamuni of age 12 can be seen in Jokhang Temple, it is regarded as the holiest object in Tibet.

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.

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 the Himalayas at Gawula Pass(5198m).Then we drive along the new zigzag road to Rongbuk 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. In 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” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa.

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

Everest Base Camp, the closest place to reach the sky.

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 

Yungdrungling Monastery is a typical Tibetan Buddhist style monastery.
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 get back home. Your tour is officially ended.
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 BHAV***
2019-07-11

I want to know train to mountain Kailash cost too and where to depart what to bring which visa you need. Please let me know

Catherine
Answered by Catherine 2019-07-11

To answer your questions, There is no train to Mt. Kailash directly. You can take a train from mainland China to Lhasa, then we will drive you to Mt. Kailash. You can take a train to Lhasa departing from Chongqing, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Xining, Lanzhou, Guangzhou. You need China Visa and Tibet visa For China visa, Please apply for it in your local embassy. You will need it when you arrive at the airport of China. For Tibet visa (Tibet permit), we will handle it for you. You will need it when you get on a train to Lhasa Here is the packing list for your reference, https://www.greattibettour.com/tibet-travel-tips/packing-list-for-your-tibet-tour.html

Asked by 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.

beatrice
Answered by Beatrice 2018-01-18

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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