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12 Days Tibet Tour from Chengdu by Train

12 Days Tibet Tour from Chengdu by Train

(CT004) Chengdu - Lhasa - Namtso - Shigatse - Chengdu Tour


Hardly can you find an itinerary that involves a full display of all the essence of intriguing Tibet culture and spectacular natural wonders. The tour of lovely giant pandas and unusual ride of Qinghai-Tibet train serves as the appetizer. Shortly after you land in Lhasa, an array of legendary Tibetan Buddhist complexes and awe-inspiring snow-capped mountains and sacred lakes, etc will further enhance your understanding of a true Tibet.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Chengdu, visit Chunxi Road if time permits

Day 2: Day tour to visit Giant Panda and Leshan Giant Budda(B)

Giant Panda - Dozens of Pandas live in Chengdu Panda Reach base, It might be the best place to see Pandas, You will catch pandas' feeding time, visit both adult and baby pandas houses and watch them eating fresh bamboo.

Leshan Giant Buddha – the world Historic Heritage. The biggest sitting Buddha sculpture aside the mountain in the world. The grand Buddha was completed in 803 of Tang Dynasty after 90 year's construction and enjoys the fame of the biggest sitting stone sculpture in the world, about 71- meter in height.

Stay overnight in Chengdu

Day 3: Free day for tourists to explore the city, board the train in the evening(B)

Day 4: On the train journey

Day 5: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Sightseeing on the train, arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. Acclimatize the high altitude

Day 6: Day Tour to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkor Street(B,D)

The Potala Palace is the highest Palace in the world, and the palace of the famous Dalai lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

The Jokhang temple is the holiest temple in Tibet and founded in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, which is the most precious and holiest things in Tibetan Buddhism.

Barkhor street is the street , where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market. Tibetan Teahouse, where you can find the real Lhasa leisure life, with local people, enjoy the local food at local atmosphere.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Day Tour to visit Sera Monastery and Drepung Monastery(B)

Drepung monastery is the biggest Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, now is also the biggest one with hundreds of monks study inside. Buddhist Sculpture Carving, Appreciate one of the amazing Tibetan Art – Stone Carving near Drepung.

Lama Debating inside Sera Monastery, you can see how Lamas practice their study every day and get to know how they learn Tibetan Buddhism from teacher and others. This is the most amazing section of your Tibet tour.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8: Drive from Lhasa to Namtso Lake, enjoy the lake view and overnight at the shore(B)

Nyenchen Tanggula Mountain and Grassland. At the foot of Nyenchen Tanggula is the land of grass. From June to end of September is the best nomadic season and you can see the full image of the green land where the nomadic people set up black tents which are made from yak wool and spend half a year to feed their animals, like yaks, sheep, horse and Tibet mastiff.

5190m Legenla Mountain Pass. At the mountain pass Legenla at 5190m hight, which is the highest point of the trip, you can have a great view of sky lake Namtso and surrounded mountains. Tashido Island, the small island with the holy caves by the lake. Walking to the top of the island you can have the panorama view of Nyenchen Tanggula Mountain and wider water surface.

Night View. This is probably one of the closest places to observe the universe. Most of the time, the weather if perfect to have a clear view of the milky way.

Stay overnight at the lake shore tent guest house

Day 9: Drive back to Lhasa with a visit to Yampachen hot spring

YangpaChen Hot Spring (Optional, Price $25 not included in package). Yangpachen attracts visitors for its unique resources: hot springs, the hot spring geothermal field covers 40 square km, throughout the year, hot water at 70°C boils and bubbles amid a thick fog. And then get back to Lhasa City.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 10: Drive from Lhasa to Shigatse, visit Yamdrotso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery(B)

Yamdrok-tso (4400m), 200km from Lhasa, is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the lake is in turquoise colore and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Karola Glaceir, It isn’t a huge glacier, but the white glacier is spectacular from the highway, it is close enough (about 300 yards) to walk to from the highway.

Gyantse Kunbum, inside the famous Pelkor Monastery, is the largest stupa in Tibet with its crown-like golden dome and inside are endless series of tiny chapels you’ll find thousands of exquisite painting.

Then you can enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress. And tourists can visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field(in summer).

Stay overnight at Shigatse

Day 11: Visit Tashilunpo Monastery, then drive back to Lhasa(B)

Tashilunpo Monastery is now the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet and one of its great monastic sights. The huge golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world. It is also the home of 11th Panchen Lama. And then we'll drive back to Lhasa along Yalong River.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 12: Fly from Lhasa to Chengdu, you could connect the international flight in the same day(B)

Service Guide

Service Included:

All Tours in Chengdu, Lhasa and Shigatse

  • Pick up from hotel before the tour
  • Drop off to hotel after the tour finish
  • All Entrance Fee of tourist attractions listed in the itineary
  • One Dinner included in Lhasa
  • Local English Speaking Tour guide
  • AC comfortable tourist Vehicle

Train Tickets in China

  • Chengdu to Lhasa Train ticket
    (As buying Train tickets is not as easy as buying air tickets, all domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.)

All Accommodation

  • All Hotels in the tour are included. We choosed best value 3 to 4 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.
    (You may book accommodation by yourself, the price can be deducted from the quotation)
  • Tent Guest House in Namtso with very basic condition(without private bathroom)

Travel Documents

  • Tibet Travel Permit, Chinese Visa Invitaton letter if required


  • Shuttle Service in Lhasa. Shuttle bus to and from Lhasa Airport

Service Excluded:

Domestic Flight Tickets

  • Flight ticket Lhasa to Chengdu
    (Sometimes, if you book international air tickets along with domestic air with same airline, you can get cheaper price; We can also book it for you if required)

Shuttle Service

  • There is no airport/train station pick up or drop off service included, please arrange the taxi by yourself. It is easy to do it in China.
    (Lhasa airport shuttle service is included as the local government requires travel agency to escort the guests)

Some Meals

  • Besides the breakfast included in hotel, and some meals listed in the day tours, meals are not included in price quotation.


  • Some options might to be recommended to guests like Yampachen Hotspring Spa
  • Additional single supplement for requiring single room for yourself
  • Gratuities to tour guide and driver
  • Other personal expenses

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