12 Days Tibet Tour from Chengdu by Train
(CT004) Chengdu - Tibet Railway - Lhasa - Namtso - Shigatse - Lhasa - Chengdu
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all levels of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
This Trip connects Chengdu in southwest and Tibet, is the best itinerary recommend for tourists fromSoutheast Asia. Chengdu is the bestgateway city to Tibet with a large number of international flights connect to southeast Asia at perfect discounted price and more than 10 flights to Lhasa everyday.
To pay a visit to Chengdu is also an amazing ideabecause this gateway city has much to explore, besides several UNESCO recognized culture and natural heritage sites, like Giant Panda, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei,… Chengdu boasts thecrown of Chinese food, it deserves your stay.
The trip starts in Chengdu and includes a short visit surrounding Chengdu, then goes to Tibet by Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrival Chengdu, Please go to our reserved hotel by taxi by yourself.Day 2
Chengdu Day Tour - Panda Base and Leshan Giant BuddhaDay 3
Free day for tourists to explore the city, board the train in the eveningDay 4
Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Sightseeing by trainDay 5
Arrive in Lhasa in the morningDay 6
Day tour to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor StreetDay 7
Day tour to visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, Sera & DrepungDay 8
Lhasa to Namtso Lake 220 km (4200m)Day 9
Namtso to Lhasa 220 kmDay 10
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via GyantseDay 11
Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)Day 12
Fly to Chengdu
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Chengdu, Please go to our reserved hotel by taxi by yourself.
When international flight lands in Chengdu, Please take a taxi by yourself to our reserved hotel. The rest of the day free for you to be on your own.
Overnight in Chengdu
Day 2: Chengdu Day Tour - Panda Base and Leshan Giant Buddha
In the morning, the guide will pick you up to visit Chengdu Panda Research Center. Morning is pandas' feeding time, you will visit both adult and baby pandashouses and watch them eating fresh bamboo. In the afternoon, drive about 2 hours to Leshan, where you can visit biggest sitting Buddha sculpture in the Lingyun Temple. 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. Either watching the Buddha by hiking or by cruise. After the tour, drive back to Chengdu, end the tour at Tianfu Square. Please take taxi to your reserved Hotel
Day 3: Free day for tourists to explore the city, board the train in the evening
Enjoy your free time in Chengdu to visit some tourist attractions like Jinli Street, Wuhou Temple, Jinsha Museum, etc. Board the train in the evening to Lhasa. The Tibet Railway offers a stunning alpine scenery full of snow caped mountains, lakes, vast plateau plains littered with nomads, yaks, Tibetan antelope and many other wild life elements. Tibet Railway is the world’s highest Railway. The 1,956 kilometers rail line expands a vast highland area with an average altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level, the highest being 5,068 meters.
Overnight in the train.
Day 4: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Sightseeing by train
Day 5: Arrive in Lhasa in the morning
When you arrive in Lhasa in the morning, your guide will greet you and take you to your hotel. Tourists may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/ Bhamaputra river (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa river on their way to Lhasa.
After arriving in Lhasa, you can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude. If you feel to go out, then you can go to the Potala Square, where you will enjoy the fountain with different colors and get amazing photos of the Potala and around.
For the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet. Having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option. Don not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 6: Day tour to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
The tour will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site - Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It's situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It's a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts. Then continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Barkhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry.
Day 7: Day tour to visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, Sera & Drepung
In the morning, tourists are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace. In the afternoon, Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Day 8: Lhasa to Namtso Lake 220 km (4200m)
In the early morning we will begin our long journey from Lhasa to Namtso. You will see enjoy the NyenchenTanggula Mountain Range and see Nomads in flourishing grassland (in Summer); Besides, on the way you can appreciate the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background. As we reach the famous Lagenla Mountain Pass(5190m), you can enjoy the awe-inspiring vista of Namtso Lake from above. After we arrived at the lake shore, you will enjoy the leisure trek around Tashi Island and enjoy sunset there. At night, you may enjoy night view of the milky way beside the Lake shore.
Stay overnight at Tent Guesthouse of Namtso
Day 9: Namtso to Lhasa 220 km
Day 10: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance clients can have spectacular views of Holy Mount NyenchenKhangsar, (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, tourists will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet.
Day 11: Shigatse (3900m) to Lhasa (3650m)
In Shigatse, we will visit Tashilunpo Monastery before driving back to Lhasa. The monastery covers 70,000 sq metres, 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. Then we will drive back to Lhasa by following Yalong Valley. You can stand on the viewing platform and view the vast Yalong River bed. Finally the guide will transfer you back to your hotels in Lhasa.
Day 12: Fly to Chengdu
You will fly to Chengdu after tour in Lhasa. The tour guide will escort you to Lhasa airport and see you off. There is only 2 hours flying from Lhasa to Chengdu,you could continue your international flight home in Chengdu.
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, Second class sleeper berth
(All domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.)
- All Hotels in the tour are included. We choose best value 3 to 4 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.
- Tent Guest House in Namtso with very basic condition (without private bathroom)
- Tibet Travel Permit
- Train Station pick up and airport drop off in Lhasa.
Domestic Flight Tickets
- Flight ticket Lhasa to Chengdu, Approx. 200 USD-260 USD/person
(Most of the time, 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)
- Lunches and Dinners in Tibet and Chengdu are not included
- Meals during the train journey please pay by yourself
- 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
- Airport pick up and train station drop off in Chengdu, please arrange by yourself.
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