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11 Days Chengdu to Tibet Train Group Tour with Mt.Everest
11 Days Explore the Best of Chengdu and Tibet by World's Highest Train

11 Days Chengdu to Tibet Everest Base Camp Group Tour by Train and back to Chengdu by Flight

Tour Route: Chengdu - Xining - Qinghai Tibet Railway - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse - Lhasa - Chengdu icon View Trip Map

  • Tour Type

    Join-in Small Group Tour

  • Tour Service

    Local Tour Guide & Driver

  • Best Time

    All Year Around

  • Price From

    USD 1790/p.p with all-inclusive

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  • Fully Inclusive

    Touring with local tour guides and entrance fees

  • Accommodations

    10 nights at economy comfort hotel

  • Meals

    All meals listed in the itinerary

  • Flight & Train

    All domestic flight or trains

  • Visa Included

    All permits & documents for Chinese visa application included

  • Physical level

    Suitable for tourists with all ages

What Makes this Trip Different?
Master Catherine Jigme

A dream overland journey covering all the essential attractions of Tibet, stunning scenery of Qinghai-Tibet railway and adorable pandas in a quality tour package. icon

------ Tibetan Travel Guru,Master Catherine Jigme

Overview & Highlights of this Trip

For travelers arriving from southern China, Hong Kong, or Southeast Asia, begin your legendary journey to Tibet from Chengdu, is the optimal choice.

Start your two-day visit to Chengdu by enjoying its leisurely lifestyle, including giant pandas, hotpot, and Sichuan opera face-changing performances.

Next, board a train from Chengdu to Tibet. Spend a day marveling at the majestic mountains, vast grasslands, and serene lakes of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

Upon arrival in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, delve into the grandeur of the Potala Palace, explore magnificent temples, and witness the devoutness of Buddhist followers.

Travel west along the Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway to Mount Everest's base. Cherish serene living, spiritual enlightenment, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas on this adventure.

  • Chengdu to Tibet Everest Tour

    Highlight 1 of this Trip: Experience Chengdu's leisurely lifestyle: witness giant pandas, savor hotpot, and visit teahouses. Embrace the city's relaxed atmosphere.

  • Chengdu to Tibet Everest Tour

    Highlight 2 of this Trip: Embark on an extraordinary journey on the world's highest railway, enjoying stunning views of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau from the train window.

  • Chengdu to Tibet Everest Tour

    Highlight 3 of this Trip: In Tibet, journey from Lhasa to Mount Everest's base, encountering natural and cultural marvels like temples, glaciers, lakes, and peaks over 8000 meters high.

  • Chengdu to Tibet Everest Tour

    Highlight 4 of this Trip: Explore Lhasa alongside devout believers, delving into the Potala Palace and numerous Buddhist temples, immersing yourself in the lives of practitioners.

Itinerary Details

Trip at a Glance

Day 1-2: Chengdu Tour

Day 3-4: Xining Arrival and Train to Lhasa

Day 5-6: Lhasa Day Tour

Day 7-8: Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp

Day 9-10: EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa

Day 11: Lhasa - Chengdu by Flight

Day 1: Arrival in Chengdu

Welcome to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan!

When you arrive in Chengdu, our local travel guide will greet you at the airport and take you to your hotel in downtown. After checking in at the hotel, you can have a good rest or wander the surroundings as you like. Stay overnight in Chengdu.

Options for Today: For your free time today, it is recommended to visit by yourself. You can take a leisure walk through the traditional alleys in downtown areas to experience the perfect blend of traditional local houses and modern life. Some of the popular sites in Chengdu include Chunxi Road and Tai Koo Li.

Also, you could visit Kuanzhai Valley and buy some souvenirs. Renmin Park is another good choice. This beautiful city park often filled with locals, and you can enjoy a cup of tea to experience the slow life of Chengdu there.

Hotel Near Kuanzhai Alley in Chengdu - Wenjun Mansion Hotel
  • Wide and Narrow Alley

    Perfect place to sit down for a couple of teas and spicy local snacks

  • Wide and Narrow Alley

    Delicately-made souvenirs are also available on this pedestrian street

Day 2: Chengdu City Tour and Train to Xining (B,L)

Chengdu is the major overland gateway to Tibet and home to giant pandas.

In the morning, we will drive about half an hour to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, where you will catch pandas' feeding time, they are at their most active, both Adults and Babies. There's a wealth of information and a panda museum in this 230-hectare park 10 km (6 miles) north of Chengdu. It takes about 2.5 hours to visit this site.

After completing our visit, we will board the overnight train to Xining. Our local travel guide will escort you to the train station, and the comfortable sleeping arrangements onboard will ensure you have a restful journey.

Softer Sleep berth on the train
Breakfast and Lunch-hotpot
  • Come and have close contact with adorable giant pandas

  • Closely see the cute giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base.

    Closely see the cute giant pandas at Chengdu Panda Base.

Day 3: Train to Xining and Take a Night Train to Tibet (B)

Get ready for the legendary Tibet train journey from Xining!

Upon arrival in Xining, your local guide will pick you up at the railway station and take you to have a breakfast in a local restaurant to enjoy the traditional foods. 

After breakfast, you will visit Ta’er Monastery (Kumbum Monastery). As one of the six major Gelug sect monasteries in Tibet, Ta’er Monastery is the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism. Here, you will appreciate the ancient architectural complex that combines Tibetan and Chinese artistic styles, as well as various cultural treasures in the temples, such as various thangkas, murals, etc.

Additionally, we will explore the Dongguan Mosque and explore the Muslim Quarter, which is one of the oldest mosques in the western part of China. Situated in the heart of the city, these are must-see destinations. The main mosque boasts unique architecture that is sure to captivate visitors.

After the visit, you will get back and prepare for your Tibet train journey. The guide and driver will take you to the railway station for your train to Tibet. The railway station is about 2.5 kilometers north of the city center. It is suggested to get to the railway station around 1 hour before departure. You need to present your passport and the Tibet Travel Permit to board the train.

Tibet Permit Notice:
1. Once you book your trip with us, we will handle the Tibet Travel Permit application.

2. It is suggested to make your reservation and provide the necessary documents for the permit application at least 20 days in advance.

3. The issued travel permit will be sent to you before the train departs. Please make sure to keep your Tibet Travel Permit safe.

Tibet Train Travel Tips:
1. A Xining to Lhasa soft sleeper train ticket is included in the package.

2. There is a dining car onboard the train to Tibet, which offers simple Chinese dishes. You can bring some snacks and instant noodles with you.

All trains to Tibet are equipped with oxygen supply systems. Do not worry about altitude sickness onboard. 

Overnight on the Tibet Train
Breakfast and lunch - local traditional noodles
  • Tibet train soft sleeper

    Tibet train soft sleeper

  • Qinghai-Tibet railway

    The world-renowned Qinghai-Tibet railway refers to the railway that starts from Xining to Lhasa.

Day 4: Travel on the Tibet Train and Arrive in Lhasa

Complete the lifetime Tibet train journey and welcome to Tibet!

Today, you will enjoy the most beautiful scenery of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway through the Tibet Plateau. Endless land of snow, vast desert, boundless grassland, snow-capped mountains, and stunning lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.

After arriving in Lhasa, you will meet our friendly Tibetan guide at Lhasa Railway Station. The guide and the driver will take you to your hotel in downtown Lhasa. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River.

After settling into your hotel, take some time to rest and adjust to the high altitude.

In the afternoon or evening, your guide will meet you with traditional Tibetan gifts, provide travel instructions, and introduce your group members.

If you need any help or specific needs, feel free to visit our service center at Lhasa Gang-Gyan Hotel.

Travel Tips:
Lhasa is at an elevation of 3,650 meters above sea level. It is recommended to take a good rest in the hotel upon arrival, allowing your body to adapt to the high altitude in Tibet.

Gang-Gyan Hotel
  • Qinghai-Tibet railway

    Passengers can both enjoy the man-made wonder in transportation and the stunning scenery along the railway line.

  • Tour guide will meet you at Lhasa Railway Station.

    Tour guide will meet you at Lhasa Railway Station.

Day 5: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B,D)

Today is Tibetan Monastery Day! You’ll have a full day to explore the largest monastery in Tibet, delve into the knowledge of Tibetan Buddhism, and immerse yourself in the daily life of Tibetan monks.

In the morning, you’ll explore the largest monastery in Tibet - Drepung Monastery, which was once the home to over 10,000 monks. As you walk through the Coqen Hall, your guide will provide detailed explanations of the worldview of Tibetan Buddhism and introduce notable figures in Tibetan Buddhist history.

Next, you’ll visit the renowned Loseling College (or an equivalent), offering a glimpse into the study and life of Tibetan monks. Explore their dormitories to gain insights into the Tibetan monks' daily routines and living conditions.

In the afternoon, you’ll head to Sera Monastery, another of the ‘great three’ Gelug monasteries of Tibet, to witness the famous Tibetan Monks Debate (15:00 - 17:00, from Monday to Saturday). Your guide will intricately explain how Tibetan monks engage in these debates to acquire knowledge and advance in their academic degrees.

After today’s tour, enjoy a welcome dinner with your group members.

Gang-Gyan Hotel
Breakfast | Welcome Dinner Tibetan Hotpot
  • Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

    Drepung Monastery, one of the Great Three Gelug monasteries of Tibet

  • Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

    Monk Debate is a highlight of Sera Monastery

Day 6: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B)

Today’s Highlight is a visit to UNESCO World Heritage Sites Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, providing a glimpse into the daily beliefs and lives of the people of Lhasa.

After breakfast, your first stop is the Potala Palace, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Lhasa Old Town. Discover the lives and stories of the Dalai Lamas through history within the palace, and the extraordinary treasures it holds. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

After touring the Potala Palace, you will visit Longwangtan Park at the foot of the Potala Palace. Here, you can appreciate the majestic Potala Palace from a different perspective and engage in local Tibetan folk activities.

In the afternoon, you will head to the heart of Tibetan religion - the Jokhang Temple. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.

Next, follow your guide to one of the liveliest indoor Tibetan tea houses in Lhasa. Sip traditional Tibetan sweet tea alongside local Tibetans as your guide shares insights into Tibetan social dynamics and daily life.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Gang-Gyan Hotel
  • Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

    Potala Palace is always the No.1 attraction for travelers visiting Tibet.

  • A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping  Jokhang Temple

    A Tibetan pilgrim is worshipping Jokhang Temple

Day 7: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse 360 km (B,L)

In the morning, start the overland journey from Lhasa to Shigatse, which includes visits to Tibet's most beautiful lake, glacier, and charming Tibetan villages.

First, drive over the Gampala pass (4,790m) to catch a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4,400m). The Yamdrok Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7,191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Continue to explore the lakeshore from various viewpoints, and at the end of the lake, you could visit a local family in the village and have lunch with the locals.

Next, you will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside. It is the largest glacier in Tibet. As you see the ice tongue of the glacier climb the entire hillside, you will feel the magical power of nature.

Then, continue your journey to Gyantse. On the way, you will stop at Simila Mountain Pass, where you can hang prayer flags to pray for world peace and the health of your family.

After arriving in Gyantse, you can spend some time taking photos of the ancient city of Gyantse. From Gyantse to Shigatse, you will pass by green (in summer) and golden (in autumn) Tibetan barley fields and countless farms.

Finally, you will arrive in Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. After checking in to the hotel, you can take a good rest and prepare for the next day’s trip to Mount Everest.

 Shiga Yangcha Grand Hotel
 Breakfast and Lunch - Tibetan Family Food
  • Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

    Yamdrok Lake at Gampala Pass, where you can get a marvelous bird's-eye view of the lake.

  • The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

    The Karola Glacier is so close that you will appreciate a spectacular view of the white glacier contrasted with blue sky.

Day 8: Shigatse (3,850m) to Everest Base Camp (5,200m) (B)

Take the most use of your time today to admire the stunning Himalayan mountain ranges! After breakfast, you will head directly to Mount Everest.

First, you will pass Gyatsola Pass (5,280m). At Gyatsola Pass viewpoint, you’ll catch your first glimpse of Mount Everest. Hidden behind the mountain range, the Everest resembles a budding lotus flower, a captivating sight along the roadside.

Shortly after entering Mount Everest National Nature Reserve, you will enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas at Gawula Pass (5198m). At this viewpoint, you will marvel at the majestic lineup of the five highest peaks in the Himalayas, including Everest at the forefront.

Then, continue driving along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). As you get close to the base camp, the majestic Everest gradually unfolds before you, drawing nearer with each winding turn.

Upon reaching Everest Base Camp, the colossal white pyramid peak of Mount Everest stands towering before you. As the day transitions to dusk, witness the golden hues of the sun casting a warm glow on Everest's northern face.

As night falls, the sparkling Milky Way and the snow-white peak of Mount Everest reveal your final encounter with Everest.

Stay overnight at Everest Base Camp or in the local village near EBC if the EBC tent hotels are closed during the winter season.

Travel Tips:
1. The visibility of Everest is subject to weather conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

1. During the winter season, typically from November to March, the tent hotels at Everest Base Camp close. Therefore, if you’re traveling in winter, your accommodation options are limited to the village near EBC.

Overnight in EBC Tent hotel
  • Drive along the zigzag road to Everest Base Camp

    Drive along the zigzag road to Everest Base Camp

  • Enjoy your group tour to Everest Base Camp

    Enjoy your group tour to Everest Base Camp

Day 9: EBC to Sakya via Dinggye and return to Shigatse

Today, you will retrace the journey along the Himalayas and return to Shigatse. Once again savoring the beauty of the Himalayan mountain range.

In the morning, before departing from the base camp, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the world’s highest monastery, where nuns and monks live together at 5154 meters above sea level.

Then, you'll return to Shigatse via Dinggye, taking an alternative Himalayan route different from the traditional path. Here, you’ll stop at the Dinggye Xilin Viewpoint. You can not only see the majestic eastern slope of the towering Mount Everest again, but also the world's fourth-highest peak, Mount Lhotse, standing at an elevation of 8,516 meters. Additionally, you can enjoy the vast and delightful wetland landscape at the foot of Mount Everest.

Next, you’ll make a brief stop in the ancient town of Sakya to stroll around Saga Ancient Town.

Finally, you’ll arrive in Shigatse. Upon arrival, your guide will lead you to a local Langma Hall, a local venue for Tibetan song and dance performances. Here, you can witness the traditional Tibetan performances and celebrate the success of your lifetime Mount Everest journey during dinner with your fellow group members.

Travel Tips:
The accommodation at Everest Base Camp does not include breakfast, so breakfast today is at your own expense.

Shiga Yangcha Grand Hotel
  • Rongbuk Monastery, the higest monastery in the world

    Rongbuk Monastery, the higest monastery in the world

  • The View of Rongbuk Monastery

    The View of Rongbuk Monastery

Day 10: Shigatse to Lhasa via Nyemo (B)

Today's main attraction is a visit to Shigatse's largest monastery, the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Later, you'll return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River.

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery. The grand and magnificent halls of the largest local monastery occupy the entire hillside. This is the spiritual home of the Tibetan people in Shigatse, housing the world's largest statue of Maitreya Buddha. Inside, you will see monks adorned with yellow hats and red robes, moving about the temple.

Next, we will return to Lhasa along the Yarlung Tsangpo River, the mother river of the Tibetan people.

Finally, you will arrive in Lhasa. Enjoy leisure time wandering freely through Barkhor Street, where you can shop for gifts to bring back home for your family.

Gang-Gyan Hotel
  • Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

    Tashilhunpo Monastery, the home of Panchan Lama

  • Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

    Yarlung Tsangpo River in autumn

Day 11: Lhasa to Chengdu(B)

Today marks the end of your adventure.

After the breakfast, your guide will pick you up in the hotel and take you to the airport. Along the way, you will enjoy the beautiful view of Yarlung Tsangpo River/Brahmaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River. Subsequently, board your flight to Chengdu, signaling the conclusion of this remarkable adventure.

Thank you for choosing Tibet Vista, and we extend a warm welcome for your return trip in the future.

  • Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

    Bid farewell to Lhasa, and may you have a safe and pleasant journey back home!

  • Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

    Your guide will escort you to Lhasa Railway Station if you depart Tibet by train.

Tour Cost & Schedule in 2024

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Oct.11 to
Economic Class (3-Star Hotels) 1790 US$ 1890 US$ 1990 US$ 1990 US$ 1990 US$ 1890 US$
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Price Included:

Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet, and facilitate the application process for Chinese visas for tourists.

All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary, as well as tickets for sightseeing vehicles within the scenic areas.

Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide.

Comfortable local tourist vehicle according to the group size.

All hotels listed in the itinerary or equivalent three-star hotels. Upgrades are available for an additional fee. (Single room supplement required when not sharing the room).

Train tickets from Chengdu to Xining (the soft sleeper), the Xining-Lhasa train ticket (the soft sleeper) and flight ticket from Lhasa to Chengdu listed in the itinerary.

All meals listed in the above itinerary;

Tourist accident/casualty insurance (Includes insurance for altitude sickness).

Travel care essentials include snacks for train journeys, fresh fruits, and lifestyle service kits tailored for train travel.

Four distinct local specialty lunches or dinners from different locations.

Price Exclusion:

International flight to China and out.

China Visa (If you need visa assistance services, especially for Chinese Group Visa from Nepal to Tibet, feel free to contact us for more details).

Single Room Supplement: Hotels default to double occupancy with twin-bedded rooms. If you prefer a single room or room sharing isn't possible, a single room supplement is necessary. Please consult the travel consultant for specific pricing details.

Meals not specified in the itinerary and during the train journey.

Tips for the guide and driver. If you are satisfied with their service, it is suggested to tip $7 (50 RMB) per day per person to be shared between the driver and the guide.

Other expenses caused by force majeure events (such as natural disasters, traffic control, loss of valuables, visa delays, flight delays or cancellations, etc.);

Personal expenses, like laundry, phone calls, snacks, soft drinks (please do your best to avoid alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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