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13 Days Chengdu Tibet Train Tour from Hongkong

13 Days Chengdu Tibet Train Tour from Hongkong

Fly from Hongkong to Chengdu to visit the lovely giant pandas,and  then take an overnight train to Lhasa via the world's highest railway to enjoy a Lhasa city tour and the stunning scenery of the holy Namtso Lake and Yamdro-tso Lake. Besides, you can appreciate splendid Mt. Everest and visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo Monastery.

Before the Tour:
We will deliver your reserved Chengdu-Lhasa train tickets and your Tibet Entry Permit to your hotel in Chengdu 3-5 days before the tour formally starts. We can also provide the airport to train station service in Chengdu if you need (this service is from 50USD), the driver will give you the train tickets and permit in person.

TOUR CODECTT-CTT-13

PLACES VISITEDHongkong - Chengdu - Lhasa - Namtso Lake - Yamtso Lake - Shigatse - EBC - Lhasa - Hongkong

TOUR TYPEEscorted by private guide and vehicle

  • Detailed Itinerary
  • Service Guide

At a Glance

Day1  Hongkong to Chengdu by Flight

Day2  Visit Giant Panda Breeding Reserve and Board Overnight Train to Lhasa (B)

Day3   Train to Lhasa

Day4   Scenery View of Tibet Railway, arrive in Lhasa at about 14:16

Day5   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street (B)

Day6   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Carpet Factory and Sera Monastery (B)

Day7  Lhasa to Namtso Lake (220km,4 hrs driving, asphalt road in good condition)

Day8   Driving back to Lhasa (220km)

Day9   Lhasa - Yamdrotso Lake - Gyangtse - Shigatse (B)

Day10  Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongphu Monastery (B)

Day11   Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

Day12   Shigatse to Lhasa (B)

Day13   Depart from Lhasa to Hongkong by Flight (B)

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1  Hongkong to Chengdu by Flight

Take a flight from Hongkong to Chengdu. Upon arriving in Chengdu, your local guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

Stay overnight in Chengdu.

Day2  Visit Giant Panda Breeding Reserve and Board Overnight Train to Lhasa (B)

In the morning, drive about half an hour to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, the home to giant pandas, 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.

The whole afternoon is at leisure. In the evening, you will be transferred to Chengdu train station for the train to Lhasa. Your Tibet Permit will need to be checked when you check in.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day3   Train to Lhasa

Today, you will spend the whole day on the train to Lhasa. It is quite a long journey of taking a train from Chengdu to Lhasa. It will take 42 hours, two days and two nights in the Train. On the first day you will pass through two important provincial capital cities in northwest China, Lanzhou and Xining. Xining is known as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Travelling along the rail line, you could see the scenery of countryside and cities in northwest China. The last stop for today is Xining, where you will arrive at about 17:00.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day4   Scenery View of Tibet Railway, arrive in Lhasa at about 14:16

Today, you will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the land of snows, the desert, the grassland, the ice mountains, the lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.

You will arrive in Lhasa at about 14:16, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it and the exit of the train station to welcome you. A private car will take you from the train station to the reserved hotel.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day5   Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street (B)

Morning section to visit the famous Potala Palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapels, you will experience its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens(stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala etc.

Afternoon section visiting to the holist temple in Tibet, the Johkang Temple, built during songtsen gonpo's reign by princess wencheng of tang dynasty, 647 A.D, and its famous Barkor Kora, where you can buy or appreciate traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition tibetan clothes etc. you will have chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkor.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day6   Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Carpet Factory and Sera Monastery (B)

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home of 10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous for it was the government centre during the fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous Potala Palace during the fifth dalai lama.

Then you will visit the Carpet Factory where you can see how the world-famous Tibetan carpets are made.

After having lunch, continue to visit the Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is its Buddhist Scriptures debating held in the courtyard mostly around 3-5 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day7  Lhasa to Namtso Lake (220km,4 hrs driving, asphalt road in good condition)

At around 08:00 in the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel, then drive to Namtso Lake. Nyenchen Thanglha snow mountain ranges appear in front of you all the way. In summer (May to August), the sheepherders and their family move to grassland and set up their tents. You could see green grassland, groups of sheep and yaks, nomad tents by the road. Namtso Lake is the Heavenly lake which is one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest salt lake. You can do a very relax trekking around the lake side and Tashi Island.

To spend a night at lake shore is fantastic. The night sky is so clean that you could see all the stars twinkling in the sky, so close to you as if you could stretch you hands to pick the stars. Situated at about 5000m high, Namtso lake is actually the lake in the sky, lying on the highest plateau in the world.

Stay overnight at Lake Shore Tent Guest House, dorm bed.

Day8   Driving back to Lhasa (220km)

Enjoy the clear morning at the lake shore, you can trek along the lake shore to Tashi Dor Island to explore the meditation caves. Then drive to Dumxung to have lunch.

In the afternoon, you may enjoy Yangpachen hot spring (Optional, hot spring fee does not included in price) on the way back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day9   Lhasa - Yamdrotso Lake - Gyangtse - Shigatse (B)

Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, Karo-la Glacier roadside at 4960m, we move westwards to the second biggest city of Tibet, Shigatse, the area spiritually hosted by Pamchan Lama.

The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in colour and Kubum monastery has a 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day10  Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongphu Monastery (B)

Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to E.B.C with the very rough road, pass the wild grassland, cross the rapid river and high mountains. If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more. They are Mt. Lhotse (8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m) and Mt Mayalu (8463m).

Stay overnight at Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House.

Day11   Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Shigatse

Early in the moring to see the sunrise from Rongphu, then to view Mt. Everest. The scenery is fabulous and splendid.

After walking, arrive the place to get on the local bus then use half of an hour to arrive at Everest Base Camp (Or you also can trekking to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's more interesting and much warmer, but hard to breath). Hike up to the top of the photo point to take pictures of the splendid Mt. Everest.

Then in the afternoon go down from EBC and back to Shigatse.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day12   Shigatse to Lhasa (B)

Before spending about 4 hours to drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse, visit the largest Monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo Monastery which is one of the the six great Gelukpa institutions and was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkapa, containing the world's largest gilded copper image(26m high) of future god Jampa.

Drive along the Friend-ship Highway back to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day13   Depart from Lhasa to Hongkong by Flight (B)

Take a morning flight to Chengdu or Beijing and then take another flight to Hongkong.

Services Included

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. Domestic train/flight tickets as idicted in the itinerary
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Excellent English-Speaking Tour Guide in China Tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
  8. Government tax and travel agency service

Services Excluded

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic flight'train not listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc

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