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12 Days Chengdu Tibet Railway Lhasa Namtso Shigatse Small Group Tour

Tour Route: Chengdu - Tibet Railway - Lhasa - Namtso - Shigatse - Lhasa - Chengdu

Trip Overview:

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.

  • Tour Code: TTO-PT-CT004

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  • Tour Type: Join-in Coach Tour (Max 12)

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Daily 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 to Lhasa

Enjoy your free time in Chengdu to visit some tourist attractions like Jinli Street, Wuhou Temple, Jinsha Museum, etc. Board the train from Chengdu to Lhasa in the evening. 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 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 4-5: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Sightseeing by train, arrive in Lhasa

The train will move on Qinghai Tibet Plateau, and you will pass by Yuzhufeng, which is the main peak of Kunlun Mountain, World Natural Heritage Kekexili Naturel Preserve, Tuotuo River-the resource of Yangtze River, Naqu Grassland and Cuona Lake. In the morning of the next day, the train will arrive in Lhasa. Tour guide will meet you at railway station.

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

In the morning, never miss the stunning sunrise view of the Namtso Lake. Then we will head back to Lhasa.

Overnight in Lhasa

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.

Tour Departures in 2024

Travel TimeApr. to Jun.
(Shoulder Season)
Jul. to Oct.
(Peak Season)
Price 1603 US$ 1575 US$

What’s 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 Fees of tourist attractions listed in the itinerary

* 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 Accommodation

* 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)

Travel Documents

* Tibet Travel Permit

Others

* Train Station pick up and airport drop off in Lhasa

What’s excluded?

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)

Some Meals

* Lunches and Dinners in Tibet and Chengdu are not included

* Meals during the train journey please pay by yourself

Others

* 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.

Price From US$1575/person

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