8 Days Chengdu-Lhasa Train tour




8 days

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Best Months To Travel

June, July, Aug, Sept


Chengdu to Lhasa tour is the top-selling tour in Tibet. The Chengdu to Lhasa train services are very comfortable and every year thousands of visitors travel from Chengdu to Tibet. You can witness one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

After a couple of days of acquaintance in our neighboring city Chengdu by visiting its famous Giant Panda Breeding Centre, Manjushri Temple, and Leshan Giant Buddha statue. We will board the sky road train into the Tibet plateau.

Over the past centuries, it was a mere dream to travel into Tibet Plateau by train, but in 2006, when the Qinghai-Tibet train completed its mission over the mighty Thangula pass (5072m) and snowy northern highland, it finally achieved the long dream of travelers, the Qinghai-Tibet railway covers 1,956 km (1216 miles) in total consisting of 2 phases:

The first phase 814 km (506 miles) from Xinning to Golmud opened in 1984; the second phase 1142 km (710 miles) from Golmud to Lhasa opened in 2006. The train ride offers spectacular views of stunning Kokornor Lake and snow-capped peaks. And bloomy glaciers from the Thangula ridge (5072m), endangered wild lives like Tibetan antelopes by traversing the Kekexilin Wildlife Reserve.

The lone nomad families dwell in black tents and scattered villages in the isolated Changthang (Northern plain), and your arrival at the holy city of Lhasa will greet by its fair blue sky and a glimpse of Potala palace perching on the red hill, in the following days. You will be overwhelmed by mystical buildings and temples which reflect the rich culture and tradition of the ancient city. Moreover, it is a great pleasure to mingle in the bustling Bakhor Street with devoted pilgrims


Tour Cost Includes:

  • - All necessary travel permits to Tibet;
  • - Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the program;
  • - Private transportation in Tibet: Ranging from 4WD land cruiser to bus depending on the group size and trip route (car gasoline is included), SEE VEHICLE PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Private guide: English speaking local Tibetan guide;
  • - Lodging: available from 5 star hotels to budget guesthouses, SEE HOTEL PHOTOS HERE;
  • - Train tickets from Chengdu to Lhasa (soft sleeper or hard sleeper for optional);
  • - Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour;
  • - Oxygen canisters: 2 canisters for each person;
  • - Lodging and meals for guide and drivers;
  • - First aid kit;
  • - Liability travel insurance;
Tour Cost Excludes:
  • - Travel insurance covers trip cancellation and emergency evacuation (recommended);
  • - Expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc.);
  • - International and domestic flight/train.(Note: we accept flights and train tickets bookings in advance, please check the updated cost and ticket availability with your travel consultant);
  • - Meals that are not specified in the itinerary (Averagely a meal in Tibet cost USD5 per person);
  • - Gratuities for the guide and driver:

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons
Laundry service
Outdoor Seating
Smoking Allowed
Wireless Internet

Tour Plan

Today you will be greeted by our local guide and driver at the Chengdu International Airport and a short drive of 30 minutes get you to hotel in the Chengdu downtown, rest in the hotel and alleviate jet-lag. Overnight in Chengdu.
Attractions; close view of Leshan Giant Buddha, Chengdu suburb villages rapeseed farm view.
Today our guide and driver meet you at the hotel lobby, we will drive to Leshan, it is only 160km that takes less than 2 hours drive, the Giant Buddha statue is situated southern face of the small hill that we will climb over. The Buddha statue is the world largest stone Buddha statue that date back to mid of Tang Dynasty(618-907), passing through caves and carved statues, the winding staircases within the trees lead us to the ridge of the hill, after 20 to 25 minutes climb we will enjoy the view of the 71m high statue right from his shoulder level. There is a steep stair down to get a full view of the statue. Then we will climb down to its exit gate and drive back to Chengdu in the afternoon. Overnight in Chengdu.
Attraction: Giant Panda Breeding Centre and Jinli bustling street.
We will start the beautiful day with a visit the Panda Breeding Centre, the cute pandas are very active in the morning and there you will see them rolling, climbing and eating bamboos, Chengdu Giant Panda breeding centre was founded in 1987 with 6 rescued Pandas from the wild and now there are about 83 Pandas rearing in it. You will enjoy the time by seeing both Giant Pandas and red Pandas, also the newly born Panda cubs in the nursery room, then we will drive to the Tibetan area and visit Jinli street, Jinli street have centuries history and now it is a folk-custom street decorated by traditional Chinese building walled the narrow street, there you will find different folk stuffs and plenty of Chengdu famous snack foods. Then about 2 pm, your guide and driver see you off at the Northern train station. Train departs at 14:48.  Overnight on the train.

Attraction: views of Chinese rural scene;

Today the train will traverse into Qinghai plateau and appearance of snow capped mountains notice your approaching to the Tibet plateau, the cloudy and moist weather change into dry and sunny blue sky. Overnight on the train.

Attractions; Perennial snow covered Thangula ranges, Tibet northern lakes and vast pastures, lone wild animals and scattered nomads families.

Today we will cross over the mighty Thangula ranges at mid night around 2a.m. with altitude of 5072m set the world highest train, rest of day you will impress by the vast pastures and plains with sparsely populated nomadic region, then finally you will get to the terminal station as Lhasa in the afternoon, there our local Tibetan guide and driver will greet for your arrival and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa city, from the train station it is only 25km and it takes about half hour, check in the hotel and take it easy for the rest of the day to acclimatize and alleviate the jet lag. Overnight in Lhasa.

Attractions; Jokhang temple and bustling Bakhor street and Sera monastery. Today is the your first day on the high plateau and some of you may have little head ach which is very common for travelers by the high altitude, so drinking enough water and mild activity on the first few days is recommendable. In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and take an easy visit to Jokhang Temple in the centre of the Old Lhasa city. Jokhang temple is one of the most scared temple in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you have time to walk around the Bakhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as crowded central market of Lhasa, during the old days it is the most famous local market but now it is changed to tourist gift shopping centre. The amazing day will ended with a visit to the Sera Monastery, it is built in the fifteenth century by the Jamchen choji Sakya Yeshi who is disciple of Tsongka pa, few different monastic colleges in Sera is home to several hundred monks from different part of Tibet, the famous Buddhist philosophical debates among the monks are happening everyday in the afternoon except Sunday. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Attractions; Potala palace and Drepung monastery. Today we will visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in 7th century and later in 17th century rebuilt by 5th Dalai Lama, since then it was home to the Dalai Lama and his government. Walking though the long steps are quite challenging but it is worthwhile to leave your foot steps in the spiritual palace of God of compassion which listed in the world heritage in 1994. And in the afternoon, we will visit the Drepung monastery, once the world's largest monastery that housed for more than 10,000 monks, it was resident of the Dalai Lama prior to Potala Palace, but several destructions were taken place in different time but still you have lots of things to see by walking through numbers of narrow and twisted lane through the monks apartments is thrilling. Continues acclimatize and alleviate jet lag rest of the day. Overnight in Lhasa.
Today our guide and driver will send you to the airport or train station and it is time to say your good bye and depart to your next destination. End the trip officially.

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Cristian Pumarino Jun,11 2019 01:29:35
We are 3 people that will travel from Chengdu to Lahsa by train, arriving around August 5th. We want to take 4 days tour in Lhasa.  We need to know how to book the tour with you, the price, how to pay it and what are the documents we need to go there. We will get our tourist visa to visit China after we book the tour. Two of us will travel form Chile in South America and our son -also chilean- will do it form South Africa. Stay tuned to reply
Lakshmi May,23 2019 15:20:14
Hi, I am interested in this tour. But I cannot exert myself much and was wondering if I can skip the Kailash Kora and use other forms of transportation. I do however want to see Mt. Kailash. Also are you able to provide oxygen?
matteo May,18 2019 16:19:11
Hello! we would kindly like to know what’s the cheapest offer you have for this guided tour. We’re two people thank you!!

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