Chengdu to Tibet Train

12 Days Chengdu train to Lhasa Shigatse Everest Base Camp and Namtso Lake Tour

It is very convenient to reach Chengdu from overseas because there are many international flights each day to Chengdu. It is also very easy to book the train ticket from Chengdu to Lhasa. On this tour, you will take the Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa from Chengdu and then not only visit the best part of the holy city Lhasa, but also see multiple dispersed sites from Lhasa to EBC, such as: Yamdrok Lake, Khumbum Stupa in Gyantse and Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Shigatse; and you will go northern Tibetan pasture to visit Namtso Lake under Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges.

Day Route Attractions & Activities Accommodations Meals
1 Beijing Departure Take the train to Lhasa On the train /
2 On the train amazing sceneries outside the train window On the train /
3 Arrival in Lhasa (3600m) Pick up and transfer to the hotel. Lhasa, 3★/4★ /
4 Lhasa City tour Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
5 Lhasa City tour Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street Lhasa, 3★/4★ B,D
6 Lhasa-Shigatse (3900m) 350km, 7-8hrs Yamdrok Lake,Karola Glacier,Kumbum Stupa, Pelkor Chode Monastery Shigatse, 3★/4★ B
7 Shigatse-EBC (5200m) 350km, 7-8hrs EBC, Rongbuk monastery EBC guestroom B
8 EBC-Shigatse EBC Shigatse, 3★/4★ /
9 Shigatse-Lhasa (3600m) 280km, 6-7hrs Tashi Lhunpo monastery, Yarlung Tsangpo Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
10 Lhasa – Namtso – Yampachen, 350km, 9-10hrs Namtso Lake Damxiong, 3★ B
11 Yampachen to Lhasa 90, 2hrs Yampachen Lhasa, 3★/4★ B
12 Depart from Lhasa Send off to train/airport / B

Day 1: Board the Train to Lhasa from Chengdu
Today, after your Chengdu tour, you will take the train Z322 to Tibet by yourself. We can help you apply for Tibet Travel Permit and book Chengdu train ticket to Lhasa.

The Z322 train to Lhasa from Chengdu  Railway Station at 20:10. Please be sure to arrive in train station at least 1 hour before the train departure.

Day 2: On the Train To Lhasa
Today is the first day on the Tibet train. You will pass through two important cities in northwest China, which is Lanzhou and Xining.

From Xining, the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet railway, you could see the scenery of countryside and cities in northwest China along the rail line.

Day 3: Scenery along the Tibet Railway, and Arrive in Lhasa in the Afternoon
Today, you are going to witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. Along the way to Nagchu, you could see Tanggula Pass come and go, almost indistinguishable from the rest of the high land. You could find villagers gaze at the passing train and yaks bolted off the tracks. Up here, every few minutes another range of snow-capped peaks with glaciers streaming down their sides appeared on the horizon.

Welcome to Lhasa! Upon your arrival at Lhasa Railway Station, your professional Tibetan guide will meet you at designated location on time, with Pickup Board. Then a comfortable car or bus and experienced driver will take you to Lhasa hotel safely. It is only 30km from the railway station and takes about half an hour.

After arriving at hotel, tour guide will help you check in. You can take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude.

Overnight in Lhasa.

Lhasa Railway Station
Lhasa Railway Station

Day 4: Lhasa tour
After breakfast at your hotel, driven to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung Monastery was ever the largest monastery with more than 10 thousand monks, and now is one of three great monasteries in Lhasa. Seen from the distant, its grand, white construction gives the appearance of a heap of rice.

In the afternoon, driven to visit Sera Monastery, which is famous for the unique “Daily Scriptures Debating” activity held from 3:30pm to 5pm in the central courtyard. Then transfer back to the hotel.

Day 5: Lhasa tour
After breakfast, your tour guide & driver will pick you and drive to visit the splendid Potala Palace, which is Lhasa’s cardinal landmarks. You will have a whole morning to explore this world-level architectural works: White Palace, Red Palace, corridors and stairs and countless lama’s dormitory. Others include: Buddha statues, red-robed lamas and devoted, murals, etc.

In the afternoon, you will walk to visit the age-old Jokhang Temple, as the spiritual center of Tibet, which will deeply impress you with its magnificence and sincere pilgrims. You will see pilgrims donating butter oil to keep the lights burning for the Buddha; learning Tibetan Buddhism; hearing the red-robed Lamas praying; taking photos of the gold roof and enjoying the beautiful sunshine of Lhasa.

Finally, you will have a relaxing walk around Jokhang Temple at Barkhor Street, which is the oldest street in Lhasa, and full of religious atmosphere, showcasing Tibetan culture, economy, religion and arts assemble. Then transfer back to the hotel.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace

Day 6: Lhasa – Gyantse (3900m) – Shigatse (3800m) (350km, 7-8hrs)
On leaving the Tibetan capital, we will first drive southwest towards the beauty of Lake Yamdrok taking the winding road up to the crest of the Gampa La pass at 4794 meters. From the pass you get the first glimpse of the beauty of Lake Yamdrok below ringed by snowy mountain peaks and stretching out across the whole landscape before you. In the distance the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar stands tall in the Nyenchen Tanglha Mountain Range. We will drop down to the lake shore for a closer look before continuing on to Nagartse for a delicious local lunch.

On the way to Gyantse, after lunch, we cross over the pass at Karo La (5159m) where we can view the beautiful glacier that falls from the slopes of Mount Nyenchen Khangsar. In Gyantse we will stop at the Pelkor Chode Monastery to explore both the monastery and the outstanding 32-meter stupa that is the highlight of the day. Known as the Kumbum Stupa this one-of-a-kind stupa has nine floors and 108 chapels which contain thousands of images and statues throughout. Then we will continue on in the late afternoon to reach Shigatse before nightfall.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake

Day 7: Shigatse – EBC (5200m) (350km, 7-8hrs)
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive direct to the base Camp of Mount Everest near the Rongbuk Monastery. The route takes us over several high passes and the first outstanding view you will see is from the Gyatso La pass at 5400 meters. From the viewpoint at the crest of the pass you can see Mount Everest standing tall in the distance.

At Old Tingri we will turn off the Friendship Highway and take the Zhufeng Road over the Gawu La Pass (5250m) from which you get an amazing view of the Himalayan panorama. The view of the peaks includes several mountains above 8000 meters including Mount Everest (8848m) Mt. Lhotse (8516m) Mt. Makalu (8463m) Mt. Shishapangma (8020m) and Mt. Cho Oyu (8201m).

On our arrival at the Rongbuk Monastery we will first check into the tent guesthouse or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse depending on the time of year. The tent guesthouses are not available in the winter months from November to March and are sometimes full in the peak months of summer. After a light lunch we will get time to explore the famous Rongbuk Monastery the official highest Buddhist monastery in the world. Housing both monks and nuns the monastery was a regular stopping point for explorers heading for Mount Everest in the early days after it was first discovered.

Mount Everest Base Camp

Day 8: EBC – Shigatse (350km, 7-8hrs)
After a pleasant night at the base camp or monastery guesthouse, we can rise early to get the best view of the sunrise on the eastern sloped of Mount Everest. The hill behind the monastery is the best spot for good early-morning photos of the mountain. Then it is time to say goodbye to the world’s highest mountain as we pack up and prepare to drive back to Shigatse.

Day 9: Shigatse to Lhasa (280km, 6-7hrs)
After breakfast we will spend the first part of the morning touring around the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery the seat of the Panchen Lama before heading off along the Friendship Highway towards Lhasa. Built in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama, the monastery is now the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama Tibet’s second highest religious incarnation. There you will be able to see the tombs of 7 Panchen Lamas explore the twisting cobbled streets and get a peek into monastic life.

On the rout 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 10: Lhasa – Namtso Lake – Damxiong or to Yampachen (350km, 9-10hrs)
After breakfast, we drive from Lhasa to Lake Namtso, one of the three holy lakes of Tibet and also the highest saline lake in the world. On the way, you can see snow-capped Nyenchen Thanglha Mountain Ranges and lots of nomads and their tent with grazing yak and sheep densely-populated on the flourishing grassland in summer. Besides, you can enjoy the view of Sky-Road Railway with snow mountain background; while standing at the famous Nagenla Pass(5190m), you can view the stunning overlooking of sacred Namtso Lake.

Then we can enjoy our time to do a leisurely trek along the lakeshore. Drive back to hotel at Dumxung or Yampachen.

Namtso Lake
Namtso Lake

Day 11: Yampachen to Lhasa ( 90km, 2hrs)
Drive to Yampanchen and enjoy the natural hot spring bath in here. The famous Yangpachen lies on the southern slope of the Nyenchen Tangula Mountains and is famous for its geothermal scenery. Every year, Yangpachen Hot Spring emits heat equal to that of 4.7 million tons of standard coal. Lying in a plateau basin, Yangpachen’s geothermal field covers 40 square km. To take advantage of geothermal field, resorts were built in here, giving tourists a chance to enjoy the outdoor natural hot spring spa. Then drive back to Lhasa.

Day 12: Depart from Lhasa
Today is free for you until you are escorted to the airport or railway station for departure and the guide will help you get on board.

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