7 Days Lifetime Tibet Train Tour from Chengdu

Overview

Chengdu is the most preferred gateway city to Tibet and traveling by train is the best transportation to view the landscape on the way. This tour gives you an opportunity to feast your eyes leisurely. You will spend one day in Chengdu to visit pandas and Chengdu City before heading to Lhasa by train. On this train tour, you will pass the sparsely populated Kekexili Nature reserve in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau; see wild animals through the train window, and enjoy the breathtaking natural beauty of Plateau lakes and snow-covered mountains along the train line.

Important News: the latest departure time of the train to Lhasa (Z322) has been updated. On every other day, Z322 leaves Chengdu North Railway Station at 21:37 and arrives in Lhasa at 09:55 on the third morning, with a total duration of 36hrs 18mins. Please plan your trip accordingly.

7 days and 6 nights
Private Customizable Tour Package
Departure: Flexible
Theme: Culture, Photography, Train, Architecture, Family
Suitable:

Highlights

  • Experience the relaxing lifestyle of Chengdu and have a close contact with the adorable giant panda;
  • Glut yourself with the various spectacular scenery from plain to plateau on the train;
  • Set your foot on the holy land of Lhasa and explore the Buddhist culture by visiting grandiose Potala Palace and sacred Buddhist monasteries.

Itinerary

Day 1 Chengdu Arrival

Welcome to the hometown of Giant Panda! Upon arriving at the airport/train station, you will be met by your local tour guide, and then drive to your downtown hotel in Chengdu City. After the hotel check-in, you are free to take a rest or explore around on your own.

Optional Activity: go to enjoy an authentic Sichuan Cuisine dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 Chengdu Tour & Train to Lhasa ( B, L )

Chengdu has three famous features – Giant Panda, History and Leisure Living Pace. Today, you will go to explore these tree features one by one. First is to visit the lovely Giant Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, which is the No. 1 thing to do in Chengdu. You will leave your hotel early and drive about 30 minutes to the panda base so that you can catch up the great moments of pandas, such as feeding, playing, climbing trees, etc. There are different enclosures for pages of different ages, such as all around to see baby pandas,1-year-old pandas, teenage pandas, and older pandas. Beautiful walking paths will lead you to visit the enclosures from one to next. Enjoy the happy time with pandas.

The second place to visit is the sacred Wenshu Temple which is hidden peacefully among the modern mansions. This temple is the most popular Buddhist temple in Chengdu region. It has beautiful traditional ancient architecture. The atmosphere is calm and quiet, some people are praying. There is a little garden and the monastery is very colorful and decorated. After the Wenshu Temple, you are going to explore the leisure living peace of locals at Renmin Park and Jinli Street. Renmin Park, or People’s Park is the place for locals to go for a relaxing walk, meet friends, or have a cup of tea. While Jinli is the “street of tourists”. You can wander on the traditional old street to absorb the special atmosphere of Chengdu, taste local snacks, watching a performance, etc.

Lastly, you will be transferred to board your train to Lhasa which will departure at 21:37, and take you to travel totally 3,600 km, via northwestern China – Lanzhou, Xining, crossing Qinghai Tibet Plateau, and arrive at Lhasa in the morning of the third day. Though a long journey, but you will see and experience a lot –  the world’s highest altitude railway, enjoying the endless snow-capped mountains outside and the windows and witnessing the wild life on the Tibet Plateau…

Tips of today: 1. You’d better get to the railway station about 45 minutes ahead of departure time. Ticket Check-in starts 30 minutes before your aboard; 2. Prepare some foods for the long train journey.

Day 3 Train Travel

Today, you’ll travel on the world’s highest altitude railway: Qinghai-Tibet railway. While traveling to Tibet by train takes much longer time than by plane, but you will witness thousands of miles of the most stunning plateau landscapes in the world, rolling by outside your window.

Tips for today: 1. There are battery charging accesses on the train, but make sure you have a socket adapter; 2. Only Chinese foods are served aboard, including Breakfast, Box Lunch, Self-selected Meal.

Day 4 Lhasa Arrival

Waking up in the morning on the train, you will find the train is speeding on the vast Nagchu Grassland and heading to Lhasa. From Nagchu, you will take about 4 hours to arrive at the final stop of this long train journey – Lhasa, the capital of Tibet.

After arrival at Lhasa Railway Station (at around 9:55 am), your local tour guide will be waiting for you and escort you to your hotel in Lhasa. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the local areas and acclimatize yourself to the air, temperature and high altitude of Lhasa.

High Altitude Acclimation Tips:1) go for some leisure walking to acclimate the high altitude but avoid strenuous activity after arrival; 2) you’d better not have a bath, in case of catching a cold; 3) drink more water, and have some fruit; 4) have a good rest.

Day 5 Lhasa ( B )

Start today’s Lhasa exploration with an exciting visit to the landmark – Potala Palace which is regarded as one of the most beautiful architectural building in the world. You will climb up the palace along the zigzag stone paths with white-and-red walls to the top of the palace where you can not only appreciate the exotic Tibetan-style architecture, but also get a great view of Lhasa’s urban areas, then walk into the inner space of Potala Palace to explore the stately chapels and learn about the history of the palace.

Continuing your exploration, you will then get to Jokhang Temple which is considered as the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Each day, there are thousands of pilgrims coming from different places in Tibet to the temple to worship to the Buddha. This temple is also known as the “house of Buddha” because it keeps the precious Jowo Rinpoche, the life-sized (5 foot/1.5m) image of the Shakyamuni at the age of 12. The last site for today’s exploration is the famous Barkor Street. It is a circular and wide street encircling the Jokhang Temple. The local people like to walk on the street for several circles usually in the late afternoon as a daily tradition of pilgrimage. The street also has many shops selling a wide variety of traditional Tibetan goods, religious items, and handicrafts.

Tips of today: 1) there are 1,080 steps up to climb to the top of Potala Palace, so don’t walk in a rush, which may cause high altitude sickness; 2) taking photos is not allowed inside the palace; 3) today you will be mainly outside, please bring some water, a hat, sun cream, and sunglasses with you.

Day 6 Lhasa ( B )

After breakfast, you will first go to visit the beautiful Norbulingka which used to be the former summer palace of Dalai Lamas in the ancient time and now is a public park. It is famous for its Potrang, the private palaces of former Dalai Lamas with grandiose Tibetan architecture style. Next, drive several kilometers to the western outskirts of Lhasa to visit Drepung Monastery. Drepung, in Tibetan, means “prosperity”. Since its establishment, Drepung Monastery has always been one of the most important Buddhist monasteries in Tibet. In its heyday, there were more than 10,000 monks lived and studied in the monastery. Throughout its history, many important and famous Tibetan leaders used to study here, especially the Dalai Lamas. So Drepung Monastery is also respectfully known as the “Mother School of Dalai Lamas”.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to another famous monastery in Lhasa – Sera Monastery. It is famous for the spectacular “Buddhism Debating”. As a daily routine, the monks gather in a courtyard and debate on the Buddhist doctrines with supplemented gestures, which is thought to be helpful to facilitate a better comprehension of the Buddhist philosophy to attain higher levels of study. After enjoying the “Buddhism Debating”, you will be transferred back to the city. The rest time is your own free time to rest.

The Etiquette of Visiting Monastery: 1) you shouldn’t wear short and uncover shoulders; 2) taking off your sunglasses and hat before entering the chapels; 3) taking photos is usually not allowed inside the chapels.

Day 7 Lhasa Departure ( B )

Today is free for you until your tour guide transfers you to the airport in time for your flight or drop you off at Lhasa train station.

Tips of Today: 1) please pack your luggage carefully, especially for small things like camera charger, power adapter, mobile phone, phone charger, wallet, and towel; 2) if your flight is arranged in the afternoon, please make sure you check out the hotel before 12 pm.

Important Notes:

  • 1. Tibet Permits
    There are several permits required to visit Tibet. Tibet Entry Permit, issued by Tibet Tourism Bureau, is the most important one which has to be obtained before your trip because you must have it to take your flight/train to Tibet. To get the permit, you have to book a Tibet tour with us, and send us your passport and Chinese visa about 20 days in advance, and then let us apply for the permit (all Tibet permits can only be applied by travel agency). If you travel to other prefectures like Shigatse, Nyingchi, Shannan, etc, you also have to obtain an Alien Travel Permit. If you travel to Mount Everest, you have to obtain a Border Permit.
  • 2. Available Months to Visit Tibet
    Generally speaking, months from April to October are recommended. Other months are usually very cold, and possible have heavy snow, especially in regions like Mount Everest, Mount Kailash, Namtso Lake, etc.
  • 3. High Altitude Sickness
    The average altitude of Tibet is about 4000 meters above the sea level (Lhasa: 3700m; EBC: 5200m; Namtso: 4718m). You may suffer a bit from High Altitude Sickness in the beginning days of your Tibet trip if you haven’t had rich high plateau travel experience. But don’t worry too much, the high altitude can be acclimatized usually in 2~3 days. Our suggestion is to take a physical examination and get suggestions from your doctor, and also bring some medicines to prevent from High Altitude Sickness before your trip. While in Tibet, you should keep warm all the time, avoid strenuous activities, drink more water and eat more vegetables and carbohydrates. You’d better not take showers during the first two days after your arrival at Tibet. If you don’t feel well, get help from your tour guide or go to the hospital without any delay.
  • 4. How to Go to Tibet
    Currently Chengdu has 12~15 flights to Lhasa each day. It takes about 2.5 hours to get to Lhasa Gongga Airport from Chengdu by flights. The flights are usually in short supply, so you’d better book it as early as possible. There is one Chengdu-Lhasa train in every other day, which will take about 43 hours to reach Lhasa. (Other popular gateway cities are Beijing, Chongqing, Xian, Kunming, Shanghai, Xining)
  • 5. Packing and Wearing Ideas
    Firstly you can’t forget your passport and Chinese Visa. A large backpack and a smaller one are recommended (the smaller one can be used for daily activities). Also bring the necessary medicine you need. Other stuffs like sunglasses, snow glasses, hats, lip balm, sun block are recommended.
    As for wearing, you are suggested to dress in layers (both thin and thick jackets). Down jacket is necessary in Spring and Autumn. A pair of durable and comfortable shoes is necessary.

Price & Inclusion

7 Days Lifetime Tibet Train Tour from Chengdu
Price for 2 Adults
US $1878
Discount
US $0

Total
US $1878

Meals

Transportation

Price Includes

  • Train Ticket from Xining to Lhasa.
  • Private professional English-speaking tour guide.
  • Private vehicle and Luggage Transfers.
  • All necessary Tibet travel permits.
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy. Medium standard accommodation with attached bathroom on twin sharing basis. Guesthouse or tent in remote areas.
  • Meals noted in the itinerary as “B,L,D”.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge (the planning, handling, operational and communication charges) & government taxes.
  • Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance

Cancellation by Customer

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged

Children Policy

  • 30% of total package price should be deposited once the booking is confirmed
  • Cancellation received less than 72 hours prior arrival date or No show: full charge the total package rate
  • Cancellation received from 4 days to 14 days prior arrival date: 50% of total package tour charged
  • Cancellation received from 15 days to 20 days prior arrival date: 10% of total package tour charged