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Beijing - Lhasa - Kathmandu Tour

Trip Fact

Trip Duration 15 Days
Destination Tibet
Trip Grade Challenging
Activity Tour
Max. Altitude 5,250m.
Accomodation Hotel + Tea-house Lodges
Transportation Private Vehicle
Meals Breakfast
Starts in Beijing (China) - Lhasa
Ends in Kyirong – Kathmandu (Nepal)
Minimum Pax 2
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This tour presents a delightful blend of high adventure and exotic culture.

This tour commences in Beijing, a city in Northern China. Beijing, an ancient capital and a bustling modern metropolis is a city of amazing contrasts. In Beijing some incredible historical sites awaits you. On a guided tour, you explore the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven.

Leaving capital city Beijing you embark on a train journey to Lhasa, aboard the world's highest railway, the Qinghai - Tibet railway. As the train trundles along the high Tibetan plateau, picturesque scenes of Tibetan countryside whiz by. Owing to Tibet's high altitude the train has been equipped with oxygen-supplying equipments. Oxygen masks are available for those who are prone to altitude sickness.

Exploration of the ancient palaces, monasteries and temples, a ride on the world's highest train, a journey to (almost) the top of the world, the Everest Base Camp, this tour offers you an experience of a lifetime. This trip takes you on a whirlwind tour to three oriental cities: Beijing, Lhasa and finally to Kathmandu. Exploring these three cities will give you an insight into three ancient cultures, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese. But the major highlight of this trip is the journey aboard the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest railway. Another highlight of this trip is the trek to the Everest Base Camp will be memorable.

While in the old city of Lhasa, you will be taken on a guided tour to all the city's major attractions: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, and Norbulingka etc. Excursions to important Tibetan cities of Shigatse, Gyantse and Shegar are also included in your itinerary. On reaching Rongbuk, you get to view the world's highest mountain Mount Everest 8848m. As you leave Kyirong and cross the friendship Bridge, you enter Nepal. There is a refreshing change in scenery, as verdant greenery replaces the dry and arid Tibetan landscape. In Kathmandu you will get to explore the three medieval cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar square.

Detail Itinerary

Tour Cost Service Includes:

  • All land transportation by Car, Land Cruiser, Hiace and mini Bus (as per size of group - Airport/Hotel/Airport, expedition pick up and drop).
  • Best available standard Hotel accommodation in Beijing, Lhasa at 3 star level Hotel and best available en-route on twin sharing with breakfast.
  • Transportation by Car or, Land Cruiser (Toyota 4500, best in Tibet) with support truck while on Tibet.
  • Excellent English-Speaking Tour Guide in China Tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet as well as in Kathmandu.
  • Tibet visa, permit and all applicable taxes and your entrance fees in Beijing and Lhasa en-route.
  • 3 Night’s Hotel Accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast basis as per programs.
  • 2 full day 4/5 hours sightseeing with professional English speaking tour guide and manuments entrancey fees.
  • Airport transfers and supply of bottled oxygen in Car.
  • PAC bag (Portable Altitude Chamber) and first aid medical Kit.
  • All official taxes and service charge.

Tour Doesn't Include:

  • Hotel accommodation after 3 nights stays in Kathmandu.
  • Personal transportation except above programs.
  • Major meals lunch and dinner during your stay in Nepal and Hotel in Tibet.
  • Personal clothing, tour equipments as well as sleeping bags. (required)
  • Personal Nature expenses (Extra expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances such as sickness, accidents, road blockage, and other occurrences beyond our control.)
  • Drinks except tea and coffee.
  • Airfare: To & from your country.
  • Nepal entry, re-entry visa fees and international airport departure taxes. (It is suggested you apply for a multiple entry visa for Nepal initially saving you the Nepal re-entry fee).
  • Personal travel insurance. (Liability for insurance against sickness, accidents, loss of baggage, loss of life etc.)
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive.
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

Spring Itinerary

Outline Tour Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Beijing Sightseeing: Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs-Changling. (B)
Day 03: Beijing Sightseeing: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, and take train to Xian. (B)
Day 04: Xian Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Day 05: Board the train to Lhasa (3650m.) from Xian. (B)
Day 06: Sightseeing along the railway, arrival Lhasa in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. (B)
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. (B)
Day 09: Lhasa - Yamdrotso Lake - Gyangtse (3950m.) - Shigatse (3900m.) 351km. (B)
Day 10: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m.) 312km. (B)
Day 11: Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Kyirong Bazar port. (B)
Day 12: Kyirong Bazar Port - Rashuwaghadi - Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel. (184 km)(B)
Day 13: Kathmandu full day sightseeing: Bouddha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar square and Swayambhunath (Monkey temple). (B)
Day 14: Bhaktapur Durbar square and Old Durbar square (Hanuman Dhoka) and around. (B)
Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journeys. (B)

Detailed Tours Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
A private car will take you to your Hotel in Beijing,you could have a rest in your hotel or looking around in Beijing on your own. Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 02: Beijing Sightseeing: Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs-Changling. (B)
Today you will visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Chang Tomb of Ming Tombs. You will be taken on a group tour to the Great Wall, the most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders. This section was first built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). Then you will visit to the Ming Tomb the burial site of the emperor Wanli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620.
Stay overnight at Beijing.

Day 03: Beijing Sightseeing: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, and take train to Xian. (B)
Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square which is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and then the magnificent Forbidden City which located in the center of Beijing and used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. In the afternoon, you will visit the fine Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Summer Palace was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. it is the most splendid classical garden in China. The Temple of Heaven is a royal sacred site where prayers for good harvests, prosperity and harmonious life are offered. In the evening you board overnight train to Xian.
Stay overnight on the train.

Day 04: Xian Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
You will be in Xian in the morning. Today’s sightseeing is The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, BanPo Museum, The Museum of the First Qin Emperor’s Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the shop of The Qin terra-cotta figures and Jades in Terra-cotta warriors Museum.
Stay overnight in Xian.

Day 05: Board the train to Lhasa from Xian. (B)
In the early morning, you will board the famous sky train to Lhasa in Xian train station. To start the wonderful journey of experience the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 33 hours.
Stay overnight on the train.

Day 06: Sightseeing along the railway, arrival Lhasa in the late afternoon. (B)
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice –mountain, beautiful lakes which will strongly go to your heart. Arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. You are warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station by our professional employee and send you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 07: 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.

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery 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 it was the government centre during fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth Dalai Lama. Then you will visit the Carpet Factory, 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 that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon section most of the time.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 09: 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 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.

Day 10: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery. (B)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongbuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to Everest Base Camp 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 8000 meter high or more. They are Mt. Lhotse (8,516m.), Mt. Everest (8,848m.), Mt. Qowowuyag (Cho Oyu - 8,201m.) and Mt. Mayalu (8,463m.).
Stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Tent or Guest House.

Day 11: Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Kyirong Bazar. (B)
Early in the morning to see the sunrise from Rongpuk then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. You can take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest. After Everest Base Camp, you will drive to Kyirong Bazar, taking in the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. The road goes past the Ghungtang Lhamo, at 5,236 meters, and you will arrive in Kyirong in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in a Kyirong Guest House.

Day 12: Kyirong Bazar - Rashuwaghadi - Kathmandu. (184 km)(B)
Drive few kilometers away from Kyirong Bazar to Rashuwaghadi. Here you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu.After driving for around 5 hours, and covering 160 km, you finally arrive at Kathmandu.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Kathmandu Valley fullday city tour. (B)
Full day sightseeing tour (Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). After breakfast, your Nepalese tour guide will take you to the major sightseeing places in Kathmandu. you will see historic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like and Boudhanath, Hindu temples of Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple. After sightseeing you will be back to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu Valley half a day Tour. (B)
After breakfast we take you to Bhaktapur, where you will experience unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal which has not been touched by western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur and you will tour around all these places. Back to your hotel in the afternoon and free for shopping.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journeys. (B)

Autumn Itinerary

Outline Tour Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Beijing Sightseeing: Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs-Changling. (B)
Day 03: Beijing Sightseeing: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, and take train to Xian. (B)
Day 04: Xian Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
Day 05: Board the train to Lhasa (3650m.) from Xian. (B)
Day 06: Sightseeing along the railway, arrival Lhasa in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 07: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor street. (B)
Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery. (B)
Day 09: Lhasa - Yamdrotso Lake - Gyangtse (3950m.) - Shigatse (3900m.) 351km. (B)
Day 10: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery (5000m.) 312km. (B)
Day 11: Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Kyirong Bazar port. (B)
Day 12: Kyirong Bazar Port - Rashuwaghadi - Kathmandu then transfer to Hotel. (184 km)(B)
Day 13: Kathmandu full day sightseeing: Bouddha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar square and Swayambhunath (Monkey temple). (B)
Day 14: Bhaktapur Durbar square and Old Durbar square (Hanuman Dhoka) and around. (B)
Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journeys. (B)

Detailed Tours Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing, meet our staff then transfer to Hotel.
A private car will take you to your Hotel in Beijing,you could have a rest in your hotel or looking around in Beijing on your own. Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day 02: Beijing Sightseeing: Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs-Changling. (B)
Today you will visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Chang Tomb of Ming Tombs. You will be taken on a group tour to the Great Wall, the most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders. This section was first built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). Then you will visit to the Ming Tomb the burial site of the emperor Wanli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620.
Stay overnight at Beijing.

Day 03: Beijing Sightseeing: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, and take train to Xian. (B)
Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square which is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and then the magnificent Forbidden City which located in the center of Beijing and used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. In the afternoon, you will visit the fine Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Summer Palace was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. it is the most splendid classical garden in China. The Temple of Heaven is a royal sacred site where prayers for good harvests, prosperity and harmonious life are offered. In the evening you board overnight train to Xian.
Stay overnight on the train.

Day 04: Xian Sightseeing: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. (B)
You will be in Xian in the morning. Today’s sightseeing is The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, BanPo Museum, The Museum of the First Qin Emperor’s Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses. You will also visit the shop of The Qin terra-cotta figures and Jades in Terra-cotta warriors Museum.
Stay overnight in Xian.

Day 05: Board the train to Lhasa from Xian. (B)
In the early morning, you will board the famous sky train to Lhasa in Xian train station. To start the wonderful journey of experience the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 33 hours.
Stay overnight on the train.

Day 06: Sightseeing along the railway, arrival Lhasa in the late afternoon. (B)
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice –mountain, beautiful lakes which will strongly go to your heart. Arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. You are warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station by our professional employee and send you to reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 07: 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.

Day 08: Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery 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 it was the government centre during fifth dalai lama and later moved to the famous potala palace during fifth Dalai Lama. Then you will visit the Carpet Factory, 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 that Monks debiting is held there in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon section most of the time.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day 09: 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 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.

Day 10: Shigatse - Lhatse - Tingri - Rongbuk Monastery. (B)
Drive westwards the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongbuk, road is under construction. From Tingri to Everest Base Camp 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 8000 meter high or more. They are Mt. Lhotse (8,516m.), Mt. Everest (8,848m.), Mt. Qowowuyag (Cho Oyu - 8,201m.) and Mt. Mayalu (8,463m.).
Stay overnight at Rongbuk Monastery Tent or Guest House.

Day 11: Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Kyirong Bazar. (B)
Early in the morning to see the sunrise from Rongpuk then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. You can take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest. After Everest Base Camp, you will drive to Kyirong Bazar, taking in the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. The road goes past the Ghungtang Lhamo, at 5,236 meters, and you will arrive in Kyirong in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in a Kyirong Guest House.

Day 12: Kyirong Bazar - Rashuwaghadi - Kathmandu. (184 km)(B)
Drive few kilometers away from Kyirong Bazar to Rashuwaghadi. Here you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu.After driving for around 5 hours, and covering 160 km, you finally arrive at Kathmandu.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 13: Kathmandu Valley fullday city tour. (B)
Full day sightseeing tour (Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath temple, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple). After breakfast, your Nepalese tour guide will take you to the major sightseeing places in Kathmandu. you will see historic monuments, temples, monasteries, palaces and UNESCO World Heritage Sites like and Boudhanath, Hindu temples of Pashupatinath, Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath temple. After sightseeing you will be back to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Kathmandu Valley half a day Tour. (B)
After breakfast we take you to Bhaktapur, where you will experience unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Bhaktapur is the only place in Nepal which has not been touched by western culture. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra, Nyatapola Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur and you will tour around all these places. Back to your hotel in the afternoon and free for shopping.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 15: Last minute, transfer to airport for your onward journeys. (B)

Mountain Info

    Trip length: Nepal 3 – Tibet 11 Days
    Grade: Moderate plus Challenging
    Starts in: Beijing (China) - Lhasa
    Ends in: Kyirong – Kathmandu (Nepal)
    Accommodation: Hotel and train (soft-sleeper bed)
    Transportation: Train from Beijing to Lhasa and 4WD Land cruiser
    Maximum altitude: 5,250m.
    Minimum Pax: 2
    Maximum: No limit

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