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15 Days China, Tibet and Nepal Tour by Train

15 Days China, Tibet and Nepal Tour by Train

(CTT001 ) Beijing-Xian-Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse-EBC-Zhangmu-Kodari-Kathmandu

Overview

Starting from Beijing, the capital of China, you will take a train to visit ancient Xi’an, and take Qinghai-Tibet train (at the highest elevation in the world) to Lhasa, Tibet. Then drive westwards along Friendship Highway, you will eventually arrive in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal by traversing Himalayas via Gyantse and Shigatse - historical and cultural city of Tibet. Besides, this is the most popular itinerary among tourists, who are fond of taking Qinghai-Tibet train to Lhasa from china, and then transfer to overland transportation to Nepal by passing through the Himalaya mountains. Thus, you will traverse the whole snow-capped plateau, and appreciate historical sites, temples and monasteries, snow-capped mountains, holy lakes, rushing rivers and other stunning natural landscapes along the way.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing

A private car will take you to your Hotel in Beijing, and you could have a rest in your hotel or look around in Beijing on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Sightseeing in Beijing Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs-Changling

Visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the 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 visit the Ming Tombs, the burial site of the emperor Wanli, who was the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620.
Stay overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Sightseeing in Beijing Forbidden City,Temple of Heaven,Summer Palace

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, visit the 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, board overnight train to Xian.

Stay overnight in the train

Day 4: Sightseeing in Xi’an-Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses

Arrive in Xi’an 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 Xi’an

Day 5: Board the train to Lhasa from Xian

In the early morning, you will board the famous sky train to Lhasa in Xian train station to start the wonderful journey of exploring the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 38 hours.

Stay overnight in the train

*Important Notice: Due to the extremely busy train tickets booking from end June to Late August, CITS may arrange you fly from Xian to Xining (the first train station of Tibet Railway), and then take train from Xining to Lhasa replaces the plan of taking train from Xian to Lhasa.

Day 6: Sightseeing along the railway, arrive in Lhasa in the late afternoon

A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice mountain, beautiful lakes which will fairly entertaining.
Shortly after your arrival in Lhasa in the afternoon, you will be warmly received by your tour guide who would say Tashi Delek, which means wishing you all the best  and transferred to your reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 7: Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor Street

Visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of this myriad chapel. You will appreciate 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. In the afternoon, visit 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 Barkhor 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 a chance to get close to appreciate how the artists draw Thangkas at the Thakangka workroom at Barkhor. Tibet Museum is an important window to introduce the glorious culture of Tibet, and as a free Museum in Lhasa, you could not afford to miss.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 8:  Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery,Sera Monastery

Visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. The Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once home to10000 monks and Ganden podrang in Drepung is famous as it was the government centre and later moved to the famous Potala palace during fifth dalai lama. Then visit the Carpet Factory, where 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 held in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

Day 9: Lhasa,Yamdrotso lake,Gyangtse,Shigatse

Passing by the green farmland of Nyangchu Valley, Yamdro-tso lakes, and 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 color 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 (Shegar),Tingri,Rongphu Monastery

Drive westwards along the Friendship way to Tingri. There is about 90km bumpy road from Tingri to Rongpuk. The road is very rough from Tingri to E.B.C as the road is under construction. Pass the wild grassland and cross the rapids river and high mountains. In clear whether, you can have a glimpse of four mountains which is 8000m high or more, such as: Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest(8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag(8201m),Mt Mayalu(8463m).

Stay overnight in Rongphu Monastery Tent or Guest House

Day 11: Rongphu Monastery,Evrest Base Camp,Zhangmu

In the early morning, appreciate the sunrise from Rongpuk and then to view Mt. Everest. It is fabulous and splendid. After walking, you will get on the local bus and arrive in Everest Base camp in half an hour (Or you can also trek to Base Camp around 1.5-2 hours one way. It's interesting and much warmer, but hard to breathe). Hike to the top to take pictures of the splendid- Mt. Everest. In the late afternoon around 13:00, go back to Shegar from E.B.C. Then go westwards to Zhangmu with our tour guide.

Stay overnight in Zhangmu

Day 12: Zhangmu,Kodari,Kathmandu (123km)

Drive few kilometers away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge and cross Bhote Koshi River which brings you closer to the Immigration Control in Kodari. 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, covering 123 km, you finally arrive in Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 13:  Kathmandu Valley half a day Tour

A half day sightseeing tour (Pashupathinath, Boudhanath and Paten)
After breakfast, you will be transferred 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. After sightseeing, visit handicraft centre in Patan. Then go back to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 14: Kathmandu Valley half a day Tour-Bhaktapur

After breakfast, transfer to Bhaktapur, where you will explore 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.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Day 15: Leave Kathmandu to continue to your other destination in Nepal

Transfer to the airport for your flight to next destination. If you prefer to stay longer, you can extend your trip to other parts of Nepal, such as Safari at National parks, rafting, trekking etc. – If you need, please contact us.

Service Guide

Service Included:

  • Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  • All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  • Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  • Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  • All lodging listed in the itinerary; it’s your decision about the accommodation class: luxury 5-star international hotel, comfortable 4-star hotel, economic 3-star hotel or budget hostel, guesthouse or tent. Please tell us your accommodation preference when submitting the enquiry; we will arrange the best-value hotels for you.
  • Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  • Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  • First aid kit;

Service Excluded:

  • International flight to and out of China;
  • Chinese visa (Note: we could help you with the Chinese visa application, like providing the invitation letter, presenting the hotel or domestic flight reservation copies, etc that you may need. )
  • Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary. (We can provide you the domestic flight/train ticket booking service at the BEST discount price; please contact us our travel experts for the details.)
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  • Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  • Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your Tibet trip), optional tour activities, etc.

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