13 Days Kathmandu-Lhasa-Beijing Tour by Train
(TTT005) Kathmandu-Everest Base Camp-Sakya-Shigatse-Gyantse-Lhasa-Xian-Beijing
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
Trip Level Guide:
- Easy - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
- Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
- Moderate to Strenous - suitable for ones physically fit; have experiences of high altitude trek.
- Strenuous: suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.
Start the journey from Kathmandu Nepal. Drive along Sino-Nepal Friendship Highway to Lhasa, and visit tourist sites and Buddhist sites on the way in Sakya, Gyantse and Shigatse. Then go to Xian and Beijing in China by the highest railway in the world.
At a GlanceDay 1
Kathmandu,Kodari,Zhangmu(8 hours driving,155km)Day 2
Zhangmu to Lhatse(380km, 8 hours)Day 3
Lhatse-Sakya Monastery-Shigatse(240km,5 hours driving)Day 4
Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse(375km,7 hours driving)Day 5
Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor streetDay 6
Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery,Drepung MonasteryDay 7-8
Leave Lhasa to Xian by Qinghai Tibet TrainDay 9
Xian Day Tour-Terracotta Worriors and HorsesDay 10
Xian to Beijing by Bullet TrainDay 11
Beijing Tour – Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs – ChanglingDay 12
Beijing Tour - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of HeavenDay 13
Leave Beijing and end the tour
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Kathmandu,Kodari,Zhangmu(8 hours driving,155km)
Drive from Kathmandu to Nepal-Tibet border (Kodari) by private vehicle in early morning. After finishing immigration formalities both Nepal & China side, you will cross the steep, winding mountain road to Nyalam. Due to the rough road condition in Nepal, the 155km distance would take you about 7 hours.
Day 2: Zhangmu to Lhatse(380km, 8 hours)
Our next destination is Lhatse. Visit Milarepa cave on the way. This cave-monastery is the site of the celebrated philosopher's meditation, located only 10 minutes (on foot) from the road. The trip continues across the Tibetan plateau with spectacular mountain views from Lablung-La pass (5050m). Passing through the old town of Tingri, it is possible for you to see Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu.
Stay overnight in Lhatse
Day 3: Lhatse-Sakya Monastery-Shigatse(240km,5 hours driving)
Set off for Shigatse in the morning. On the way, make a detour to Sakya to visit Sakya Monastery. The Sakya tradition is one of the four main Buddhist schools in Tibet. It was from here that the whole Tibet was governed during the period of Sakya hegemony and even now there are buildings of historic importance. You can see the largest book in the world in Sakya's great library written in gold. Sakya is situated just 25 km off the Friendship Highway.
Shigatse is the second largest city of Tibet. The famous Tashilhunpo Monastery is situated in Shigatse, which is the home to the official throne of Panchen Lama.
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 4: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse(375km,7 hours driving)
The most important attraction for today is Yamdro-tso Lake and Kubum monastery in Gyantse. From the top of the kangpa-la pass at 4700m high in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise, and Yamdro-tso Lake is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in color. Kubum monastery, means 100,000 images in Tibetan, is the town's foremost attraction. The 35m-high chorten (stupa) with its white layers trimmed with decorative stripes and its crown-like golden dome, is awe-inspiring. You can visit every chamber in the monastery. In late afternoon, arrive in Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 5: Potala Palace,Jokhang Temple,Barkhor street
In the morning, visit the famous Potala palace and explore the grandest of its myriad chapel, 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, figures of the Buddha, made of precious metal.
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. The inner circuit is also situated inside the temple and is lined with prayer-wheel and murals outlined in gold on red background, which depict the thousand buddhas, interspersed with stupas and relief-images. Johkang is circuit.
The circular pilgrim route around Jokhang temple is called Barkhor and later flourished, forming the embryo of the city. The barkhor market itself is the most active in all Tibet, and it is possible to purchase traditional Tibetan artifacts, religious implements, antiques, books, Tibetan music instrument, Thangkas, and tradition Tibetan clothes etc.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 6: Lhasa Sightseeing: Sera Monastery,Drepung Monastery
Drepung monastery is situated at the foothill of a mountain and was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416. It was once the home to 10000 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. By the time you can also visit the Nechung monastery located 1km southeast of Drepung and is the abode of the protector deity pehar and the seat of the state Oracle of Tibet.
In the afternoon, explore the Sera monastery which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa’s disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most attractive is Monks debating held in the courtyard at around 6-7:30 in the afternoon. Stay overnight in Lhasa (Notice, the sequence of sightseeing of first two days may be adjusted according to the reservation of visiting Potala Palace)
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 7-8: Leave Lhasa to Xian by Qinghai Tibet Train
move from Lhasa to Xian by Qinghai Tibet Train
Day 9: Xian Day Tour-Terracotta Worriors and Horses
In the morning, visit Terracotta Worriors and Horses.This incredible 2000 year-old army of life-sized warriors is part of the underground tomb of the Emperor Qin. This Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum is about 35 km from Xian. After lunch, visit ancient city walls, which stretches round the old city. The City Wall of Xi'an was established in the 3rd year of Hongwu Period of the Ming Dynasty (1370 A.D.) in a rectangular form with a perimeter of 13.79 km and an area of 11.47 km2.
Stay overnight in Xian
Day 10: Xian to Beijing by Bullet Train
Take new fast bullet train from Xian to Beijing in the morning, takes around 5 hours. Have a rest in Beijing.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 11: Beijing Tour – 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 tourto 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 the Ming Tombs, the burial site of the emperor Wangli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620.
Day 12: Beijing Tour - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
First stroll on the historic Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and the magnificent Forbidden City which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. In the afternoon, you will marvel at the incredible Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Summer Palace was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. The Temple of Heaven is a royal sacred site, where prayer for good harvests, prosperity and harmonious life are offered.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 13: Leave Beijing and end the tour
Your Beijing tour guide will pick you up at your hotel and transfer you to Beijing International airport, end the service.
- 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;
- 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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