10 Days Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu Train Tour with Everest Base Camp
(BTT010) Beijing - By train - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Sakya - By overland - Kathmandu
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Easy - suitable for all levels 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.
Seize the chance to enjoy a Beijing to Kathmandu Train tour with Everest Base Camp sightseeing. Following the well-designed itinerary of this tour, you will have an in-depth discovery of Tibet with regards to its religion, culture and natural landscape. After traveling to Lhasa from Beijing by train, you will enjoy a Lhasa sightseeing tour and then take the classic road trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu, passing through Gyantse, Shigatse, Sakya, and EBC. On the way, you will expect to visit Yamdrok Lake, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sakya Monastery, and more impressive Tibetan architectures. One of the most thrilling highlights during the trip is the visit to the Everest Base Camp, where you are going to view the stunning sunrise of the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest.
At a GlanceDay 1
Board the train to Lhasa from BeijingDay 2
Train to LhasaDay 3
Arrive in Lhasa and Acclimate to the High Elevation of Lhasa (3,658m)Day 4
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 5
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera MonasteryDay 6
Drive from Lhasa to GyantseDay 7
Drive to Sakya via ShigatseDay 8
Drive to Everest Base Camp and Relax a night at Rongbuk GuesthouseDay 9
EBC to Gyirong Border (370km)Day 10
See you off at Nepalese Border
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Board the train to Lhasa from Beijing
The train departs from Beijing West Railway Station in the evening. It takes about 1 hour to check in as the train takes about 1000 passengers. Please be sure to arrive at the train station for 1 hour and a half before the train departure. Your Tibet Travel Permit will need to be checked when you check in.
Stay overnight on the Train
Day 2: Train to Lhasa
It is quite a long journey that will take about 40 hours to Lhasa. You will first pass through two important provincial capital cities in northwest China, Lanzhou, and Xining. Xining is known as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
Travelling along the rail line, you could see the scenery of the countryside and city in northwest China. The last stop for today is Golmud, where you will arrive in late evening.
Stay overnight on the Train
Day 3: Arrive in Lhasa and Acclimate to the High Elevation of Lhasa (3,658m)
You will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway, spectacular land of snow, boundless desert, vast grassland, and grand ice mountains, beautiful lakes that will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.
You will arrive in Lhasa in the noon. Your tour guide will hold a board with your name at the exit of the train station to welcome you. Transfer to the reserved hotel by a private car.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today's tour will first bring you to the Potala Palace which is the winter palace of the Dalai Lama. It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang Temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century, in order to promote the Buddhist religion. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve, perhaps the only most venerated object in Tibetan Buddhism. Around the temple is Barkhor Street where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, in the meantime, you can buy souvenirs.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 5: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
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 center during fifth Dalai Lama and later moved to the famous Potala Palace during fifth Dalai Lama.
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 6: Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse
Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Gyantse. On the way, we will pass over the Gangbala Pass (4790 m). From the top of the pass in clear weather, you can see the fabulous shade of deep turquoise Yamdrok-Tso Lake. It is shaped like coiling scorpion with deep blue in color. Far in the distance is the huge massif of mount Nanchan Kangtsang (7191m).
Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, tourists can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.
Stay overnight in Gyantse
Day 7: Drive to Sakya via Shigatse
In the morning, we will drive on towards Shigatse after visiting the famous Gyantse Kumbum.
In Shigatse, you will visit the famous Tashilhunpo Monastery where you can see the well preserved largest statue of Jampa (future god) in the world. The monastery itself is an abiding place for the successive Panchen Lamas.
Then we will drive towards the Sakya County where you can visit the famous Sakya Monastery. The most interesting thing in Sakya sect is that the sect does not believe in reincarnation and the head of Sakya sect will wear the white cassock and also marry to birth their child for next generation.
Stay overnight in Sakya County
Day 8: Drive to Everest Base Camp and Relax a night at Rongbuk Guesthouse
It takes about 5 hours driving from Sakya to Rongbuk. From Tingri to Everest Base Camp with the very rough road, you will pass the wild grassland and cross the rapid rivers and high mountains.
If it is in clear weather, you can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which is 8000m high or more, including Mt. Lhotse(8516m), Mt. Everest (8848m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201m), Mt Mayalu (8463m). Enjoy your remaining time at Everest base camp.
Stay overnight in Rongbuk Guest House or Tent
Day 9: EBC to Gyirong Border (370km)
In the morning, you can appreciate the sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area and then visit the Rongbuk Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Later, we can visit the Everest Base Camp and take pictures of Mt. Everest at the closes distance in EBC.
After that, we can drive from EBC to Gyirong border. On the way, tourists can enjoy the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo (5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Gyirong
Day 10: See you off at Nepalese Border
Your tour guide will drop you off at the border bridge and assist you to exit China. You are kindly required to cross the border and move to Nepal on your own.
End tour at Nepalese Border.
- 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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