18 Days Beijing Lhasa Mt. Everest and Mt. Kailash Tour by Train
(BTT018) Beijing - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Saga - Mt. Kailash - Lhasa
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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.
The tour is specially designed for tourists willing to adventure to Mount Everest and Mount Kailash for a lifetime challenging trip in Tibet. Starting from Beijing, you will first visit the Forbidden City and Summer Palace, and hike to the best section of Great Wall. Then take the train to Lhasa to start your pilgrimage trip to Everest Base Camp and Mount Kailash. Along the way, you will see some of the most splendid sceneries in the world, from the turquoise Yamdrok Lake to the awe-inspiring summit view of Mount Everest, and visit the symbolic cultural and heritage sites in Tibet, like Potala Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, and Jokhang Temple etc. Then the 3-day Mount Kailash kora, with the demand of strong will and physical fitness, will be a once-upon-a-lifetime accomplishment for you to memorize.
At a GlanceDay 1
Beijing ArrivalDay 2
Beijing Day Tour: Forbidden City, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beihai ParkDay 3
Beijing Day Tour: Mutianyu Great WallDay 4
Train to LhasaDay 5
Arrive in Lhasa and Acclimate to the High Elevation of Lhasa (3658m)Day 6
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera MonasteryDay 8
Lhasa to Shigatse via GyantseDay 9
Shigatse to EBC via TingriDay 10
Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - SagaDay 11
Saga to Lake Manasarova to DarchenDay 12
Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)Day 13
Trek Day Two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)Day 14
Trek Day Three - Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)Day 15
Drive from Darchen to Saga (530Km, 14 hours)Day 16-17
Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa (2 days, 750km)Day 18
End the tour, Airport drop off
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Beijing Arrival
When international flight lands in Beijing, Please take a taxi by yourself to our reserved hotel or by agreement the transfer will be arranged for you. The rest of the day, you may have a good rest or explore around on your own.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 2: Beijing Day Tour: Forbidden City, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Beihai Park
Today, you will head to visit the magnificent Forbidden City which used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Then, you will move to the Imperial Ancestral Temple (also Taimiao of Beijing). Lying to the east of the imperial palace, the Forbidden City, the Imperial Ancestral Temple was a place where Chinese emperors stored their ancestors' tablets and worshipped them during festivals and ceremonies.
After that, you will visit Beihai Park. It is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China. With over 1,000 years' history, the park is not only a classic combination of the grandiosity of the northern gardens and the refinement of the southern gardens in China, but also a perfect integration of magnificent imperial palaces and solemn religious constructions.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 3: Beijing Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall
The Great Wall tour proves that China was one of the strongest countries in its history. Stretching thousands of kilometers, the Great Wall protected the ancient Chinese against the invasion of the enemy from its north side for more than 1000 years; the Great Wall was listed as one of the world's eight wonders. Mutianyu Great Wall featured “graceful”, enjoy the best quality among all Wall sections, 80km north-east of Beijing with 22 ancient watchtowers, about one every kilometer. (Cable car is optional if you do not want to walk)
After the tour, you will be transferred to the Beijing West Train Station for the train to Lhasa. 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 Permit will need to be checked when you check in.
Stay overnight on the train
Day 4: 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 countryside and city in northwest China. The last stop for today is Golmud, where you will arrive in late evening.
Day 5: Arrive in Lhasa and Acclimate to the High Elevation of Lhasa (3658m)
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 6: 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 7: 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 8: Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse
In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse. On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso (4400m). The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance, you can have spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa.
Later, we will pass and enjoy the Korola Glacier on the roadside; At Manak Dam Lake, you can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass; then, we will arrive in Gyantse, historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse).In Gyantse, we will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum and enjoy the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.
After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we may visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Stay overnight in Shigatse
Day 9: Shigatse to EBC via Tingri
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilhunpo Monastery. Then, we’ll leave Shigatse after getting your Alien’s travel permit, and then drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where you can have lunch.
After that, we will pass Tsola Pass (4600M), and Gyatsola Pass (5248M). Shortly after we enter Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, tourists can enjoy the panorama of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5198m). Then we drive along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp (5200m). You can get closer to gaze at the Mt. Everest peak. The sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permit at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Day 10: Rongphu Monastery - Everest Base Camp - Saga
We need to take the old Tingri road to Saga County. From the old Tingri, you can see the Mt. Everest and Mt. Shishapangma which is at 8012m was the least of the world's 8000m peaks to be climbed. The road condition worsens from old Tingri and runs parallel to the Himalayan ranges and Nepalian sides called Anapurna ranges.
The main road passes through the desolate plain of Digur tang, with its enormous sand dunes and the closely neighboring snow peaks of Shishapangma and Langtang to the south. Leaving the bum-chu basin, it then descends into the depression of Pelkhutso Lake (4600m), a cobalt blue lake. Today we drive to Saga, a small town 69km from the Phelgutso.
Stay overnight at a local guesthouse of Saga
Day 11: Saga to Lake Manasarova to Darchen
Moving towards the Drongpa County, the region around the sources of Brahmaputra River, which is about 167km from the Saga town. At about 50km from today’s destination Darchen, we will make a small detour to Lake Manasarovar, the holy lake of Tibetan and Hinduism. You can relax around the lake shore and experience the natural beauty of the lake. In the summer time, flocks of swans will gather on the lake, bringing grace and life to the area.
You can also see so many Tibetans and Hindus praying and circling around the lake shore, snow-capped mountains on the background and hundreds of swans gathering on the lake, attracting hundreds and thousands of tourists from all over the world. In late afternoon, we will reach Tarchen, a small town at the foot of Mt. Kailash. Tour guide will assist tourists to arrange trekking yaks and porters and doing some preparation for your following 3 days trekking around Mt. Kailash.
Overnight at local guesthouse in Darchen town
Day 12: Trek Day One - Darchen to Drirapuk (6.5 hrs, 20km)
The Traditionally pilgrims undertake 52 km trekking circuit around Mount Kailash, commencing at Darchen (4574m) and crossing the Dolma-la pass on the second day of the three day walk. 8 kilometers after leaving Darchen with environment-friendly bus (40minutes), we get to a village called Sarshung, where porters are waiting for their clients.
After two hours, we come upon a grassy plain populated by nomads. For this turn in the valley it is another two hours at least before reaching Drirapuk(4920m). You need to camp or can rest in monastery's guest house made from cement with a few good facilities than others in Drirapuk. At the opposite side of Drirapuk, there you can see small monastery with its guest house little cleaner than others.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery
Travel Tips: Mt. Kailash kora is a true test of body and soul. You trek at an average altitude of 4675m during 3-day kora, the highest mountain pass being 5630m. And the accommodation facility is pretty bad. You stay in makeshift guesthouse with poor sanitation. Sleeping bag is a must. However, all your physical misery will be compromised, compared with the divine experience around Mt. Kailash.
Day 13: Trek Day Two - Drirapuk to Dzultripuk (18km, 7-8hours)
The second day is the hardest and most tough circuit with the Dolma-la pass lying 6.4km ahead but 762m above Drirapuk. The peak of the Dolma-la pass is about 5630m above sea level, so it is better to set off early in the morning as the sun rays break over the ridges above. After taking a rest at the peak of Dolma-la pass, you will descend staircase bringing you to Lhachu valley floor, taking about one hour from the pass.
From here it is still four hours trekking to the today's final destination with no shelters on the way. It is better to walk on the right side of the river and finally get to Dzultripuk (with miracle cave of Milarepa). It is advisable to get there before other groups because limited numbers of rooms are available there in Dzultripuk. Take a good rest in the guest room and prepare for next morning's departure.
Stay overnight at the tent guesthouse of monastery
Day 14: Trek Day Three - Dzultripuk to Darchen (14km, 3-4hours)
Today, we will go through Milarepa's cave, where the temple and shrines have been built around. Then we walk back to Darchen is easy and the exit from the valley can be reached within three hours. At the ending point of the valley, the driver will come to pick you and take you back to Darchen.
Stay overnight at the local guesthouse at Tarchen.
Day 15: Drive from Darchen to Saga (530Km, 14 hours)
Drive back along the incoming road.
Day 16-17: Saga to Shigatse to Lhasa (2 days, 750km)
Drive back along the incoming road.
Day 18: End the tour, Airport drop off
The guide will transfer you to the airport or train station and help you get on board.
- 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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