15 Days Tibet and Nepal Tour from Beijing by Train
(BTT015) Beijing - By train - Xian - By train - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Shigatse - EBC - 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.
Travelling from the ancient capital of China to the unique Tibetan Plateau and then to the Kathmandu valley at the foot of the Himalayan Mountains, this 15-day Tibet Nepal tour from Beijing by train will take you to visit some of the most highlighted destinations in China, Tibet and Nepal, and experience different cultures and lifestyles across three regions.
You will first visit the landmarks in time-honored cities of Beijing and Xi’an, including the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, the Great Wall, and Terra Cotta Warriors, and take in the rich culture and profound history of Chinese civilization. Then the renowned Tibet train will take you to the holy land of Tibet, where you will visit the Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Yamdrok Lake, Everest Base Camp and more must-sees of the mysterious land, as you traverse the massive plateau via a road trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu. In the end, the tour will offer you a wonderful exploration in beautiful Kathmandu valley, where you will get impressed by the historic relics and architectures like Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
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
Xian Tour: Terra-Cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic VillageDay 5
Board the train to Lhasa from XianDay 6
Sightseeing along the Railway and Arrive in LhasaDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 8
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery and Sera MonasteryDay 9
Lhasa to Shigatse via GyantseDay 10
Shigatse to EBC via TingriDay 11
EBC to Gyirong BorderDay 12
Gyirong to Kathmandu via Gyirong BorderDay 13
Kathmandu Day Tour: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Patan CityDay 14
Day Tour to Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur CityDay 15
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 drop off at the Beijing West Train Station to board the high-speed train to Xi’an. The Beijing-Xi’an high-speed train takes only 4 to 6 hours, offering you a comfortable and fast transfer from Beijing to Xi’an. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi from the railway station to the reserved hotel in the downtown.
Stay overnight in Xi’an
Day 4: Xian Tour: Terra-Cotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic Village
The day tour in Xian is impressive too. The Emperor’s Terracotta Army is also one of the eight wonders in the world. These terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army and were buried alongside the Emperor in a vast underground palace.
In the archeological site of Banpo Village, built more than 6,000 years ago, you will see how the resident matriarchal tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age.
Stay overnight in Xian
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 experience the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 30 hours.
Stay overnight on the train
Day 6: Sightseeing along the Railway and Arrive in Lhasa
A full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway, you will see the land of snows, desert, immense grassland, ice-mountain, beautiful lakes which will strongly go to your heart.
Then you will arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon. You will be warmly welcome to Tibet by saying Tashi Delek at the Train station by our professional guide and transferred to a reserved hotel in Lhasa. Then have a good rest to acclimatize the high altitude for the rest of the day.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 11: EBC to Gyirong Border
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 12: Gyirong to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border
Tour Guide will assist the clients to exit China. And see clients off at Gyirong border. After you enter the Nepal territory, our Nepali guide will be expecting you on the Nepali-side border and transfer you to the hotel in Kathmandu. The distance between Kathmandu and Sino-Nepal border is around 130km. And the entire ride takes around 7-8 hours. On the way, you will enjoy cliff-side Nepali villages and terraced farmland and vibrant vegetation, etc.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 13: Kathmandu Day Tour: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Patan City
In the morning, we will the Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, which is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and when important ceremonies, such as the coronation of the Nepalese monarch, still take place today.
Then, we will tour Swayambhunath. It is one of the most recognizable symbols in Nepal and the painted eyes of Buddha watch all who ascend the worn stone steps. It is a World Heritage Site and one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and is at the source of the Valley’s mythical beginning.
In the afternoon, the tour group will head to Patan City, which is 15 minutes driving from Kathmandu. Patan's central -Durbar Square, is absolutely packed with temples: It’s an architectural center point with a far greater concentration of temples per sq. meter than in Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. You may shop around and finally, we will head back to Kathmandu.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 14: Day Tour to Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur City
Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, the old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images.
Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 15: Kathmandu Departure
For the last day, the tour guide will see you off at Kathmandu Airport. The entire tour ends.
- 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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