21 Days Beijing Xining Lhasa EBC Nepal Bhutan Tour
(CTNB004) Beijing - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Gyirong - Kathmandu - Paro - Thimpu-Punakha -Paro
Escorted by private guide and vehicle; leave 365 days a year!
Moderate - suitable for ones with average level fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 yrs.
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.
This 21-day offers you an in-depth journey between inland China, Tibet(TAR) and Nepal and Bhutan. You will witness the elegance of oldest Chinese civilization by visiting the Great Wall, the tranquil Qinghai Lake surrounded four towering mountains, the majestic Potala Palace filled with the charm of Tibetan Culture. The breathtaking sunrise of Mount Everest, and Kathmandu with traditional myths and legends and stunning natural scenery of the last Shangri La - Bhutan will make you refresh in spirit, and the picturesque landscapes and glorious culture will linger in your heart.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in BeijingDay 2
Beijing Sightseeing - Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs - ChanglingDay 3
Beijing Sightseeing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Temple of HeavenDay 4
Free Time to Tour Hutong - Nanluoguxiang and Do ShoppingDay 5
Fly from Beijing to Xining and Rest Day in XiningDay 6
Qinghai Lake Day TourDay 7
Xining City Tour in Ta’er Monastery and Board the Overnight Train to LhasaDay 8
Enjoy the Train RideDay 9
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B, D)Day 10
Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery(B)Day 11
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse (B)Day 12
Shigatse(3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri (B)Day 13
EBC to Gyirong Border(370km)Day 14
Exit China through Kyilong Border (2600m), Then Drive to KathmanduDay 15
Day Tour to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan CityDay 16
Day Tour to Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur CityDay 17
Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)Day 18
Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive)Day 19
Sightseeing in Punakha Dzong and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (4 hrs’ drive)Day 20
Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tinger’s Nest)Day 21
Departure from Paro
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing
Transfer to your reserved hotel after arriving in Beijing Airport. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 2: Beijing Sightseeing - 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 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.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 3: Beijing Sightseeing - 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 4: Free Time to Tour Hutong - Nanluoguxiang and Do Shopping
Hutong, which refers to traditional courtyard residence in narrow alleys in Beijing, is a great place where international tourists can learn the folk culture and old quarters of Beijing city. In the morning, tourists can are recommended to explore Nanluoguxiang yourself, one of the most famous Hutongs in Beijing.
With bustling main street, you will find a variety of cafes, kiosks selling different kinds of food and beverages and souvenir shops. A great way to tour Hutong is to enjoy the ride on a traditional rickshaw and rickshaw riders, most of whom can speak basic English, will take you to cover all the historical significance.
In the afternoon, tourists are free to do some shopping in Beijing and get prepared for the flight to Xining in the tomorrow morning.
Stay overnight in Beijing
Day 5: Fly from Beijing to Xining and Rest Day in Xining
In the morning, tourists will take flights from Beijing to Xining and the flight takes around 3 hours. Transfer to your hotel after arriving in Xining airport, the rest of the time is at leisure. You can have a good rest or walk around in the city.
If you are interested in legendary Tibetan culture, especially the mysterious Tibetan medicine and Tibetan handiworks, Museum of Tibetan Medicine Culture is where you shall be. The highlight of this museum is the world’s biggest Thangka featuring development of Tibetan medicine. Besides Tibetan medicine, the museum gives a vivid display of Tibetan calligraphy, costumes and astrology and Tibetan Buddhism history. Overall, it’s a great orientation before officially entering Tibet.
In the evening we will enjoy the finger-licking local snacks in Mo Street, the well-known gourmet street in Xining. Local delicacies like boiled mutton, lamb soup, noodles with chicken shreds and sesame, Muslim Yogurt, etc.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 6: Qinghai Lake Day Tour
In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours from Xining to Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland saltwater lake. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. The scenery in Qinghai Lake varies according to seasons. Summer and autumn have the most comfortable weather conditions and the lake's scenery is most beautiful during these seasons. The most charming and attractive place in Qinghai Lake is the Bird Island. It situates on the western shore of the Lake. Cruising for about 30 minutes is a popular way to appreciate the lake. On the way to this charming lake, you can get a view of Riyue Mountain. After the day tour, we will head back to the city of Xining.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 7: Xining City Tour in Ta’er Monastery and Board the Overnight Train to Lhasa
In the morning, we are about to visit Ta’er Monastery, one of the must-see religious sites in Xining. Located 25km to the northeast of Xining City, Ta’er Monastery is also called “Kumbum Monastery”. It’s one of the major Gelugpa monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism and the birthplace of Tsongkhapa, well-known Tibetan Buddhist master. You can see many devoted Tibetan pilgrims doing full-body prostration to the Buddha, magnificent Buddhist hall and exquisite murals and Tibetan butter flowers, etc.
In the afternoon, tourists will be transferred to the railway station for your overnight train to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 8: Enjoy the Train Ride
You will spend a whole day on the train to Lhasa and enjoy the fabulous scenery along the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway, the highest railway in the world. Spectacular land of snows, boundless desert, vast grassland, grand ice mountains, and beautiful lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart. You will arrive in Lhasa in late afternoon or evening. Then transfer to your hotel.
For the new-comers of Tibet, to get acclimatized to the high altitude in Tibet, having a good sleep in your hotel is a good option. Do not rush to visit attractions inside Lhasa city.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 9: Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street (B, D)
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. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims making prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor Street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
Besides, we can taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house; the welcome dinner will also be arranged accordingly.
With time permitting, you may go with the tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. You can upgrade your service to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD)
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 10: Lhasa Tour - Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery(B)
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. You can visit biggest monastery kitchen inside the monastery and enjoy Buddhist Sculpture Carving workshop near Drepung.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon. In addition, you can tour the Tibetan religious scripture printing house; inside the monastery, you can see three sand Mandalas and colorful Rock Painting of Buddha.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 11: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse (B)
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 12: Shigatse(3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri (B)
In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo 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 gazt 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 13: 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 Kyirong 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 Kyirong in the late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Kyirong
Day 14: Exit China through Kyilong Border (2600m), Then Drive to Kathmandu
In the morning, drive clients to the Sino-Nepal border - Kyilong, tour guide will assist clients to check out of the border. After going through the immigration, Nepalese driver will pick you up at the border and drive to Kathmandu. The road to Kathmandu is bumpy but the scenery is quite beautiful, you can see the deep gorges, rivers all along the way. The road condition is rough in Nepal so this 160km road takes a whole day. Then you will be transferred to your hotel. Your guide will explain briefly the program upon arrival at the hotel.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 15: Day Tour to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City
Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is one of three durbars (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 where important ceremonies have taken place. Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu.
The last site we visit for today is Patan City which is the second largest town in Kathmandu valley. Patan's central Durbar Square is entitled to the World Heritage Site and absolutely packed with temples, the Golden Temple which is the unique Buddhist Monastery was founded in the 12th century, is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded facade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara where there are Buddha images and illustrations on the walls.
Stay overnight in Patan City
Day 16: 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 17: Arrival in Paro and Get Transferred to Thimpu (2300m) (2hrs’drive)
Welcome to Bhutan, the land of the “thunder Dragon”. We’re sure you must get amazed at the stunning vista of majestic Himalayas, esp. the lofty Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Peaks during your flight. However, they are only a small appetizer. Upon your arrival in Paro internatonal airport, our Bhutan guide and driver will be expecting you and later transfer you to your hotel.
After a brief rest at your hotel, in the afternoon, with time permitting, we may visit the Kyichu Lhakhang (also known as Kyerchu Temple), the oldest and most beautiful temple in Bhutan. Surrounded by the fields, flowers and hills, Kyichu Lhakhang is home to the eight-year-old Buddha statue of Sakyamuni, historic relics, elaborate paintings and numerous Buddhist scriptures, etc. And Later explore the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Located at the suburb of Paro City, Rinpung Dzong is a fortress built in the 17th Century to protect Paro valley, which offers you picturesque scenery and a sense of inner peace.
In the evening, we will head to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and spend the night there.
Stay overnight in Thimphu
Day 18: Sightseeing in Thimpu and Travel to Punakha (1250m) (3-4hrs’drive)
As the capital city of Bhutan, Thimpu is devoid of stereotyped skyscrapers and huge traffic. Instead, surrounding by rolling mountains, Thimpu is known for its picturesque Bhutan dzong, fresh air and loveable local people. Today’s tour begins with a visit to Late King's Memorial Chorten, and explore the National Library, Folk Heritage Museum and Hand-made Paper Factory, and the School of Arts and Crafts, where you will have a panoramic view of Bhutan history and learn more of textile and the handicraft making in the most traditional way.
Of course, the highlight comes as we tour the Tashichho Dzong (Thimpu Dzong), the most beautiful Bhutan dzong as well as the headquarters of Bhutan government. Later, we will travel northeast to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan. On the way, we will stop at scenic Dochu La Pass (3,100m) for refreshing tea. The perfect vintage point brings you the unobstructed vista of Great Himalayas.
After lunch at Wangduephodrang (1,350m), we keep driving to Punakha.
Stay overnight in Punakha
Day 19: Sightseeing in Punakha Dzong and Drive back to Paro (1460m) (4 hrs’ drive)
Get up in the morning to visit Punakha Dzong, widely believed to be the most beautiful Bhutanese Dzong, built at the confluence of Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Never miss the Punakha festival around mid-Feb if you come at the right time.
After touring Punakha, we are about to drive back to Paro. In the afternoon, we head to National Museum of Bhutan, which looks like a round watchtower. You can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts. Then we drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong, where you can enjoy the enchanting village lying at its foot.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 20: Trek to Taksang Lhakhang (Tinger’s Nest)
Getting up in the fresh morning, we’ll start today’s trek to Taktshang Goemba (also known as Tiger's Nest).Standing on the cliff of Paro Valley, Taktshang Goemba (3120 meters) is the landmark of Paro as well as the holiest temple in Bhutan. It’s said that Guru Padmasambhava (also known as Guru Rinpoche) had flied here on the back of a tigress and meditated in the caves on the cliffside for three months. From here, you can catch a panoramic view of Paro Valley.
After lunch, you may opt for a stone bath or enjoy free exploration nearby.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 21: Departure from Paro
Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your onward flight back home. Tour service ends.
(Optional: As a well-established Himalayan travel agency, we can also help you plan journey to Nepal and Tibet from Bhutan.)
- 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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