20 Days Guangzhou, Xining, Lhasa, Shigatse, EBC, Nepal Bhutan Tour
(CTNB003) Guangzhou - Xining - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Kathmandu - Chitwan - Pokhara - 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.
The adventurous 20-day tour starts off with a brief sightseeing in Guangzhou. Then you will fly to Xining for a leisurely stroll around Qinghai Lake, the China’s largest saline Lake. After visiting sacred Ta’er Monastery, you are about to board the legendary Tibet train and enjoy the epic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour via EBC. The rest of the tour in Nepal and Bhutan is filled with action-packed jungle safari and trekking and sightseeing in ancient ruins.
At a GlanceDay 1
Arrive in Guangzhou and Tour Canton Tower at NightDay 2
Fly from Guangzhou to XiningDay 3
Qinghai Lake Day TourDay 4
Xining City Tour in Ta’er Monastery and Board the Overnight Train to LhasaDay 5
Enjoy the train rideDay 6
Lhasa Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor StreetDay 7
Lhasa Tour - Drepung and Sera MonasteryDay 8
Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse(3900m) via Gyantse (B)Day 9
Shigatse(3900m) to EBC (5200m) via Tingri (B)Day 10
EBC to Gyirong Border(370km)Day 11
Gyirong to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border(B)Day 12
Day Tour in Kathmandu: Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Patan CityDay 13
Kathmandu to ChitwanDay 14
Enjoy Jungle Safari in ChitwanDay 15
Transfer from Chitwan to PokharaDay 16
Pokhara Day TourDay 17
Travel from Pokhara to KathmanduDay 18
Fly from Kathmandu to Paro : Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of BhutanDay 19
Day Trek to Taktshang Goemba and Visit Kyichu LhakhangDay 20
Departure from Paro
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Guangzhou and Tour Canton Tower at Night
After our clients arrive in in Guangzhou airport, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred to your hotel. You can have a good rest and explore around nearby streets.
After dinner, we will head to enjoy the spectacular night view of Guangzhou City from Canton Tower, a must-visit for first-timers to Guangzhou. Canton Tower is the second highest tower in the world. And it features the world’s highest bubble tram and longest spiral staircase, and jaw-dropping Sky Drop. The sky drop made it in the Guinness Book of World Records as the highest thrill ride in the world. Do bring your camera for the sunning panoramic night view of the Guangzhou City.
Stay overnight in Guangzhou
Day 2: Fly from Guangzhou to Xining
Take the morning flight from Guangzhou to Xining. After our clients arrive in in Xining airport or railway station, the guide will be greeting you and later get you transferred to your hotel. The rest of the time is at leisure. You can have a good rest or walk around in the city.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 3: Qinghai Lake Day Tour
In the morning, drive about 2.5 hours from Xining to Qinghai Lake, China's largest inland salt water lake. The ellipse-shaped lake looks like a huge poplar leaf sitting on the alpine prairie. 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 city of Xining.
Stay overnight in Xining
Day 4: 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 may do some shopping and late you will be transferred to railway station for your overnight train at 20:30 to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in the train
Day 5: Enjoy the train ride
You will spend a whole day on the train to Lhasa and enjoy 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 at around 17:45. Then get transferred to your hotel.
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 and Sera Monastery
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. Ganden palace used to be Dalai lama’s palace in the Drepung before he moved to the Potala palace.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples. The hot attraction is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.
Stay overnight in Lhasa
Day 8: 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 9: 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 permits at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at Rongbuk monastery guest house.
Day 10: 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 Monstery - 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 breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the guesthouse in Gyirong
Day 11: Gyirong to Kathmandu via Gyirong Border(B)
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 12: Day Tour in Kathmandu: 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 Kathamandu or Bhaktapur. You may shop around and finally we will head back to Kathmandu.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 13: Kathmandu to Chitwan
We get up early in the morning to catch tourist coach to Chitwan. If you take flight, it only takes 35 minutes. While the driving takes 6 hours. As soon as you arrive in Chitwan the trip briefing will be given with welcome drink. You will be doing Elephant safari, Jungle walk and at evening Tharu cultural show in Chitwan.
Stay overnight in Chitwan
Day 14: Enjoy Jungle Safari in Chitwan
Day 15: Transfer from Chitwan to Pokhara
The distance between Chitwan to Pokhara is around 147km, or 5-6hours’ drive. You may download some light music in your smart phone or buy some snacks and enjoy the long drive from Chitwan to Pokhara.
Stay overnight in Pokhara
Day 16: Pokhara Day Tour
Day 17: Travel from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You may have a good rest and get packed for the next morning’s flight to Bhutan.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu
Day 18: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro : Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan
Get transferred to Kathmandu airport in the morning and take flight from Kathmandu to Paro via Druk Air. The flight takes about 1h5m. Our Bhutan tour guide will escort you to hotel.
After lunch, we are about to visit Paro Rinpung Dzong and National Museum of Bhutan 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. Above the Dzong lies a round watchtower, which is now used as the National Museum of Bhutan, where you can trace back to the ancient Bhutan history and explore the diverse wild lives as well as splendid local culture and arts.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 19: Day Trek to Taktshang Goemba and Visit Kyichu Lhakhang
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 that, we’ll pay a visit to 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.
Stay overnight in Paro
Day 20: Departure from Paro
Today, our tour guide will transfer you to Paro International Airport for your next destination. Tour service end.
(Optional: As a professional 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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