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Beijing-Lhasa-Kathmandu Tour (24 Days)

Beijing-Lhasa-Kathmandu Tour
Beijing-Lhasa-Kathmandu tour, we have designed this trip to observe these three main cities, exploring these cities give you an insight into three ancient cultures, religious, monasteries, temples of Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese. You will have great experience of ride on the world's highest train, a journey to (almost) the top of the world, the Everest Base camp, this tour offers you an experience of a lifetime.

In Beijing some incredible historical sites awaits you. On a guided tour, you explore the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven. One of the mega engineering made it possible to take a train from Beijing to Lhasa which offers you the best of historical parts of Beijing and cultural parts of Lhasa. The train journey from Beijing to Lhasa passes through great scenery of Tibetan plateau, crossing over 5200 meter high mountain pass. Once you reach Lhasa, your first three days are spent sightseeing in and around Lhasa. Then, you will begin your overland journey to Kathmandu via Gyangtse, Xigatse, Tingri, Nyalam and Zhangmu. The distance covered is nearly 1000 km on mostly on paved road.

The trip also offers a side trip to Rongbuk Valley and Everest Base Cap which is just below the spectacular North Face of Everest. You will be spending a night at Rongbuk before crossing over 5200 meter Thang La pass and a long descend to Zhangmu, a trading town between Nepal and Tibet.

In Kathmandu you will spend a couple of days in sightseeing tour of historical and medieval palaces before you leave.
Itinerary
Day 02: Sightseeing in Beijing
Day 03: Sightseeing in Beijing
Day 04: Morning sightseeing and evening- Board the Train from Beijing to Lhasa [3650m]
Day 05: Onboard the Sky Train
Day 06: Arrive in Lhasa (3650 meter)
Day 07: Sightseeing in Lhasa  
Day 08: Sightseeing in Lhasa
Day 09: Free day in Lhasa
Day 10: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Day 11: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
Day 12: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km.
Day 13: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km
Day 14: Explore Everest Base Camp & drive to Tingri (4390m) 65km
Day 15: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) 181km
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 123km
Day 17: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Trip Outline
  • Trekking days - 24
  • Total days - 24
  • Min. Altitude - (1800m./5906ft.)
  • Max. Altitude - (5200m./17060ft.)
  • Overal walking - 6/7 hrs P/D
  • Trip Nature - Tours
  • Difficulty - Medium
  • Min. group size - 2
  • Age Limit -
  • Best Time - February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
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Cost includes:
Beijing-Lhasa
•    3 nights (3 star level hotels) in Beijing with BB basis,
•    Sightseeing: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Heaven Temple, Tianamen Square, Bird Nest & Water Cube
•    English speaking guide
•    Entrance fees
•    Transportation mini bus
•    Sleeper class train ticket from Beijing to Lhasa.
 

Tibet

·         3 star level hotel in Lhasa and best available standard hotel on the way to Kathmandu (Full board – breakfast, lunch, dinner)

·         Twin sharing basis accommodation as given in the itinerary

·         Tibet Permit fee   

·         A good English Speaking Tibetan Guide (Salary, foods, accommodation and insurance for guide) 

·         Monastery Entrance fee  

·         Transportation: Pick up, sightseeing and Zangmu border to Kathmandu by private Jeep and Landcruiser during tibet tour 

·         Tibet Permit and visa fees

Cost excludes:
•    Travel Insurance
•    Medical and emergency rescue charge (in case of emergency extra cost for Land cruiser rescue and helicopter rescue)
•    Nepal Re-entry visa fee
•    Personal expenses
•    Unpredictable circumstance that hinders the tour such as road blockade by land slides, heavy raining, snow falling which causes delayed in tour. All expenses during such condition should be covered by group member
•    international airport tax.
 


Long Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Beijing
Arrive in Beijing where our tour guide will pick up you and escorted to hotel. Short briefings about tour in Beijing. You can take a relaxation in the hotel and have a recovery from jet lag at night. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Sightseeing in Beijing
Firstly, we will walk to Tiananmen Square (the largest city center square in the world), which is also called the Forbidden City once was the Imperial Palace in the old times. At the same time visit Temple of Heaven, the place that the Chinese Emperors worshipped the god to pray for a good harvest in the Dynasties of Ming and Qing. After that watch the magic Chinese Acrobatic Show. At night we will arrange you the famous Peking Duck Dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Sightseeing in Beijing
We will take you to explore the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Chang Tomb of Ming Tombs which is located 70 km north-west of Beijing.  You will be taken on a tour to the Great Wall, the most famous symbol of China and one of the world’s most remarkable architectural wonders. It was built over 2,000 years ago and stretches a long distance for about 6,700km. You will be taken on a visit to the Ming Tomb the burial site of the emperor Wanli, the 13th emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 48 years until his death in 1620. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Departure to Lhasa
Visit to Temple of Heaven & Evening- Board the Train from Beijing to Lhasa [3650m]
 Early in the morning you will be taken for a visit to the Temple of Heaven, sacred site where Chinese prayers for good harvest, prosperity and harmonious life are offered. In the evening you will board Sky Train to Lhasa with experience of world's highest railway journey.

Day 5: Onboard the Sky Train
The 4,064 km journey lasts for 48 hrs. The train passes across 5200m high Tanggula Mountain pass, amidst surreal mountain vistas, as you near the Tibetan plateau. Looking through UV blocked train window, you remain captivated by the flashing glimpse of Chinese countryside, flat cultivated lands, brown hills, and riverside valleys. It is fitted with soft sleepers, vaccum flush toilets and flat screen TVs and finest dining services.


Day 6: Arrive in Lhasa (3650 meter)
After traveling for approximately 48 hrs, across the ‘roof of the world’, you finally arrive in Lhasa. At the Lhasa train station you will be met by your Tibetan tour guide who will escort you to your hotel.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Sightseeing in Lhasa  
 After breakfast, you will be briefed on the day’s program. The first day of sightseeing starts from Lhasa's cardinal landmark - Potala Palace, a structure of massive portions. Its towering image already appearing on various occasions, but your first sight of the Potala will still be an awe-inspiring moment. It takes at least a good 2-hour to visit those rooms, halls and chapels.

Some 2km to the east of the Potala is the most revered religious structure in Tibet Jokhang Temple. Bustling with worshipers and redolent with mystery, the Jokhang is an unrivaled experience. The quadrangle of streets surrounding the Jokhang is the Barkhor - Lhasa's most interesting pilgrimage circuit. This area of the Old Town is both the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the main commercial district for Tibetans. Overnight in Lhasa.

Day 8: Sightseeing in Lhasa
About 8km west of central Lhasa is the Drepung, once largest monastery in the world, with about 10,000 monks. Sightseeing today begins with these white monastic buildings piled up on the hillside. Walking up to the hill is a pleasant thing, an easy break from the solemn ambiance inside the halls and chapels. At the plat roof of hillside, you can have very good views of the whole Lhasa city and the distant mountains.

Drepung is one of the two great Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, the other is Sera. Around 5km north of central Lhasa, Sera may not be as grandiose as Drepung, but is more serene surrounded by many small temples. The Buddhism Scriptures Debating in Sera is very famous. Overnight in Lhasa. Includes: (B+B)

Day 9: Free day in Lhasa
A final day in Lhasa for acclimatization. This day is for you to spend it as you wish. Explore and soak in the sights and sounds of the old city, revisit a favorite monastery, go for souvenir hunting in the busy local market at Barkhor Square, or simply sit in a café and watch pilgrims as they circumambulate the Jokhang. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Gyantse (3950m) 261 km
Driving along the Friendship Highway, you drive past Khamba La, at 4794m with a brief halt to savor majestic views of Yamdrok-tso Lake and Nazin Kang Sa, standing at 7252m. On turning westwards, you come across another Karo La pass at 5045m. After driving for 261 km, beautifully landscaped Tibetan villages come into view as you enter the town of Gyantse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Sightseeing & drive to Shigatse (3900m) 90km
Gyantse and Kumbum has a large gold-domed stupa and houses several chapels and Tibetan Buddhist murals. After exploring Gyantse and Khumbum Stupa, you take a 90 km drive and arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city of Tibet that lies at an altitude of 3900m.  Tashilhunpo Monastery, being one of the largest functioning monasteries in Tibet, is the major attraction of Shigatse. Overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Sightseeing & drive to Shegar (4050m) 244km.
Today you will traverse along the Friendship Highway amidst picturesque landscape driving past small town of Lhatse and Gyamtso La pass at 5220m. As the route opens into plains, you pass many monasteries and camps of nomadic herders en route to Shegar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km
Leaving Shegar, you will drive towards the south crossing Pang La pass at 5150m. Along the way, you delight in the amazing views of snow-capped peaks from Makalu to Shishapangma. After driving for 68 km, you eventually reach Rongbuk at 5000m. You can view the spectacular Mount Everest from here. You will have overnight accommodation in a guest house. Overnight at hotel.

Day 14: Explore Everest Base Camp & drive to Tingri (4390m) 65km
This morning you get the opportunity to explore the Everest Base Camp (5150m). The Base Camp itself is dry and barren, but the spectacular close-up views of Everest from this point more then makes up for the arid landscape.
No tour vehicles, apart from expeditions, are allowed beyond Rongbuk so you can walk for 9kms or rent a horse cart. After lunch, you return to the Friendship Highway and drive to Tingri, where you will stay overnight at a lodge.

Day 15: Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) 181km
You will drive past Tingri crossing Lalung La pass at 5124m and Shung La pass at 5200m. You can delight in the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. As you drive along, you descend from the arid Tibetan Plateau to verdant Zhangmu on the Nepalese border. After driving for 181 km, you find yourself amidst the lush and verdant Zhangmu at 2300m.

Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 123km
Drive few kilometers away from Zhangmu to Friendship Bridge across Bhote Koshi River which brings you closer to the Immigration Control in Kodari. Here you will part with your Tibetan guide and driver, and walk across the river to meet your Nepalese escort who will drive you to Kathmandu. After driving for around 5 hours, and covering 123 km, you finally arrive at Kathmandu.

Day 17: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. There will be a half day guided tour to UNESCO World Heritage Site kathmandu Durbar Square, the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath & the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath.

Day 18: Depart Kathmandu
Our driver and airport representative will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home. We ensure you that you will leave Kathmandu with cherishing memories and an experience of a lifetime.



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