12 Days Beijing Xian and Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland Tour with Xian-Tibet Train

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If you are keen on the brilliant history of China and the breathtaking scenery along Lhasa to Kathmandu, don’t hesitate to join this tour. After visiting Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Summer Palace in Beijing, you will take a train to Xi’an, the oldest surviving capital of China, to explore the world’s eighth wonder, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Afterward, you will board Xi’an-Tibet train to head for Tibet, the Roof of the World.

The Lhasa-Kathmandu overland tour starts with 2-day sightseeing in Lhasa, which allows you to acclimatize to high altitude during the visit to iconic attractions like Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple, Drepung and Sera Monastery. Then, you will head for Everest Base Camp via Gyantse and Shigatse, and explore Yamdrok Lake, Kumbum Stupa, and Tashilunpo Monastery along the way. The overnight stay at EBC provides you with great opportunity to watch the sunset and sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest. After visiting Rongbuk Monastery nearby EBC, you will be escorted to your hotel in Kathmandu via Gyirong Port.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival in Beijing, your driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Beijing in a private car. Then you could have a rest in your hotel or walk around on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day2 Beijing sightseeing: Forbidden City, Summer Palace

Your guided tour starts with a visit to the famous Forbidden City, which used to be the imperial palace from around 1420 to 1912 and now houses the Palace Museum. Then, you will explore Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal park in China. The palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces which show you what life was like for the royal household in ancient China.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day3 Beijing sightseeing: Mutianyu Great Wall

No tour of China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, the largest man-made structure on the planet. After breakfast, you will visit Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Stretching 2,250 meters long and including 22 watchtowers, Mutianyu Great Wall is the longest, fully restored Great Wall section open to tourists. In the evening, you will be transferred to the Beijing West Railway Station for the overnight train to Xian

Stay overnight on the train.

Day4 Xian sightseeing: Banpo Museum, the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

Your tour guide will pick you up at Xi'an Railway Station upon your arrival in the morning. Today, you will visit Banpo Museum, the archeological site of Banpo Village, which was built more than 6,000 year ago, will allow you to see how the resident matriarchic tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age. You will also visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. As one of the world’s eight wonders, the terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army, and were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, in a vast underground palace.

Stay overnight in Xi’an.

Day5 Board Xian-Lhasa train

Today, you will board the Tibet train at Xian Railway Station to experience the highest train ride in the world. The train journey will take you about 32 hours.

Stay overnight on the train.

Day6 Arrive in Lhasa

Today is a full day window sightseeing along Qinghai-Tibet Railway. You can experience the famous sky train and appreciate land of snows, desert, immense grassland, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful lakes along the way.

Upon your arrival in Lhasa, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel, and the guide will give a brief introduction of the itinerary as well as dos and don'ts in Tibet. Then, you can take a good rest at hotel to acclimatize to Tibetan plateau environment.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day7 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street

Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage and the winter palace of Dalai Lama. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, meditation cave of the 33rd Great King of Tibet, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then you will head to the holiest temple in Tibet, the Jokhang Temple, built during Songtsen Ganpo's reign by Princess Wencheng of Tang dynasty, 647 A.D. Here you can observe sincere pilgrims making prostration in front of Jokhang Temple. While entering inside the temple, you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. On the top of Jokhang Temple, you can enjoy the panorama of old Lhasa City and great vista of Potala Palace.

Then you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals by circling the Barkhor Street around the temple, buy some souvenirs, and taste sweet tea and local snacks in local tea house. Later, you can take your family to explore farm products like yak butter in Tromzikhang, the famous farm produce market.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day8 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Today, you will visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Drepung Monastery, the largest monastery in Tibet, was founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416 and used to be home to more than 10,000 monks. Hiking along the mountain steps, you can see Buddhist painting on the rock face. During Shoton Festival, locals and pilgrims swarm to Drepung Monastery to celebrate the gigantic Thangka Buddha unveiling ceremony on the Gambo Utse Mountain. Then you will stop by the nearby carpet factory to appreciate the Tibetan artisans make traditional carpets with great skills.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day9 Lhasa to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyangtse

At first, you will pass over the Gampala Pass (4790m) and have a far view of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) at the viewing platform there. Then at the lake, you can see many snow-capped mountains surrounding it and and have spectacular far view of the holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Later, you will stop by the Karola Glacier on the roadside. When arriving at Simila Mountain Pass, you can hang auspicious prayer flags on the mountain pass and view Manak Dam Lake.

Then you’ll go to the heritage Gyantse, Tibet's third largest city after Lhasa and Shigatse. In Gyantse, you can visit Pelkor Monastery and Nepali-style Kumbum Stupa, with nine floors and unique chapels in each tier, this stupa is considered the largest one in Tibet. After about 1.5 hours’ car ride, you will arrive in Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet after Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Shigatse.

Day10 Shigatse to Everest Base Camp (5200m)

In the morning, you will go to the home of Panchen Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery, and visit the golden statue of Future Buddha and assembly hall there. After getting your Alien’s Travel Permit, you will head for Lhatse and have lunch there.

Afterwards, you will pass Tsola Pass (4,600m) and Gyatsola Pass (5,248m). Shortly after entering Mt. Everest National Nature Reserve, you can appreciate the panoramic view of Himalaya at Gawula Pass (5,180m). Keep marching along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp, you can get closer view of Mt. Everest peak. After having a full view of the magnificent Mt. Everest, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world as well as the unique Nyingma Sect monastery where nuns and monks live together. You can also enjoy the sunset of golden Everest peak at the lodging area if time and weather permits.

Stay overnight at tent or Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse.

Day11 EBC to Gyirong Town

In the morning, you can admire the stunning sunrise of Everest peak if weather permits. After having a full view of the magnificent Mt. Everest, you will visit Rongbuk Monastery, the highest monastery in the world as well as the unique Nyingma Sect monastery where nuns and monks live together.

After that, set off from EBC to Gyirong Border. On the way, you can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo (5236m), you will arrive at Gyirong Town in late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Gyirong Town.

Day12 Gyirong Town to Kathmandu (200km)

After passing through Gyirong Port with the assistance of you guide, you will meet you Nepali guide on the other side of the border and enjoy the jeep transfer service to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Route Map

Service Inclusion

    All Tours in Beijing, Lhasa and Lhasa to Kathmandu overand via EBC
  1. Pick up from hotel before the tour;
  2. Drop off to hotel after the tour finish;
  3. All Entrance Fee of tourist attractions listed in the itineary;
  4. One Dinner included in Lhasa;
  5. Local English Speaking Tour guide;
  6. AC comfortable tourist Vehicle;
  7. Suface transfer from Tibet border to Kathmandu;
    Train Tickets in China
  1. Beijing to Xian Train ticket;
  2. Xian to Xining Bullet Train ticket;
  3. Qinghai Tibet Railway Train tickets (As buying Train tickets is not as easy as buying air tickets, all domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.)
    All Accommodation
  1. All Hotels in the tour are included. We choosed best value 3 to 4 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.(You may book accommodation by yourself, the price can be deducted from the quotation.)
  2. Accommodation at EBC is poor tent guesthouse;
    Travel Documents
  1. Tibet Travel Permit, Alien's Travel Permit. Chinese Visa Invitation letter if required;
  1. Shuttle Service in Lhasa. Shuttle bus to and from Lhasa Airport;

Service Exclusion

    Shuttle Service
  1. There is no airport/train station pick up or drop off service included, please arrange the taxi by yourself. It is easy to do it in China. (Lhasa airport shuttle service is included as the local government requires travel agency to escort the guests)
    Some Meals
  1. Besides the breakfast included in hotel, and some meals listed in the day tours, meals are not included in price quotation.
  1. Some options might to be recommended to guests like Kongfu Show in Beijing, those opion are choosen by your wish and pay extra on sites.
  2. Additional single supplement for requiring single room for yourself;
  3. Gratuities to tour guide and driver;

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