22 Days Beijing Xi'an and Tibet Nepal Overland Tour with Pokhara Chitwan Lumbini

Beijing - Flight - Xi'an - Train - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong Port - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Lumbini - Kathmandu

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If you are keen on ancient Chinese history, Mount Everest on Tibetan plateau, and the flourishing forests at the Himalayas, this tour is a great choice for you. At first, you will explore the metropolitan Beijing to visit Forbidden City and Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven and Great Wall. Then, take a flight to Xi’an, the ancient capital of 13 dynasties, to appreciate the Emperor’s Terracotta Army and Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and stroll on Ancient City Wall and Muslim Quarter. Afterward, hip on a Tibet train to reach the City of Sunshine along the legendary Qinghai-Tibet Railway.

After 2-day sightseeing in Lhasa, you will head for Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp. You can appreciate Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier, visit Kumbum Stupa and Tashilunpo Monastery, and stay overnight at EBC before reaching Gyirong Port. Once in Nepal, you can visit Kathmandu and Pokhara, explore Chitwan Natural Park and Lumbini, to fully appreciate the stunning scenery and brilliant culture at both sides of the Himalayas.

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 visit Summer Palace. Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, and is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens, and palaces. These beautiful attractions show visitors what life was like for the royal household in ancient China, and how the Chinese emperors managed their empire.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day3 Beijing sightseeing: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall

Today, you will get up early to visit the Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious building. It was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremony of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. You can visit the grand prayer hall which was built without using a single nail. Then 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.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day4 Fly from Beijing to Xi’an: Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

It takes about 2 hours to fly from Beijing to Xi’an. After arriving at your hotel in Xi’an, you can have a good rest.

In the afternoon, you will 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 Xi’an Sightseeing: Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall, and Muslim Quarter

In the morning, you will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda which was originally built in 652 during Tang dynasty to keep the Buddhist scriptures and figurines of the Buddha brought by Xuanzang.

In the afternoon, you can enjoy cycling on the Ancient City Wall. About 14km in perimeter and surrounded by a moat, the ancient wall which has 98 defensive ramparts and four main gates is a typical example of ancient defensive building. You can also watch the Bell Tower and Drum Tower around it. Then, you will go to Muslim Quarter to watch the exquisite handicrafts and enjoy various local snacks.

Stay overnight in Xi’an.

Day6-7 Tibet train

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. 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.

Day8 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.

Day9 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.

After having lunch, you will visit Sera Monastery, which was founded in 1419 by Tsongkapa's disciple Jamchen Choeje. The most interesting thing is to see monks debating in the courtyard at around 3-5 in the afternoon. By yelling at each other, slapping hands and rolling mala, two monks make a pair to debate on philosophical issues. You can also appreciate the delicately-made Mandala, sanding paintings, and massive Buddhist scriptures inside Sera Monastery.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day10 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.

Day11 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.

Day12 EBC to Gyirong Border

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.

Day13 Gyirong Border to Kathmandu

After passing through China Customs with the assistance of you Tibetan 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.

Day14 Day tour to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath, and Patan City

The day starts with a tour of Kathmandu City, and takes in the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square. The most famous square in the city, the Durbar Square is the Royal Palace square in the city, and is surrounded by ancient buildings from the early 16th century. The magnificent architecture, exquisite decorations, and the intensity of historical items gives a great insight into Nepali culture.

You then continue the tour with a visit to the Swayambhunath Pagoda, which is one of the oldest Buddhist sites in Nepal. Swayambhunath is a huge golden stupa festooned with prayer flags that flutter in the breeze, on a hill that overlooks the entire city. Then it is on to Patan City, the second largest city in the Kathmandu Valley area. Patan City has one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Nepal that dates back to the 12th century, and is a great place to explore the Buddhist culture of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day15 Day tour to Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Bhaktapur City

You will also get to go further afield in Nepal, to visit the ancient Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, and Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in Asia, and a focal point for Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. Set on the banks of the Baghmati River, Pashupatinath is one of Nepal’s famous UNESCO sites, and the sunset over the temple roofs is spectacular.

Another great place to see is Boudhanath, located on the ancient trade route. It is a place of meditation and part of the spiritual journey around Kathmandu. With one of the largest stupas in the world, it has been the site of many Tibetan prayers over the centuries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is the last place to visit for the day, with its pagoda and shikhara temples strewn around the royal palace. The square really highlights the ancient building arts of Nepal.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day16 Kathmandu to Pokhara

Today you will take a car ride to Pokhara, the most popular tourist destination in Nepal after Kathmandu. Strolling along the bank of Phewa Lake, you can admire the stunning Fish Tail's Peak and the spectacular Annapurna panorama. After visiting Phewa Lake, you will head for Seti River Gorge, the deep gorge cut by the milky white water of Seti River.

Stay overnight in Pokhara.

Day17 Pokhara to Chitwan National Park

After breakfast, you will head for Chitwan National Park. You can experience a lots of safari activities like jungle walks, canoeing, and 4WD safaris in the park. At night, you can watch cultural performances and bonfire.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day18 Chitwan sightseeing

After breakfast, you will proceed to enjoy jungle activities, including Elephant Safari to see one horned Rhino and many more dangers and endangers animals and birds. If you are lucky enough, you will see many amazing creatures such as royal Bengal tigers, leopards, monkeys, many types of deer and reptiles. Make sure you bring the right camera gears, preferably with a telephoto lens and you will not miss any shots.

Stay overnight in Chitwan.

Day19 Chitwan to Lumbini

It takes about 4 hours to drive from Chitwan to Lumbini. You will visit the sacred Lumbini Garden and Mayadevi Temple, the main temple at Lumbini as well as a site traditionally considered the birthplace of the Buddha.

Stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day20 Lumbini to Tilaurkot

In the morning, you will take car ride to Tilaurkot, the ancient palace where Siddhartha Gautam spent the first 29 years of his life as a Shakya Prince. You can aslo visit the Kapilvastu Museum nearby. After visiting the shrines, monasteries, and stupa near the sacred garden of Tilaurkot, you will go back to Lumbini.

Stay overnight in Lumbini.

Day21 Lumbini to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will take the car ride to Kathmandu, and have a good rest after arriving at your hotel.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu.

Day22 Depart from Kathmandu

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a private car, take you to Tribhuvan Airport, and help you with your luggage and checking in for your flight from Nepal.

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Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet travel permit and all other necessary permits to Tibet;
  2. All entrance ticket fees for all tourist sites listed in the itinerary;
  3. Personal knowledgeable English-speaking Tibetan local tour guide;
  4. Personal comfortable, clean and safe vehicle with reliable Tibetan local driver; vehicle ranging from 4WD land cruiser to minibus depending on your group size;
  5. 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.
  6. Domestic flight/train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  7. All meals listed in the above itinerary;
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance;
  9. First aid kit;

Service Exclusion

  1. International flight to and out of China;
  2. 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. )
  3. 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.)
  4. Meals not specified in the itinerary; usually it costs about USD3-15 per person for one meal in TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region).
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver;
  6. 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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