10 Days Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu Overland Tour

Beijing - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Old Tingri - Kathmandu

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It will be an extraordinary journey for tourists to take this 10-day Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu overland tour. In the first part of the tour, tourists will explore the historical and cultural heritages in the capital city, like the Great Wall, Forbidden City etc., and discover the authentic Beijing culture in the famous Hutong.

Then, after a flight to Tibet from Beijing, tourists will enjoy the classic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour across the vast land of Tibetan Plateau. Following the highlights like Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Street in Lhasa, the trip will take you to Shigatse across Gyantse, and Old Tingri, until reach Gyirong Border. On the way, you will not only visit some important Tibetan monasteries and religious sites, but also appreciate incredible alpine scenery and get the spectacular view of Mount Everest at the base camp. Join now to grasp this rare chance of a lifetime tour!

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Arrive in Beijing

A private car will take you to your Hotel in Beijing, you could have a rest in your hotel or looking around in Beijing on your own.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day2 Beijing Sightseeing: Great Wall at Badaling, Ming Tombs - Changling

Today you will visit the majestic Great Wall (Badaling section) and the Changling Tomb of 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 Zhuli, the third emperor of the Ming Dynasty who ruled for 22 years until his death in 1424. Stay overnight at Beijing.

Day3 Beijing Sightseeing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Today you will first visit the historic Tiananmen Square which is the largest city square in the world and the spiritual heart of China, and then the magnificent Forbidden City which located in the center of Beijing and used to be the imperial palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years.

In the afternoon, you will visit the fine Summer Palace. Summer Palace was an imperial summer resort of the Qing Dynasty. It is the most splendid classical garden in China.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day4 Free Time to Tour Hutong

Today, you will visit the Hutong, the traditional courtyard residence in narrows alleys in Beijing. It is a great place to know the folk culture and old quarters of Beijing city. It is recommended to explore the Nanluoguxiang, one of the most famous Hutongs in Beijing.

You will find a variety of cafes, kiosks selling different kinds of food and beverages and souvenir shops while strolling in the busting alleys. A great way to tour Hutong is to enjoy a ride on a traditional rickshaw, which can will take you to cover all the historical significance.

In the afternoon, you can do some shopping in Beijing and get prepared for the flight to Lhasa on the next morning.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Day5 Fly from Beijing to Lhasa; Arrive in Lhasa

Today, you will take a flight to Lhasa from Beijing. Upon your arrival at Lhasa Gonggar Airport, your tour guide will greet you and take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River / Bhamaputra River (the Longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on their way to Lhasa. The rest of the time is for you to take a rest and get acclimatized to high altitude.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day6 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B)

In the morning, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world culture heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and tremendous number of Buddhist frescoes, thangkas, combinations of mandala, etc.

Then tourists 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 holiest statue of Buddha. Around the monastery is the famous Barkhor Street, where you can do the kora with pilgrims and locals. And then we’ll go to explore the old market and you may have chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day7 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery (B)

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. Situated at the foot of Gebeiwoze Mountain, it was once home to more than 10000 monks. Here you can see the biggest monastery kitchen inside and then pay a visit to the Buddhist Sculpture Carving near Drepung.

After having lunch, you’ll continue to visit the 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. Besides, you can also see the colorful Rock Painting of Buddha and the three sand Mandalas and then visit the Tibetan religious text printing house.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day8 Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m)

Today, we will drive from Lhasa to Shigatse via Gyantse. On the way, we’ll drive over the Gangbala Pass(4790 m) to view Yamdrok Lake and Mt. Naiqinkangsang. Besides, you can also appreciate Korola Glacier on the roadside. At Manak Dam Lake, tourists can hang pray flag at Simila Mountain Pass.

Then we’ll go to the heritage town Gyantse and explore its old street, Perklor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Later, we’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilunpo Monastery. It is largest monastery of the Gelug Sect in Rear Tibet, and the main stage where generations of Panchen Lamas carried out religious and political activities.

Stay Overnight in Shigatse.

Day9 Shigatse (3900m) to Everest Base Camp (5200m)

After obtaining your Alien's Travel Permit, which is needed to tour this area, you will leave Shigatse for Lhatse, a small town where you can get a nice lunch. On the drive on to Shegar, weather permitting, you will get your first look at the amazing sight of Mt. Everest, or Mt. Qomolangma as it is called in Tibetan.

The route will go over the Tsola Pass, at 4,600 meters, and the Gyatsola Pass, which is higer at 5,248 meters. On entering the Mt. Everest National Nature reserve you will be able to enjoy the amazing panoramic view of the Himalayas as you travel over Gawula Pass, at an elevation of 5,198 meters. After arriving at Rongbuk you will be able to rest from the long drive, ready for the trip to EBC.

Stay overnight at Rongbuk Guest House.

EBC to Kathmandu via Gyirong Port

In the morning, we will drive from EBC to Gyirong Port, the border between Tibet and Nepal. You can view majestic Himalaya ranges from both Tibetan and Nepalese sides.

After arriving at Gyirong Port in the afternoon, your guide will assist you to exit China, and will see you off at the border with Nepal. Transfers from Gyirong to Kathmandu can be arranged, but are not included in the package, and will require an extra payment if requested.

Route Map

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary
  3. All lodging listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Excellent English-Speaking Tour Guide in China Tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  9. First aid kit

Service Exclusion

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic flight/train not listed in the itinerary
  4. Meals not specified the itinerary
  5. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  6. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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