This long, 18-day tour of three different places is an ideal opportunity to see the similarities and differences of China, Tibet, and Nepal in one go. Starting in Chengdu, you will get to visit the famous breeding center of the Chinese giant panda, as well as the beautiful Wenshu Temple, before heading off on the amazing Qinghai Tibet Railway journey that takes you to the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. There you will have a chance to visit many of the famous Buddhist monasteries, as well as the stunning Potala Palace in Lhasa, and the sacred Jokhang Temple, before heading across the region to the Nepal border and the Tibetan Everest Base Camp (EBC). After the stunning vista of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, it is over the border to Kathmandu, and a tour of Nepal’s most popular sights. Taking in some of the most sacred and famous temples of the country, you can also visit some of the most stunning natural locations in Pokhara, before traveling south to the Indian Border, and Chitwan National Park, the home of the huge Bengal tigers in Nepal.
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Arrival in Chengdu
When you arrive in Chengdu, our local tour guide will be there to meet you at the Chengdu International Airport, and help you transfer to your hotel, where you can rest after your flight. The rest of the day is yours to either rest or to explore the area and take in some of the local sights.
Stay overnight in Chengdu.
Day 2 Chengdu Sightseeing Tour
In the morning, drive to Chengdu Research Base of Giant Breeding, the home to giant pandas, where you will catch pandas' feeding time. They are at their most active, both Adults and Babies. There's a wealth of information and a panda museum in this 230-hectare park 10 km (6 miles) north of Chengdu. It takes about 2.5 hours to visit this site.
Then, you will visit some other highlights of Chengdu, including the Wenshu Temple, Renmin Park and Jinli Street. As the best-preserved Buddhist temple in Chengdu, Wenshu Temple is famous for its exquisite gardens and halls. Renmin Park is a beautiful city park often filled with locals, and you can enjoy a cup of tea to experience the slow life of Chengdu there. In the end of today, you will walk along the Jinli Old Street to fully appreciate Sichuan’s customs and folk arts.
Stay overnight in Chengdu.
Day 3 Free to Explore the city, then Board Train to Lhasa
The whole day is free for you to explore around the city. In the evening, you will be transferred to Chengdu Railway Station for the train to Lhasa. Your Tibet Permit will need to be checked before boarding.
Stay overnight on the train.
Day 4 Train to Lhasa
Today, you will spend the whole day on the train to Lhasa. It is quite a long journey from Chengdu to Lhasa, for about 36 hours in total. You will pass through two important provincial capital cities in northwest China, Lanzhou and Xining. Xining is known as the beginning of Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
You will witness the most beautiful scenery along Qinghai-Tibet Railway. From the deserts to massive grassland, snowy mountains to turquoise lakes, all these landscapes will continually appear and strongly appeal to your eyes.
Stay overnight on the train.
Day 5 Scenery View of Tibet Railway, and arrive in Lhasa
The Chengdu-Lhasa train will arrive in Lhasa in the morning. Upon your arrival, your tour guide will hold a board with your name on it at the exit to welcome you. A private car will take you to the reserved hotel. You may view the Yarlung Tsangpo River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on their way to Lhasa.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Tips: If this is your first visit to Tibet, you will need to acclimatize to the increased elevation, to prevent altitude sickness. This is best done by resting in the hotel and minimizing any physical exertion.
Day 6 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street
Today, you’ll pay a visit to the famous Potala Palace, the world cultural heritage. You can explore its audience halls, the jeweled and Golden burial chortens (stupa Tombs) of past Dalai Lamas, and a 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 Gampo'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 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 the chance to see the traditional jewelry trading between people from different part of Tibet.
Finally, you’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
After finishing the sightseeing, if time allows, you may go with tour guide to visit Tibetan handicraft art or Tibetan Traditional Medicine center. Besides, you can also choose to upgrade your tour to enjoy Tibetan Culture Show in the evening (fr. 60USD).
Day 7 Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery and Sera Monastery
Today, you will visit two of the three prestigious Gelugpa monasteries in Lhasa, the Drepung and the Sera. Founded by Jamyang Choeje in 1416, Drepung Monastery is the largest monastery in Tibet. Situated at the foot of Gambo Utse Mountain, Drepung 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 highlight is the monk debate held 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 scripture printing house.
Stay overnight in Lhasa.
Day 8 Lhasa to Shigatse
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. Here you can far view Gyangtse Fortress.
Later, we’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. And tourists can visit traditional Barley Milland view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).
Stay Overnight in Shigatse.
Day 9 Shigatse to EBC
In the morning, 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. After getting your Alien’s travel permit, we will leave Shigatse and then drive to Lhatse for lunch.
After that, we’ll drive over Tsola Pass(4600M), and Gyatsola Pass(5248M). At Kyawula Pass(5180m), tourists can view the panorama of Himalaya. Then we’ll drive along the new zigzag road to Everest Base Camp and get closer to Mt. Everest peak. You are lucky enough to catch the sunset of golden Everest peak if time and weather permits at the lodging area.
Stay overnight at local Guest House or tent hotel.
Day 10 EBC to Gyirong Border
In the morning, you can catch the stunning sunrise of Everest Peak if weather permits at the lodging area and then pay a visit to Rongbu Monastery - the unique highest monastery with nuns and monks living together. Later, tourists can hike from lodging place to EBC (4kms). While visiting the Everest Base Camp, you’ll have the chance to take the closest picture of Mt. Everest.
Then we’ll drive from EBC to Kyirong Border. On the way, you can far view Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we’ll arrive in Kyirong in late afternoon.
Stay overnight in the Kyirong Guest House
Day 11 Gyirong to Nepal Border
In the morning, your guide will assist you to exit China, and will see you off at the border with Nepal. On the other side, our guide from Nepal will meet you and transfer you to Kathmandu, and your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to look around the area, or just rest in your hotel after the rigorous trip across Tibet.
Stay overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 12 Kathmandu to Nagarkot
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 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.
After Boudhanath, you will drive on to Nagarkot, a small town nearby that has great views of eight of the 13 Himalayan Ranges, including Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, and Mahalangur, as well as stunning views over the Kathmandu Valley.
Stay overnight in Nagarkot.
Day 13 Nagarkot to Pokhara
Today, you will be driven to Pokhara early morning after breakfast. The whole journey takes about 5.5 hours. En route to Pokhara, you will stop off to visit the spectacular Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a Royal Palace square with pagodas and shikhara temples strewn around the ancient Royal Palace. The square really highlights the ancient building arts of Nepal.
Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty. Situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level and 200 km west of Kathmandu valley, the city is known as a center of adventure. The enchanting city with a population of around 95,000 has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic. So today the city has not only become the starting point for most popular trekking and rafting destinations but also a place to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 14 Pokhara Sightseeing Tour
With a full day for sightseeing around Pokhara, the day starts with a trip to the stunning Devi’s Falls, known locally as Patale Chhango. This beautiful waterfall drops 150 meters into a huge sinkhole at the bottom, which continues on dropping for another 100 meters into a cave system below. According to local legends, the falls were originally named David’s Fall in English, after a Swiss traveler who fell into the sinkhole in 1961, dragging his girlfriend with him, and which has been changed over the years to become Davi’s Falls.
After the falls, you will visit the sacred cave of Gupteswar Gupha, a limestone cave across from the falls. Almost 3 kilometers long, the cave has huge caverns as well as narrow passages, and is a sacred place for Hindus, as it contains the Phallic symbol of Lord Shiva, which has been preserved in the caves.
Nearby lies the related temple of Bindhyabasini in Nepal, believed to be a replica of the famous Bindhyabasini Temple in Bindhyachal, Uttar Pradesh. Legend says that the deity, Bindhyabasini, was brought to Nepal before the unification of the country by the then king of the Kaski region, Siddhi Narayan Shah.
Finally, the last site of the day is the beautiful Barahi Temple, also known as the Lake Temple, located on a small island in the east of the Phewa Lake. Used for prayers by Hindus and Buddhists alike, this temple was originally dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Durga (Barahi in Nepalese), who is known as the Protector of the Gods.
Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Day 15 Pokhara to Chitwan
In the morning, you will drive the 96 kilometers from Pokhara to Chitwan, on the southern border with India. The rest of the day in Chitwan is yours, and the views over the Narayani River at sunset are spectacular.
Stay overnight in Chitwan.
Day 16 Day Tour in Chitwan National Park
The following morning it is off to Chitwan National Park, one of the largest national parks in Nepal. Designated a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1984, the park is the home to hundreds of species of wild animals. Offering protection to 56 species of mammals, the park’s residents include sloth bears, wild elephants, striped hyenas, wild bison, leopards, and the Asian one-horned rhinoceros. The park is also home to more than a third of Nepal’s wild Bengal tigers, and there are good chances you will get to see one in its natural habitat.
The park also hosts numerous jungle activities, including elephant safaris, canoeing, and white-water rafting, and is a popular destination for both animal lovers and thrill seekers.
Stay overnight in Chitwan.
Day 17 Chitwan to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu, where you can have a nice lunch before heading off to visit the third largest city in Nepal, Patan, located in the south of the Kathmandu Valley. There you can visit the Patan Durbar Square, another of the Royal Palace Squares of ancient Nepali culture, which remains as the finest collection of palaces and temples in Nepal.
Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 18 Kathmandu Departure
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel in a private car, take you to the airport, and help you with your luggage and checking in for your flight home from Nepal.
- Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
- Domestic train/flight tickets as indicated in the itinerary, including Chengdu to Lhasa train ticket etc.
- All lodging listed in the itinerary. If you travel individually, you will need to share one room with another tourist. If you prefer to stay in one room by yourself, you will have to pay the single room supplement
- Meals listed in itinerary
- Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary
- Local tour transfer, comfortable tourist vehicle according to group size
- Excellent English-speaking tour guide in China tour and local Tibetan English-speaking guide in Tibet
- Tourist accident/casualty insurance
- One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
- First aid kit
- Chinese visa
- International flight to and out of China
- Domestic train/flight not listed in the itinerary. (We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
- Meals not specified the itinerary
- Tips and gratitude to tour guide and driver
- Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.
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