This 12-day Tibet Nepal tour takes you from the delights of Hong Kong to the Sichuan capital of Chengdu, to see the amazing giant pandas and explore this spectacular city. After two days in Chengdu, you will take the adventurous journey to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, by train. Traveling along the world-renowned Qinghai Tibet Railway. In Lhasa, you will visit the best sights of the city, including the sacred Jokhang Temple, before heading out on the road to Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet, and then to Everest Base Camp. After viewing the stunning sight of Mount Everest from close up, you will cross over the Sino-Nepal border at Gyirong Port, the new international border crossing, and head for Kathmandu and the delights of the Kathmandu Valley.
Itinerary Day by Day
Day 1 Arrival in Hong Kong
When you arrive in Hong Kong, our local tour guide will be there to meet you at the Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong.
Day 2 Hong Kong Sightseeing and Flight to Chengdu
In the morning, your guide will pick you up from your hotel to get in some sightseeing around the major tourist attractions of this vibrant and historic city. Your first stop for the day is the famous Victoria Peak, from which you can get the most amazing view of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Island, and Kowloon. You can head up the hill using the tram, a favorite of tourists, or hike to the top.
Then it is on to visit the beautiful beach at Repulse Bay, believed to be named for the legend of the battle between the local pirates and the British Navy. Repulse bay is also the most expensive area for housing on the island. After lunch it is time for a visit to the noted Stanley Market, one of the largest open-air street markets in Hong Kong. Well known for its bargains, you can find all kinds of souvenirs, as well as fine silks and traditional Chinese dress, arts, and crafts.
Later, you will be transferred to Hong Kong International Airport for the flight to Chengdu, where you will be met by our local guide and transferred to your hotel.
Stay overnight in Chengdu.
Day 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 Scenery View of Tibet Railway, and arrive in Lhasa
The Chengdu-Lhasa train will arrive in Lhasa at about 09:55 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 Gyirong to Nepal Border
Tour Guide will assist the clients check out China and see you off at Kyirong Border. End the services at the border.
Optional Service: Transfers from Gyirong to Kathmandu can be arranged, but are not included in the package, and will require an extra payment if requested.
- 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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