14 Days Lhasa Mount Kailash and Kathmandu Small Group Tour with Tibet Train Experience

Tibet train (from Xining) - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Mt. Everest - Mt. Kailash - Gyirong Border - Kathmandu

From USD1683 p.p

This Tibet Kailash tour by train can let you experience an extraordinary Tibet train journey, an adventurous Kailash trekking, and appreciate the most amazing cultural and natural landscapes in Tibet. After your arrival in Lhasa by Xining-Lhasa train, you will visit the great Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple and other importance monsteries in this holy city. Then you will follow the classic route of Lhasa to Everest Base Camp overland tour to arrive at the foot of world's highest mountain, Mount Everest. Next, the epic 3-day Kailash kora will let you fully understand the devout heart of pilgrims and take in the stunning view of Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar. In the end, your guide will take you to Gyirong to cross the border of Nepal and China, before ending your tour in Kahtmandu.

Itinerary Day by Day

Day1 Board the train to Lhasa from Xining

Fantastic Tibet travel will start with boarding on Xining-Lhasa trains from Xining Railway Station. Our local guide would sent train ticket and Tibet travel permit to you before train departs. Please be sure to bring all your belongings and Tibet visa to Xining Railway Station one and a half hour ahead.

After checking in, you can find your seat or sleeper easily according to train tickets. And all the train tickets would be checked again before getting out of Lhasa Railway Station. So please keep your train tickets safe!

Today is your first day on Tibet train. Take things easy and acclimate to high altitude gradually.

Stay overnight on the train.

Note:
If you bought ticket for hard or soft sleeper, the train conductor would ask you to exchange it for berth number plate and then change it back to train ticket when reaching Lhasa Railway Station.

Day2 Arrive in Lhasa

Today, you will witness the most beautiful scenery of Qinghai-Tibet Railway. The land of snows, vast desert, boundless grassland, snow-capped mountains and stunning lakes will continually appear and strongly attract your heart.

When you arrive in Lhasa, 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/ Bhamaputra River (the longest and largest river in Tibet) and Lhasa River on their way to Lhasa.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Day3 Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street (B&D)

Today, 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.

Finally, we’ll taste Tibetan tea with locals in tea house and enjoy a welcome dinner at night.

Stay overnight in Lhasa.

Optional:
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).

Day4 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.

Day5 Lhasa-Shigatse via Gyantse (360km, B)

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, Pelkor Monastery and Kumbum Stupa. Here you can catch the far view of Gyangtse Fortress.

Later, we’ll arrive at Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet. And tourists can visit traditional Barley Mill and view the landscape of Barley Field (in summer).

Stay Overnight in Shigatse.

Day6 Shigatse to EBC (350km, B)

In the morning, we will visit the home of Panchan Lama - Tashilhunpo 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 Gawula 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 Tent Guest House.

Day7 EBC–Saga (450km)

In the morning, you can enjoy the stunning sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if weather permits. While we drive towards Saga, you can catch the vew of the worlds’14th highest peak Mt.Shishapangma (8012m) and beautiful turquoise Lake Peiku tso (4590m). Chances are that you can see wild animals like wild donkey, wild antelope etc.

Stay overnight in Saga Guest House.

Day8 Saga to Darchen via Lake Manasarover (450km)

In the morning, you can appreciate the stunning view of the Saga valley between Gangdise Range and Himayala Range. Meanwhile, you can also view the beautiful grassland and local's villages along the way. While crossing the Mayomla Pass (5112M), you can catch the far view of Mt. Naimonanyi (7694M). Then we’ll pass by the holy Lake Manasarovar and finally arrive at the southern foot of Mt. Kailash, the holist mountain in Tibet.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Day9 Darchen-Drirapuk (driving 7km, trek 13km)

In the morning, tourists can take environment friendly bus from Darchen to Sarshung valley. And you’ll meet yak and porter at Sarshung village. (the cost of hiring yaks, horses, and porters are not included in the package.)

After that, you can start the trek (around 13km) from Sarshung to Drirapuk Monastery along the Lachu valley and rivers. Today, you can see both west and north face of Mountain Kailash. Finally, we’ll pay a visit to Drirapuk Monastery.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Day10 Drirapuk-Dzutrpuk (trek 18km)

Today, we’ll trek over Dromala pass, the highest pass of the Kora. On the way, you can have a break in a teahouse. Besides, you’ll meet the locals prostrating in the Kora path. When walking downhill, you can see beautiful Kadoe Lake. Then we’ll visit Zutulpuk Monastery.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Day11 Dzutripuk-Darchen (trek 7km, driving 5km)

Today, we’ll trek 7km to Zongto where you can take bus to Darchen. Along the Kora, you can see piles of Mani Stones. Finally, we’ll end the trek around noon and rest in the lodging place.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Optional:
Taking bath in Lake Manasarovar and enjoy hot spring.

Day12 Darchen-Saga (450km)

Drive from Darchen to Saga via Lake Manasorovar.

Stay overnight in Guest House.

Day13 Saga-Gyirong-Rasuwagadhi (300km)

Today, you will drive about 5-6 hours from Saga to Gyirong Valley, the border of China and Nepal. You will pass the Kungtang Lhamo pass (5236m), deep gorges and waterfalls along the way. The most amazing view is the snow-capped mountains standing behind the evergreen forest, which makes scenery take varied forms.

Our Tibetan guide will help you exit China and see you off at Gyirong Border. After walking across the border bridge, you will come to Rasuwaghadi, the border town at Nepal side. You will stay at the hostel of Rasuwaghadi to wait the Nepalese driver to pick you up in the next morning.

Stay overnight at Rashuwaghadi.

Day14 Rasuwaghadi to Kathmandu (130km)

On the last day, the Nepal tour guide will be expecting you at Nepal border (Rasuwaghadi) and greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. Though pretty bumpy and dusty, the road to Kathmandu is filled with deep gorges, rivers, waterfall and forest all through the way. After about 8 hours’ driving, the driver will drop you off at your reserved hotel in Kathmandu. Tour ends.

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Dates & Cost

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Please Note:
1. The inclusive train ticket price above is the NET price for reference only. You may need to pay more than the above price to buy train tickets, as the Tibet train journey is so popular that actual ticket demand far exceeds the supply. For exact price, we will get you a quote based on your departure date.

2. The train ticket included in our price is for one hard sleeper berth only. If you want to upgrade to a soft-sleeper berth, you need to pay the difference of the fare.

3. Since all Chinese train tickets are released only 60 days ahead of departure, you may not get the train ticket information as soon as you book the tour. Please be patient. We will offer you the train ticket information immediately when your ticket is issued.

4. Please make sure you will arrive in Xining in advance so that you can catch the train to Tibet.

5. The dates marked on the calendar are the starting day of the tour. If you join in a tour on May 5th, you will take a train from Xining to Lhasa on that day and arrive in Lhasa on May 6th.

6. Our Tibet train group tour packages include the train journey from Xining to Lhasa. You can change the train route to Tibet from other major cities in mainland China. In this case, you need to pay the price difference of the train tickets.

7. If you decide to take other trains to Tibet, please make sure you will arrive in Lhasa on the same day as our scheduled tour.

8. If you take a train from Beijing / Shanghai / Guangzhou / Chengdu / Chongqing, you need to go 1 day before our fixed departure date.

9. If you prefer to depart from Lanzhou or Xi'an, you can take a train on the same day as our tour start.

10. Please feel free to contact us and tell us your travel plan. We will help you choose the proper train route according to your needs.

Service Inclusion

  1. Tibet Travel Permit and all other necessary permit to Tibet
  2. A hard sleeper train ticket from Xining to Lhasa (Price difference need to be paid for upgrading to a soft-sleeper train ticket.)
  3. 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
  4. Meals listed in itinerary
  5. Entrance fees of all tourist sites listed in the itinerary, including the Eco-friendly bus
  6. Local Tour Transfers according to group size
  7. Local Tibetan English-speaking guide
  8. Tourist accident/casualty insurance
  9. One shared big Oxygen tank in the car
  10. Fingertip blood oxygen pulse monitor for client’s healthy condition check
  11. Private transfer from Rasuwaghadi Border to Kathmandu for group

Service Exclusion

  1. Chinese visa
  2. International flight to and out of China
  3. Domestic train/flight out of Tibet.(We offer domestic train/flight ticket booking service, please contact our travel experts for the details.)
  4. Price difference occurred if you upgrade your train ticket or choose to take other trains to Tibet
  5. Meals not specified the itinerary
  6. Tips and gratitude to tour guide and drive
  7. Supporting expense during Kailash trekking, like yaks, horses, porters etc
  8. Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks, optional tour activities, etc.

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