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Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour plus Mt. Everest

Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour plus Mt. Everest
 Beijing - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Lhasa
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Services:
Beijing-Lhasa train tickets, Tibet permit, Private tourist vehicle with driver, tour guide, clean and comfortable hotel, breakfast
Why recommended:
To visit Mt. Everest is the dream of every traveler. Our 10 days Beijing to Lhasa train tour plus Mt. Everest includes 43 hours train journey from Beijing to Lhasa across no-man area along the highest railway in the world, along which you will find many epic sceneries. After exploring the holy city of Lhasa, the track zigzags along the Himalayas, passing some of the highest mountains in the world before reaching the Everest Base Camp, you will have a real roof of the world tour.

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$ 698 p/p

Tour length: 10 days

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Itinerary DetailsPrice Guide & Booking InfoTour FAQTour Map

Day 1 Start the Beijing-Lhasa train journey

Schedule: Get on board of train from Beijing to Lhasa; the Beijing to Lhasa train departs from Beijing West Train Station (Beijingxi) at 20:08 daily, make sure to arrive at the train station at least one hour before the train departure time.

Beijing West Train Station Beijing-Lhasa Train T27

Day 2 Beijing-Lhasa train tour

Schedule: Your Beijing to Lhasa train tour Highlights start from today when the train arrives at Xining train station which is known as the starting point of the world famous Qinghai-Tibet railway.

Qinghai-Tibet railway sceneries Qinghai-Tibet railway sceneries

Day 3 Arrival & Pick-up in Lhasa and Acclimatization

Schedule: Arrival at Lhasa train station at 15:40, our guide and driver will pick you up and transfer you to hotel for acclimatization; you can have your free time hanging out at this holy city to get the first impression of Tibet.

Pick-up at Lhasa train station Pick-up at Lhasa train station

Day 4 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Potala Palace, Johkang Temple, Backhor Street

Potala Palace Johkang Temple

Schedule: In the morning, visit the symbol or landmark of Lhasa-Potala Palace, the successive Dalai Lama's winter residence. In the afternoon, visit the center of Tibetan Buddhism-Jorhkang Temple, where you will come across lots of devoted pilgrimages coming from every corner of Tibet. Both sites are under the list of the world cultural heritages by the UNISCO. Afterwards, free time for you to wander through the Backhor Street, the busiest street in old Lhasa quarter.

Day 5 Lhasa city tour

Highlights: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery

Drepung Monastery Sera Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, we will visit Drepung Monastery which is the biggest Tibetan Buddhism College with the biggest number of monks in Tibet. The monastery used to be the winter residence of the Dalai Lama before the 5th Dalai Lama moved his residency to the Potala Palace. And in the afternoon, we will visit another influential Gelugpa Monastery-Sera Monastery, where the largest scale of scripture debating among monks is famous all across Tibet. We will watch the debate session and you may join in too with the help your guide.

Day 6 Lhasa-Gyantse-Shigatse (360 km/ 6-7 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Kumpa Stupa, Pelcho Monastery

Yamdrok Lake Pelcho Monastery & Kumpa Stupa

In the morning, drive to the historic town of Gyantse via Yamdrok Lake, according to local mythology, Yamdrok Lake is the transformation of a goddess, on the Gangbala Pass, you will have a clear picture of this Tibetan holy lake in turquoise, in distance you can also see the snowcapped Summit of Ninjingkangsang. In Gyantse, you will find the largest stupa in Tibet-Kumpa Stupa (Ten-thousand stupa), just next to the Stupa is the Pelchor Monastery. Afterwards, drive to Shigatse, if time permit, we will continue to visit Tashiumpo monastery which is the seat for the Panchen Lama who is the equally important religious figure in Tibet like the Dalai Lama.

Day 7 Shigatse-Rongbuk Monastery

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery (optional), Sunset over the Everest

Mt. Everest Nature Reserve Rongbuk Monastery

Schedule: In the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, if weather permits, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see 4 of the highest mountains over 8000 meters( Mt. Everest; Mt. Makalu; Mt. Lotse; Mt. Cho Oyu) in the world at the same time, what a great picture. Before arriving at the EBC, you will first visit the highest monastery in the world-Rongbuk Monastery, which is also a good position to watch the Everest, the sunset view is fantastic when weather is good.

Day 8 Rongbuk Monastery-Shigatse (tour of Tibetan glory)

Highlights: Sunrise over the Everest; Everest Base Camp

Everest Sunrise Everest Base Camp

Schedule: Get up early in the morning to wait for the most exciting and holy moment when the first sunshine reaches the world at the peak of the Everest. The golden crown of the Everest will definitely be the killer of your camera, and then you will do some hiking at the EBC to discover the charm of the highest place you may reach through your life. Afterwards, drive back to Shigatse.

Day 9 Shigatse-Lhasa

Highlights: views along the Brahmaputra River

Tashilumpo Monastery Brahmaputra River

Schedule: If we did visit the Tashilumpo Monastery on day 4, we will drive back to Lhasa directly; if not, we have to firstly visit the monastery and then drive back to Lhasa via the highway along the Brahmaputra River, the view of this mother river of Tibet along the steep gorge is marvelous. In the late afternoon, we will arrive in Lhasa. Free time is on you.

Day 10 Lhasa-Next destination

Schedule: You will have some free time in Lhasa before our guide and driver go to your hotel to pick you up and transfer you to airport. See-off time depends on your flight departure time. Welcome to Tibet next time.

2012 Price Table based on month (Private Tour)
  Nov-Apr May June Jul Aug Sep Oct
2-4 Tourists USD 937 Per Person USD 996 P/P USD 1135 P/P USD 996 P/P
5-8 Tourists USD 789 Per Person USD 837 P/P USD 999 P/P USD 837 P/P
≥ 9 Tourists USD 698 Per Person USD 747 P/P USD 898 P/P USD 747 P/P
What's included in this price?
1. Beijing to Lhasa train ticket, guaranteed hard sleeper tickets with 6 passengers in one cabin. (Availability of soft sleeper depends on supply and demand; if you need it, please tell us in your email, we will try to get for you, but not guaranteed)
2. Lhasa train station pick-up and see-off service.
3. English Speaking local Tibetan Guide.
4. Well maintained vehicle throughout the whole tour.
5. All Tibet traveling permits concerned, such as TTP and PSB.
6. Tourist 3 star standard hotels with private bath room and breakfast in Lhasa and Shigatse, Yak hair tent near EBC.
7. Oxygen supply on Vehicle.
8. Government Tax.
9. Delivery fee of Tibet permits.
10. Guide and driver's food and accommodations.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Transportation fare to Beijing and leaving Lhasa.
2. Food on the Beijing-Lhasa Train.
3. Entrance fee to all the scenic spots in Tibet mentioned.
4. Personal expenses like laundry, IDD calls, drinks, etc.
5. Tips for the tour guide and driver.
6. Extra expenses incurred due to unexpected natural events
7. Single room supplement fee
8. Bank charge of payment when you pay deposit.
How can we get our train tickets? And permit?
You can pick up the Beijing-Lhasa train tickets as well as the Tibet permit at the same time at our office in Beijing. We suggest you come to our office to pick them up 3 or 4 days before the train departure date, because Tibet permit generally is issued by the government 3 or 4 days before the tour starting date. If your international flight arrival date upon Beijing is on the same date of train departure date, we can arrange a guide and driver to pick you up at the airport in Beijing; they will give you the permit and train tickets at the same time.  
Is there pick-up service in Lhasa and how?
Yes, we will arrange pick-up service for you at Lhasa train station; in the pick-up area, our guide and driver will pick you up with a paper with your name on it. You can get out of Lhasa train station with your Tibet permit, please give your permit to our guide after meeting; and our driver and guide will transfer you to hotel.
What are hotels like throughout this tour? Can we live at different hotels?
The hotels we choose for this tour are our commonly arranged clean and comfortable hotels; In Lhasa, we will live at either Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel; in Shigatse, we live at either Yak Hotel or Manasarovar Hotel; the above mentioned hotels are all of the 3 star hotels in Tibet. At Everest Base Camp, we will live in the yak hair tent run by local people living there, the warm bedclothes provided by the tent owners are sufficient.
If you have your own preferred hotels in Lhasa or on the way, we can help to book too, the price difference may occur.
Will your tour guide be with us all day?
No, our tour guide will be guiding you when you visiting a certain attraction, like a palace or monastery. You are on your own after visiting a certain attraction. That is to say, you have your own free time to go bar, shopping or hanging out. Please make sure you are escorted by our guide when visiting an attraction; if you are caught visiting without a guide, both you and our company will be punished.
Why don’t you include the entrance fees? How much is the entrance fees for each attractions and in total?
Tibetan culture and civilization is characterized by monasteries, there are some significant monasteries in our itinerary too; but many times, our customers told us they do not want to visit this many monastery as most of them look the same, so we decide to not to include entrance fee but let our customer pay by themselves based on their interests. You can skip some attractions too if you have no interest on all of them. The entrance fee of attractions in our itinerary is Potala Palace = RMB 200, Johkang Temple = RMB 85, Drepung Monastery = RMB 50, Sera Monastery = RMB 50, Yamdrok Lake = RMB 40, Pelcho Monastery = RMB 40, Kumbum Stupa = RMB 10, Tashilumpo Monastery = RMB 85, Mt. Everest = RMB 180, it amounts up to RMB 640, equals to USD 102 (1 USD = 6.3 RMB)
How much does the food in Tibet cost?
Our tour includes breakfast for all days in Tibet. A normal lunch or dinner in Lhasa costs the same price that costs in Beijing or Shanghai. Noodles costs about RMB 15 per bowl; fried vegetable with meat and rice cost about RMB 25 per dish, so it approximately costs you RMB 70 per person per day on both lunch and dinner at normal standard. The vegetarian food is also available in Tibet, and price is lower than a dish with meat.
How much is the tip to our guide and driver? Is there a standard?
Tour guide work is a tough job on the roof of the world, and to tip the local guide and driver is a common practice in Tibet tourism; however, there is no standard for the tip amount, it quite depends on guide and driver’s service quality. Generally, if the group size is over 5 pax, we suggest our customers to tip the guide USD 5 per person per day while tip the driver USD 3 per person per day; if the group size is smaller than 5 pax, we suggest to tip the guide USD 8 per person per day while tip driver USD 4.
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