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10 days Beijing-Lhasa-Kathmandu overland tour

10 days Beijing-Lhasa-Kathmandu overland tour
Day 1&2: Start Beijing to Lhasa train tour
Day 3: Arrival & Pick-up in Lhasa and Acclimatization
Day 4 & 5: Lhasa city tour
Day 6: Lhasa-Gyantse
Day 7: Gyantse-Shigatse-Tingri
Day 8: Tingri-Rongbuk Monastery-EBC
Day 9 EBC-Old Tingri-Zhangmu
Day 10: Zhangmu-Nepal(border transfer)

Price from:
$ 997 p/p

Tour length: 10 days

All year around


Lhasa to Kathmandu overland route is a world famous classic tourist route attracting countless global travelers each year. To begin the epic Lhasa to Kathmandu overland tour by taking the world’s highest railway from Beijing into Lhasa via the Qinghai-Tibet railway across the no-man district is indeed an astounding feat. From the Forbidden Land to the Kingdom of Himalayas, your journey is characterized by the holy palaces and monasteries at fabled cities from Lhasa to Kathmandu; towering highest peaks plus hanging glaciers at both sides of the Himalayas as well as wondrous people and mystical culture.

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Day 1 Start Beijing to Lhasa train tour

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 to Lhasa train tour

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 today: 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 today: (Tour of the world heritages and Tibetan history)
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: Drak Yerp Hermitage, Sera Monastery

Drak Yerp Hermitage Sera Monastery

Schedule today: (Tour of the most important monasteries in Tibet)
In the morning, we will drive out of Lhasa to have a short tour to Dark Yerpa Hermitage that is seen as the holiest cave retreat ever, there is a saying that 'Lhasa is the shrine of Tibet, Drak Yerpa is the shrine of Lhasa. Not seeing Drak Yerpa in Lhasa is just like making a dress without the collar. 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.

Day 6 Lhasa-Gyantse (270 km/ 6 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Yamdrok Lake, Kumpa Stupa, Pelchor Monastery

Yamdrok Lake Kumpa Stupa

Schedule today: (Tour of Tibetan holy lake and family wisdom)
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. Another important site in Gyantse is Dzong Castle which once was a battle field where Tibetan fought against British invasion.

Day 7 Gyantse-Shigatse-Tingri (310 km/ 6 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Tashilump Monastery, Tingri Dzong

 Tashilump Monastery Tingri Dzong

Schedule: (Tour of Tibetan religion panorama)
In the morning, visit Tashilumo Monastery which is the seat of Panchen Lama, the equally important religious figure in Tibet as Dalai Lama. The monastery was built by the first Dalai Lama in 1447, and inside the Monastery placed the highest statue of Buddha in Tibet which is 26.8 meters high. Afterward, drive along the well paved highway from Shigatse to Tingri (shegar) ; before sunset, we will visit ruins of Tingri Dzong perched on the mountain, the ruins used to be the capital administration center of Tingri region and it's also a good point to view the Himalayas. Besides the ruins, you could also visit the small and cozy shegar Chode Monastery built in the 13th century.

Day 8 Tingri-Rongbuk Monastery-EBC (110 km, 5 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Rongbuk Monastery, EBC

Rongbuk Monastery EBC

Schedule today: (Tour of Tibetan wilderness)
In the morning, drive to Mt. Everest Nature Reserve, if weather permits, on the top of the Gyalpo-la pass you can see the beautiful sunrise from the peak of great Himalayan Mountains.
Before arriving the EBC, you will first see the highest monastery-Rongbuk Monastery in the world, which is also a good position to watch the Everest. Hike up or take green bus to the EBC to view this highest mountain in teh world just under its foot; we will have this unforgettable night in the yak hair tent run by the local Tibetan people there. What a fantastic night it will be!

Day 9 EBC-Old Tingri-Zhangmu (310 km, 7-8 hours on wheel)

Highlights: Sunrise over the peak of Mt. Everest

Everest Sunrise Everest Sunrise

Schedule today: (Tour of Tibetan glory)
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. Next, we will continue our journey again to Zhangmu via Old Tingri. Today we will stay at Zhangmu, the border town of both Nepalese and Chinese style.

Day 10 Zhangmu-Nepal (border transfer)

China Custom China-Nepal  Border

Schedule today: In the morning after breakfast, your guide will help you go through border formality and you can You can cross the border bridge and check in Nepal side, Nepal visa is available upon arrival with 25USD, please prepare one photo of passport size to get Nepal Visa. Next step, you need to find a car or bus towards Kathmandu, 50ms ahead from border bridge, dozens of car or bus are parking there to pick up travelers; about 3000 Nepali Rupee for a taxi rental or 50 Nepali Rupee(Appro.1USD) for a bus seat. Taxi will be a good choice for you

No hidden extra fee! No shopping stops

2015 Price Table based on month
Months Nov-Mar April-June July & August Sep & Oct (1st-7th Oct.)
Quote P/P US $997 US $1137 US $1390 US $1143 (+US$130)

Special offer: US$ 30 P/P discount is available if you meet one of the following requirements.

1. Book the tour with us 3 months before the tour departure date
2. Book the tour with us as a group of 3 people or above at the same time.

What's included in this price?
1. Beijing-Lhasa second class sleeper train ticket (6 passengers in one cabin)
2. Tibet Entry Permit and Alien's Travel Permit required during this tour.
3. Well maintained tourists' vehicle throughout the tour.
4. All the entrance fee mentioned in the itinerary.
5. Local licensed Tibetan English speaking tour guide.
6. Accommodation with breakfast included as shown below.
Lhasa(D1-3) Yak Hotel or New Mandala Hotel3*
Gyantse(D4) Yeti Hotel or Jianzang Hotel 3*
Tingri (D5) Snowland Hotel or Roof of world Hotel2*
EBC(D6)Yak hair tent or Rongbuk GuesthouseBasic
Zhangmu(D7) Zhangmu Hotel or Caiyuan Hotel2*
7. Green bus between Rongpuk monastery and EBC.
8. Tour guide and vehicle's entry fee into EBC.
9. Oxygen supply on the vehicle.
10. Travel insurance only for accident.
11. Government tax and travel agent's service fee.
What's excluded in this price?
1. Lunches and Dinners.
2. Tips to driver and tour guide.
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. In Tingri (Shegar), we live at Qomulangma Resort which is basic but also the local best one there. 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. In Zhangmu, we arrange you to stay at either Sherpa Hotel or Zhangmu Hotel depending on room availability.
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, Syaka Monastery = RMB 45, Mt. Everest = RMB 180, it amounts up to RMB 685, equals to USD 109 (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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