Train tour Beijing, Lhasa, Shigatse, E.B.C , Zhangmu, Kathmandu – 12 Days
Day1: Arrival in Beijing
Upon arrival at the Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to hotel by your guide and driver, have a good rest at your own. Overnight at Beijing.
Day2: Beijing Sightseeing
Your first stop is the impressive Tian'anmen Square. From there you will enter the 'Imperial Palace' known as the Forbidden City to explore its many fascinating halls and pavilions. In the afternoon you can visit the Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. In the evening enjoy cultural show - Peking Opera performance at the Liyuan Theatre. Overnight at Beijing.
Today you will be arranged to have a full day tour to the Great Wall at Badaling and Ming Tombs. On the way back to your hotel, you will be arranged to take pictures at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube(If you are interested in the inner structure of the stadiums, the tour guide will assist you in buying the tickets, and you could enter in the stadiums for a visit yourself.) In the evening transfer you to train station for the train to Lhasa ( T27, 21:30 - 18:38+2days).
Day4: On the train
Today you will be travelling all the day on train. Overnight in Train.
Day5: Arrival at Lhasa
Today you will see the beautiful Tibetan plateau with the nomads groups, Kekexili Ntature Reserve, ect. Arrival at Lhasa around 18:30, Lhasa train station picking up and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day6: Lhasa City sightseeing, visit Potala Palace & Jokhang Temple
Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have purposely arranged only to visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day7: Lhasa City sightseeing visit Drepung monastery, Sera monastery, Norbulingka summer palace
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.
Day8: Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Gyangtse-Shigatse
Morning drive up to Kampala pass (4794m), you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-Tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Yumtso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Carola pass is wonders of the day. Then along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyangtse, visit the famous Stupa - Gyangtse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, monks in this monastery are nice looking in their hand-made traditional shoes-'Tsomba' in Tibetan. Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is the main monastery of Sakyapa sect, houses around the monastery are also in a typical gray colour. Hike around the monastery northern ruins and drive back to Lhatse. Overnight at Lhatse.
Day10: Lhatse-New Tingri-Rongbuk Monastery-E.B.C
Early morning start
driving to Rongbuk via Shegar, cross over Gyatsola Pass (5200m) and Gawu la
pass (5200m), from the top of the Gawu la you will see the spetacular Himalayan
Ranges and its glorious peaks viz Mt.Makalu (8463m), Mt.Lotse ([8516m),
Mt.Everst (8844m), Mt.Cho Oyu (8201m) and Mt.Shishapama (8020m) from Left to
right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley
of Tashi Zom and then to Rongbuk. Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and it consists both monks and nuns, it is
also a good point to see
Mt. Everest. Afternoon
trek from local tent guesthouses community to E.B.C, it is only 6km and takes
about 2 hours. Or you can take the dedicated minibus (25rmb/per person,
round-trip). Overnight at distinguish featured local tent guesthouse.
Note: It is a bit cold within that valley and windy too, you'd better to take your sleeping bag with you. Please prepare your own package food for Rongbuk stay.
Morning after see the sunrise at E.B.C, start driving to Zhangmu via Old Tingri & Nyalam, crossing Thongla (5300m) pass, savoring the enchanting views of the surrounding peaks of Shishapangma (8020m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Menlungtse and Gauri, the road driving over the pass of Tongla is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks and it is like a road to the sky. Overnight at Zhangmu.
Day12: Departure from
Zhangmu, Kodari (Nepal
After breakfast, drive down to the friendship bridge, our guide will help you clear the customs, say your farewells to the guide and driver. Our Nepalese guide will pick you up there, after you check in at Nepali Immigration office, then drive about 5 hours to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, end the trip.