Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu express starts with a train journey to Lhasa, the “Train route to Lhasa”, opened in July 2006, run on the highest rail line in the world, the line runs above 13000 feet above sea level for more than 80 percent of the route and tops at a height of 16640 feet. The magical ride in this starts from Beijing and ends in the capital city of Tibet, Lhasa. The trip takes around 48 hours and covers a distance of around 4065 km. The power for the train is provided by three 3800 horse power diesel locomotive. Amazingly it climbs from Golmund City at 9000 feet to Tanggula pass at 16640 feet covered in mere six and a half hour.
The “Sky Train” passes through the biggest Qinghai Lake, the Bird Island, Chaerhan Salt Lake, Kunlun Mountains Pass, Tuotuo River, Changtang Grassland, Eight-Pagodas in North Tibet Pasture, Namtso (Lake Namco), Yambajan Hot Springs, an incredible journey through the picturesque locations, the vista of spectacular mountainous landscapes, the stunning snow-clad mountains, breathtaking deep valleys, delightful hill tops, exotic vast deserts or frozen lands and the exciting and unforgettable sight of the Tibetan folklore all definitely be a magical moments.
The train has been equipped with oxygen-supplying equipments. Oxygen masks are available for those who are prone to altitude sickness. In the old city of Lhasa, you will be taken on a guided tour to all the city's major attractions: Potala Palace, Sera Monastery, Norbulingka etc. Excursions to important Tibetan cities of Shigatse, Gyantse and Shegar are also included in your itinerary. On reaching Rongbuk, you get to view the world's highest mountain Mount Everest.
Tour Duration: 19 day(s)
Group Size: 2 -10 people
Destination(s): Beijing, Lhasa Everest Base Camp, ktm
Specialty Categories: Sightseeing, jeep drives, jungle safari
Season: March - December
Trip type: Cultural tour Jeep adventure
Meals: Daily breakfast
Day 01/02: Train ride to Lhasa:
Train ride to Lhasa continues.
Day 03: Arrive in Lhasa:
Arrive in Lhasa (3650M) in the evening at 20:30. Check in hotel and rest for acclimatization.
Day 04: Lhasa Sightseeing:
Visit Drepung Monastery in the morning, which is the largest monastery in Tibet, founded in 1416 by disciple of Tsongkhapa called Jamyang Choje. Then visit Sera Monastery in the afternoon, which was founded in 1419 by Sakya Yeshe, a disciple of Tsongkhapa. The most distinguished and interesting thing here is monks debating about Buddhism. Then visit Norbulingka (the jewel park in Tibetan) which was the summer palace of Dalai Lama.
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse:
Drive to Gyantse via Yamdroyumtso Lake, which can be seen from Kanbala Pass (4794 m). It is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet and an important destination for pilgrimage. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: Drive to Shigatse:
After visiting Palkhor Monastery drives 90km to Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. Visit to Shalu Monastery en route. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Drive 310 km to Tingri:
Drive 310 km to Tingri, en route visit to Sakya Monastery, which was founded in 1073 by Kon Konchok Gyelpo. After passing Lhatse County and Gyatsola Pass (5222 m), arrive at Shegar (new Tingri). Overnight in Shegar (4300 m).
Day 08: Drive to Everest Base Camp:
Wake up early for mountain Everest. Drive about 100 km including a must stop at Chewula for possible view of mountain Everest and some other peaks. At Rongbuk Monastery which is the highest in the world, take their environmental vehicles to go to the base camp. Drive back to Shegar. Overnight at hotel.
Day 09: Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar:
Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar (250 km). Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Drive back to Lhasa:
A quick visit to Tashilhunpo Monastery, then drive back to Lhasa from Shigatse, take a good rest after the long hard trip, overnight at hotel
Day 11: Lhasa sightseeing.
Visit Jokhang Temple and Barkhor Market, the heart of the old Lhasa town. Here you’ll enjoy fascinating combination of deep religiosity and push and shove market economics. In Tibetan Buddhism Jokhang is also regarded as the center of the Universe. Overnight at hotel
Day 12: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu:
Transfer Gongkar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. Our representative will assist you. The flight is of 01hours 20 minutes departing at 10:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time) and arriving Kathmandu at 09:00 a.m. Transfer to the selected hotel. Afternoon rest.
Day 13: Drive to Pokhara:
A 200km scenic drive to Pokhara, 6 to 8 hours drive through an exotic and picturesque landscape and terraced hillside and loving villages along the riverside. Afternoon visit Davids Fall. Witness a breathtaking and unique waterfall that lays 2 km from central Pokhara City. The waterfall directly goes into a deep and narrow canal with no ends. It is believed that this deadly waterfall took the life of a tourist named David, who fell down into the canal and was never found, and hence the name "David Waterfall" named in his memory by the people of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel
Day 14: Pokhara tour:
Wake up early morning and drive to Sarangkot, the view point to the sun rise over the Himalayan Ranges. Sarangkot is 20 kilometers north to Pokhara main city, a hill top point from where the sun rise is best viewed. Absorb the views and drive back to hotel. Boating. Enjoy the 1 hour long boat ride on this romantic Fewa Lake, shadowed by the gigantic range of Mt. Annapurnas.
Your feelings get transformed into a joy of living. With a beautiful Barahi temple in the middle makes the lake more holy and religious. Every day thousands of visitors visit the temple. Surrounded by the green forest and lakeside city, hundreds of hotels and restaurants around it make the evening very romantic. Pokhara will always remains in your heart and tempts you to visit again. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15: Drive to Chitwan (148 km):
Morning breakfast, we drive to the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of the country and enter the famed 932 sq km Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage Site that shelters over 43 species of mammals, over 450 species of birds, and more than 45 species of amphibians and reptiles. Upon arrival transfer to the Resort followed by refreshments and a briefing about the Program and the lodge facilities.
After lunch, a talk on the mammals, reptiles, birds, local people and their culture and traditions and village environment by the professionals with slide show presentation about the natural history and flora and fauna of the park. This afternoon we're off on our jungle drive for bird watching and go around the unspoiled picturesque villages and meet hardy, hospitable and cheerful villagers to explore their unique culture and traditions. Over night at resort
Day 16: Elephant safari:
This morning we go off on our elephant back safari into the park to view the rhinos at close quarters. These rare one-horned Nepali rhinos are totally unaffected by the presence of the elephants allows us to get much closer than on foot, is the highlight of the trip to Chitwan, there is nothing quite like the gentle swaying of the elephant, high above the ground, makes its way easily through seemingly impenetrable jungle.
There are many peacocks in the trees. We also visit to the breeding center for Gharial, the freshwater Nepali crocodile, with its long thin snout. In the late afternoon, early evening we take a trip in a traditional dugout canoe down the wide Rapti river, which takes us to the elephant breeding center. We can walk back with the ranger who will introduce us to the local wildlife and flora. The staff here shall make the most of your time at the park, and may use their initiative to vary the order of activities to always include the best options. Overnight at the resort.
Day 17: Drive back to Ktahmandu:
After breakfast drive back to Ktahmandu. Overnight at hotel
Day 18: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley:
Morning breakfast, we start a full day sightseeing tour of various places. We visit the sites and places which have great importance by various reasons, which are listed below. Pashupatinath temple is a biggest Hindu temple of Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The temple served as the seat of national deity, Lord Pashupatinath, until Nepal was secularized. The temple is listed in UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site list.
Believers in Pashupatinath (mainly Hindus) are allowed to enter the temple premises. Non-Hindu visitors are allowed to have a look at the temple from the other bank of Bagmati River. Baudhanath, is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Bouddha, Nepal. Located about 11 km (7 miles) from the center and northeastern outskirts of Kathmandu, the Stupa's massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Bhaktpur, Bhaktapur also Bhadgaon or Khwopa is an ancient Newar town in the east corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is located in Bhaktapur District in the Bagmati Zone.
It is the third largest city in Kathmandu valley and was once the capital of Nepal during the great Malla Kingdom until the second half of the 15th century. Bhaktapur is known for its fabulous culture and indigenous lifestyle. It is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO for its abundant rich culture, temples, artworks in wood, metal and stone. Patan is one of the major cities of Nepal. It is one of the sub-metropolitan cities of Nepal located in the south-western part of Kathmandu valley. It is best known for its rich cultural heritage, particularly its tradition of arts and crafts. It is also called as city of festival and feast, fine ancient art, making of metallic and stone carving statue. Evening Farwell dinner with culture show. Overnight at hotel.
Day 19: Departure:
Transfer to airport, fly back home.
Notice: Participants of the trip must keep in mind that this is an adventure journey that takes you into one of the remotest corner of the Tibetan plateau where many unexpected and unpleasant events may contribute to the need for a change in the itinerary. Depending on the prevailing situation, the itinerary can be modified to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of tour conclusion should always coincide with the original plan.
Mission Eco Trek aware that there are many companies seeking your business as you plan your adventure holidays in the Nepal Himalayas. We believe we offer the very best value for money and take your safety, comfort and ultimate holiday experience very seriously.
In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us with number of members in your group, type of vehicles you want and the category of hotels you would like to stay in.
We provide you ktm-lhasa or Lhasa-ktm air tickets along with tour packages but the price are not fixed always, so please ask before booking your trip. Also if you wish to fly from Beijing to Lhasa and want a help from our side to book the air ticket then contact us and let us know your desire date, our ticketing officer will provide you entire details within 24 hours.
You can take a train journey from any parts of Mainland china to Lhasa. Let us know from which city you want to come to Lhasa by train then we will provide you train fare with all necessary details. Contact us for more info on train.
Keep in mind that you are traveling overland to highest plateau in the world; the drive goes constantly above 5000m during your journey except Lhasa (3,650m). Driving fast in such an elevation could cause medical conditions (Acute Mountain Sickness) which could be fatal. There is 50% less oxygen compared to sea level in high-altitudes places like in Tibet. The higher the altitude the less is the oxygen in air. Your body needs few days to acclimatize to this less oxygen environment. Although we provide enough information regarding AMS precaution matters, if you get AMS, we do not have other options to treat it other than medication. We advise specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.
Throughout your time in Tibet you will be accompanied by an experienced English speaking Tibetan guide who will not only act as an interpreter but will also provide valuable insights into the Tibetan way of life. All our Tibet trips are run in cooperation with our Tibetan counterpart, so you can be assured that authentic local touch.
08 hours ahead of GMT. Note Tibet is linked to Beijing time so when you cross the border to Nepal the time change is considerable. Nepal is 5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), spring (March & April) & summer (May, June & July) are the best seasons for attempting this wonderful Trans Himalayan overland journey. No matter about the group size, this tour can be arranged for both individuals and small group travelers any time on your request.
Overland trip in Tibet involves five to six hours driving per day, but comparatively little walking (indeed, walking is not mandatory). However, it is all at very high altitude, which will take a physical toll. There are no special physical requirements, but high altitude experience is a plus.
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen; you shall be transferred to the nearest hospital. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.
Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.
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