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Beijing - Lhasa - Kathmandu Express

Beijing - Lhasa - Kathmandu Express

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 23 day(s)
Group Size: 5 - 15 people
Destination(s): China   Tibet   Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 5500 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5500 US Dollar (USD)

This trip takes you on a whirlwind tour to three oriental cities: Beijing, Lhasa and Kathmandu. Exploring these three cities will give you an insight into three ancient cultures, Chinese, Tibetan and Nepalese. But the major highlight of this trip is the journey aboard the Qinghai-Tibet railway, the world's highest railway. Another highlight of this trip is the trek to the Everest Base Camp. Your tour commences in Beijing, a city in Northern China. Beijing, an ancient capital and a bustling modern metropolis is a city of amazing contrasts. In Beijing some incredible historical sites awaits you. On a guided tour, you explore the Forbidden City, the Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall of China and the Temple of Heaven.

Leaving Beijing you embark on a train journey to Lhasa, the “Train route to Lhasa”, opened in July 2006, runs 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. In Nepal you will get to explore the three medieval cities: Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.

Your next destination is Chitwan. Royal Chitwan National Park situated in the tropical Terai region close to the borders with India, houses exotic flora and fauna, rich bird species and rare animals like one-horned Rhino and Royal Bengal Tiger. In the National Park you get to enjoy other activities like elephant safari and jeep safari for sightseeing exotic wildlife and diverse ecosystem, canoeing, bird watching and a walk in the wilderness accompanied by a trained guide. This adventurous trip presents you a memorable adventure and lifetime experience.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Beijing. Arrive Beijing, transfer to the hotel (Kings Park View 3-star).

Day 2: Beijing tour. Tian’an men square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace (with boat ride). Beijing Roast Duck dinner.

Day 3: Great Wall. Great Wall at Badaling section, Changling Tomb and Sacred Way.

Day 4: Hutong tour. Hutong Tour, lunch, afternoon shopping at Silk Market or Hongqiao market. Take evening train to Lhasa (departure time 21:30).

Day 5: Train ride to Lhasa. Train ride to Lhasa continues.

Day 6: Rest and acclimatize in Lhasa. Take rest and acclimatize in the morning. Take a tour to Potala Palace in the afternoon. It was the local government location and was divided into two parts - the white palace and red one. It was also the highest castle-style palace in the world.

Day 7: Arrive in Lhasa. Arrive in Lhasa in the evening at 20:30. Check in (Hotel Lhasa 4-star) in Lhasa (3658 m) and rest for acclimatization.

Day 8: Lhasa tour. 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 9: 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 in Gyantse at Gyantse Hotel (3-star, local best).

Day 10: 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 in Shigatse at Shigatse Hotel (local best).

Day 11: 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). Live in Shegar (4300 m) at Tingri Qumulangma Hotel (2-star, local best).

Day 12: Drive to Everest Base Camp. 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. Go back to live in Shegar (Tingri Qumulangma Hotel).

Day 13: Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar. Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar (250 km, all paved now). Overnight in Shigatse at Shigatse Hotel.

Day 14: 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 in Lhasa at (hotel 4-star).

Day 15: Lhasa tour. 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, it is a must sightseeing in Lhasa.

Day 16: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. 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 Hotel Malla (5-star), afternoon rest.

Day 17: Drive to Pokhara. Drive to Pokhara 200 km, 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 (Fish Tail Lodge).

Day 18: Pokhara tour. Get up early morning and head up 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 mountain Annapurna.

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 19: Drive to Chitwan (148 km). After hearty breakfast we drive to the subtropical inner Terai lowlands of southern central part of the country and enter the famed 932 sq km Royal 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 (Rhino Residency).

Day 20: 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 21: Drive back to Ktahmandu. After breakfast drive back to Ktahmandu. After noon visit Swayambhunath. Swoyambhunath is an ancient religious complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley, west of Kathmandu city. It is also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in parts of the temple in the north-west. The Tibetan name for the site means "Sublime Trees" for the many varieties of trees found on the hill. Overnight Hotel Malla (5-star).

Day 22: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley. After 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, Nepal. 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. Farwell Dinner. Overnight at hotel.

Day 23: Departure. The trip ends, our airport representative will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- All airports pick up and drop
- 3-4 star hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis in the mentioned hotels or similar
- Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner for entire tour
- In cities like Beijing, Lhasa and Kathmandu in local restaurant rest meals in the hotel
- Air-condition vehicles in Beijing, Nepal and Tibet (Land Cruiser)
- English speaking tour guide throughout the tours
- All sightseeing as per itinerary with entry fees
- Train ticket Beijing - Lhasa (soft sleeper)
- Flight ticket Lhasa - Kathmandu
- Tibet travel permits.

Price Excludes:
- Airport tax and international flight
- Chinese visa fees and processing charges
- Entrance charges for camera/video camera
- Expenses of personal nature:
* Laundry
* Telephone calls
* Drinks
- Tips to driver/hotels/guide.

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