Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu tour – itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing, refreshment and rest.
Day 02/03 - Sightseeing in Beijing (Forbidden City, Imperial Palaces, Summer Palace, and Great Wall of China) on your own or if you would like us to arrange this then our tour guide from Beijing will be glad to provide you his best guidance.
Day 04/05 - Morning visit to Temple of Heaven-Evening Board the train from Beijing to Lhasa (3650m)-Departure 21:30hrs (48 hrs journey)
Day 06 - Arrive in Lhasa at 21:30hrs, transfer to hotel. Overnight at a comfortable hotel.
Day 07/08 - Sightseeing in Lhasa- (Sera Monastery, Norbulingka, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Square, Drepung Monastery and Potala Palace). Overnight at hotel.
Day 09 - Free day in Lhasa- (for acclimatization or shopping). Overnight at hotel.
Day 10 - Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m) 261km. Overnight at hotel.
Day 11 - Drive from Gyantse to Shigatse (3900m) 90km (Before leaving Gyantse visit Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum). Overnight at hotel.
Day 12 - Drive from Shigatse to Shegar (4050m) 244km (Before leaving Shigatse visit Tashilhunpo Monastery). Overnight at guesthouse.
Day 13 - Drive to Rongbuk (5000m) 68km. Overnight at guest house.
Day 14 - Drive to Zhangmu (2300m) 181km. Overnight at hotel.
Day 15 - Drive to Kathmandu (1400m) 123km. Overnight at hotel.
Day 16 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu - (Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Patan). Overnight at hotel.
Day 17 - Depart from Kathmandu, Transfer to airport for your final departure.
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.
Tour Cost: 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.
Essential information :
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.
Guide and Staffs arrangements
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.
Time in Tibet
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.
Health & Experience Required
Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu tour 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.
Autumn (August, Sept, & Oct), winter (November & December), spring (April & May) & summer (June & July) are the best seasons for attempting this wonderful Trans Himalayan overland journey. No matter about the group size, Beijing Lhasa Kathmandu tour can be arranged for both individuals and small group travelers any time on your request.
Rescue & Evacuation
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.