Beijing Lhasa Everest Adventure

Enjoy the train journey from Beijing to Lhasa and then overland to Everest Base Camp, a trip of a lifetime

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19 Days Lhasa to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 5200 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 10
  • Best Time: Apr. to Dec
  • Trip type: Culture & sightseeing
  • Accommodation: Hotel

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.

Beijing Lhasa Everest express begins with a spectacular train journey from Beijing 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 amazing ride in this tour 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.

Also known as 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 myths 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 ancient 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. After Everest base camp excursion, the tour will continue to Lhasa and fly over mountain Everest (8848m) to Kathmandu.

Beijing Lhasa Everest adventure – itinerary

Day 01/02: Train ride to Lhasa: 
Day 03: Arrive in Lhasa: 
Day 04:
Lhasa Sightseeing: 
Day 05: Drive to Gyantse: 
Day 06:
Drive to Shigatse: 
Day 07: Drive 310 km to Tingri:
Day 08:
Drive to Everest Base Camp: 
Day 09: Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar: 
Day 10: Drive back to Lhasa:
Day 11:
Lhasa sightseeing. 
Day 12: Fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu: 
Day 13:
Fly to Pokhara: 
Day 14: Pokhara tour: 
Day 15:
Drive to Chitwan (148 km):
Day 16:
Elephant safari: 
Day 17:
Drive back to Kathmandu: 
Day 18: Full day sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley:
Day 19: Departure: 

Trip cost: In order for us to quote you the cost, please write us and let us know number of members in your group, type of vehicles (Jeep or Van) you would like to use in Tibet and the category of hotels you would like to stay in..

Beijing Lhasa Everest adventure – itinerary

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 guest house.  

Day 09: Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar
Drive back to Shigatse from Shegar (250 km). Overnight at guest house.

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 Gonggar airport for the onward flight to Kathmandu. Alpine Eco Trek's representative will assist you. The flight is of 01hours 20 minutes departing at 12:00 a.m. (Central Standard Time) and arriving Kathmandu at 11:00 a.m. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon rest.

Day 13: Fly to Pokhara
After breakfast in the morning, fly to Pokhara. 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. Enjoy the evening around Phewa Lake. 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 Kathmandu
After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. 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 host by Alpine Eco Trek. 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.

Service Includes

  • All necessary pick up and drops by private coach.
  • 4 wheel drive (2004 model Toyota) or a comfortable van or bus with experienced driver during the tour
  • Tibet travel permit with all the road permits. 
  • An English speaking Tibetan Local guide during the tour
  • Twin sharing hotel and guest house accommodations on bed and breakfast basis throughout the tour
  • Monasteries, Temples and palaces entry fees
  • Lhasa sightseeing with all entry permits
  •  Everest base camp permits.
  • Pick up by private coach from Kathmandu airport.
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Kathmandu valley sightseeing with all the necessary entry fees and private transportation with an expert tour guide.
  • Pokhara sightseeing tour with hotel on bb based and necessary domestic flights.
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Chitwan,
  • 2 nights 3 days full board packages with all activities including elephant back safari, jungle walk, canoe trip, culture show, nature tour, bird watching tour, etc..
  • Transfer to Kathmandu, overnight hotel
  • Fare well dinner and final transfer to international airport. 

Service Excludes

  • Tibet/Chinese Visa
  • Flight/train fares
  • Lunch, dinner, drinks, alcoholic beverages in Tibet, Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Nepal visa and Nepal Re-entry visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Hotel and sightseeing in Beijing

Flight fare or train fare: :

We provide you Beijing to Lhasa train tickets along with tour packages but the price for the train tickets 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.


Acclimatization

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 Everest adventure 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.


Best Season 

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 Everest adventure 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.


Insurance 

Before joining a tour, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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