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20 Days Beijing Xian Lhasa Shigatse EBC Kathmandu Polkala Chitwan Small Group Tour

Tour Route: Beijing - Xian - Lhasa - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Kathmandu - Pokhara - Chitwan - Kathmandu

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Trip Overview:

From Beijing to Kathmandu, with 5000km distance, your choice is more than flying. Travelling on road from Beijing to Kathmandu is a classic overland tourist route. The surface adventure start from exploring the Forbidden City, Great Wall in Beijing, then connects the high speak railway to Xian to discover the unbelievable buried Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an before take the highest train in the world to Lhasa. Great Himalaya road adventure to Kathmandu begins after a two days full acclimatizing in Lhasa; you will travel through two historic cities Gyantse, Shigatse and make a detour to visit the highest mountain in the world - 8455m Everest. All the way to Kathmandu, you will be accompanied by Himalaya Range, holy lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, dense forests as well as kind local people. In Nepal, you have a week to explore the exquisite architectures and handicrafts, the jungle culture and the stunning Himalaya View, as well as the exciting paragliding.

  • Tour Code:
    TTO-PT-CTN01
  • Max Altitude:
    5,200 m
  • Tour Type:
    Join-in Coach Tour
  • Phisycal Demand:

    Phisycal Demand Level Guide:
    1. Easy (1 point) - suitable for all level of fitness, family with kids and senior groups.
    2. Moderate (2-3 Points) - suitable for those having average level for fitness, family with kids bigger than 12 years.
    3. Moderate to Strenous (4 Points) - suitable for those physically fit and have experiences of high altitude trekking.
    4. Strenuous (5 Points) - suitable for adventures and individual with physically fit and healthy.

  • Season:
    springSpringSummerSummerautumnAutumnwinterWinter
  • Price from:
    USD2,799 p.p.

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Beijing, please go to our reserved hotel by taxi by yourself.

When international flight lands in Beijing, please take a taxi by yourself to our reserved hotel. The rest of the day free for you to be on your own.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 2: Beijing - Day tour to explore ancient Beijing, visit Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Today is guided tour to Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace which are the traditional must-see places in Beijing. These attractions present to the visitors an image of how the ancient Chinese emperors manage the country, what their family life is, how they spent leisure time, how they sacrifice gods.

Overnight in Beijing

Day 3: Beijing - Day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall

The Great Wall tour proves that China was one of the strongest country in its history. Stretching thousands of kilometers, the Great Wall protected the ancient Chinese against the invasion of the enemy from its north side for more than 1000 years, the Great Wall was listed as one of the world's eight wonders. Mutianyu Great Wall, featured “graceful”, enjoy the best quality among all Wall sections, 80km north-east of Beijing with 22 ancient watchtowers, about one every kilometer. (Cable car is optional if you do not want to walk)

After the tour, you will be drop off at the train station to board the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an, the reference train number is Z19, which departs from Beijing at 20:40, arrive in Xian at next 08:31 (the Sequence of Day2 & Day3 might be exchanged according to the arrangement of travel agency)

Overnight in the train

Day 4: Xian - Day Tour to Terra-Cotta Warriors, Emperor Qinshihuang Mausoleum, Banpo Neolithic Village

The tour guide will pick you up from Xian railway station

The day tour in Xian is impressive too. The Emperor’s Terracotta Army is also one of the eight wonders in the world. These terracotta warriors and horses are the size of a real army, and were buried alongside the Emperor in a vast underground palace. The archeological site of Banpo Village, built more than 6,000 year ago, and you will see how the resident matriarchic tribe used to survive in the Neolithic age. Short visit at the Terra-Cotta Replication Factory on the way back to downtown.

Overnight in Xian

Day 5: Train to Xining and transfer the Qinghai-Tibet Train to Lhasa (Or Train from Xian to Lhasa Directly)

Please take taxi from reserved hotel to Xian Railway station to board the Train to Xining, Transfer Qinghai Tibet Train in Xining. The Xining to Lhasa Section of Tibet Train offers a stunning alpine scenery full of snow caped mountains, lakes, vast plateau plains littered with nomads, yaks, Tibetan antelope and many other wild life elements. Tibet Railway is the world’s highest Railway. The 1,956 kilometers rail line expands a vast highland area with an average altitude of 4,300 meters above sea level, the highest being 5,068 meters.

Day 6: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau Sightseeing by train, arrive in Lhasa in the afternoon.

Today the train will move on Qinghai Tibet Plateau, You will pass by Yuzhufeng, which is the main peak of Kunlun Mountain, World Natural Heritage Kekexili Natural Preserve, Tuotuo River-the resource of Yangtze River, Naqu Grassland and Cuona Lake.In the afternoon (maybe evening, according to the train schedule), the train will arrive in Lhasa. Tour guide will meet you at railway station.

Day 7: Day tour to visit Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street.

The tour will begin from UNESCO World Heritage site - Potala Palace, which is also the winter palace of Dalai Lama. It's situated at 12,139 feet above sea level. It's a 13-story high building that contains over 1,000 rooms, various statues, stupas, murals and artifacts. Then continue to Jokhang Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s a spiritual center for Buddhists in Tibet. Next to the temple there is Barkhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry.

Day 8: Day tour to visit two important monasteries in Lhasa, Sera & Drepung

In the morning, tourists are going to visit Drepung monastery which was one of the “three greet” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1416. Ganden palace is used as Dalai Lama’s palace in the Drepung before moving to the Potala palace. In the afternoon, Sera Monastery---It was one of the “three great” Gelug monasteries of Tibet and was founded in 1419. The highlight is the Monks debate at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon.

Day 9: Lhasa (3650m) to Shigatse (3900m) via Gyantse

In the morning, drive from Lhasa to Shigatse .On the way, drive over the Gampala pass (4790 m), and tourists will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso (4400m) .The Lake is surrounded by many snow-capped mountains and in the distance clients can have spectacular views of Holy Mount NyenchenKhangsar (7191m), the highest mountain near Lhasa. Gyantse was historically Tibet's third largest city (after Lhasa and Shigatse). In Gyantse, tourists will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After one and a half driving, we arrive in Shigatse, which is the second largest city in Tibet. In Shigatse, tourists will visit Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama.

Day 10: Shigatse (3900m) to Everest (5200m) via Tingri

Drive to Lhatse, it is a small town where tourists can have lunch. Then, head to Shegar and if the weather is clear enough then on the way down to Shegar tourists will view the Mt. Everest in the distance. After 4 to 6 hours’ drive, tourists will arrive at Rongbuk monastery but on the way, they will pass one of the highest Passes in Tibet (pang la pass height 5050m) from that’s pass they will view the whole five highest peaks in the world.

Day 11: Everest (5200m) to Kyirong Town (2600m)

In the morning, if the weather is good, tourists can see the sun rise on the top of Mt Everest, after visiting the base camp, drive to Tongla pass to see the panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range. Then driving down to Kyilong, where is surrounded by forest with ice-capped mountain background. The altitude is 2600m at the border.

Day 12: Exit China through Kyirong Border (2600m), then drive to Kathmandu

In the morning, drive clients to the Sino-Nepal border - Kyirong, tour guide will assist clients to check out of the border. After going through the immigration, Nepalese driver will pick you up at the border and drive to Kathmandu. The road to Kathmandu is bumpy but the scenery is quite beautiful, you can see the deep gorges, rivers all through the way.the road condition is rough in Nepal so this 160km road takes a whole day.

Day 13: Day tour to Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath and Patan City

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square is one of three durbar (royal palace) squares in the Kathmandu Valley. It is the site of the Hanuman Dhoka Palace Complex, which was the royal Nepalese residence until the 19th century and where important ceremonies taken place. Swayambhunath the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu stupa is adorned with a colorful fluttering of prayer flags; it crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the city of Kathmandu. the last site we visit for today is Patan City which is the second largest town in Kathmanduvalley. Patan's central Durbar Square is entitled in the World Heritage Site and absolutely packed with temples, the Golden Temple which is the unique Buddhist Monastery was founded in the 12th century, is a large rectangular building has three roofs and a copper gilded facade with the images of Buddha and Avalokitesvara where there are Buddha images and illustrations on the walls.

Day 14: Day tour to Pashupatinath, Bodhnath and Bhaktapur City

Pashupatinath the most important Hindu temple in Nepal, the old buildings on the site were destroyed by Moslem invaders in the 14th century, its stone linga smashed to dust, but it rose again behind their retreating backs. Succeeding monarchs reinstated the temple and the images. Bouddhanath is among the largest stupas in South Asia, and it has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The white mound looms thirty-six meters overhead. The stupa is located on the ancient trade route to Tibet, and Tibetan merchants rested and offered prayers here for many centuries. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a conglomeration of pagoda and shikhara style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The square is one of the most charming architectural showpieces of the Valley as it highlights the ancient arts of Nepal.

Day 15: Drive to Pokhara by Surface (210km, 5-6 hours)

On the way, a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara would probably give you more insight of Nepalese lifestyle than one is likely to get at lakeside. You will pass through steep yet fertile classic Middle Hills countryside. While riding along the Trishuli River, you could a chance to grab a paddle and tumble through the white waters. Pokhara is the third largest city in Nepal. It is the starting point for most of the treks in the Annapurna area. Pokhara is a remarkable place of natural beauty, situated at an altitude of 827m from the sea level. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful place. This enchanting city has several beautiful lakes and offers stunning panoramic views of Himalayan peaks. The serenity of lakes and the magnificence of the Himalayas rising behind them create an ambience of peace and magic.The city offers a combination of nature and culture and is mostly known as the gateway to the trekking route "Round Annapurna".

Day 16: Leisure time at Pokhara

Early morning excursion to Sarangkot to view the spectacular scene of the sun rising out of the mountain peaks. At an elevation of just under 1,600 metres, Sarangkot is perched on a high ridge to the northwest of Pokhara and has panoramic mountain views from Dhaulagiri and across the Annapurnas to Manalsu, as well as south over the Pokhara Valley. Sunrise - subject to weather.

In the morning we do the Sightseeing tour in Pokhara City, The World Peace Pagoda can be seen on top of a hill on the southern fringe of Phewa Lake. It has four images of the Buddha facing the four directions. The dome-shaped pagoda is an impressive sight, and its hilltop location commands a great view. It is a great vantage point which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna.

In the afternoon, we do the Boating at Phewa Lake. The centre of attraction in Pokhara is the Phewa Lake - the second largest lake in the Kingdom. It is the largest and most enchanting of the three lakes that add to the resplendence of Pokhara. Here, one can sail or row a hired boat across to the water or visit the island temple in the middle. The favourite home base for travellers is the eastern shore.

You can do some outdoor activities like paragliding, helicopter in Polhara, cost is not included in the package.

Day 17: Pokhara - Chitwan (160km, 5-6 hours)

Chitwan - From alleys of the Valley to lush greenery, get ready to treat all your senses at Chitwan, the heart of the jungle. From being surrounded by the concrete jungle to entering the real jungle, this package has extremes to get you in adventure mode. From making way through the narrow gallis of Kathmandu and discovering architectural delights, you will be walking or riding through the jungle along with the wild animals you will discover by the Rapti River.

Day 18: Chitwan Jungle Park Exploration

Early morning you visit the Jungle to refresh your spirit of adventure on a guided walk through the national park, returning to the lodge in time for breakfast.

You will follow a full day true jungle experience with the in-house expert naturalists including Bird watching, Elephant bathing and canoeing. You will also visit the small village of Tharu ethnic group to get a sense of what their world and lives are like through interactions with the locals.

A special sundowner can be suggested at the confluence of the Rapti River amidst spectacular sunset view.

Day 19: Chitwan - Kathmandu by Surface (185km, 6-7 hours)

Evening you have free time in Thamel through narrow alleys and observe local life from close range. Thamel becomes colorful & vibrant at this time of day with soft music played in shops, decorated shops with handicrafts, curio, silver jewelries, adventure gears and the list goes on. You will have some free time here to stroll around.

Day 20: Kathmandu Departure

Drive back to Katmandu and transfer to airport to take your flight back home.

Tour Departures in 2017 & 2018

Travel TimeNov. to Feb.
(Low Season)
Apr. to Jun.
(Shoulder Season)
Jul. to Oct.
(Peak Season)
Price USD$2,799 USD$2,869 USD$3,000

What’s included?

All Tours in Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, the road trip from Lhasa to Kathmandu via Everest Base Camp, Pokhara-Chitwan-Kathmandu Tour in Nepal

* Pick up from hotel before the tour

* Drop off to hotel after the tour finish

* All Entrance Fees of tourist attractions listed in the itinerary

* One Dinner included in Lhasa

* All Meals included in Chitwan Jungle Tour

* Local English Speaking Tour guide

* AC comfortable tourist Vehicle

* Tibet border Kyirong to Kathmandu road transfer

Train Tickets in China

* Beijing to Xian Overnight Train ticket, Sleeper berth

* Xian to Xining Bullet Train ticket, second class seat

* Qinghai Tibet Railway Train ticket, second class sleeper. All domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.

All Accommodation

* All Hotels in the tour are included. We chose best value 3 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.

* Accommodation at EBC is poor tent guesthouse

Travel Documents

* Tibet Travel Permit, Alien's Travel Permit. Chinese Visa Invitation letter if required

Others

* Airport-Hotel Shuttle Service in Lhasa and Kathmandu

What’s excluded?

Pick up and Drop off service in Beijing and Xian

Price does not include airport/train station pick up or drop off in Beijing and Xian, it is easy to arrange a taxi by yourself with minimum cost.

Some Meals

* Some meals are not included, check the meals plan

Others

* Some options might to be recommended to guests like Kongfu Show in Beijing, those option are chosen by your wish and pay on sites.

* Additional single supplement for requiring single room for yourself

* Gratuities to tour guide and driver

* Other personal expenses

* Nepal Visa Fee around 25 USD, please pay it at the border

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