16 Days Kathmandu to Beijing Overland Small Group Tour
Tour Route: Kathmandu - Kyirong - EBC - Shigatse - Lhasa - Xian - Beijing
From Kathmandu to Beijing, with around 5000km distance, your choice is more than flying. Travelling on road from Kathmandu to Beijing is a classic overland tourist route. The surface adventure starts from exploring Kathmandu city, which boasts for its rich cultural heritage sites. Then connects Tibet with Sino-Nepal friendship highway, driving across Himalaya mountain range with big altitude ascending (from 1500m to 4500m). All the way to Tibet, you will be accompanied by Himalaya Range (including visit Mt. Everest Base Camp), holy lakes, glaciers, deep gorges, dense forests as well as kind local people, Sino-Nepal friendship highway will pass through Gyantse and Shigatse and finally reach Lhasa, which are the best cultural tourist route in Tibet. After two days sightseeing in Lhasa, the trip continues to Mainland China by the highest railway in the world, in China you will visit Xian and Beijing, the two most historic cities which are the best of both modern and ancient China.
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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.
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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
Arrive Tribhuvan International Airport, tour guide will await you outside the arrival area. Transfer for your stay at Kathmandu. (Our local office staff will meet you to collect your passport to apply for Chinese Visa for you, Visa fee is not included in price quotation and you will need pay extra service charge 20 USD/person).
Notice: Chinese embassy requires 3 working days to issue the Visa, we advice you could arrive in Nepal 3 working days in advance before going to Tibet.
Day 2: 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 colourful 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 Kathmandu valley. 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 3: 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 4: Drive from Kathmandu to Rashuwaghadi (130km)
In the morning, Nepalese driver will pick you up at hotel and drive you from Kathmandu to Rashuwaghadi, which is the border of Nepal. Today’s driving is 130km but almost take a whole day, as the road up to Himalaya is small mountain road.
Overnight at hostel at Rashuwaghadi
Day 5: Drive from Kyirong to Tingri (300km)
Enter Tibet, meet the Tibetan tour guide at Kyirong border, Transfer from Kyirong to Old Tingri (4300m). Kyirong is an amazing place, where is surrounded by forest with ice-capped mountain background due to its altitude about 2500m. After Kyirong, the altitude ascends slowly to 4300m, you could see forest disappeared and surrounding are all mountains, now you are in Himalaya mountain range now. when driving pass the Tongla mountain, you could see the panoramic view of Himalaya mountain range very close to you.
Overnight in Tingri
Day 6: Drive from Tingri to Shigatse, pay a visit to EBC (450km)
Today, you will visit Everest Base Camp at north side of Mt. Everest, which is 5200m above sea level, maybe it is the highest place you reach on earth in your lifetime. At Jawula pass, you could see the panoramaof Himalaya in a different angle. Then we drive along the New zigzag road to Everest Base Camp(5200m). in the afternoon, drive to Shigatse.
Overnight in Shigatse
Day 7: Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km)
After visit the Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse in the morning, drive from Shigatse to Lhasa. You will pass through Gyantse, tourists will visit the famous Pelkor Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. On the way, you will visit 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 Nyenchen Khangsar (7191m) the highest mountain near Lhasa. In late afternoon, we will reach the holy city Lhasa.
Day 8: 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 Bakhor Street, filled with pilgrims and street vendors, selling traditional Tibetan items such as prayer wheels and jewelry.
Day 9: 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 10: Leave Lhasa to Xian by Train
Today, we end the trip in Tibet and take the Qinghai Tibet Railway, the highest railway in the world to ancient City Xian in mainland China. The train will move on Qinghai Tibet Plateau and down to China, the highest point of the railway is above 5000m, You will pass by Naqu Grassland and Cuona Lake, Tuotuo River-the resource of Yangtze River, World Natural Heritage Kekexili Naturel Preserve, Yuzhufeng, which is the main peak of Kunlun Mountain.
Overnight in the train
Day 11: Arrive in Xian in the evening
The Train will arrive in Xian in the evening. Please take taxi on your own to the reserved hotel
Overnight in Xian
Day 12: 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 13: Xian to Beijing by High-speed Train
Today, you will experience the world famous Chinese High-speed Train from Xian to Beijing, the whole journey takes about 5 hours. When arrive in Beijing, please take taxi on your own to the reserved hotel. The free time in Beijing is for your leisure.
Overnight in Beijing
Day 14: 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 15: 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)
Overnight in Beijing
Day 16: Departure from Beijing
The tour ends, please arrange taxi by your own to the airport.
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All Tours in Kathmandu, Lhasa, Xian, Beijing and the road trip from Kathmandu to Lhasa via Everest Base Camp
* 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
* Local English Speaking Tour guide
* AC comfortable tourist Vehicle
* Kathmandu to Tibet border Kyirong road transfer
Train Tickets in China
* Qinghai Tibet Railway Train ticket Lhasa to Xian, - Second Class Sleeper Berth.
* Train ticket Xian to Beijing, - Second Class Seat. All domestic train will be included and booked by us in advance.
* All Hotels in the tour are included. We choose best value 3 star hotels with good location for you. All hotels include breakfast.
* Accommodation at remote city like in Rashuwaghadi is poor than big cities.
* Tibet Travel Permit, Alien's Travel Permit.
* Airport-Hotel pick up and drop off service in Lhasa, Kathmandu
* Some meals are not included, check the meals plan
* Beijing, Xian airport/train station pick up and drop off are not included in package, please arrange taxi by yourself with minimum cost.
* Some options might to be recommended to guests like Kongfu Show in Beijing, those options 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
* Chinese Visa Fee, approx. from 65 USD/person depends on guest’s nationality.
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