12 days Tibet train tour from Beijing to Kathmandu via Everest
Arrive at the Beijing Capital Airport, be met and transferred to hotel by your guide and driver, have a good rest by your own. Overnight at Beijing.
Today you will be arranged to visit Tian'anmen Square - the largest public square in the world and Forbidden City - magnificent imperial Palaces of Ming and Qing dynasties for almost 500 years, and then head to the Temple of Heaven, a place where the Emperors prayed for peace and harvest. After lunch, drive to visit Summer Palace, originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty. On the way back Fresh-water pearl market for a good bargain can not be missed. In the evening enjoy the cultural show - Kongfu show or Peking Opera after dinner. Overnight at Beijing.
Morning excursion to the most beautiful section of the Great Wall - the Mutianyu Great Wall. The hike takes about 2-3 hours. After lunch drive to visit Changling, one of the 13 Ming Tombs of the 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). In the evening transfer you to the train station for the train to Lhasa.
Enjoy the scenery as you travel closer to tibet on the highest railway in the world.
Today you will see the beautiful Tibetan plateau with the nomads' groups, Kekexili Nature Reserve, etc. Arrival at Lhasa around 18:30, Lhasa train station pick up and transfer to your hotel in Lhasa. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will visit Jokhang temple and Potala Palace. Jokhang temple is the most scared shrine in Tibet which was built in the 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa, the circuit around it called Barkhor street, which is a good place to purchase souvenirs. Potala Palace is the worldwide known cardinal landmark of Tibet. The massive structure itself contains a small world; within it. Mostly it is renowned as residence of the Dalai Lama lineages (Avalokiteshvara). Both of them are the focal points of pilgrims from the entire Tibetan world, multitudinous pilgrims are circumambulating and prostrating in their strong faith. Overnight at Lhasa.
Today you will be arranged to visit Drepung, Sera monasteries and Summer Palace - Norbulingka palace. Both Drepung and Sera monasteries are Gelugpa (yellow hat) sect monastic colleges. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 10,000 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its Buddhism philosophical debate practice, the clapping sound and aggressive expression of the monks are well worth to see. Norbulingka is the summer palace of Dalai Lama, you can visit the residences of different lineages of the Dalai Lama. The park is crowded with picnickers and traditional activities during the Shoton (Yogurt festival) in August. Overnight at Lhasa.
Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise coloured Lake Yamdrok Yutso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass are wonders of the day. Continue along the Friendship southern Hwy drive to Gyantse, visit the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon drive to Shigatse. Overnight at Shigatse.
Morning visit Tashilunpo Monastery and the spectacular tombs of Panchen Lamas, monks in this monastery are nice looking in their hand-made traditional shoes-'Tsomba' in Tibetan. Late morning drive to visit Sakya Monastery which is the main monastery of Sakyapa sect, houses around the monastery are also in a typical gray color. Hike around the monastery northern ruins and continue driving to Shegar, on the way you will have the first sight of Mount Everest in a clear day. Overnight at Shegar.
Early morning start driving to Rongbuk, on the top of the Gawu la you will see the spectacular Himalayan Ranges and its glorious peaks viz Mt.Makalu [8463m], Mt.Lotse [8,516m], Mt.Everst [8,844m], Mt.Cho Oyu [8,201m] and Mt.Shishapama [8020m] from Left to right, climbing down through numbers of switchback bends lead to the dry valley of Tashi Zom and then to Rongbuk.
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in Tibet and it consists of both monks and nuns, it is also a good point to see the gorgeous sunset over Mount Everest when it is a clear day. Overnight at Rongbuk monastery guesthouse.
In the morning enjoy the sunrise over Mount Everest, have a relax morning at guest house for breakfast, then start driving to the border village - Gyirong town where you gonna continue your trip to Kathmandu. On the way enjoy the stunning views of Mount Shishapangma [8,020m], the 14th highest peak in the world along with the beautiful turquoise Peiku-tso lake at the foot of the mountain. Arrive at Gyirong town in the late afternoon and check into one local hotel for overnight.
Morning drive to Gyirong border to exit China with your Tibetan guide's help. Our contacted Nepalese driver will meet you with your name sign at the border, after checking in at Nepali Immigration office, then drive about 6-7 hours to Kathmandu city, enjoy the scenery of great white waters along the way. Tour ends when you arrive at Kathmandu.
P.S. The road from the border to Kathmandu is quite tough, we will use a jeep for this transfer, each jeep will carry maximum 5 passengers.