12 days Beijing to Lhasa train group tour

⇀ Lhasa
⇀ Gyantse
⇀ Shigatse
⇀ Mount Everest
⇀ Lhasa
So popular Beijing and Tibet! Enjoy 2 days in Beijing to see all the top attractions before boarding the most famous railway in Asia. Once in Tibet see all the top attractions from Potala Palace to Mount Everest as you head towards Nepal.
Group, maximum of 12 person(s)
12 days
Natural scenery, Photography
Trip code
Tour dates
CN¥ 8,650

This Beijing and Tibet group tours takes you from Beijing to Lhasa by train. The 2 week  adventure begins in the capital of China. You will experience the modern life style of Beijing City before heading across the country into the once unaccessible regions of Tibet.

The small group tour in Tibet will be no more than 12 people. We strive to focus first and foremost on culture. Connecting you with the deep culture the makes China such a high sought after travel destination.

Enjoy (9) full days days in Tibet and (2) within Beijing plus time on the train. With time to take in the countless historic destinations that include: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Potala Palace, Yamdroktso Lake, Everest Base Camp (EBC) and so much more.

This trip will not only broaden you horizons, but create a deep emotional connection that will never fade.

Day 01 :
Arrival in Beijing

Upon your arrival in Beijing airport or train station, you will be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is for free for you to explore Beijing or catch up from your jet lag.

Day 02 :
Day Excursion to Mutianyu Great Wall (B)

In the morning you will be pick up and drive to Mutianyu Great Wall in about 2.5 hours. Later you will enjoy about 3 hours of walking along this wonderful ancient wall.

See with your own eyes this national treasure and photography the magnificent scenery of the wall winding its way across the mountains. Comparing to Badaling, Mutianyu Great Wall is less crowded. You can ascend the great wall by cable cars or walk.

In the late afternoon, you will be driven back and drop at your hotel.


Day 03 :
Top UNESCO Heirtage Sites in Beijing (B)

Today you will spend the whole day to visit the highlights of historic Beijing city.

Start your morning tour to see the magnificent imperial city that once was the seat of government for over 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Enjoy your lunch, before heading to visit the Beihai park, also known as Northern Sea Park, is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in Beijing.

In the evening, you will be transferred to the train station for the train to Lhasa (Z21, 20:00 - 12:30 +2 days).

Day 04 :
Travel to Tibet on The Qinghai Tibet Railway

Enjoy the scenery along the train journey. With each hour you get closer to Tibet as you traverse along the worlds highest railway.

Day 05 :
Arrival in Lhasa

Today you will see the beautiful Tibetan plateau and keep a keen eye for the nomads out the large windows of the train as you cross the Kekexili Nature Reserve.

You will arrive in Lhasa around 12:30 and upon exiting the railway station be warmly greeted by your Tibetan guide. They will greet you with a Khatag, which is typical Tibetan greeting style. Take a short ride into the city and get checked into your hotel for the night.

Day 06 :
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B)

After breakfast, visit the Potala Palace is known worldwide as the 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).

The next stop is the Jokhang Temple, the most sacred place in all of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built during the 7th century and located at the heart of old town in Lhasa.

The circuit that surrounds it is called Barkhor street. A popular place for purchasing souvenirs and other gifts. Afterward, explore the old Lhasa town near Barkhor, walk on the small alleys and get in touch with local lifestyles.

Day 07 :
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B)

Today you will visit Drepung monastery and Sera Monastery. Drepung monastery was the seat of the Government prior to Potala, it was once the world largest monastery in the history with 7,700 monks hailed from different monasteries all over Tibet. Sera monastery is famous for its monks debating every day between 3 pm to 5 pm (except on Sunday).

Day 08 :
Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse [4040m] / Shigatse[3836m], 360 KM 7 Hours' Drive (B)

In the morning depart Lhasa and start to the drive towards Shigatse.

Stop to visit Yamdrok Tso Lake, which is one of the three sacred lakes in Tibet, it appears like jasper in a dark blue color. It takes about half an hour driving along the lakeshore to the nearest town.

Afternoon follows the southern Friendship highway along the sprawling lakes and bloom glaciers towards Gyantse 3,980 m (13058 ft.). This is a small town in Tibet, a very typical Tibetan town that still keeps its own feature, and it is a worth a stop when heading towards Mount Everest.

In Gyantse, you will visit the famous Gyantse Kumbum, which is one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. A kumbum is a type of Tibetan chapel, and Gyantse's boasts multiple levels and 108 small chapel rooms.

Day 09 :
Shigatse / Lhatse [4,021 m] / Shegar [4,300 m] / E.B.C, 340 KM, 7 Hours' Drive (B)

Another driving day towards Everest Base Camp, at Pangla pass [5,250 m], you will see the spectacular Himalayan Range and the glorious peaks of Mt. Makalu [8,463 m], Mt. Lhotse [8,516 m], Mt. Everest [8,844 m], Mt. Cho Oyu [8,201 m] and Mt. Shishapama [8,020 m] (from left to right in your view at the pass).

Enjoy the splendid sunset at E.B.C, you will also visit Rongbuk Monastery, it is the highest monastery in Tibet and is functioning with both monks and nuns. You can visit and see the workings of the monastery.

Note: It is cold and windy in the valley, so we recommend taking a sleeping bag with you. Also, food options are scarce, so be sure to prepare for providing your own meals at Rongbuk.

Day 10 :
E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse, 340 KM, 7 Hours' Drive

If the weather permits, you will see the splendid sunrise just out side of your guest house. Afterwards, drive back to Shigatse.

Day 11 :
Shigatse / Lhasa, 300 KM, 5-6 Hours' Drive (B)

Today's highlight is Tashilunpo Monastery, it is one of the six prominent yellow hat sect monasteries and is the seat of the Panchen Lama lineage. There is a panoramic view of the whole monastery from the entrance, as well as a massive Jamba Buddha Statue.

Afternoon drive back to Lhasa along the Northern Friendship Highway, with marvelous landscapes and scenery along the Brahmaputra River continuing all the way back to Lhasa.

Day 12 :
Lhasa Train station or Airport Drop Off (B)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will see you off at the Lhasa Airport or Train Station, which concludes the tour.

New calendar for this tour will be posted on April 30th, 2023. If you have a question about this tour or wish to be notified when it is published, please let us know

Tour notes:

Complementary airport pick up and drop off is included.
We have 2 scheduled arrival pick up shuttles that depart the airport for Lhasa city at 12:20 pm and 16:00 pm.
We have 2 scheduled departure drop off shuttles that depart Lhasa city at 7:30 am and 11:00 am.
Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
Domestic travel accident insurance.
Meals allowance for your guide and driver.
All required Tibet permits and domestic travel documents.
3 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
Lodging at E.B.C. will be at either Rongbuk Monastery's Guest House or E.B.C Tent Guest House (dormitory bed with semi-private bathroom)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Local Tibetan guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
Hard sleeper from Beijing to Lhasa. Soft sleeper upgrade avaliable upon request.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Meals that are not specified in the tour itinerary.
Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Private Lhasa Train station or Airport transfer if your arrival time isn’t within our free service time. 250 CNY per vehicle from/to train station and 400 CNY per vehicle from/to airport.
Tour dates
CN¥ 8,650

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Sat, 05/14/2016

Hi there. Planning travel to Tibet by the end of this year (November-December). And I really want to experience train tour. But is there possible if I can join this tour, but without 2 days in Beijing?.

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Anita Fan
Tue, 05/17/2016

In reply to by ira (not verified)

Hi Ira,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.

I have sent you an email with detailed itinerary and quotation, please kindly go through it and let me know if you have any questions.

Look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Hanna Bijl
Hanna Bijl
Thu, 08/06/2015

Hello, I would like to travel to Tibet from Beijing by train. I'm arriving I Beijing at the beginning of October. I might be interested in the "Beijing to Lhasa Train Group Tour - 12 Days", is that one scheduled for that period? And how much would it cost/
Best, Hanna

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Tracy Dong
Tracy Dong
Fri, 08/07/2015

In reply to by Hanna Bijl (not verified)

Dear Hanna,

Thank you for your comments, this is Tracy from Windhorse Tour responding to your email.

I just sent you an email based on your inquiry, please kindly check it and let me know your questions.

I am looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best regards,