Beijing to Lhasa train group tour - 12 days


Tibetan plateau in Tibet Tour
2013 Chengdu Lhasa Train Tour Clients Photo
Summer Palace Beijing City Tour
Trip Code: 
Length of Trip: 
12 Days
Group Size: 
Maximum of 12 people.
Tour Highlights: 
Beijing - Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Gyantse - Shigatse - E.B.C - Shigatse - Lhasa
  • Group Tour
  • Photography
  • Natural Scenery
Beijing to Everest Base Camp Tibet Group Tour Map
Day 01: Arrive in Beijing
Day 02: Trip to Mutianyu Great Wall
Day 03: Beijing City Sightseeing / Train to Lhasa
Day 04: On the Train
Day 05: Arrive in Lhasa
Day 06: Lhasa City Tour
Day 07: Lhasa City Tour
Day 08: Lhasa / Yamdrok Lake / Gyantse / Shigatse
Day 09: Shigatse / Lhatse / Shegar / E.B.C
Day 10: E.B.C / Shegar / Shigatse
Day 11: Shigatse / Lhasa
Day 12: Departure from Lhasa
Tour Features: 

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.

Tour Itinerary: 
Day 01:
Arrival in Beijing

Bird's Nest Beijing City Tour
The Bird's Nest also known as the national stadium 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.

Please note: If you live or work in Beijing please let us know.

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

Great Wall Beijing City Tour
Scenery of Mutianyu Great Wall in the fall.

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, Wutianyu 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)
Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace

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

Forbidden City Beijing Tour
Forbidden City in a morning of Beijing.

Start your morning at Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world just adjacent to The Forbidden City. Later you will visit 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 the city edge to visit the Summer Palace. This final UNESCO World Heritage site is one of China’s largest imperial garden. It was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty.

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

Please Note: This group tour may not be available daily, please contact us to confirm your specific schedule.

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
Spectacular scenery as you cross the Tibetan Plateau

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.

Tibetan plateau as seen on a Beijing to Lhasa Train Tour

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)
Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street, Lhasa Old Town

Today is your first day of sightseeing on the high plateau, so we have arranged you to visit Potala Palace and Jokhang temple.

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).

Jokhang Temple in Tibet Tour
Photo of Jokhang Temple under the blue sky.
The next stop is Jokhang Temple, the most scared place is 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 life styles.

Day 07:
Lhasa City Sightseeing (B)
Drepung Monastery, Sera monastery

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 10,000 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).

Optional program: In the evening, your guide can take you to enjoy a local Tibetan performance (price is not included).

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

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

Yamdrok tso is the one of the three scared lakes in Tibet, it appears like jasper in a dark blue color. It takes about half an hour driving along the lake shore to the nearest town.

Afternoon follow 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.

Yamdrok Lake in Tibet tour

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)
Gyatsola pass, Pangla pass, winding roads, sunset at E.B.C

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. Lotse [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).

Once you arrived at at E.B.C, you can choose to trek 4 km which takes 2 hours or take the dedicated minibus to the base camp. Enjoy the sunset here. For winter tours, your driver will drive you there as there is no sightseeing bus there.

Then you will 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
Sunrise at E.B.C, winding roads, beautiful scenery on the way

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)
Tashilunpo Monastery

Sunrise on Tibetan Plateau

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)
Scenery on the way

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

What's Included
Group 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.

General Inclusions:

  • Domestic travel accident insurance.
  • Meals allowance for your guide and driver.
  • All required government taxes and fees.
  • 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.


ira's picture

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?.

Anita Fan's picture

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,

ira's picture

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

ira's picture

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,


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