Day 1 Beijing There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Beijing Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.
Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats. Opt to pre-book the Beijing Acrobatics Performance on the checkout page to include this optional activity on your tour or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Travel out to the Great Wall and back.
Days 3-4 Beijing/Lhasa Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital.
In the evening, depart on a 48-hr train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau.
We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. During peak season (summer) we cannot guarantee which beds will be available.
Forbidden City Tour
The train trip is a long, yet rewarding, journey through the heart of northern China then south across the Tibetan Plateau. The spectacular scenery makes this a once-in-a-lifetime train journey.
Basic overnight train (beds) (48.00 hour(s))
Day 5 Lhasa Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
Days 6-8 Lhasa Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing with a warm cup of chai.
Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
Jokhang Temple Tour
Potala Palace Tour
Sera Monastery Tour
Day 9 Lhasa/Gyantse (1B) The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
Day 10 Gyantse/Shigatse Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum before travelling to Shigatse.
Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s), 90km)
Day 11 Shigatse/Tingri Take some time to explore Tashilhunpo Monastery founded by the First Dalai Lama in the 1400's. This amazing structure of history has been expanded over the centuries and is also known as the 'Heap of Glory'. Once the group is ready to move on, jump in the private vehicle and make your way to Tingri.
Tashilhunpo Monastery Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00-6.00 hours, 240km)
Day 12 Tingri/Rongbuk Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk — 5,000m (16,404 ft) and a mere 7km (4.4 mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular.
Shegar Dzong Visit
Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 100km)
Day 13 Rongbuk/Kyirong On today's drive, ride alongside Paiko Tso Lake and marvel at its turquoise colour. Reach Kunda La Pass at 5236m, which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Start the descent through winding roads into Kyirong and feel the change in altitude. See the change in scenery from snowy mountain peaks, to more greenery and blue skies.
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 430km)
Day 14 Kyirong/Kathmandu Prepare for another beautiful driving day on your way to Nepal. There's plenty of lush green forests along the highway towards the Tibet – Nepal border at Rasuwa Gadi. After immigration, cross the bridge joining Tibet and Nepal by foot. Jump on a bus and make the winding, bumpy, yet extremely scenic drive to Kathmandu.
Kyirong is the main customs border crossing between Tibet and Nepal, for tourists and for commercial purpose. As such, it can be quite busy and there can be long wait times.
Border Crossing (Kyirong to Kathmandu)
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 30km)
Private Vehicle (9.00 hour(s), 140km)
Day 15 Kathmandu Depart at any time.