Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland

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  • Booking Type Instant Booking
  • duration 15 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 15+ years old
  • max group size 12
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  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Kathmandu, Nepal
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on a grand scale – see it firsthand, with time to explore and walk the epic Great Wall’s Mutianyu section.
  • Sit back and relax on one of the world’s greatest train journeys – a marathon 45hour journey to the literal Roof of the World, passing by incredibly mountainous and remote terrain, and the occasional grazing yak!
  • Get to know Lhasa, from the incredible atmosphere of the pilgrimfilled Jokhang Temple – the most sacred in the Tibetan Buddhist world – to a traditional momo making class, you’ll get a real taste for this place.
  • Climb phenomenal mountain passes, twist up thrilling peaks, and take in incredible views of skies and lakes on your overland journey, standing in the shadow of the mightiest of them all – Mt Everest – and visiting the world’s highest monastery on your way!
Start in Beijing and end in Kathmandu, the trip Tibet: Beijing To Kathmandu Overland is a guided explorer tour that takes 15 days. You will be traveling through Beijing, Lhasa, Xian and 9 other destinations in Nepal and China. Tibet: Beijing To Kathmandu Overland is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others. Please see the package includes section for further details.

Take part in an epic 5000-kilometre overland journey from imperial Beijing, through the mighty mountains and monasteries of Tibet, and finishing in Nepal’s compact capital of Kathmandu. There’s temples aplenty to explore, mountain passes and rugged landscapes to drive past, and, oh, did we mention standing in the shadow of Mt Everest? Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys, get to know the highland haven of Lhasa and discover the world’s highest monastery in the foothills of Qomolangma. Respecting Buddhist cultures past and present, this insightful journey to the literal Roof of the World has never been so easy, yet still so incredibly fascinating.
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ITINERARY Expand All
  • Day 1: Beijing
  • Day 2: Great Wall – Train to the Roof of the World
  • Day 3: Train to the Roof of the World
  • Day 4: Lhasa (3656m)
  • Day 5: Lhasa (3656m)
  • Day 6: Lhasa (3656m)
  • Day 7: Gyantse (4025m)
  • Day 8: Shigatse (3890m)
  • Day 9: Shigatse (3890m)
  • Day 10: Sakya (4310m)
  • Day 11: Everest National Park (5200m)
  • Day 12: Kyirong (2800m)
  • Day 13: Thankot
  • Day 14: Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Kathmandu
WHAT'S INCLUDED
Accommodation
  • Hotel (11 nights), Overnight Hard Sleeper Train (2 nights), Permanent Tented Camp/Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals
  • 2 Lunches
Transport
  • Overnight Sleeper Train , Private Bus , Public Bus
Guide
  • An expert tour leader
Included Activities
  • Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall (entransce fee, transfer included)
  • Lhasa - Sera Monastery (entrance fee & transport included)
  • Lhasa - Momo cooking class
  • Lhasa - Potala Palace (entrance fee included)
  • Lhasa - Jokhang Temple (entrance fee included)
  • Gyantse - Yamdrok Lake
  • Gyantse - Tibetan family visit & lunch
  • Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery (entrance fee included)
  • Gyantse - Kumbum (entrance fee included)
  • Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery (entrance fee included)
  • Sakya - Sakya Monastery (entrance fee included)
  • Everest National Park - Rongphu Monastery (entrance fee included)
  • Everest National Park - Base Camp Monument (Chinese side)
  • Thankot - Indradaha hike
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Kathmandu are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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CANCELLATION

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland tour. You can cancel the tour up to 24 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 23 days of departure.

Payment

For any tour departures within 06 July 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 06 July 2021, a deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 23 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Is this trip right for you:
  • There have been recent cases where the Chinese Railway Bureau has not permitted foreign groups to travel from Beijing to Lhasa by train without any prior notice or specific reason. Please ensure you have access to your contingency fund of USD 500 in cash should your group be affected and needs to fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Please see ‘Special Information’ section of Day 1 itinerary notes for more details.
  • This trip visits places that are over 3500 metres above sea level, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. We recommend not partaking in any strenuous activity until you have time to gauge your reaction to the high altitude at each location, as some people experience mild symptoms of attitude sickness such as dizziness, shortness of breath and sleeplessness. See the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.
  • Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities. 4-berth 'soft-sleeper' upgrade is available to purchase on this trip (subject to availability). Please consult your booking agent if you are interested.
  • Though there is a long two-night train journey on this trip; it is through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The train to the ‘Roof of the World’ travels at high altitude, including the Tanggula Pass (5072 m) and Fenghuahan tunnel (4095 m). Altogether, over 80% of the section between Golmud to Lhasa is at elevations of over 4000 metres.
  • As important cultural and historical sites, there are visits to many monasteries and temples on this itinerary. Some travellers find that they can get 'temple-d out' quickly as there's just so much information to take in. Be sure to stop and rest when you have the chance and to take up opportunities to do varied activities when available.
  • There are some nights in more basic accommodation on this trip (including some nights in simple multishare rooms) and at some of the hotels hot water may not be available. Patience and flexibility will go a long way to ensuring you have a good experience when travelling here!
  • As this trip spends very little time in Beijing, we recommend you spend arrive a few extra days before your trip if you want to experience all the city has to offer. If you would like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Departures will be limited to an average group size of 10 travellers to ensure COVID-19 safety for all travellers.
  • Hygiene protocols have been adopted on this tour. Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing is highly encouraged, and frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected.
  • Distancing measures have been implemented to safeguard against COVID-19.
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