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12 Days Beijing - Xi'an - Lhasa - Kathmandu Overland Tour

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Overview

Tour Type: Private Tour: Flexible Travel Date & Travel Routes
Guide & Driver: Chinese-English-speaking guide & air-conditioned
  • Pay a visit to one of the eight wonders of the world at the Terracotta Warriors
  • Followed by a trip on the spectacular Qinghai – Tibet Railway to Lhasa
  • Take a overland tour along G318 from Lhasa to Kathmandu

Itinerary Day by Day

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Day1  Arrival in Beijing
Your local tour guide will greet you at the airport and escort you by private car to your Beijing hotel, with the rest of the day free to explore the city or rest up from you long trip.

Accommodation:Overnight in Beijing

Day2  Beijing Day Tour: The Forbidden City and the Summer Palace
The Forbidden City is the most well preserved imperial palace in China and the largest ancient palatial structure in the world. The splendid architecture of the Forbidden City represents the true essence and culmination of thousands of years of Chinese architectural accomplishments.

The Summer Palace is the largest royal garden in the world. The awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty of the palace grounds are overwhelming and sure to impress all who visit.

Accommodation:Overnight in Beijing

Day3  Day tour to Mutianyu Great Wall
The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu is one of the best sections of the Great Wall near Beijing to visit. Located about 80 kilometers northeast of Beijing, Mutianyu has far fewer tourists than the nearby Badaling section of the Wall. Mutianyu is surrounded by gently flowing streams and lush greenery in the spring and summer with amazing autumnal colors in the fall. Although in great condition, the Mutianyu Great Wall is actually older than the section at Badaling, with 22 watchtowers in total located about 1 kilometer apart from each other. There is also a cable car that can help you get up to meet the Great Wall, and a fun toboggan ride that can help you make a quick descent to the foot of the hills.

This evening we will transfer you to Beijing West Railway Station for the overnight train to your next destination – Xi’an, and the Terracotta Warriors.

Accommodation:Overnight in Beijing

Day4  Xi’an Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors, Banpo Neolithic Village
The archeological site of Banpo Village shows how the resident matriarchical tribe lived during the Neolithic Age more than 6,000 years ago.

The Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shi Huang are quite possibly the most significant archeological excavation of the 20th century and work is still ongoing to uncover even more at the site. The terracotta warriors and horses were each individually and uniquely designed, then buried underground to protect the first Chinese emperor in the afterlife.

Accommodation:Overnight in Xian

Day5  Take the Train from Xian to Lhasa
Train station drop off, explore the stunning scenery en route.

Accommodation:Overnight on the train

Day6  Arrive in Lhasa
Qinghai – Tibet Plateu Sightseeing on the Train, Arrival in Lhasa in the Afternoon, Acclimatize to the High Altitude

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day7  Lhasa Sightseeing: Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkor Street
The Potala Palace is situated as the highest altitude palace in the world. Built in the 7th century by the 33rd great king of Tibet, the palace houses fantastic treasures of the Tibetan Buddhist religion. The most valuable artifacts in the Potala Palace’s collections are the guilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and the meditation cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.

The Jokhang Temple is the holiest temple in all of Tibet, and it was also founded in the 7th century. Inside the temple is the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at age 12, which is the holiest and most precious relic of Tibetan Buddhism.

Barkhor Street is the street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and a popular place for a holy kora (a religious circuit of a building or mountain) by pilgrims and locals. The street also has many old markets filled with Tibetan handicrafts related to Tibet Buddhism and local culture. The Tibetan Teahouse is where you can experience the real leisurely lives of the local people enjoying the local food and drink in a happy atmosphere.

Accommodation:Overnight in Lhasa

Day8  Lhasa Sightseeing: Drepung Monastery, Sera Monastery
The Drepung Monastery is the largest of all the Gelug sect monasteries in Tibet. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choge and currently exists as the one of the largest and most important remaining monasteries with hundreds of monks still studying inside its confines.

The Sera Monastery is famous for its “Debating Monks” as the monks practice debating scriptures of Tibetan Buddhism every day in the monastery’s courtyards. Visitors are welcome to observe how the monks practice their studies everyday as they learn about their religion from their teachers and others.

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Day9  Lhasa - Shigatse: Yamdrok-tso Lake, Karola Glacier, Pelkor Monastery
Yamdrok-tso (elevation 4400 meters above sea level) is one of the three holiest lakes in Tibet. Located around 200 kilometers from Lhasa, the lake’s waters are a gorgeous turquoise color and surrounded by incredibly picturesque snow-capped mountains.

Karola Glacier is not a huge glacier, but it is does make for a spectacular view. Since it is located only about 300 yards away from the highway, it is easy to walk to for an up-close visit to one of the world’s rapidly disappearing glaciers.

The Gyantse Kunbum stupa, located inside the famous Pelkor Monastery, is the largest stupa in Tibet. With its crown-like golden dome, inside you will find a nearly endless series of tiny chapels filled with thousands of exquisite paintings.

You can also enjoy a view of the Gyangtse Fortress located off in the distance. During the summer, travelers can also visit a traditional barely mill and see the vast barley field landscapes.

Accommodation:Overnight in Shigatse

Day10  Shigatse - Tashilunpo Monastery - Rongphu Monastery
Tashilunpo Monastery is currently the largest functioning religious institution in Tibet as well as being one of its great monastic sites to visit. The massive golden statue of the Future Buddha is the largest gilded statue in the world. The monastery is also the home of the 11th Panchen Lama.

At Gyawula Pass (5180 m) you will be able to have a panoramic view of the Himilayan mountain range, including Mt. Lhotse (8516 m), Mount Everest (8848 m), Mt. Qowowuyag (8201 m) and Mt. Mayalu (8463 m).

Another fantastic attraction, if the weather permits, is “Golden Everest”. At sunset in clear weather, the summit face of Mount Everest is bathed in the reddish light of the setting sun. As the mountain peak gently glows, many people believe that this is the absolute best time to view Mount Everest.

Rongbuk Monastery sits at an altitude of 5200 meters above sea level at the foot of Mount Everest. The lonely monastery is the highest altitude monastery anywhere in the world.

Accommodation:Overnight at Rongphu Guest House

Day11  Sunrise Over Mt. Everst, Drive to Gyirong
With a 2-hour hike to the Everest Base Camp itself, travelers will complete a 4 kilometer hike along a mountain road that eventually leads to the highest peak in the world. At Tongla Pass, the final high mountain pass before descending to the Sino-Nepal border, you will have a closer view of the panoramic scene of seven mountain peaks of the Himalayan Mountain range that are all at least 7000 meters above sea level, with a particularly nice view of Mt. Shishapangma (8012 m).

While descending towards the border, the elevation is reduced to around 2000 meters above sea level and the surrounding terrain becomes a fantastic mix of deep valleys and waterfalls. The forest gradually appears with the glaciers and snow-capped mountain peaks still in view high in the sky above the valley.

Kyirong Border, the border village between Tibet and Nepal, is surrounded by this amazing natural scenery, with the snow covered mountains looming behind the verdant green forest.

Accommodation:Overnight in Gyirong

Day12  Exit China to Nepal from Kyirong, Continue to Kathmandu
The guide will see you off at the Gyirong Boarder

Accommodation:None

What's Included

Private professional English-Speaking local tour guide
Licensed Vehicle with experienced driver
All necessary Tibet travel permits.
All accommodations listed in the itinerary
Meals specified in the itinerary as "B,L,D".
Entrance tickets listed in the itinerary
Tourists Accident/Casualty Insurance
A container of Oxygen for emergency use in Tibet
All taxes, fees and handling charges
Lodging and meal allowance to the guide & driver
2 bottles of drinking water per person per day
International flight to and from China.
China visa.
Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary.
Meals not listed in the itinerary.
Personal expenses such as laundry, drink, fax, telephone call, optional tour activities, etc.
Tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc.
Entrance tickets not listed in the itinerary
Single room supplement.

Additional Info

Alterations of Itineraries

The travel date, service items, itinerary and number of visitors, visitors’ ID information, etc. can be modified free of charge 30 days or more before the trip. If the visitor needs to make a second modification, an additional service fee of 5% of the deposit will be charged. Every time the content of the travel contract is modified, the company reserves the right to re-quote.

Cancellation Policy

Once the deposit is paid, your trip is confirmed. If you need to change or cancel your itinerary, please contact your travel consultant by email, phone, instant messenger, etc. There will be a charge for Cancellation or modification. The policy is as follows:

1. Notice of trip cancellation due to personal reasons before the trip starts
Cancellation 30 days or more before the trip starts, 10% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 29-15 days before the trip starts, 20% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 14-7 days before the trip starts, 30% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation 6-2 days before the trip starts, 50% penalty of the deposit.
Cancellation within 48 hours prior to the trip starts, no refund of your deposit.

2. Trip cancellation due to irresistible factors before the trip starts

If you have to cancel the itinerary due to irresistible reasons such as traffic, weather, politics, etc., the deposit will be fully refunded by the company (for loss related to air ticket/train ticket, please take reference of the first item).

Reviews

 thewhalecat3
Travel Date:July 20, 2019

This trip has been part of our family’s bragging card at get togethers and parties ever since we stepped foot out of Tibet. But it would have not been without the preparation and help from Xiao Yu, our tour planner from Chengdu. In addition our tour guide Julia was extremely informative and a joy to be around for those 8 days. The hotels were extremely nice and the places along the way were magnificent. Our family felt very welcomed to the area and we enjoyed the endless insight into the beautiful culture and religion (It helped out the person taking world history next year in our family). We would definitely recommend this trip to other family and friends as it is worth every single petty bit of the high elevation fatigue.

 Juna_liu
Travel Date:July 12, 2019

Thanks for Tibet odyssey. Me and my friend had an unforgettable and amazing 9 days tour in Tibet in June 2019. During those 9days, our tour guide Ms Gao hong were really responsible, helpful and reliable, he arranged all of the schedule and help us to go through every single day smoothly, safely and comfortable, even when we in the highest place where is altitude 5200m, we didn’t feel any afraid and fearful. He explained and shared lots of history, knowledges and culture of Tibet with us, odyssey not only helped us to experience the amazing views but also delivered lots of knowledges to us.

Ms Kay helped us to deal with lots of problems and offered the kindest advice and service. Giving us flexible arrangements and respond our question effectively.

Fully recommend Asia odyssey!!!!

 Logen143
Travel Date:May 27, 2019

Amy local agent have done great job in arrange the 15days tour. She is always ready to answer any queries and keep checking on us during the trip. Our guide Ngawang local Tibet guy was excellent in guide and take care us individually to complete this tour without any problem.with his expertise manage guide us well and very accommodating for all our needs.

For first time traveler to TIbet, please clear all your doubts and explain well your expectations on food and accommodation so Amy will able arrange it accordingly. Overall it was pleasant trip.Thanks to Amy and Ngawang

 Sharu
Travel Date:May 11th 2018

From the airport pickup time to the train station drop of, we enjoyed a five star service. I was welcome in a Tibetan way with Hada and Tibetan greetings, and our guide was careful with my itinerary and flight schedule, very thoughtful.

 DaisyPurple
Travel Date:September 18, 2019

We booked the tour with Asia Odyssey after surveying few tour companies as it’s the cheapest among those with excellent reviews. Amy was the agent that contacted us and keep updating of our Tibet visa applications and train tickets arrangement. She is really helpful. She even came to our hotel in Chengdu in order to pass the physical train ticket to us despite we were staying nearby airport, yet she did not ask for any tips or car fare from us. Upon arriving at Lhasa, Amy still cared for us if we have any altitude sickness. She provided all the information we needed to know and get us into contact with the tour guide in Lhasa as well. The tour is superb. We viewed the Mount Everest from far during sunset and sun rise. It’s a lifetime experience never to be missed. Also, the tour guide 大海哥 is very responsible and fun, he make our hectic journey a full of fun, yet with lots of information regarding the history of Lhasa, Monasteries, Potala Palace and many more...The driver is steady, his driving skill is superb The journey to EBC is super winding yet no one had any car sickness Upon leaving Lhasa, Amy still followed up with us and we thank her well.

 minikoko
Travel Date:May 26, 2019

Vielen Dank, Claire, für die tolle Organisation unserer 10-tägigen Reise durch Tibet. Bei den teilweise sehr kurzfristigen Änderungen unserer Reiseroute, warst Du immer sofort zur Stelle und hast uns zusätzliche Optionen, Hotels und Flüge vorgeschlagen und gebucht... in perfektem Deutsch! Das war klasse! Wenn wir nochmals nach Tibet kommen, buchen wir auf jeden Fall wieder über Dich! Danke für alles!