Train To Tibet

15 Days

Price from £4,199

On this exciting overland journey you will discover some of Tibet’s remote landscapes and experience a thrilling journey aboard the highest train in the world. The rail route from Beijing to Lhasa, at 2,500 miles in length, is an epic journey, traversing the astonishing landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau. After visiting Lhasa, continue overland towards Gyantse, Shigatse and on to Everest Base camp, before crossing the border into Nepal and finishing this remarkable journey in Kathmandu.

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Day 1 UK to Beijing

Catch your scheduled flight from London, or a regional airport to Beijing.

Day 2 Arrive Beijing

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay.

Day 3 Beijing City Tour (BLD)

In the morning, visit the Temple of Heaven, followed by a stroll through Tiananmen Square, the biggest square in the world. Finally, there will be a visit to the Forbidden City which served as the grand imperial palace for centuries.

Day 4 The Great Wall (BLD)

Today, visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, a post along the wall offering breathtaking views in a less crowded atmosphere. Mutianyu was built in the mid-6th century and its rich history can be observed in its unique structure.

Day 5 Train from Beijing to Lhasa (B)

Visit the Summer Palace, with a relaxing boat ride on the beautiful Kunming Lake. Stop for photos at the Birds Nest Stadium and Water Cube. Visit the Hutongs, for a personal insight into the everyday life of traditional Beijing citizens. Transfer to the station to board the train for the pioneering and exciting rail journey to Lhasa.

Day 6 Aboard the Train

Enjoy a day aboard the train, travelling along the highest railway line in the world, admiring magnificent landscapes of mountain peaks, ice rivers, glaciers and desert. Accommodation on board is based on sharing 4-berth soft sleeper compartments, no meals are included on board.

Day 7 Arrive Lhasa

Arrive into Lhasa at midday where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 8 Potala Palace (BLD)

Visit the 13-story Potala Palace, winter home of the Dalai Lama since the 7th century. This will be followed by a visit to the 1,300 year old Jokhang Temple and the maze-like Barkhor Market in the heart of the city.

Day 9 Norbulingka Palace (BLD)

Visit the Norbulingka Palace, built in 1755. It served as the traditional summer residence for the Dalai Lamas. This afternoon, enjoy a visit to the Sera Monastery, one of Tibet’s ‘great three’ Gelukpa university monasteries.

Day 10 Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse (BLD)

Morning drive to Palcho Monastery in Gyantse. Continue towards Shigatse, the second largest city in Tibet and visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, an extremely important monastery historically and culturally, it was founded in 1447 by the first Dalai Lama. Continue to your accommodation for an overnight stay.

Day 11 Everest Base Camp (BLD)

Drive from Shigatse to Everest Base Camp where you will enjoy an excursion to the base of Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain at 29,035 ft. (Travel time approx 8 hours). Transfer to your accommodation for an overnight stay.

Day 12 Kye Rong (BLD)

Drive towards the Kye Rong border point for overnight. (Travel time approx 7 hours).

Day 13 Border Crossing, Kathmandu (BLD)

Drive to the border crossing with Nepal where you will be met and transferred overland to your accommodation in Kathmandu. (Travel time approx 6-8 hours). Transfer to your hotel upon arrival.

Day 14 Kathmandu (BLD)

Today you will enjoy a tour of this intriguing city, visiting the temple of Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur. Continue to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath.

Day 15 Kathmandu to UK (B)

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Your Accommodation

Beijing: Guangxi Hotel 4★

Conveniently located near the Panjiayuan Antique Market and 5 km from Hongqiao Market and Temple of Heaven. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool.

Lhasa Train

Accommodation on board is based on sharing 4-berth soft sleeper compartments, no meals are included on board.

Lhasa: Gang Jian Hotel

This hotel is situated close to such popular Lhasa attractions as the Jokhang Temple and Ramoche Temple. The rooms come with free broadband and have good views of Tibet’s capital.

Shigatse: Tashi Choeta Hotel

Located along Xueqiang Road, this traditional Tibetan-style hotel offers elegantly furnished guestrooms with free WiFi. The rooms have a flat-screen cable TV, a sofa and a kettle.  There is a gift shop and a restaurant serving authentic Tibetan cuisine.

Base Camp: Rongbu Monastery Guesthouse

The highest monastery in the world, and adjacent to the Northern base camp, this accommodation offers simple dorms. You’ll find any other travellers staying in the area enjoying tea or a meal in the friendly restaurant.

Kathmandu: Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu Hotel 4★

Set on a narrow road off a bustling commercial street, the rooms offer marble bathrooms, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs, as well as safes, mini fridges, and tea and coffee making facilities. Many have city views. There is a 24-hour restaurant/bar with a covered terrace. Other amenities include an exercise room and a convenience store.

Tour Name: Train to Tibet Tour
Duration:
 15 Day

Price from £4,199

Single supplement from £485

Land only from £3,299 (excluding international flights and visa fees)

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

Please call 020 8543 8133 for more information or to make a booking.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • International flights in economy class
  • Airport taxes
  • China visa
  • Beijing/Lhasa train in soft sleeper 4 berth compartment
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours
  • Meals as stated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance

International flights can be arranged, further details and prices on request.