10 Days Beijing & Tibet to Nepal Overland Tour

10 Days Beijing & Tibet to Nepal Overland Tour
Apr - DecBest Time
MediumTour Pace
5248mMax Altitude
Physical Demands
Beijing / Lhasa / Everest Base Camp / Kathmandu
Beijing is never lack of imperial palaces and ancient monuments, while the majestic Great Wall makes the this city more worth of a visit. The holy city of Lhasa can be a good introduction to Tibet and its people. This tour includes the highlights of the two cities and a further travel to Kathmandu by overland via Everest Base Camp.
DAY BY DAY SUMMARY
D1: Arrive in Beijing
D2-3: Beijing Sightseeing
D4: Fly to Lhasa
D5-6: Lhasa Sightseeing
D7: Lhasa / Gyantse / Shigatse
D8-9: Shigatse / EBC / Gyirong
D10: Tour Ends
Itinerary Details
Includes & Excludes
Tour FAQs
Itinerary Details

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

Once your flight lands in Beijing Capital International Airport, our professional guide and driver will meet you at the exit and transfer you to your hotel. There is no sightseeing arranged today so you can rest to recover from jet lag or do some expedition on your own.

Day 2 Beijing Sightseeing [B]

Your tour starts with a visit to the Tiananmen Square, a land mark of Beijing. It is one of the largest public squares in the world. A few minutes walking from the square, you will get to the Forbidden City (also called Palace Museum), which was the political and ritual center of China for more than 500 years from mid Ming Dynasty to the end of Qing Dynasty. After that, you'll move to the Temple of the Heaven which was used for the annual ceremonies of the emperors to pray for good harvest in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Forbidden City
Forbidden City
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven

Day 3 Beijing Sightseeing [B]

This morning, please be prepared for the Great Wall hiking. What is included in the tour is a visit to the most imposing and best preserved section ofthe Great Wall and Mutianyu. This section is also less crowded. The roundtrip cable car will be arranged. You can do some hiking on the wall to enjoy the great view of the landscape. Drive back to Beijing downtown and stop on the way for a visit to the Changling Tomb, the biggest one the Ming Tombs.  

Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
Changling Tomb
Changling Tomb

Day 4 Fly to Lhasa [B]

Take a morning flight to Lhasa, and you will be greeted by your Tibetan guide once you arrive in Lhasa airport. From airport to Lhasa city is 68km, around one hour and half drive will take you to the holy city Lhasa. Afterwards, free time for relax, have a good rest and drink more water to acclimatize the high altitude on the plateau. Overnight in Lhasa.

Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Lhasa Gonggar Airport
Barkhor Street
Barkhor Street

Day 5 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Today, you'll have a tour to Lhasa's cardinal landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site-Potala Palace. Renowned as one of the great wonders on earth for its elaborate architecture built at an elevation of 3700m, this awe-inspiring palace will not disappoint you. In the afternoon, pay a visit to Jokhang Temple, the most respected shrine in Tibet. Thick with the smell of incense and yak butter, you'll witness a throng of prostrating pilgrims cramming out there. The temple is the masterpiece of Tibetan, Chinese and Nepalese architectural techniques. Then take a stroll around the Barkhor Street, the oldest bazaar in the city. You'll also enjoy a welcome dinner gathering with all travel mates in the group after the sightseeing activities. Overnight in Lhasa.

Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple

Day 6 Lhasa Sightseeing [B]

Morning, you'll visit Drepung Monastery, whichlocates about 8km west of central Lhasa and was once one of the world's largest monasteries with the population of around 10,000 monks in its heyday. Climb uphill through the whitewashed intersecting alleyways as well as the medieval chapels, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city on top of the mountain. In the afternoon, you'll have a chance to witness the famous 'Scriptures Debating' session at Sera Monastery, spectating their featured way of Buddhist dialectics and hand slapping in a landscaped courtyard with lush trees. Overnight in Lhasa.

Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery

Day 7 Lhasa / Gyantse [3980m] / Shigatse [3840m], 360km, 6-7hrs drive [B]

Morning drive up to Kampala pass [4794m], you will have a glimpse of Yamdrok-tso and spectacular views of Holy Mount Nyenchen Khangsar in the distance, the turquoise colored Lake Yamdrok Tso is one of the three holy lakes in Tibet, the unforgettable vista of pincer-shaped turquoise water of the lake and amazing spectacle of Mt. Nyenchen Khangsar glacier from Karo la pass are the wonders of the day. Far in the distance you'll spot the towering massif Mt. Nojin Kangtsang [7191m], and the staggering Karo-la Glacier [5045m].Then along the Friendship southern High way drive to Gyantse, you will be arranged to visit the Pelkhor Monastery and the famous stupa - Gyantse Kumbum, one of the most stunning architectural wonders in Tibet. Late afternoon, drive to Shigatse. Overnight in Shigatse.

Yamdrok Lake
Yamdrok Lake
Pelkor Monastery
Pelkor Monastery

Day 8 Shigatse / Rongbuk [4900m] / E.B.C [5200m], 340km, 9-10hrs drive [B]

In the morning, we will visit the largest monastery in west Tibet, the Tashilunpo Monastery, which is also the home of Panchen Lama. Then drive westwards the Friendship way to New Tingri via Gyatso La pass [5248m], which gives you distance view of Himalayan range. When we reach E.B.C (Everest Base Camp), If it is in clear weather, we can have a glimpse of 4 mountains which are 8000m high or more. Overnight in Rongbuk Monastery Tent or Guest House.

Tashilhunpo Monastery
Tashilhunpo Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery
Rongbuk Monastery

Day 9 E.B.C / Gyirong [2900m], 370km, 7hrs drive 

Get up early this morning, and if you are lucky enough, you will have a chance to see the sunrise at Base Camp. It's hard to take your eyes away from the stunning view of the magnificent north face of the world's tallest peak-Mt. Everest (Qomolangma as its Tibetan name, meaning "Goddess Mother of Mountains"). There's a monument locating about 1 kilometer beyond the tent guesthouses. Late morning or early afternoon, we will drive forward to Gyirong Town. You will pass by Peikutso Lake and enjoy the breathtaking views of the snow-capped Shishapangma [8012m]. Overnight at Gyirong Town.

Everest Sunrise
Everest Sunrise
Everest Base Camp
Everest Base Camp

Day 10 Gyirong Port [B]

Today, we see you off from the Gyirong Town to the port. Our guide will assist tourists to clear the China Customs and you will cross the border and check in Nepal side on your own. There are about 130km from Gyirong to Kathmandu city which takes about 9 hours by local jeeps at the Nepalese border. All our services in Tibet end at Chinese border of Gyirong.

Includes & Excludes
What’s included in this tour package?
Transport: minivan or minibus with professional driver
Free airport / train pick-up and drop-off
Twin-sharing / double room accommodation
Local English-speaking guide
All entrance fees of sightseeing places mentioned in itinerary except the optionals
All necessary Tibet permits
Government tax
Second class train cabin from Beijing to Xi'an and internal flights
What’s excluded in this tour package?
Chinese Visa fee
Tips for the guide and driver
International flight tickets
Meals not included in the itinerary: [B] = Breakfast, [L] = Lunch, [D]= Dinner
Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, etc
Tour FAQs
1). When is the best time for Beijing & Tibet to Nepal tour?
From April to May, September to October is the best season for Beijing and Tibet while it is warm and clear. You can enjoy the beauty of kinds of flowers, climb the Great Wall, visit the old temples, see the true face of the Everest etc. Nepal's climate can be simply divided into rainy season and dry season. The rainy season is from June to September. It rains a lot, which will cause a lot of inconvenience to your travel. It is even harder for the drive from Gyirong border to Kathmandu. The dry period is from October to May. In conclusion, the best time for Beijing, Tibet to Nepal tour will be April, May and October. 

2). Where should I apply for my Nepal Visa if I travel from Tibet to Nepal? 
When you get to the immigration center in Gyirong border, you will say goodbye to your Tibetan guide after you finish the exit formalities. After that, you will cross the bridge yourself. At the other end of the bridge, you will meet the check point of Nepal side. The officer will check all your luggage and then you need to walk another 2km to meet the Nepal Immigration Center where you can get your Nepal visa. You are required to fill in an application form and provide one passport size photo. It costs 25USD for 15 days visa and 30USD for 30 days visa. You can also get arrival visa if you fly from Tibet to Nepal. 

3). What is needed for Tibet Permit application if I travel to Nepal after Tibet?
No matter your next destination is Nepal or China, the documents for the Tibet Permit application is the same. Your passport and China Visa copies are required if you hold the tourist “L” visa. Should you work or study in China, an extra work or school certificate will be needed. The permit application needs to be handled at least 15 days in advance. 

4). What do you suggest if I travel from Tibet to Nepal, by flight or van?
Gyirong border is 820km away from Lhasa. If you only visit Lhasa and around area, it is better to fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Should your tour program include the visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp or Mt. Kailash etc, it is suggested to cross the border by van since it is near the border. 

5). Is it suitable to take young baby for the overland tour from Tibet to Nepal?
The road from Lhasa to Gyirong border is very well paved. But from Rasuwa border (the border in Nepal side) to Kathmandu, the road is very bumpy, zigzag, narrow and dusty. There might be landslide in flood season from July to August. It takes about 9 hours from the border to Kathmandu. This is not a good choice for babies considering the long hours and poor road condition.  

6). How can we get to Kathmandu from Gyirong border?
Once you cross the bridge between Gyirong border and Rasuwa border, pass the check point in Nepal side, you can see many drivers and vans for rental. It is good to share a van with other tourists. Normally, it cost about 30USD per person if there are 7 persons to share one 4WD vehicle. You can also book a private border transfer with us but that will be much more expensive. 
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