Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour

Duration:
8 Days
Destination:
Lanzhou - Lhasa - Shigatse - EBC - Gyirong - Kathmandu
Season:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
Tour Type:
Private Tour
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Train departs every day from Lanzhou to Lhasa, and arrive in Lhasa the next day. You will spend one night in the train. Travel overland from Tibet to Nepal in 7 days along the Friendship Highway connecting Lhasa and Kathmandu. It is the only international road in Tibet and starts from Lhasa, goes through Shigatse, Tingri, Nyalam, Gyirong, friendship Bridge, ends at Kathmandu.

DayRoute
1 Train: Lanzhou-Lhasa
2 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
3 Lhasa City
4 Lhasa Suburb
5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC
7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
8 Gyirong - Kathmandu
Day 1 Train: Lanzhou-Lhasa

Go to Lanzhou Railway Station on your own. Exchange eTicket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the eTicket & your original passport. To arrive abt 2hrs in advance is suggested.

Day 2 Arrival in Lhasa by Train

Our local Tibetan guide will wait you at Lhasa railway station holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashidelek (meaning hello with blissing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by give you a white scarf). Then transfer to hotel in Lhasa city. To rest well on your first arrival in Lhasa (3650m) is essential to ease Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Try your best to resist the temptation of going out.

Day 3 Lhasa City

In the morning our guide will meet you at the hotel and first take you to visit the famous Potala Palace, the cardinal landmark of Tibet and the masterpiece of Tibetan architecture, it was first built by 33rd King Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt it later in the 17th century by 5th Dalai Lama, now it is a museum and world heritage site. 

In the afternoon, we will go to visit Jokhang Temple in the center of the old Lhasa city. Jokhang Temple is one of the most sacred temples in all over Tibet and it is always bustling with earnest local pilgrims since from early days. After that you will take a walk around the Barkhor street which is the one of the most devotional circuit as well as a crowded central market of Lhasa, Barkhor Street is located in the old area of Lhasa City Tibet, it is a very ancient round street surrounding the Jokhang Temple and the locals are always proud of it. As a symbol of Lhasa, it is also a must-see place for visitors.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
In front of the Jokhang Temple, you can see many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions.
Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

Our guide and driver will pick you up at the hotel in the early morning and then drive to visit the Drepung Monastery which is located at the foot of the Mountain Gambo Utse, 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the western suburb of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery is known as the most important monastery of Gelugpa in Tibetan Buddhism. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.

After lunch, you are going to visit the Sera Monastery which is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City; Sera Monastery is one of three famous monasteries in the city along with the Drepung Monastery and the Ganden Monastery. One of the main attractions of Sera Monastery is debating. As a part of their study, lamas must participate in debates to further their comprehension and proceed to more advanced levels of study. The debating usually is held at around 3 - 5 in the afternoon except for Sunday...

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monastery has a rich collection of cultural relics
Day 5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse

From Lhasa to Gyantse is abt 264km, en route you will pass by Khamba-la Pass (4794m), and with the huge massif of Mt Nojin Kangtsang (7191m) at far distance in view. Then head to Shigatse via the fertile Nyangchu Valley, a wide agricultural plain where colorfully decorated yaks and horses are used by Tibetan farmers to till the land.

Bathing in sunshine, Yamdrok lake is dispalying its dazzling beauty to visitors both home and abroad
The white glacier looks spectacular for visitors passing by.
Day 6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongphu - EBC

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, the no-more-than-40km/hr regulation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 10~12hrs on the road including meal time. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Get your camera ready. Also, prepare some snacks with you to bring along.

If it’s summer time (usually May~Oct), we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; if winter time (usually Nov~Apr), we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. Both places have but dorm bed lodging available. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
To celebrate Sakyamuni’s birth, Saka Dawa Festival is held in Rongbuk Monastery on every April 15th according to Tibetan calendar. You can watch monks do Tibetan dances there.
Day 7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at lodging area if the weather is good. After sightseeing, we will drive to Gyirong, the border which connects Tibet & Nepal. On the way, tourists can enjoy breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and the Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in late afternoon.
It is nice to watch the sunrise and the sunset at EBC. And if you couldn’t fall asleep at night, it is worthy to enjoy a spectacular starry sky on a clear night.
The best time to travel to Mt. Everest would be May, June, Sep and early Oct. EBC is relatively less windy and clear.
Day 8 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Drive to Gyirong Port in early morning. You are required to walk on your own to cross the border bridge which is about 50m long. Your Nepali driver will greet you at the other side of the bridge and transfer you to Kathmandu.

Our private customized Tibet tours are ideal for families, small groups and individual travellers who desire a more thorough and intimate introduction to Tibet. Price varies with size, season, hotel rate. etc. Please fill out this form so our travel designers can start helping you plan a trip.

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Asked Questions from our Clients

Dere***

2019-02-20

I would like to join this tour but, I would als like to start from Hong Kong and travel to Lanzhou via Guangzhou. I am willing to join a group and am flexible to some extent and my preferred travel date would be early May.

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 8-day Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour, which is a private tour. To be frank, the cost of a private tour for a solo traveler is expensive. So, how about joining our 7-day Lhasa Everest Gyirong Overland Group Tour with a departure date on 10th. May? We could help you book the train ticket from Lanzhou to Lhasa.

Paul***

2019-02-02

The tour 8 days Lanzhou Tibet Nepal overland Train . one person to join a group - how much will this cost in Australian dollars. Kind Regards Paula

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Caroline

In your inquiry, you mentioned that you are interested in our 8-day Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour which is a private tour. To be frank, the best option for a solo traveler is to join a small group tour to keep the cost down. We have a 7-day Lhasa Everest Gyirong Overland Group Tour which has a similar itinerary and I think perfectly matches your needs.

Raym***

2019-01-07

hello, we are interested, to join your tour from Lanzhou to Lhasa by train and finally to Kathmandu by bus. we want to start on 26.02.2020 (NEXT year!). please tell me your offer incl. all permits (Tibet and Alien permit) and your costs of all accomodations and the complete transfer. most interesting is the Potala and to join a "Picnic at the base of the Mt. Everest". so we want to visit Kathmandu and the "Holi Fest" in India, we can only use these dates. please send me also your prices for a small group of 5 up persons (many friends are interested, but how many will start the tour definetly ;-) ) best wishes from Germany to the "Roof of the World" and sorry for my english ;-) Raymond

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to to have the Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour on 26.02.2020 (NEXT year!). According to the regulations, Tibet is closed to foreigners in February and March. Can you have this tour in April? 

Here is the itinerary of 8 Days Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour. 

erin***

2018-10-01

Hello, I am interested in about 1 week tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu at the end of this October or beginning of Dec. And also I would like to enter Lhasa from Chengdu or Xining by train and stay 1 or 2 days in Lhasa. Do you have any recommendation about tour? Thanks a lot!

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned you would like to do 8 Days Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train Tour which is a private tour. As travelers less than five, we often suggest them join our small group tour to keep the cost down. We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour with the departure date on Oct.30th. Is it available to you?

We can also purchase the train ticket for you. 

May I remind you that we need at least 12 working days to apply for the Tibet Travel Permit for you. From Oct.1st to Oct.7th are our national holiday, Tibet Tourism Bureau doesn't work during the national holiday. So, there are only 17 working days left. 

Gera***

2018-07-13

We are interested in a 2-3 week trip that would take us from western China to Lhasa to Kathmandu. We can go anytime of the year. Please suggest the time and the starting place. We know that the overland route Lhasa to Kathmandu is closed now. We prefer to wait for our trip until the route is open. Please give at least two alternatives and approximate prices. We are happy to join a group or travel alone. We want clean, basic (not luxury) accommodations. Do you handle all permits, including visa to China, special permit for Lhasa/Tibet, and visa to Nepal? Thank you.

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Cherry

In your inquiry, you mentioned two of you would like to do a tour from western China to Lhasa to Kathmandu. The overland tour from Lhasa to Kathmandu is opened now. We have 7 Days Lhasa Mt. Everest Kathmandu Overland Group Tour. I suggest you take a train from Chengdu or Xining to Lhasa then join this group tour.

For China Visa, you would better to apply for it in advance at the Chinese Embassy in your home country. 

For Tibet Travel Permit, we will apply for it after you book the tour with us.

For Nepal Visa, You can just apply for it at the Nepal Border. It just takes about 10 minutes. 

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