Lanzhou Tibet Nepal Overland Train 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, Zhangmu, friendship Bridge, ends at Kathmandu.

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

As the capital city, Lhasa is the political, economic, cultural, communication and tourism center of Tibet with a history over 1300 years.

The Potala Palace stands in the ancient Lhasa for centuries and plays an important role in Tibetan people’s beliefs.
Reconstructed in Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties for several times, Jokhang Temple has four stories and covers an area of about 25,000 square meters now.
Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

Today you will visit attractions in Lhasa suburb. You will stay long hour on sightseeing under the fierce sun of Tibet, do arm yourself with sunglasses/ hat/ sunscreen, etc.

Drak Yerpa was built by Songtsan Gampo, the first emperor of a united Tibet, in the 7th century for his wife.
Sera Monassrey is located at the foot of Tatipu Hill in the northern suburb of Lhasa City
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 is spectacular from the highway
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 summertime (usually May~Oct), we will carry on the last few kilometers to Everest Tent Camp to stay the night; 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
Rongbuk Monastery is a monastery of Nyingmapa. It is founded by Ngawang Tenzin Norbu in 1902, distinctively housing both monks and nuns.
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. And then, we can drive you to the Everest Base Camp. 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 abt 50m long. See Nepali driver. Transfer to hotel in Kathmandu.

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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



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. 



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!



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. 



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.



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. 



I am intrested in Lhasha- Kathmandu overland tour


Dear Vishal Shirsat, I'm afraid you have to fly from Lhasa to Kathmandu instead of doing the overland tour as all the borders between Tibet and Nepal still are not open for the foreign tourists. I designed an itinerary for you, please check it in the email! If you don't like it, kindly let me know your further demands and I'll redesign for you accordingly. If yes, I'll provide you the price as soon as I hear from you. Before that, please inform me more information as following:

1. When you plan to do this tour?

2. How many people in your group or you'll travel alone?

3. What kind of accommodation you would like to stay in, the Luxurious (5-star), the comfortable (4-star)/economy class (3-star) hotel or the budget guest house?



Two people- Lanzhou to Kathmandu... we can take as long as we want. Ideally- as follows Train from Lanzhou to Lhasa Overland (if possible) from Sigatse to Kathmandu. Not big group tourist people. Would love to stay in homestays etc. get to know the locals... Do not require 4 star hotels. Just clean, friendly & safe. Want to eat street food. No souvenirs thanks.... We could even stay for a month or two & help rebuild something. ( I can help with farming)...



Dear Laura Coleman, our Tibet Nepal overland trips are curently unavailable for travelers because of Nepal earthquake in earlier 2015, Zhangmu, the border town which connected Nepal and Tibet has been closed to travelers ever since. The exact reopen time had been postponed many times by local government, but still unsure. At the moment travelers can only fly between Nepal and Tibet. If anything changes, we will update our travelers soonest as we can.

If you like to save cost, joining our group tour is best choice as you are less people, our longest group tour is 15 Days-Mt.Everest & Mt.Kailash Group Tour, but the itinerary & tour departure date etc all are fixed because it’s a group tour as it involves other travelers. Or can be private tour only if you like the tour to be more flexible or stay 1-2 months, if so arrange everything for you privately. 

Yeah, you can enjoy street food anywhere in big cities like Lhasa and Shigatse. NO shoping arrangment as well without travelers’ requrement in the trip, so no worry about this please. 

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