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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Overview

Train departs every day from Lanzhou to Lhasa, and arrive in Lhasa in 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 Lanzhou-Lhasa Train
2 Arrival in Lhasa by Train
3 Lhasa City
4 Lhasa Suburb
5 Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse
6 Shigatse - Tingri - Rongbuk - EBC
7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs
8 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Daily Itinerary

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Day 1 Lanzhou-Lhasa Train

Go to Lanzhou Railway Station on your own. Exchange eTicket to the actual paper ticket at the ticket booth by showing them the e-Ticket confirmation codes, your Tibet Travel Permit and your original passport. To arrive abt 2hrs in advance is suggested.

Qinghai Tibet Railway is also called Sky Road.
Qinghai TIbet Railway
Day 2 Arrival in Lhasa by Train

Our local Tibetan guide will wait for you at Lhasa railway station by holding your name sign. You will be greeted with a warm Tashi Delek (a kind of blessing), and be presented with a white Hada (traditional Tibetan ceremonial by giving you a white scarf). Then transfer to the hotel in Lhasa city. . On your first arrival day in Lhasa (3650m), it's essential to have a good rest to avoid Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS, also known as altitude sickness). Remember to drink lots of water, eat lighter and have high carbohydrate food which will be helpful to you to adapt to the high altitude better.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 the 33rd King - Songtsen Gangpo in the 7th century and rebuilt later by the 5th Dalai Lama in the 17th century. Now it's a museum and world heritage site. 

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

Stay overnight in Lhasa

The original Potala Palace was built by the King Songtsan Gampo for his bride in 637 AD, and it was rebuilt by the fifth Dalai Lama.
Many pilgrims are worshipping and performing their devotions at the gate of Jokhang.
Day 4 Lhasa Suburb

In the morning, we will go to visit Norbulingka. Norbulingka park is considered the premier park of all such horticultural parks in similar ethnic settings in Tibet. During the summer and autumn months, the parks in Tibet including the Norbulingka, become hubs of entertainment with dancing, singing, music, and festivities. The park is where the annual Sho Dun or 'Yoghurt Festival' is held.

In the afternoon, you are heading to Drepung Monastery, which means Monastery of Rice Heap in the Tibetan language. The entire monastery is large in scale and the white buildings cluster and covers the hillsides. They look like huge rice heaps in the distance, so it is called Drepung. Drepung monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery, also the highest-ranking monastery in the Gelug Sect.

Stay overnight in Lhasa

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 about 264km, en route you will pass by Gambala Mountain Pass (4990m), where's the best place to overlook the Yamdroktso lake. 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 cultivate this land.

Stay overnight in Shigatse

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

Tibet has a serious rule about speed-limit. Though from Shigatse to Everest region is only abt 350km or so, no-more-than-40km/hr speed limitation, and the many road checks dotted on the way, really slow us down. So be prepared to spend around 8~10hrs on the road including mealtime. The upside is the view along the way is superb. Also please take some snacks with you for the long-time driving.

In the summertime, usually May~Oct, we will stay overnight at Everest Tent Camp; in wintertime, usually Nov~Apr, we will stay at Rongbuk Monastery’s guesthouse. There are dorm beds available in the 2 places. Both places you can see the glorious Everest sunset if the weather is good.

Stay overnight at EBC

“Tashilhunpo” means “Auspicious Sumeru” in Tibetan language
Though Rongbuk Monastery is not resplendent and magnificent,it is still one of the holiest monasteries in Tibetans’ mind.
Day 7 EBC – Gyirong Border 370km, approx. 8hrs

You can get up early and enjoy the sunrise of Everest Peak at the 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 the breathtaking vista of Mt. Shishapangma and Pekutso Lake. After passing the Ghungtang Lhamo(5236M), we will arrive in Gyirong in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight at Gyirong Town

Mt. Everest
Far view of Mt.Everest
Day 8 Gyirong - Kathmandu

Drive to Gyirong Port in the 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. Although the distance between Gyirong Port and Kathmandu is only over 160 kilometers, due to the poor mountain road conditions, it takes 6-7 hours from Gyirong Port to Kathmandu.

Stay overnight in Kathmandu

Cost & Inquiry

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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Typically 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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