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Train to Tibet

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Train to Tibet

A journey on the World's highest railway

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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Locations you will be visiting

  • BeijingTemple of Heaven china

    Beijing, China

    Beijing is the capital city of China and is the nation’s political and cultural centre.

    3 Days

  • potala palace lhasa tibet china

    Lhasa, China

    Tibet's main city, Lhasa, was once the winter home of the Dalai Lama

    3 Days

  • mountains shigatse tibet china

    Shigatse, China

    Home to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama, Shiagatse is surrounded by mountain...

    1 Day

  • mount everest sunset china

    Everest Base Camp, China

    A camp at the foot of Mount Everest, for those who intend to climb it

    1 Day

  • city of kyirong tibet china

    Kyirong, China

    The main border crossing between Tibet and Nepal

    1 Days

  • kathmandu nepal

    Kathmandu, Nepal

    A vibrant, bustling city filled with temples in breathtaking surroundings

    2 Days


Train to Tibet

15 day Tour Itinerary

An overview of your trip

DAY 1 UK to Beijing

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

  • Transport: Airplane
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

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4 The Great Wall

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5 Train from Beijing to Lhasa

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Train
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.

  • Transport: Train
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.

  • Transport: Train
DAY 8 Potala Palace

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9 Norbulingka Palace

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10 Lhasa to Gyantse and Shigatse

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 11 Everest Base Camp

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 12 Kye Rong

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

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 13 Border Crossing, Kathmandu

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.

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Transport: Drive
DAY 14 Kathmandu

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

  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 15 Kathmandu to UK

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

  • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Transport: Airplane
Optional Extras - Cultural Experiences

There is some free time in your itinerary for you to explore on your own, or treat yourself to an excursion. Use the links below to create a to-do list, or, if you’d prefer us to book you onto one of these or any other excursions, please let us know when booking your tour.

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    China: Beijing Opera

    Delight at a performance of traditional Beijing Opera

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    China: Calligraphy Lesson

    Create your own piece with a class in Chinese caligraphy

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    China: Tea Tasting

    Appreciate the varying blends of Chinese tea at a tasting

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Sample Accommodation

4★ Guangxi Hotel, Beijing

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Lhasa Train

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4★ Gang Jian Hotel, Lhasa

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4★ Tashi Choeta Hotel, Shigatse

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Rongbuk Monastery Guesthouse, Everest

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Kyirong Hotel, Kyirong

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4★ Fairfield by Marriott Hotel, Kathmandu

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What's included:
  • International flights in economy class
  • Beijing/Lhasa train in soft sleeper 4 berth compartment
  • Hotel accommodation based on twin share
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Tours as stated
  • Meals as specified
  • Airport taxes
  • Tips
  • Personal Spending
  • Travel Insurance
  • China visa and fees

Price from £4,048
Single room supplement from £485

(sole passenger prices on request)
Land only from £3,299
(excludes international flights)

Prices and products are subject to availability at the time of booking.

The deposit for these arrangements is £300 per person. Balance is due 12 weeks before departure.

When making an enquiry or reservation we will request your contact details, however no payment will be required at this stage. We will contact you for payment details and to confirm your booking, your details and the details of those travelling with you along with any extras you’d like to add.

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