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Tibet: Beijing to Kathmandu Overland

China,  Nepal

Tour length 15 daysFrom Beijing to Kathmandu
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Go on an epic 5000-km overland journey from imperial Beijing, through the mystical land of Tibet, to Nepal’s compact capital, Kathmandu. Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys, discover the highland haven of Lhasa and visit the world’s highest monastery in the heart of the Himalayas. You’ll find temples aplenty, divine landscapes and unbeatable views of Mt Everest. Celebrating Buddhist cultures past and present, this insightful journey to the Roof of the World is simply unforgettable. There have been recent cases where the Chinese Railway Bureau has not permitted foreign groups to travel from Beijing to Lhasa by train without any prior notice or specific reason. Please ensure you have access to your contingency fund of USD 500 in cash should your group be affected and need to fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Please see ‘Special Information’ section of Day 1 itinerary notes for more details.This trip visits places that are over 3500 metres above sea level, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health. We recommend not partaking in any strenuous activity until you have time to gauge your reaction to the high altitude at each location, as some people experience mild symptoms of attitude sickness such as dizziness, shortness of breath and sleeplessness. See the ‘Health’ section of the Essential Trip Information for more details.Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.Though there is a long two-night train journey on this trip, it is through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The train to the ‘Roof of the World’ travels at high altitude, including the Tanggula Pass (5072 m) and Fenghuahan tunnel (4095 m). Altogether, over 80% of the section between Golmud to Lhasa is at elevations of over 4000 metres.As important cultural and historical sites, there are visits to many monasteries and temples on this itinerary. Some travellers find that they can get 'temple-d out' quickly as there's just so much information to take in. Be sure to stop and rest when you have the chance and to take up opportunities to do varied activities when available.There are some nights in more basic accommodation on this trip (including some nights in simple multishare rooms) and at some of the hotels hot water may not be available. Patience and flexibility will go a long way to ensuring you have a good experience when travelling here!As this trip spends very little time in Beijing and Kathmandu, we recommend you extend your stays in both cities if you want to experience all has to offer. If you would like to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
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Tour ID 1778
Tour length 15 days
Language English
Group size 12
Age range 15 - 99

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Day 1: Beijing
Day 2: Great Wall – Train to the Roof of the World
Day 3: Train to the Roof of the World
Day 4: Lhasa (3656m)
Day 5: Lhasa (3656m)
Day 6: Lhasa (3656m)
Day 7: Gyantse (4025m)
Day 8: Shigatse (3890m)
Day 9: Shigatse (3890m)
Day 10: Sakya (4310m)
Day 11: Everest National Park (5200m)
Day 12: Kyirong (2800m)
Day 13: Kathmandu
Day 14: Kathmandu
Day 15: Kathmandu

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Carbon emission, kg/CO2
(Guests: 1, Nights: 1)
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How is the carbon footprint calculated?
From€3,120/ Person
(-15%)€3,670
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