Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Everest Tour Overview
- Trip Code: CT-10095
- Package: Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Everest Tour
- Duration: 12 Day(s)
- Trip Level:
ModerateRequires some level of experience in trekking with basic physical ability.
- Trip Route: Beijing - Flight from Beijing - Lhasa - Gyantse - Shigatse - Everest Base Camp - Lhasa
Highlights of the 12 Days Beijing-Lhasa-Yamdrok Lake-Shigatse-Mt Everest Tour:
- Mutianyu Great Wall: Explore one of the most famous sections of the Great Wall of China, immersing yourself in its rich history and enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.
- Train Journey to Lhasa: Experience the scenic route from Beijing to Lhasa by train, passing through China's vast landscapes and enjoying breathtaking views along the way.
- Lhasa City Tour: Discover the cultural and spiritual treasures of Lhasa, including visits to the iconic Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, and Barkhor Street, where you can witness the daily lives of devoted Tibetans.
- Hands-on Tibetan Culture Experience: Engage in traditional Tibetan handicrafts and learn about Tibetan cuisine, incense making, calligraphy, and block printing, immersing yourself in the local culture.
- Yamdrok Lake and Karola Glacier: Marvel at the stunning turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake and capture breathtaking views of Mount Nyenchen Khangsar and the Karola Glacier, surrounded by picturesque landscapes.
- Rongbuk Monastery and Everest Base Camp: Visit the world's highest-altitude monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and spend a night at Everest Base Camp, getting up close to the majestic peak of Mount Everest.
- Gyatso La Pass: Cross the scenic Gyatso La Pass, also known as the Dingri Boundary, and enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful Tibetan landscapes, including grasslands and snow-capped peaks.
- Tashilumpo Monastery: Explore the impressive Tashilumpo Monastery in Shigatse, home to the Panchen Lama, and admire its intricate architecture and the towering statue of Maitreya Buddha.
- Cultural Immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich traditions and spirituality of Tibet, engaging with local people, observing monk debates, and experiencing the devotion of Tibetan Buddhists.
- Natural Beauty: Encounter the breathtaking natural beauty of Tibet, from holy lakes and glacial landscapes to the awe-inspiring Mount Everest, offering a true sense of wonder and serenity.
This tour provides a perfect blend of historical landmarks, cultural immersion, and stunning natural beauty, allowing you to experience the unique charm and spirituality of Tibet while exploring the highlights of Beijing.
The 12-day tour offers an exciting and immersive journey through some of the most remarkable destinations in China and Tibet. Starting in Beijing, the tour takes you to the iconic Mutianyu Great Wall, where you can explore the ancient marvel and soak in its historical significance.
From Beijing, you board a train to Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet. The train journey itself is a scenic experience, allowing you to admire the vast landscapes of China. Upon arrival in Lhasa, you have time to acclimatize to the higher altitude.
The tour in Lhasa begins with a visit to the Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center, where you can engage in hands-on activities and learn about Tibetan culture. You will also explore the Sera Monastery, famous for its monk debates, which provide a unique insight into Tibetan Buddhism.
The following day, you embark on a comprehensive city tour of Lhasa. You visit the majestic Potala Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the iconic symbol of Tibet. The Jokhang Temple considered a sacred site for Buddhists, and the bustling Barkhor Street, known for its vibrant market and religious atmosphere, are also included in the itinerary.
Leaving Lhasa, you venture into the stunning natural landscapes of Tibet. You drive through the picturesque Yamdrok Lake, one of Tibet's holy lakes, and pass by the Karola Glacier, marveling at the turquoise waters and breathtaking mountain views.
Continuing the journey, you head to Shigatse, the second-largest city in Tibet. En route, you cross the Gawula Pass and visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the highest-altitude monastery in the world. The day concludes with an overnight stay at Everest Base Camp, offering you an extraordinary experience near the peak of Mount Everest.
On the way back to Lhasa, you cross the Gyatso La Pass and enjoy the scenic beauty of the region. In Shigatse, you explore the renowned Tashilumpo Monastery, known for its grand architecture and the impressive Maitreya Buddha statue.
The final day of the tour allows for free time before your departure from Lhasa. Your guide will assist you in reaching the train station or airport, marking the end of the tour.
This 12-day journey combines cultural exploration, breathtaking landscapes, and historic landmarks, providing an unforgettable experience in China and Tibet. From the wonders of Beijing to the spiritual heart of Lhasa and the natural beauty of Tibet, this tour offers a diverse range of experiences for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of this enchanting region.
|Arrival in Beijing
|Beijing Sightseeing - Mutianyu Great Wall
|Free Day in Beijing - Transfer to Lhasa
|Train Journey to Lhasa
|Arrival in Lhasa
|Lhasa City Tour - Tibetan Handicrafts and Sera Monastery
|Lhasa City Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
|Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier - Shigatse
|Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp
|Everest Base Camp - Gyatso La Pass - Shigatse
|Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery - Lhasa
|Lhasa Departure - Kathmandu/Chengdu/Beijing
Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Everest Tour Itinerary
Arrival in Beijing
Upon your arrival at Beijing Airport, you will be warmly greeted by our representative and transferred to your reserved hotel. Take some time to rest and recover from your journey or explore the vibrant city of Beijing at your leisure.
Beijing Sightseeing - Mutianyu Great Wall
After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, embark on a guided tour of one of the most iconic landmarks in China - the Mutianyu Great Wall. Marvel at the breathtaking views as you walk along this well-preserved section of the wall, built during the Ming Dynasty. Learn about its historical significance and enjoy ample time to capture memorable photographs. Return to Beijing and spend the evening at your leisure.
Free Day in Beijing - Transfer to Lhasa
Today is yours to explore Beijing at your own pace. You can visit other famous attractions like the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, or Tiananmen Square, or immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring traditional markets or enjoying authentic cuisine. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the train station for your overnight journey to Lhasa.
Train Journey to Lhasa
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic train journey from Beijing to Lhasa. As you travel through China's vast landscapes, witness the ever-changing scenery, from rolling hills and meandering rivers to snow-capped mountains. Take in the beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and anticipate the adventure that awaits you in Lhasa.
Arrival in Lhasa
Upon arrival in Lhasa, you will be warmly welcomed by your tour guide. They will accompany you to your hotel and assist you with the check-in process. Take the rest of the day to relax and acclimatize to the higher altitude of Tibet. It is recommended to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities to allow your body to adjust gradually.
Lhasa City Tour - Tibetan Handicrafts and Sera Monastery
Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture with a visit to the Lhasa Traditional Handicraft Art Center. Engage in hands-on activities such as making Tibetan incense, calligraphy, and block printing, gaining a deeper understanding of the local traditions. Later, visit the renowned Sera Monastery, known for its fascinating monk debates. Observe this ancient practice and witness the devotion of Tibetan monks. Afterward, you can explore the streets of Lhasa or return to your hotel to relax and reflect on the day's experiences.
Lhasa City Tour - Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Street
Embark on a captivating city tour of Lhasa, starting with a visit to the iconic Potala Palace. Marvel at the grandeur of this UNESCO World Heritage site as you explore its halls, murals, and statues. Continue to the revered Jokhang Temple, considered a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists, housing the precious statue of the 12-year-old Sakyamuni. Afterward, wander through the vibrant Barkhor Street, where you can shop for traditional handicrafts, costumes, and other souvenirs.
Lhasa - Yamdrok Lake - Karola Glacier - Shigatse
Embark on a scenic drive to Shigatse, with picturesque stops along the way. Admire the breathtaking turquoise waters of Yamdrok Lake from the Kampala Pass and capture the stunning views of Mount Nyenchen Khangsar and the Karola Glacier. Arrive in Shigatse, where you will check in to your hotel and have the evening to relax.
Shigatse - Rongbuk Monastery - Everest Base Camp
Set off towards the peak of the world - Mount Everest. En route, visit the Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest-altitude monastery. Marvel at the awe-inspiring landscapes of blue skies, grasslands, and towering mountain peaks. Reach the Everest Base Camp, where you will spend the night surrounded by the majestic Himalayan scenery.
Everest Base Camp - Gyatso La Pass - Shigatse
Witness a breathtaking sunrise over Mount Everest from the base camp before embarking on a return journey. Cross the Gyatso La Pass, also known as the Dingri Boundary, located at an altitude of 5,248 meters. Arrive in Shigatse and check in to your hotel, where you can unwind and reflect on your remarkable journey.
Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery - Lhasa
Visit the revered Tashilhunpo Monastery, the seat of Tibet's second-highest incarnation, the Panchen Lama. Explore the vast complex, admire the architecture, and witness the captivating religious rituals. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and gain insights into Tibetan Buddhism. Later, return to Lhasa and check in to your hotel.
Lhasa Departure - Kathmandu/Chengdu/Beijing
Enjoy your final breakfast in Lhasa before bidding farewell to this enchanting city. Your tour guide will escort you to the Lhasa train station or airport for your departing train or flight. Take with you unforgettable memories of your journey through Beijing, Lhasa, and the awe-inspiring landscapes of Tibet.
The Potala Palace, initially constructed in 641 AD and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994, stands as the most renowned tourist attraction in Tibet. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the grandeur of its halls, captivating murals, intricate statues, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas will leave you astounded.
Jokhang Temple holds great significance for pilgrims and visitors alike. Inside this sacred temple, you will find a precious statue of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, who lived in India during the fifth century BC. This revered statue draws devout Buddhists to Lhasa, further solidifying the city's status as a sacred land.
Situated near Jokhang Monastery, Barkhor Street has a rich historical background. In ancient times, it served as a route for Buddhists to perform religious circumambulation. Today, it has transformed into a bustling street where tourists can indulge in a delightful shopping experience. On Barkhor Street, you can find exquisite souvenirs, including handicrafts, traditional costumes, tea, prayer wheels, and Tibetan incense.
Immerse yourself in the cultural treasures of Lhasa by visiting the iconic Potala Palace, experiencing the spiritual atmosphere of Jokhang Temple, and exploring the vibrant markets along Barkhor Street. These destinations offer a captivating glimpse into the profound religious heritage and vibrant local life of Tibet.
- Please note that the number of daily visitors to the Potala Palace is strictly limited to 2,300 people. Ensure that you visit during the designated time stated on your admission ticket.
- It is highly recommended to book your Potala Palace tickets in advance, as they tend to sell out quickly. Plan ahead to secure your visit to this renowned attraction.
- Take care while navigating the many steps at the Potala Palace, especially considering the higher altitude. To minimize discomfort, it's advisable to ascend at a comfortable pace, allowing your body to adjust gradually.
- Show respect for local customs and traditions during your visit. Avoid wearing hats or revealing clothing, and refrain from stepping on thresholds, as these actions are considered disrespectful.
- Photography and videography are strictly prohibited inside the Potala Palace. Admire the beauty and preserve the memories through your eyes and mind.
- Prior to entering the palace, be prepared for a security search. For safety reasons, items such as explosives, flammables, knives, lighters, and even water bottles are not permitted inside the Potala Palace.
Beijing Tour and Lhasa to Everest Tour Reviews
Lhasa to Everest Base Camp
From: New Zealand | On: 15 Apr, 2023
I had been yearning to visit Tibet for many years, and in early December, I finally got the chance to embark on a journey to Tibet - Everest Base Camp organized by Tibet Vista. The entire planning process was handled by their representative, Cindy, who engaged in extensive and detailed communication with us to ensure the best options for our stay. Recognizing that a trip to Tibet would be incomplete without visiting EBC, we were thrilled with the finalized plans, which included an additional day before and after the scheduled tour dates. Cindy provided clear instructions that allowed us to secure our visas and travel permits without any delays.
Upon arrival at Lhasa airport, our guide warmly greeted us and ensured our smooth check-in at the hotel. We had nearly two full days to explore the city on our own before meeting the rest of our group. We were fortunate to have fellow travelers from diverse nationalities and age groups who easily connected with one another. We gathered for dinners, shared memorable moments, and assisted each other in capturing the "perfect photo shot." Sonam was an amiable companion, always smiling, laughing, and well-versed in the sights and experiences we encountered. He proved to be an exceptional photographer, guiding us to the best spots and capturing precious memories for all of us.
During the tour, we visited the prominent palaces and temples of Lhasa and Shigatse, spending a night at the guesthouse located in Everest Base Camp. The journey involved four days of intensive bus travel, but the breathtaking views and the lofty passes we traversed provided us with awe-inspiring and mind-blowing scenery. Witnessing Mount Everest up close was an unparalleled opportunity of a lifetime.
Traveling in the winter months meant encountering very few tourists. However, the bitter cold, especially in the mornings, was mitigated by the stunning, brilliant blue skies that graced us every day.
The Tibetan people and their devotion to the Buddhist religion fascinated us. Their faith permeates every aspect of their daily lives. We joined them in walking the kora around various temples, observing their ritual of spinning prayer wheels and counting mantras on prayer beads. Witnessing their prostrations was a humbling experience, surpassing my previous understanding. Individuals of all ages, mothers with children and dogs in tow, as well as the elderly, would repeatedly prostrate themselves in front of the temples and along the route.
Despite the language barrier (as most locals did not speak English), we managed to communicate, connect, and share laughter with the Tibetan people. We even indulged in some lighthearted and comical photo sessions together. Their joy upon seeing themselves on the camera screen was priceless.
Traveling at high altitudes takes a toll on the body, and the constant shortness of breath was an unusual sensation. Simply climbing a few steps became an arduous task once we exceeded 4,500 meters.
I must emphasize the importance of preserving Tibet's unique culture, religious beliefs, and rich history. It would be a great loss if these were to be diluted over time. Although the scenery was undeniably breathtaking, it was our personal experiences that made this trip truly unforgettable, leaving an indelible mark on our memories.