Train Journey Beijing to Lhasa

An important gateway to Tibet by train

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Itinerary Overview

Day 1 Day 1: Meeting at the hotel, welcome dinner
Day 2 Day 02: Visit Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Food Market & Nanluoguxiang
Day 3 Day 3: Climbing the Great Wall at Mutianyu:
Day 4 Day 4: On the train to Lhasa.
Day 5 Day 5: Arriving in Lhasa. Transfer to the hotel, dinner.
Day 6 Day 06: Visit Jokhang Temple and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery
Day 7 Visit Potala, Norbulinka and Sera Monastery
Day 8 Lhasa Free Day
Day 9 Departure transfer to the airport


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Day 1

Day 1: Meeting at the hotel, welcome dinner


Day 2

Day 02: Visit Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Wangfujing Food Market & Nanluoguxiang

Forbidden City: The Forbidden City was the imperial palace of China from the Ming dynasty (1368–1644) to the end of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). It is located in the centre of Beijing, with its south entrance opening from the famous Tiennanmen Square. Today it is home of the Palace Museum. The gigantic complex has 980 buildings on 72 ha (180 acres) and it was built in 14 years by more than a million workers. It served as a home of the emperor and his family and was the ceremonial and political centre of China for 500 years. It is famous about its extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, and considered to be the largest ancient wooden structure in the world. It was declared a World Heritage site in 1987. After a visit of its many halls and palaces, and seeing many of its treasures like paintings, bronzeware, timepieces and jade artifacts, you can exit at the northern gate and have a walk in the Jingshan Park opposite, an artificial hill with good views of the Forbidden City from the top.


Summer Palace: This well-preserved, luxurious royal garden dotted with lakes and an ensemble of palaces, situated 15 km (9 miles) northeast of downtown Beijing. Composed mainly by Longevity Hill (Wanshou shan) and Kunming Lake, it occupies and area of 300 ha (742 acres).  Originally, it was built in 1750 for the imperial family as a place of rest and entertainment. Later, it became the main residence of the royal family at the end of the Qing Dynasty. The Anglo-French Allied Forces destroyed the garden by fire, but Empress Dowager Cixi reconstructed it in 1888 as a resort, and spent the rest of her life there. It is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO since 1998.


Wangfujing Food Market: Wangfujing is a modern walking and shopping street of Beijing. When you approach it from Chang’an Avenue, the first sidestreet on the left is an interesting food market selling Western Chinese snacks like barbecued bugs, horsefish and starfish. There are also some inexpensive local restaurants around offering Chinese dishes.   


Nanluoguxiang: Nanluoguxiang is an atmospheric alley in the hutong area in Dongcheng district, 800 m long from south to north. This area is a popular tourist destination full of beautiful traditional houses, bars, restaurants and shops. It is a nice place to visit in the evening for a stroll and dinner.


Day 3

Day 3: Climbing the Great Wall at Mutianyu:

There are several sections of the Great Wall you can visit. Mutianyu is the longest fully restored section open to tourist with 23 original-style watchtowers. It is situated 73 km (45 miles) north of Beijing, surrounded by rolling hills covered by pines and cypresses. The restored section of the wall is 2.5 km and 7-8 meters high. It was first built by the Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577), and rebuilt and strengthened during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Today’s wall is a replica of the fortifications of 1568; it was fully restored in 1986.  From the bus park it is a nice and not too strenuous hike up to the Wall on a long stairway and footpath. There is also a cable car service going up and down for those who don’t want to walk. On the east end of the wall there is a toboggan you can use to descend and return to the bus park. It is great fun!

Evening: Boarding the train to Lhasa. Before boarding the train to Tibet you need to show your passport and Tibet group permit to the conductor. The train has pressurised cabins with an oxygen outlet at the head of the beds. Signs in the carriages are in Tibetan, Chinese and English. After Golmud a Health Registration Card has to be signed by each passenger for high-altitude travel. The operational speed is 100-120 km/hour. The length of the railway from Beijing to Lhasa is 3757 km and it takes around 41 hours (2 nights). The most difficult section (from Golmud to Lhasa) was completed in 2006. There is a dining car on the train where you can order warm Chinese dishes, but it is recommended to buy things in advance for the train, some snacks, fruits and water for the long ride.


Day 4

Day 4: On the train to Lhasa.





Stop Time



West Beijing

44 m


Day 1


80 m



4 min

Day 1

291 km


820 m



6 min

Day 2

516 km


3,000 m



11 min

Day 2

1,263 km


1,530 m



16 min

Day 2

1,569 km


2,200 m



20 min

Day 2

1,785 km


2,980 m



2 min

Day 2

2,306 km


2,780 m



25 min

Day 2



4,500 m



6 min

Day 3

3,435 km


3,650 m


Day 3

3,757 km


Day 5

Day 5: Arriving in Lhasa. Transfer to the hotel, dinner.


Day 6

Day 06: Visit Jokhang Temple and Ani Tsankhung Nunnery

The Jokhang Temple was founded in the 642 AD by Tibet’s first Buddhist king with the help of his Chinese and Nepali wives. Many Tibetans still use its original name, Tsuglagkhang, which means ‘House of Sciences’ (religious sciences like astrology, divination and geomancy). It is the center of the Tibetan mandala housing the oldest and most sacred Buddha statue, the Jowo. Although some parts of the temple has been rebuilt during the last centuries, original elements remain: the wooden beams and rafters have been shown by carbon dating to be original; the Newari door frames and columns date from the 7th and 8th centuries. From the rooftop you get a stunning view of the main square and the Potala. The temple is surrounded by the Barkhor, the “middle circle”, a traditional circumambulation path filled with traditional shops, old shrines, and Tibetan pilgrims walking around especially after sunrise and before sunset.

Ani Tsankhung Nunnery, In this nunnery of Lhasa more than one hundred Buddhist nuns live today. It was built on a site used for meditation by Tibet’s first Buddhist king, Songtsen Gampo. The nunnery was originally built in the 15th century and later enlarged in the 20th century. The nuns try to make a humble living by making handicrafts and printing religious texts in the old traditional fashion with wooden blocks. They also run an open air restaurant for pilgrims where you can try thugpa (noodle soup), momo (dumpling) and cha ngarmo (sweet tea) if you are adventurous enough.

Overnight at Yak Hotel



Day 7

Visit Potala, Norbulinka and Sera Monastery

The Potala Palace, the seat of the Dalai Lamas for centuries is the most well-known landmark of Tibet. It is situated on the Marpori, the Red Hill, and after climbing its impressing stairway, you will see audience halls and living quarters of the Dalai Lamas, some exceptional relics, stupas, three dimensional mandalas, numberless beautiful statues, and even the meditation cave of Songtsen Gampo, the first Buddhist king of Tibet. As the Dalai Lamas are considered to be emanations of Chenrezi, the bodhisattva of compassion and protector of Tibet, their residence is called Potala, the heavenly abode of the bodhisattva of compassion. In its present form it was built by the great 5thDalai Lama, who was a famous polymath of the 17th century. The White Palace was built first in 1649 as a residence for the Dalai Lama and his government. The Red Palace was added for religious studies after the 5th Dalai Lama`s passed away, and his personal monastery, the Namgyal also moved there. In 1994 the Potala Palace was inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Today the Potala is a museum.

When you visit, please, bring your passport and make sure that you don’t carry any water, cream, liquid, lipstick, matches, lighters, knife in your bag, when you enter. You can buy water and other drinks inside the palace.


Norbu Lingka: The Norbu Linka or Treasure Garden is the summer palace of the Dalai Lamas, a quiet and beautiful gardenin the western part of Lhasa. Its construction was started by the 7th Dalai Lama in 1755, and finished during the reign of the 13thand 14th Dalai Lamas in the 20th century. It is a huge well-kept garden, where you can walk around and enjoy the beauty of high altitude flora, and visit three palaces. The most interesting is the 14th Dalai Lama’s palace, where the murals of the audience hall depict events of Tibetan history, and his living quarters show his fascination with Western inventions. He escaped from this palace to India on March 10, 1959.


Sera Monastery is a famous monastic university of Tibet belonging to the Gelukpa school founded in the early 15thcentury, about 5 km away from the center of Lhasa. Among its many buildings it is worth to visit the impressive assembly hall where the monks do their daily rituals, and its Hayagriva shrine, as this Tantric deity is the remover of obstacles and its blessing heals headache and altitude sickness. Next to this building is a fenced debating courtyard, where every afternoon the monks test their knowledge of Buddhist philosophy in a spectacular way between 3 and 4 o’clock in the afternoon.

Overnight at Yak Hotel



Day 8

Lhasa Free Day

With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on the roof of the world. The spiritual heart of Tibet is the Jokhang Temple and every morning is full of life as pilgrims bring offerings of butter and barley flour. The Potala Palace rises above the city and, more than any other sight, symbolizes the history and culture of Tibet. Nearby are the huge monastic universities of Drepung and Sera – still active institutions.


Day 9

Departure transfer to the airport

An early start for the return drive to Gongkar airport and flight back to Kathmandu.


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