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China (Shanghai, Beijing), Tibet and Nepal (Kathmandu & Chitwan)

8th to 30th September, 2007


Sat 8th        Qatar, London Heathrow to Doha, 10.50 > 19.45 (7hrs), (5 hr wait) Doha to Shanghai 00.30

Sun 9th       Arrive 14.40 (9 hrs) 

                 Maglev train to Longyang Road Station  – 30Km in 8 minutes, Taxi to hotel

                 Grand Mercure Hongqiao, 369 Xian Xia Road, (Hyundai Plaza)

Mon 10th     Pudong Lujiazui Central Green Space and Aquarium

Tues 11th    Nanjing Road and The Bund

                19.30 To Beijing on overnight train (be there 18.45) Berth 21 & 23, carriage 1



Wed 12th      Arrive Beijing 7am

                   Beijing Sihe hotel, No.5.Dengcao HuTong.Dongsi Southstreet Dongcheng D (3 nights)

                   Breakfast in bookshop, shopping, Almeda restaurant, Walk aroung Hutong area,

Thurs 13th     Harrow School, Dongzhimen park

                   Green T House Restaurant (one long glass table so everyone sits on the one table)

Fri 14th         Beijing -  Tianammen Square, Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Centre

                   Lan Club restaurant in an old warehouse

Sat 15th       Beijing  - Mutianyu Great Wall,   798 Art District


Across the Roof of the World from Beijing to Tibet (the highest railway in the World)

Sat 15th       21.30 Beijing West station.  Quinghai to Tibet railway

Sun 16th      Train   (47hr 28min, 4064 km / 2500 miles). 

Mon 17th      Arrive in Lhasa 20.58    (New Mandala Hotel for 3 nights)             



Tues 18th     Lhasa (3660m)   Sera Monastery, Norbulingka (summer palace of Dalai Lama), Jhokhang Temple, Barkor streets

Wed 19th       Lhasa  -  Potala Palace, Drepung Monastery

Thurs 20th    Lhasaexplore the old streets, visit Jokhang Temple and observe the pilgrims as they walk the Barkhor circumambulating the Jhokhang.

Fri 21st        Drive from Lhasa to Gyantse (3950m.) - 261km

Along the Friendship Highway, cross the Khamba La (4794m) with views over Yamdrok-tso Lake to the snowy summit of Nazin Kang Sa (7252m). Karo La pass (5045m).

Overnight at Gyantse Hote

Sat 22nd      Drive from Gyantse (3950m) to Shigatse (3900m) - 90 km

Gyantse - Visit the Gyantse Dzong and Gyantse Kumbum

Shigatse - Visit the market and Tashilhunpo Monastery. (Shigatse is the second largest city in Tibet)

Overnight at Utse Hotel


Sun 23rd      Drive from Shigatse (3900m) to Shegar (New Tingri) (4050m) - 244 km

Follow the Friendship Highway, crossing the highest pass on our journey, the Gyamtso La (5220m).

Overnight at Everest Hotel, inclusive of breakfast


Mon 24th     Drive from Shegar (4050m) to Rongbuk - 68 km
Over the Pang La (5150m) and into the Rongbuk Valley

Overnight at Snowland Guest House, Tingri


Tues 25th    In the morning hiking to Everest Base Camp and back to Rongbuk (5000m) then drive back to Tingri (4390m) – 65km.

Overnight at Snowland Guest House, Tingri


Wed 26th     Drive from Tingri (4390m) to Zhangmu (2300m) - 181 km
Over two high passes, the Lalung La (5124m) and the Shung La (5200m). View the magnificent scenery of the surrounding peaks including Shishapangma, Cho Oyu, Menlungtse and Gauri Shankar. Then rejoin the journey towards the arid Tibetan Plateau to Zhangmu on the Nepalese border.

Overnight at Zhangmu Hotel

Thurs 27th   Drive from Zhangmu (2300m) to Kodari to Kathmandu (1350m) - 123 km
Join the Friendship Bridge, along the Bhote Koshi River that marks the- Chinese - Nepalese border.


Thurs 27th   Drive to Kathmandu, which can take over 5 hours, depending on road & weather conditions.

Overnight at Hotel de l’Annapurna


Thurs 27th / Fri 28th   Chitwan


Sat 29th     Chitwan

Depart on flight to Doha   20.20 arr 22.35 (5 hr flight) 4 hour wait. Depart Doha to Heathrow  02.35 to arrive at Heathrow 08.00 on Sunday, 30th (7 hr)

B J S Holiday  - The Good
They were very helpful in booking our train tickets - it was (and may still be) the situation that you can only book tickets a short time before travel, making it very difficult to plan a holiday, if you are an overseas visitor.

  Shanghai to Beijing     RMB1000  ($132 / £65) per deluxe soft sleeper ticket in cash  (buy them 19 days before departure)

  Beijing to Tibet     RMB1500 ($198) per soft sleeper ticket in cash  (buy them 10 days before departure)

Nepal Trailblazer - The Bad

For the first time ever in our extensive travel we had a dud tour company, (see the full story), who, after our complaint, said that it is OK to provide a unqualified student instead of an English Speaking Guide (as they had specified) and to not pre-book hotels. (We understand that it is law to be accompanied in Tibet by a qualified tour guide at all times)