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Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across scenic countryside to Tibet on this well-packed overland adventure. Witness the splendour of the Potala Palace and the majesty of remote monasteries and then celebrate the journey to Kathmandu. Wake up to views of Everest and enjoy a window into the heart of this remote land. A local guide and CEO will show you the regions hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after you've climbed down from the roof of the world.


Duration: 15 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126546
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Kathmandu, Nepal
You will visit
  • Beijing
  • Kathmandu

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Beijing

Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction.

Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu visit

Transport:
Travel out to the Great Wall and back.
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Beijing/Lhasa

Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital.

In the evening, depart on a 48-hr train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau.

Additional Notes:
We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. During peak season (summer) we cannot guarantee which beds will be available.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square Guided Tour
Forbidden City

Transport:
The train trip is a long, yet rewarding, journey through the heart of northern China then south across the Tibetan Plateau. The spectacular scenery makes this a once-in-a-lifetime train journey.
Overnight train (beds) (48.00 hour(s))

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Day 5: Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.

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Day 6: Lhasa

Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing with a warm cup of chai.

Included Activities:
Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
Jokhang Temple Tour
Potala Palace Tour
Sera Monastery Tour

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Day 9: Lhasa/Gyantse (1B)

The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)

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Day 10: Gyantse/Tingri

Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum before travelling to Shegar.

Included Activities:
Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 330km)

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Day 11: Tingri/Rongpu Si

Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk — 5,000m (16,404 ft) and a mere 7km (4.4 mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular.

Additional Notes:
Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain.

Included Activities:
Shegar Dzong Visit
Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay
Everest Base Camp (North)

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 100km)

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Day 12: Rongpu Si/Shigatse

Drive to Shigatse, Tibet's second-largest town and the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama.

If time allows, opt to visit the Shigatse Bazaar or join the pilgrims on their evening kora (Tibetan for "revolution") around the perimeter of the monastery.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 340km)

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Day 13: Shigatse/Lhasa

Visit Tashilunpo Monastery before travelling back to Lhasa.

Included Activities:
Tashilunpo Monastery Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 280km)

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Day 14: Lhasa/Kathmandu

Transfer to airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal)

Transport:
Flight

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Day 15: Kathmandu

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Great Wall entrance
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Trans-Tibetan Railway
    • Lhasa orientation walk
    • Potala Palace entrance
    • Sera or Drepung Monastery visit
    • Jokhang Temple entrance
    • Pelkor Chode, Gyantse Kumbum, and Tashilhunpo Monastery visits
    • Shegar Dzong visit
    • Everest National Park entrance and hike
    • Internal flight
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 4 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
    Transport
    • Train, private bus, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit incredible monuments and palaces
  • Explore the bustle of Beijing and hike the Great Wall
  • Ride the rails on the Trans-Tibetan railway
  • Experience monk debates in Sera Monastery
  • Set eyes on Everest Base Camp


Reviews (30)
Terry L Posted on: 

The people and places seen in Tibet were unforgettable and I realize that it wasa privilege to have done so while it is still relatively uninfluenced by the Chiense government. Our tour leader Cat Miller was great, positive, knowledgeable and flexible in meeting the needs of all group members. Her insights and love of the area was infectious. We fell that we truly came to know the culture, people and land of Tibet.

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Diego M Posted on: 

Very satisfied with all aspects of the trip!

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Jennifer F. Posted on: 

It was a great trip - although too short!

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Jubran C. Posted on: 

The tour could not have been more amazing. They had it all planned with no unexpected surprises

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Sonali P. Posted on: 

The tour was well organized and planned. The itinerary was well paced, accommodations were of a good standard, and the tour staff were excellent.

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Danelle . Posted on: 

This trip was great and considering the price, it could not have been better!

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Pamela B . Posted on: 

This was a great tour, lots of fun sites and activities! Would really recommend it. Tibet is beautiful.

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Melanie Z. Posted on: 

Very well rounded, got to see countryside and urban areas.

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Steven P. Posted on: 

Overall, an extremely well organised trip of a lifetime.

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Michael W. Posted on: 

Big thanks to them for making my dreams come true! Our Tibetan Adventure guide made the trip across China very enjoyable. I am looking forward to travel with your adventure company again.

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Terry L. Posted on: 

The people and places seen in Tibet were unforgettable and I realize that it wasa privilege to have done so while it is still relatively uninfluenced by the Chiense government. Our tour leader Cat Miller was great, positive, knowledgeable and flexible in meeting the needs of all group members. Her insights and love of the area was infectious. We fell that we truly came to know the culture, people and land of Tibet.

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Carol B. Posted on: 

Wonderful experience! We got what we expected and more...what a wild, exotic adventure!!!

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Roger B. Posted on: 

I have traveled to many countries. Afghanistan, India, Iran, Greece and the Dardanelle’s , Turkey, The South Pacific islands of Bora Bora, Moorea, Tahiti, and Raiatea. England, France, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Andorra, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, Morocco, Mexico all over the USA and Canada. This was the most outstanding and memorable trip / adventure I have ever taken. With out a doubt the trip of my lifetime. I have dreamed of traveling to Tibet from the age of 12. With such high expectations I could easily have been disappointed. I was not in any way what so ever. It was wonderful.

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Robert C Posted on: 

The trip ran very smoothly and i thought i was able to gain the best experience possible from my trip.thank you

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Ansgar S. Posted on: 

Top were, the view of Everest, our Hiking- Tours with Sam, the fantastic view on the Friendship-Highway and some monastries.

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Yvonne P. Posted on: 

I had a great time. Lots of fun and adventure

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Daisy J. Posted on: 

The trip was fantastic! We both enjoyed the places we were taken to and the people we shared the experience with.

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Clare T. Posted on: 

First tour.Thoroughly enjoyed it.Would choose a tour again

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Luca D. Posted on: 

A really satisfying experience as a whole, with the great opportunity to meet interesting people and get in touch with a different culture.

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Audr. Posted on: 

An amazing opportunity to experience different cultures and terraines! We lucked out with Everest Base camp in the sun for a day and awoke to snow the following morning.

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Terry . Posted on: 

The people and places seen in Tibet were unforgettable and I realize that it wasa privilege to have done so while it is still relatively uninfluenced by the Chiense government. Our tour leader Cat Miller was great, positive, knowledgeable and flexible in meeting the needs of all group members. Her insights and love of the area was infectious. We fell that we truly came to know the culture, people and land of Tibet.

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Lisa . Posted on: 

I was very impressed by them, this being my first tour. My guides were so informative and helpful. My group was so great- like-minded people that were a pleasure to travel with,get to know and learn from. I felt completely safe at all times and loved not having the hassle of having to book hotels and figure out how to get from place to place.

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Anca V. Posted on: 

a super group leader accomodation exceeding my expectations, good itinerary and very well chosen local guides and drivers (the drivers were real wizards)

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Annemarie D. Posted on: 

This trip covered everything I wanted to see and it was in just the right amount of time - not too long, not too short

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Karling M. Posted on: 

Loved Tibet, I had an awesome time, very special trip that I will never forget.

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Virginia T. Posted on: 

t was a fantastic trip. We did a variety of activites - all interesting

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Vincent B. Posted on: 

I would like to say first that it was my first experience with them and on a group tour. I did simply love it. Really good organisation, more that I expected.

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Kenneth S. Posted on: 

Really enjoyed this well organized tour.

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Anthony. Posted on: 

Enjoyed the tour with an excellent mix of fellow travellers. It certainly met my expectations.

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Brian S. Posted on: 

This trip was challenging but worth it. We had a great time and attribute a lot of our enjoyment to our wonderful tour leader, Sam Hoys.

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