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Mountains & Monasteries Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Be awed by the scenery and spirituality of China and Tibet
Satisfy your sense of adventure and spiritual curiosity on this overland journey. From the capital of China, travel across the vast Tibetan Plateau, through remote villages and into the mountain kingdom of Nepal. Riding the world's highest railway all the way to Lhasa, witness the intense spirituality of the Tibetan people in remote monasteries, high mountain passes, traditional homes and colourful marketplaces along the way. Immerse yourself in atmospheric monastic rituals and marvel at the might of Mt Everest on this extraordinary journey.
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Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes.
The Train to the Roof of the World connects China's cities to Lhasa in Tibet and is the highest train in the world. Stretching nearly 2,000km, the views are phenomenal.
Colourful, historic and with a deeply fascinating culture, the holy city of Lhasa is situated in a small valley high on the Tibetan Plateau.
Samye is famed for having the oldest Buddhist monastery in Tibet, which was built in the shape of a mandala and is full of Tibetan relics and art.
Gyantse is an agricultural town set in the Nyang-chu Valley, famed for its wool carpets and the Pelkhor Chode Temple complex.
Sitting at the confluence of two rivers, Shigatse is a bustling, dusty city home to some fantastic monasteries, fortresses and palaces.
Located in a valley off the Friendship Highway, Sakya is a small town with unique architecture and a beautiful monastery.
The site of the world's highest monastery, Rongphu is home to around 50 monks and nuns who live and worship in this stunning location. As one of the world's big challenges, Mount Everest evokes visions of beauty, danger, awe and triumph. Standing close to this mountain is certain to leave you breathless.
Clinging perilously to the sheer mountainside, Zhangmu separates Tibet from Nepal by a cascading river that spans the famous Friendship Bridge.
Peaceful Dhulikhel has been an important trading route between Nepal and Tibet for centuries and has staggering views of the surrounding mountain peaks.
Kathmandu is like an alluring whirlwind of sights, sounds, smells and colours. Almost overwhelming, its charm and history peaks out from the most unexpected places rendering most visitors enamoured.
Mountains & Monasteries Reviews
Our Mountains & Monasteries trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews in the last year.
Mountains & Monasteries, May 2014
This is an awesome tour which I would recommend to anyone Jane did a wonderful job of guiding us through China/Tibet and Nepal, she is an excellent ambassador for your company and China.
Review submitted 22/06/2014
Mountains & Monasteries, May 2014
Tibet speaks for itself. However, the tour experience would not have been 5star without the organizational abilities of those behind the scenes & on the ground. Choice of guides was paramount to ones enjoyment of this tour. Jane, as we knew her, was very enthusiastic. No matter what we asked of her she responded immediately and with NO sign of frustration or annoyance. Jane always conducted conversations and negotiation with hotel management, restaurants, monasteries etc etc with firmness and care. We loved her. A very bubbly and caring person. And she went out of her way to accommodate our desire to experience local fare. Thank you Jane. So too Pema on the Tibetan leg. His knowledge was awesome. His caring was awesome. Jane and Pema make a great team and we cannot fault them.
Review submitted 21/06/2014
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