Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu

Arrive in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.
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Days 2-3 Kodari

Travel to Kodari, an adventure lover’s haven. Grab a mountain bike, take a ropes course or experience a thrilling bungee jump.
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Day 4 Zhangmuzhen

Cross the friendship bridge into Tibet and explore the hillside town of Zhangmuzhen.
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Days 5-7 Friendship Highway

Cut across gorges, plateaux and mountain passes on this famous road.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Day 8 Baipa/New Tingri

Stay overnight in a local guesthouse at the junction of the road to Everest Base Camp, and acclimatise to the heights of the Himalayas.
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Day 9 Rongbuk

Visit Rongbuk monastery and climb to Everest Base Camp.

Day 10 Baipa/New Tingri

Spend some more time at Base Camp before returning to Baipa.
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Day 11 Shigatse

Traverse high mountain passes on the road to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city and home of the world's largest gilded statue.
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Day 12 Gyantse

Check out the Tashilhunpo Monastery before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.
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Day 13 Yamdrok Tso Lake

Learn about Tibetan Buddhism at the archetypical Pelkor Chode before camping near the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake.
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Days 14-17 Lhasa

Travel to Tibet’s beautiful city of Lhasa. Learn about its mysterious past and observe its modern future.
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Day 18 Bush Camp

Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.
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Day 19 Golmud

Cross into the Chinese town of Golmud for some spectacular views.
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Days 20-21 Bush Camp

Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 22 Lanzhou

Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.
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Days 23-24 Xiahe

Visit one of China’s most enchanting towns. Many Tibetans make the pilgrimage to Xiahe, laying prayer flags along the way.
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Days 25-26 Bingling Si/Lanzhou

Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.
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Days 27-28 Pingliang

Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.
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Days 29-32 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums while in Xi'an.
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Days 33-34 Yan'An

Step back in time and explore the history of Yan'An.
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Day 35 Lijiashan

Spend the night in a cave in Lijiashan.
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Days 36-37 Pingyao

Stroll the narrow streets of the walled city of Pingyao.
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Days 38-39 Wutai Shan

Head to the Five Terrace Mountains, a focus for transnational pilgramage for Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols and Manchus alike. Many magnificent artworks are on show and powerful temples are scattered throughout the wilderness.
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Days 40-41 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
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Day 42 Jinshanling

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
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Days 43-44 Chengde

Stroll through the lush Shanzhuang gardens in the footsteps of past Emperors who holidayed here. Take in the rich heritage of Chengde by bicycle or admire Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.
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Days 45-47 Beijing

End the tour by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
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