Kathmandu to Xian

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

See the Himalayas and visit Tibet on a tour of Nepal and China

Take an epic Overland tour across the roof of the world. From Nepal to China, travel through a mountainous, mystic landscape of giant peaks and remote monasteries. Visit Nepal’s quirky Kathmandu, climb to laidback Lhasa and travel to China’s bustling Xi’an. Cruise the Friendship Highway, explore lush valleys and catch a glimpse Mt Everest on the horizon. Whether you’re after stunning Himalayan panoramas, a taste of rural Tibet or a mythical slice of southern China – this trip serves up more than its fair share of memorable moments.

  • Discover the discipline of Tibetan monks in Xiahe
  • Visit Pingliang’s epic Mt Kongtong
  • Meet the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Experience rural life in Gyantse
  • See Kathmandu’s colourful prayer flags
  • Travel the Friendship Highway to Lhasa
  • Spot icy peaks in the Himalayas

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Day 1 Kathmandu

Arrive in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.

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.

Day 4 Zhangmuzhen

Cross the friendship bridge into Tibet and explore the hillside town of Zhangmuzhen.

Days 5-7 Friendship Highway

Cut across gorges, plateaux and mountain passes on this famous road.

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.

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.

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.

Day 12 Gyantse

Check out the Tashilhunpo Monastery before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.

Day 13 Yamdrok Tso Lake

Learn about Tibetan Buddhism at the archetypical Pelkor Chode before camping near the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake.

Days 14-17 Lhasa

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

Day 18 Bush Camp

Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.

Day 19 Golmud

Cross into the Chinese town of Golmud for some spectacular views.

Days 20-21 Bush Camp

Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.

Day 22 Lanzhou

Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.

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.

Days 25-26 Bingling Si/Lanzhou

Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.

Days 27-28 Pingliang

Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.

Days 29-31 Xi'an

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