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.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Xi'an, China
Countries
China,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
HDOV
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 21
Carbon offset
949kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Arrive in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.
Travel to Kodari, an adventure lover’s haven. Grab a mountain bike, take a ropes course or experience a thrilling bungee jump.
Cross the friendship bridge into Tibet and explore the hillside town of Zhangmuzhen.
Cut across gorges, plateaux and mountain passes on this famous road.
Stay overnight in a local guesthouse at the junction of the road to Everest Base Camp, and acclimatise to the heights of the Himalayas.
Visit Rongbuk monastery and climb to Everest Base Camp.
Spend some more time at Base Camp before returning to Baipa.
Traverse high mountain passes on the road to Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city and home of the world's largest gilded statue.
Check out the Tashilhunpo Monastery before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.
Learn about Tibetan Buddhism at the archetypical Pelkor Chode before camping near the banks of the Yamdrok Tso Lake.
Travel to Tibet’s beautiful city of Lhasa. Learn about its mysterious past and observe its modern future.
Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.
Cross into the Chinese town of Golmud for some spectacular views.
Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.
Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.
Visit one of China’s most enchanting towns. Many Tibetans make the pilgrimage to Xiahe, laying prayer flags along the way.
Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.
Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.
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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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (9 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights), Hotel (14 nights), Permanent tented camp (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
  • Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa - Potala Palace
  • Liujiaxia - Bingling Si Caves
  • Pingliang - Kongtong Mountain
  • Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour

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Trip notes

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