Mountains & Monasteries Itinerary

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Happy monks

The Great Wall, China

The stunning Tibetan plateau

Nepalese prayer flags

Making friends with the locals in Kathmandu

Nepalese Sadhus

Everest Base Camp

Days 1-2 Beijing

Welcome to bustling Beijing! Discover the awe-inspiring wonder of the iconic Great Wall of China on a trip to this impressive feat of engineering.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 3 Train to the Roof of the World

Travel from Beijing to Lhasa on one of the world's great train journeys and soak up stunning landscapes on the climb to the Tibetan plateau.
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 4-8 Lhasa

Arrive in Lhasa, Tibet's eclectic capital city - a place of beauty and mysticism. Enjoy a cooking class and visit Potala Palace - the former residence of the Dalai Lama.
ACCOM: Hotel - 5

Day 9 Samye

Spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Samye Monastery, the oldest in Tibet.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 10 Gyantse

Listen to the monks' morning prayers before taking a spectacular drive across the Kamba-La Pass. Make the pilgrim circuit at Pelkor Chode Monastery and see the imposing hill fortress of Gyantse Dzong.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Days 11-12 Shigatse

Travel to Shigatse, one of the most spiritually important cities in Tibet, and explore Tashilhunpo Monastery. Browse Shigatse bazaar - a shopper’s heaven.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 13 Sakya

Journey onwards to the remote Sakya Monastery, which boasts a collection of rare medieval artwork.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 14 Everest National Park

Discover the world's highest monastery, Rongphu. Get higher again, trekking to Everest Base Camp - the view is out of this world.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp - 1

Day 15 Zhangmu

Rise early and hit the road for a drive across the Tibetan Plateau. Travel onwards to Zhangmu and watch the harsh landscape give way to lush green valleys.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 16 Dhulikhel

Cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 17-18 Kathmandu

The Mountains and Monasteries adventure ends in the narrow streets of Kathmandu with its great food and memorable sights. Recline in a cafe with a hot chai, shop for souvenirs or rise early to climb to Swayambhunath.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1