Be awed by scenery and spirituality in China and Tibet

Satisfy your sense of adventure and spiritual curiosity on this overland journey. From the great capital of China, travel across the vast Tibetan Plateau, through remote villages and into the mountain kingdom of Nepal. Ride the world's highest railway all the way from Beijing to Lhasa and witness the intense spirituality of the Tibetan people in their remote monasteries, high mountain passes, traditional homes and colourful marketplaces. Sample yak cheese and fresh bread at an organic farm in Shigatse, visit chaotic Kathmandu and immerse yourself in the atmospheric monastic rituals along the way. Complete this epic tour with a view of Mt Everest for an extraordinary real life experience.

Start
Beijing, China
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
China,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer
Code
CBST
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Carbon offset
1 428kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Spend a night near Everest Base Camp
  • Visit an organic farm in Shigatse
  • Discover Nepalese culture in Kathmandu
  • Mingle with pilgrims at Potala Palace in Lhasa
  • Shop in bustling bazaars
  • Take the world's highest railway from Beijing to Lhasa
  • Hike the Great Wall of China
  • Travel through the stunning landscapes of mountainous Tibet
  • Stay at Tibet's oldest monastery, Samye Monastery
  • Soak up the spiritual atmosphere of Lhasa

Itinerary

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.
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.
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.
Spend the night in the atmospheric shadow of Samye Monastery, the oldest in Tibet.
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.
Travel to Shigatse, one of the most spiritually important cities in Tibet, and explore Tashilhunpo Monastery. Browse Shigatse bazaar - a shopper’s heaven.
Journey onwards to the remote Sakya Monastery, which boasts a collection of rare medieval artwork.
Discover the world's highest monastery, Rongphu. Get higher again, trekking to Everest Base Camp - the view is out of this world.
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.
Cross the Nepalese border, trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
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.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi
Accommodation
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included activities
  • Everest NP - Base Camp visit
  • Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Gyantse - Gyantse Kumbum
  • Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Lhasa - Braille Without Borders school visit
  • Lhasa - Cooking class
  • Lhasa - Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa - Nam-Tso Lake day trip
  • Lhasa - Potala Palace
  • Lhasa - Sera Monastery
  • Lhasa - Tibetan language lesson
  • Sakya - Sakya Monastery
  • Samye - Samye Monastery
  • Shigatse - Braille Without Borders farm visit
  • Shigatse - Tashilhunpo Monastery

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Important notes

1. In order for us to apply for your Tibet entry permit and purchase your train ticket to Lhasa you must provide a scanned, colour copy of the personal details page of your passport and Chinese visa to your booking agent no later than 30 days prior to the start date of your trip.

2. Please be aware that in recent years there have been times when restrictions on nationalities being able to travel on specific departures have been implemented or Tibet has been closed to foreign tourists without warning.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our Mountains & Monasteries trips score an average of 4.94 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.

Mountains & Monasteries , April 2015

Mountains & Monasteries , April 2015