Be awed by the scenery and spirituality of China and Tibet

Beijing, China
Kathmandu, Nepal
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 4 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 428kg pp per trip


  • Spend a night near Everest Base Camp
  • 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


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 and 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, then trek to nearby villages or simply relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
This 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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1 lunch
Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (3 nights), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights), Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included activities
  • Dhulikel - Guided village walk
  • Everest NP - Base Camp visit
  • Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Gyantse - Pelkor Chode Monastery
  • 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 - 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.
3. Due to a Landslide blocking the Sun Kosi River and the Kathmandu-Tibet highway near Lamosanghu, this itinerary will run on an altered itinerary until further notice. For more information please get in touch with your booking agent.

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