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

Take an epic Overland tour across the roof of the world. From China to Nepal, travel through a mountainous, mystic landscape of giant peaks and remote monasteries. From China’s bustling Xi’an, climb to laidback Lhasa and travel to Nepal’s quirky Kathmandu. 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
Xi'an, China
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
China,
Nepal
Themes
Explorer, Overland
Code
HDOR
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

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums while in Xi'an.
Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.
Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.
Visit one of China’s most enchanting towns. Many Tibetans make the pilgrimage to Xiahe, laying prayer flags along the way.
Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.
Experience the rural Chinese town of Golmud and soak up some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.
Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.
Travel to Tibet’s beautiful city of Lhasa. Learn about its mysterious past and observe its modern future.
Spend an afternoon exploring the turquoise waters, picturesque islands and small villages of Yamdrok Tso Lake.
Check out the Baiju Temple before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.
Hit the road and head for Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city and home of the world's largest gilded statue.
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.
Cut across gorges, plateaux and mountain passes on this famous road.
Travel to Kodari, an adventure lover’s haven. Grab a mountain bike, take a ropes course or experience a thrilling bungee jump.
End the trip in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.
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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bush camp (no facilities) (10 nights), Camping (with facilities) (1 night), Guesthouse (7 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Permanent tented camp (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Baiju Temple
  • Everest NP - Base Camp visit
  • Everest NP - Rongphu Monastery
  • Jokhang Temple
  • Lhasa - Potala Palace
  • Lhasa - Sera Monastery
  • 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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