Xi'an to Kathmandu

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

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.

  • 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

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Days 1-8 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums while in Xi'an.

Day 3 Pingliang

Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.

Day 5 Lanzhou/Bingling Si

Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.

Days 6-7 Xiahe

Visit one of China’s most enchanting towns. Many Tibetans make the pilgrimage to Xiahe, laying prayer flags along the way.

Days 9-10 Bush Camp

Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.

Day 11 Golmud

Experience the rural Chinese town of Golmud and soak up some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Days 12-13 Bush Camp

Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.

Days 14-15 Bush Camp

Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.

Days 16-19 Lhasa

Travel to Tibet’s beautiful city of Lhasa. Learn about its mysterious past and observe its modern future.

Day 20 Yamdrok Tso Lake

Spend an afternoon exploring the turquoise waters, picturesque islands and small villages of Yamdrok Tso Lake.

Day 21 Gyantse

Check out the Baiju Temple before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.

Day 22 Shigatse

Hit the road and head for Shigatse, Tibet’s second-largest city and home of the world's largest gilded statue.

Day 23 Baipa/New Tingri

Stay overnight in a local guesthouse at the junction of the road to Everest Base Camp, and acclimatise to the heights of the Himalayas.

Day 24 Rongbuk

Visit Rongbuk monastery and climb to Everest Base Camp.

Day 25 Baipa/New Tingri

Spend some more time at Base Camp before returning to Baipa.

Days 26-27 Friendship Highway

Cut across gorges, plateaux and mountain passes on this famous road.

Days 28-29 Kodari

Travel to Kodari, an adventure lover’s haven. Grab a mountain bike, take a ropes course or experience a thrilling bungee jump.

Days 30-31 Kathmandu

End the trip in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.