Be awed by the scenery and spirituality of China and Tibet
Satisfy your sense of adventure and spiritual curiosity on this overland journey. From the capital of China, travel across the vast Tibetan Plateau, through remote villages. Riding the world's highest railway all the way to Lhasa, witness the intense spirituality of the Tibetan people in remote monasteries, high mountain passes, traditional homes and colourful marketplaces along the way. Immerse yourself in atmospheric monastic rituals and marvel at the might of Mt Everest on this extraordinary journey.
Experience one of the world’s greatest train journeys – the railway to the roof of the world, crossing incredibly mountainous and remote terrain
Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it first-hand with hours to explore the Great Wall
Get to know Lhasa, from the architectural wonder of the former home of the Dalai Lama to the incredible atmosphere of the pilgrim-filled Jokhang Temple, the holiest in the Tibetan Buddhist world
Every drive in Tibet seems more stunning that the last. Climb phenomenal passes, twist up thrilling peaks, and take in incredible views of skies and lakes, where the only way to tell their perfect blue apart is the towering mountains that separate them
Meet monks at temples and cliff-side monasteries where the scenery will leave you breathless
Stand in the shadow of the mightiest mountain of them all with a trip to Everest Base Camp
Finish your trip in the city of Chendu - home to pandas and spicy Sichuan cuisine
This trip visits places that are over 3,500 metres above sea level, and as a result some people can suffer from altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.
Strong and sturdy walking shoes are essential, especially for activities such as hiking the Great Wall (the Mutianyu section is quite steep in places) and the walk at Everest Base Camp.
Though there is a long 2 night train journey on this trip, it is through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. The train to the roof of the world travels at high altitude, including the Tanggula Pass (5,072m), Fenghuahan tunnel (4,095m). Altogether over 80% of the section between Golmud to Lhasa is at elevations of over 4000m.
As important cultural and historical sites, there are visits to many monasteries and temples on this itinerary. Some travellers find that they can get 'templed out' quickly as there's just so much information to take in. Be sure to stop and rest when you have the chance and to take up opportunities to do varied activities when available.
There are some nights in more basic accommodation on this trip (including some nights camping or in simple multishare rooms) and at some of the hotels hot water may not be available. Patience and flexibility will go a long way to ensuring you have a good experience when travelling here!
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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. This trip has an increased deposit due to non refundable train tickets from Beijing to Lhasa.
4. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
5. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.
6. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
7. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding the overnight train and where multishare nights are listed.
8. When applying for Chinese visa don't mention travel to Tibet. This may cause delay or refusal of Chinese visa issuance. Please follow the instructions for applying for your visa from our Essential Trip Information.
9. It's a criminal offence for anyone to carry images of the Dalai Lama or the Tibetan flag - doing so may lead to confiscation of the items, detention, arrest or imprisonment by Chinese authorities.
Our Tibetan Adventure trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 8 reviews in the last year.
Travelled with Intrepid for the past 8 years and 10 trips, love the style and format, continue again next year to Antarctica. Would miss my peg less washing line
Review submitted 25 Aug 2017
Our trip to Tibet was outstanding. The tour guide, Pema, was extremely knowledgeable and crafted the trip around the group's desires. Highly recommended!
Review submitted 23 Aug 2017