Itinerary

Day 1 Kathmandu

Arrive in quirky Kathmandu, an eclectic mix of ancient culture and modernity.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 2-3 Kodari

Travel to Kodari, an adventure lover’s haven. Grab a mountain bike, take a ropes course or experience a thrilling bungee jump.
ACCOM: Permanent tented camp - 2

Day 4 Zhangmuzhen

Cross the Friendship Bridge into Tibet and explore the hillside town of Zhangmuzhen.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 5-7 Friendship Highway

Cut across gorges, plateaus and mountain passes on this famous road.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 3

Day 8 Baipa/New Tingri

Stay overnight in a local guesthouse and acclimatise to the heights of the Himalayas.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 9 Rongbuk

Visit Rongbuk monastery and climb to Everest base camp.

Day 10 Baipa/New Tingri

Spend some more time at Base Camp before returning to Baipa.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 1

Day 11 Shigatse

Traverse high mountain passes on the road to Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city and home to some of the world's largest gilded statues.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 12 Gyantse

Check out the Tashilhunpo Monastery before heading to the rural town of Gyantse.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 13 Yamdrok Tso Lake

Learn about Tibetan Buddhism and the archetypical Pelkor Chode before camping near the banks of the Yamdrok Tso lake.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Days 14-17 Lhasa

Travel to Tibet’s beautiful city of Lhasa. Learn about its mysterious past and observe its modern future.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4

Day 18 Bush Camp

Cross the Tibetan Plateau and camp near the famous Tanggula Pass.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1

Day 19 Golmud

Cross into the Chinese town of Golmud for some spectacular views.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 20-21 Bush Camp

Climb overland through Qinghai, passing the beautiful Qianghai Hu Lake.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Day 22 Lanzhou

Explore the friendly town of Lanzhou.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-24 Xiahe

Visit one of China’s most enchanting towns. Many Tibetans make the pilgrimage to Xiahe, laying prayer flags along the way.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2

Days 25-26 Bingling Si/Lanzhou

Explore the impressive caves and intricately detailed Buddhist carvings at Bingling Si.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Pingliang

Travel to the town of Pingliang, nestled at the foot of the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 2

Days 29-32 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums in Xi'an.
ACCOM: Hotel - 4

Days 33-34 Gansu Province/Mount Kongtong

Admire the view from atop the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain and enjoy the spoils of the Gansu Province.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 35 Shapotou

Let off steam in Shapotou, where daredevils will delight in the dune sliding madness of this sandy wonderland.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 36 Yinchuan

After a pit stop at the grand temples of Zhongwei Gao Miao, enjoy provincial China in the friendly city of Yinchuan.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 37-38 Hohhot

Travel to the cultural centre of Hohhot, the gateway to Inner Mongolia.
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Days 39-40 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery, and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 41-42 Chengde

Take in the rich heritage of Chengde and admire Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 43 Huairou

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 44 Qing Dongling

Journey into the valley of the Changrui Mountains, where emperors and their concubines lay entombed at Qing Dongling.
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Days 45-47 Beijing

Visit the Forbidden City and admire Beijing’s imperial architecture or tour the impressive Summer Palace.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3

Day 48 Erlian

Make tracks to Erlian, a Chinese border town.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 49 Sainshand

Cross the border into magical Mongolia.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 50 Choir

Spend a night camping under the stars on route to Ulaanbaatar.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 51-52 Ulaanbaatar

Arrive in Mongolia’s bubbling capital and learn about the most famous Mongolian - Genghis Khan.
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Day 53 Baga Gazryn Chuluu

Head into the Gobi desert, Mongolia’s heartland and one of the largest deserts in the world.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 54 South Gobi

Continue south through the Gobi Desert, admiring the rocky expanses and camping under the stars.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 55 Yolin Am (Vulture Canyon)

After resupplying in Dalanzadgad, take a nature walk to Yolim Am glacier valley and try to spot some local wildlife.
ACCOM: Yurt - 1

Day 56 Bayan Zag

Bask the orange glow of Bayan Zag, better known as the “Flaming Cliffs”.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 57-58 Khongorin Els

Head for the spectacular Khongorin Els, a breathtaking collection of sand dunes that reach heights of 800 meters.
ACCOM: Bush camp (no facilities) - 1, Yurt - 1

Day 59 South Gobi

Continue the overland journey through the heart of the Gobi desert.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 60 Arvaikheer/Bush camp

Arrive in Arvaikheer and visit the ancient ruins of the Ongii Monastery.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Days 61-62 The Orkhon Valley

Spend the day exploring this beautiful valley before spending the night in a ger camp.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1, Yurt - 1

Days 63-64 Tsenkher Hot Springs

Cross the Hangai Nuruu mountains and visit a nomadic family.
ACCOM: Yurt - 2

Day 65 Karakorum

Visit Karakorum, Mongolia’s ancient capital.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 66 Ugii Lake

Spot birdlife over the waters of Ugii Lake.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 1

Day 67 Khustain National Park

Search for wild horses in the Khustain National Park and spend the night in a ger camp.
ACCOM: Yurt - 1

Days 68-69 Terelj National Park

Enjoy an action packed stay in this alpine park. Take a scenic hike or get the blood pumping with a rafting trip.
ACCOM: Camping (with facilities) - 2

Days 70-71 Ulaanbaatar

Complete your overland adventure in colourful Ulaanbaatar.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1