Welcome to Tibet, the ‘Roof of the World’ – a place of towering peaks, spiritual sanctuaries and warm, hospitable people.
It could be a combination of the mist rolling off the chilly peaks or the light breaching between the mountains, but there’s something that makes Tibet feel as if it’s caught in a hazy dream. In between the capital of China and the vast Tibetan Plateau, tiny, ornate villages share the Tibetan people’s inspiring sense of hope. Along the world’s highest railway en route to Lhasa, spirituality permeates through its remote monasteries, high mountain passes, homes and marketplaces. Delve into monastic rituals and marvel at the monolithic 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
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 Chengdu - 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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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Tibetan Journey trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
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 35 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 (above 3000 meters/ 9800 feet), 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. 4-berth 'soft-sleeper' upgrade is available to purchase on this trip. Please consult your booking agent if you are interested.
6. Please note while traveling through 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 (Day 2, 3) and the stay at the Mt. Everest National Park.
8. When applying for Chinese visa it is imperative not to mention travel to Tibet. You must first apply for your Chinese visa as instructed and Intrepid will then apply for the Tibet permit on your behalf.
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.
10. There's not a lot of extra time planned in Beijing and Chengdu. We highly recommend you plan extra time in Chengdu for further exploration esp. if you would like to visit the Panda Breeding Center as there's no time to visit when we arrive in Chengdu. Please consult your booking agent for booking extra nights in the city.