An epic journey from Shanghai to Chengdu through ancient Xi'an and Beijing, spiritual Tibet and to the one and only Mt. Everest
Satisfy your curiosity for this ancient kingdom on this epic journey from the modern and hip Shanghai to spritual Lhasa, from the ancient wonder of Terracotta Warrior and Great Wall to the majestic Qomalangma (Mt Everest). Traverse the invincible Tibet Plateau on an epic train journey to Lhasa and join Tibetan pilgrims on their spiritual quest. Lose yourself in the mesmerizing chanting, conquer heights over mountain passes, share laughs and life with hospitable locals and finish this epic with tea, mahjong, hotpot and pandas in Chengdu.
ALTERNATE ITINERARY & CONTINGENCY FUND:
There have been recent cases where the Chinese Railway Bureau has not permitted foreign groups to travel from Beijing to Lhasa by train without any prior notice or specific reason. Please ensure you have access to your contingency fund of USD$500 in cash should your group be affected and needs to fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Please see Day 9 of your itinerary for details.
NEW UPDATES FOR 2019:
From 1st January 2019 this combination trip will no longer be sold as a package. You can continue to book the two sub trips separately - China Highlights (CBSD) and Tibet Journey (CJSO).
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 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!
There have been recent cases where the Chinese Railway Bureau has not permitted foreign groups to travel from Beijing to Lhasa by train without any prior notice or specific reason. Please ensure you have access to your contingency fund of USD$500 in cash should your group be affected and needs to fly from Beijing to Lhasa. Please see Day 1 of your itinerary for details.
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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 40 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. You must bring an emergency fund of 500 USD in cash with you on this trip, which you may need to use in case when foreign groups are denied of purchasing Beijing to Lhasa train tickets due to government decision.
5. Due to the demands of travelling at high altitudes (above 3000 meters/ 9800 feet), a Passenger Self Assessment Form is required for this trip.
6. 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.
7. Please note while traveling through China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
8. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding the overnight train and where multi share nights are listed.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Please note that this is a combination tour. Your tour leader and group composition may change in Beijing.