Classic: Tibet Adventure (ACTA)
Countries Visited: China, Nepal Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts
Accommodations: Hotels (11 nts), guesthouse (1 nt, multi-share), sleeper train (2 nts).
Visit incredible monuments and palaces, explore the bustle of Beijing and hike the Great Wall, ride the rails on the Trans-Tibetan railway, experience monk debates in Sera Monastery, set eyes on Everest Base Camp
Take part in rituals and haggle for a bargain in the markets. From modern Beijing, travel back in time across scenic countryside to Tibet on this well-packed overland adventure. Witness the splendour of the Potala Palace and the majesty of remote monasteries and then celebrate the journey to Kathmandu. Wake up to views of Everest and enjoy a window into the heart of this remote land. A local guide and CEO will show you the region's hidden gems and make sure your trip burns brightly in your memory long after youve climbed down from the roof of the world.
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|Day 1||Beijing||Day 1 Beijing|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Beijing||Day 2 Beijing|
Set out early for the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Spend the day wandering from tower to tower along this magnificent feat of construction. Opt to see a Shaolin Monk Kung Fu Show, the Beijing Opera, or the Beijing Acrobats. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Travel out to the Great Wall and back. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
|Days 3-4||Lhasa||Days 3-4 Beijing/Lhasa|
Enjoy learning about Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before using some free time to explore more of the capital. In the evening, depart on a 48-hr train journey to Lhasa. Enjoy watching the scenery completely change as you climb onto the Tibetan Plateau. Additional Notes: We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. During peak season (summer) we cannot guarantee which beds will be available. Included Activities: Tiananmen Square Forbidden City Tour Transport: The train trip is a long, yet rewarding, journey through the heart of northern China then south across the Tibetan Plateau. The spectacular scenery makes this a once-in-a-lifetime train journey. Basic overnight train (beds) (48.00 hour(s))
|Day 5||Lhasa||Day 5 Lhasa|
Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
|Days 6-8||Lhasa||Days 6-8 Lhasa|
Over three days, explore all Lhasa and the surrounding areas have to offer. Visit Barkhor Square, the Jokhang Temple, the Potala Palace, and either Sera or Drepung Monastery. With free time, opt to visit the local markets or find a teahouse to spend a few hours relaxing with a warm cup of chai. Included Activities: Barkhor Square Orientation Walk Jokhang Temple Tour Potala Palace Tour Sera Monastery Tour
|Day 9||Gyantse||Day 9 Lhasa/Gyantse (1B)|
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5,000m (16,404 ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
|Day 10||Tingri||Day 10 Gyantse/Tingri|
Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum before travelling to Shegar. Included Activities: Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 330km)
|Day 11||Rongpu Si||Day 11 Tingri/Rongpu Si|
Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk - 5,000m (16,404 ft) and a mere 7km (4.4 mi) below Everest Base Camp. The view from here is utterly spectacular. Additional Notes: Rongbuk is the highest monastery in the world and its guesthouse offers very basic accommodation, but the views that surround it more than compensate. Lie in bed and watch the moonlight illuminate the mountain. Included Activities: Shegar Dzong Visit Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay Everest Base Camp (North) Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 100km)
|Day 12||Xigaze||Day 12 Rongpu Si/Xigaze|
Drive to Shigatse, Tibets second-largest town and the seat of the Panchen Lama, who ranks second in importance to the Dalai Lama. If time allows, opt to visit the Shigatse Bazaar or join the pilgrims on their evening kora (Tibetan for "revolution") around the perimeter of the monastery. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 340km)
|Day 13||Lhasa||Day 13 Xigaze/Lhasa|
Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery before travelling back to Lhasa. Included Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 280km)
|Day 14||Kathmandu||Day 14 Lhasa/Kathmandu|
Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal) Transport: Flight
|Day 15||Kathmandu||Day 15 Kathmandu|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.