Day 1 Beijing There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
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.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Travel out to the Great Wall and back.
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.
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.
Forbidden City Tour
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 Arrive in Lhasa in the evening. Take an orientation walk around and start acclimatizing to the altitude.
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.
Barkhor Square Orientation Walk
Jokhang Temple Tour
Potala Palace Tour
Sera Monastery Tour
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.
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
Day 10 Gyantse/Tingri Visit the Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum before travelling to Shegar.
Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 270km)
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.
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.
Shegar Dzong Visit
Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay
Everest Base Camp (North)
Private Vehicle (5.00-5.00 hours, 115km)
Day 12 Rongpu Si/Xigazê Drive to Shigatse, Tibet's 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.
Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 340km)
Day 13 Xigazê/Lhasa Visit Tashilhunpo Monastery before travelling back to Lhasa.
Tashilunpo Monastery Visit
Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
Day 14 Lhasa/Kathmandu Transfer to the airport and fly to Kathmandu, Nepal. Enjoy some free time to get to know the city.
Border Crossing (Tibet - Nepal)
Day 15 Kathmandu Depart at any time.