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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 you've climbed down from the roof of the world.

Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: 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. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Travel out to the Great Wall and back. Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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

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. Included Activities: 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)

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 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 Rongpu Si/Shigatse

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. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 340km)

Day 13 Shigatse/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 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

Depart at any time.