Explore the world’s most populous nation and touch the so-called “roof of the world” in this unique adventure that will take you from the bustling streets of Beijing to the peaks of the Himalayas.
Day 1: Arrival
On arrival at Beijing International Airport you will be met by your English-speaking local guide and transferred to the hotel. In the afternoon you’ll be taken on a tour of Tiananmen Square, the symbolic heart of China and a focal, gathering point for Beijing locals. In the evening you’ll be treated to a traditional roast duck dinner (included in the package).
Day 2: Forbidden City
This morning you will be taken to visit the Forbidden city, the inner sanctum and private palace of 24 Chinese emperors, who ruled their vast empires from here. It has a 9000-room maze of courtyards, rooms, and ceremonial halls, all intricately de- signed and a real marvel. After lunch in a local restaurant the tour will continue on to the Summer Palace, built in 1888 as a summer retreat and imperial park for emperors. In the evening you will be taken to see an authentic Kung Fu Show and can have dinner at leisure. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 3: Great Wall of China
This morning you will be transferred to see the stunning and iconic Great Wall of China, stopping at Juyongguan Pass. One of the most remarkable feat of mankind, with some sections dating back to 500 B.C. Archaeologists estimate that the Wall once ran 6200 miles; today it still runs for an impressive 3,750 miles. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue to the Sacred Way and the fascinating Ming Tombs, holding 13 of the 16 Ming Dynasty emperors inside, located about 30 miles northwest of Beijing at the foot of the Tianshou Mountains. Dinner will be at leisure.
Day 4: Xining, Overnight Train
This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Xining, where you’ll be met and transferred to the train station for your overnight, sleeper train to Lhasa. Breakfast included.
Day 5: Lhasa, Qinding Hotel
Upon arrival you will be met by a local guide and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be at leisure, allowing you to catch up on sleep, relax and explore the city. Breakfast included.
Day 6: Visit to Potala Palace
This morning you will be taken on a city tour, visiting Potala Palace and Jokhang Temple. Potala was constructed in the 7th AD and assumed its present form and scale in 1936 when Dalai Lama XIII’s (1870-1933) stupa-tomb was completed. Located in the center of the ancient city of Lhasa, the Jokhang Monastery was built in the 7th century. Its four story main building demonstrates a combination of the Han, Tibet- an, Indian and Nepalese architectural styles, as well as a manmade world outlook of Buddhism. Afterwards you are free to wander around Barkor Street, with lunch, dinner and the afternoon at leisure.
Day 7: Visit to Drepung and Sera Monasteries
This morning you will be taken to visit the impressive Drepung and Sera Mon- asteries.On the slope of the Wuze Hill 5 kilometers northwest of Lhasa, the Drepung Monastery was built in 1416 and is the largest of the monastery of the Gelug Sect. Sera Monastery is one of the three great monasteries in Lhasa and one of the six great monasteries of the Gelug Sect of Buddhism in Tibet. Afterwards you will visit the Norbulingka.
Day 8: Travel to Gyangtse
This morning you will be driven to Gyantse via Yamdrok and the vast Karola Glacier. A tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo, Lhasa River is renowned for its Bathing Fes- tival during the 7th month of the Tibetan calendar.
Day 9: Shigatse
This morning you will visit Belkorchode Monastery, built in 1427 and notable for its superb Kumbum (10,000 images) stupa. Afterwards you will be driven to Shigatse (2.30hrs). Upon arrival you will drop your things at the hotel, have time for lunch at leisure and be taken on a tour of Tashilunpu Monastery in the afternoon, one of the six main Monasteries of the Gelugpa, or ‘yellow hat’, sect. Dinner will be at leisure.
Day 10: Shegar (Shelkar), Dingri Zhufeng Hotel
This morning you will be driven to Shegar (5hrs), via Sakya Monastery, the principal monastery of the Sakyapa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Lunch and dinner at leisure.
Day 11: Mt. Everest Base Camp
This morning you will be driven to the Mt. Everest Base Camp, visiting Rongbuk Temple en-route, which, standing at 4,980 metres above sea level, is the highest in the world and has historically been an important pilgrimage site for local Sherpas. You will be transferred to a local guesthouse near Rongbuk afterwards, with lunch and dinner at leisure.
Day 12-14: Return to Lhasa
In the morning you will return to Shigatse (10hrs), with lunch and dinner at lei- sure. Despite the long distance, this journey is stunning, with beautiful mountains, valleys and local villages en-route. Upon arrival at Shigatse Hotel, you will have the evening at leisure. The following day you will return to Lhasa by car (6 hrs), staying at Xinding Hotel again, with lunch and dinner at leisure.
The next morning you will be transferred to Lhasa airport for your flight to Katmandu (departing at 11:00, landing 10:10 local time). Breakfast included.