Classic: High Road to Tibet (ANRT)
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 14, avg 12
Meals Included: 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (12 nts), very basic guesthouse (1 nt, limited facilities).
Experience the Tibetan cultural capital of Lhasa, witness monks in debate and prayer, explore rural villages and lunar landscapes, hike to Everest Base Camp
From the sacred peaks of Tibet to lush green Nepalese valleys, explore the best of the Himalaya on this two-week tour. Discover mighty temples and small outposts on a journey that offers incredible vistas at every turn of the trail. Our expert CEOs will take the hassle out of planning and help you find the secluded spots only the locals know-and leave you with time to explore. In the thin mountain air of Rongbuk, the highest monastery in the world, youll enjoy unparalleled views of Mt Everest. So make sure your camera is charged-youre going to need it.
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|Day 1||Kathmandu||Day 1 Kathmandu|
There are no planned activities for today except for a welcome meeting in the early evening, followed by an optional dinner. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Kathmandu||Day 2 Kathmandu (1L)|
Take an orientation walk in Durbar Square before visiting the Sisterhood of Survivors Project, a grassroots organization. Meet some of the women and learn how to make Nepalese momos (dumplings) before enjoying an authentic local lunch. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore the fascinating city. Included Activities: Durbar Square Orientation Walk Sisterhood of Survivors Project
|Day 3||Panauti||Day 3 Kathmandu/Panauti (1D)|
Many families in Panauti Village have come together to establish a homestay program. Depending on the location, the home offers lovely views across surrounding fields or a post from which to observe street activity. As well as getting to know a local family and exploring this lovely village, you will assist with preparing your evening meal - learning how to cook local dishes - and eat together with your host family. Included Activities: Guided Hike to Panauti Community Homestay Panauti Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 32km)
|Day 4||Lhasa||Day 4 Panauti/Lhasa|
With a relaxed pace to allow for the effects of altitude, explore this fantastic city on the roof of the world over three days. Dont miss one of the evening debating sessions with the monks. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Flight (1.50 hour(s))
|Days 5-7||Lhasa||Days 5-7 Lhasa|
Enjoy an orientation walk around Barkhor Square and guided tour of the Jokhang Temple. In the afternoon explore Sera Monastery. Included Activities: Barkhor Square Orientation Walk Jokhang Temple Tour Sera Monastery Tour
|Day 6||Lhasa||Day 6 Lhasa|
Explore the grounds of Potala Palace where the Dalai Lamas would meditate. Later, visit the Dalai Lamas Summer Palace, Norbulingka. Included Activities: Potala Palace Tour Norbulingka Tour
|Day 7||Gyantse||Day 7 Lhasa/Gyantse|
The drive to Gyantse is a spectacular one, crossing three passes over 5000m (16404ft) and skirting the shores of the beautiful turquoise lake, Yamdrok Tso. Great for photography, prepare to stop at Khambala Pass, Karo La Pass, and Yamdrok Tso to take in the stunning views. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 267km)
|Day 8||Xegar||Day 8 Gyantse/Xegar|
In the morning, visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum. After breakfast, depart for Xsgar. On the way, make a stop in Sakya and explore the Sakya Monastery. Included Activities: Sakya Monastery Visit Pelkor Chode Monastery and Gyantse Kumbum Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-9.00 hours, 330km)
|Day 9||Rongpu Si||Day 9 Xegar/Rongpu Si|
Take an exhilarating drive to reach Rongbuk - 5000m (16404ft) and a mere 7km (4.4mi) 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. If youre keen and the altitude hasnt gotten to you, make the 7km (4.4mi) hike to Base Camp for a closer view this magnificent mountain. For the rest of the group, take the bus! Included Activities: Rongbuk Monastery Visit and Stay Everest Base Camp (North) Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 115km)
|Day 10||Xigaze||Day 10 Rongpu Si/XigazE|
Travel from Rongbuk Si to Shigatse. Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00 hour(s), 320km)
|Day 11||Xigaze||Day 11 XigazE|
Lined with prayer wheels, follow the pilgrims on their kora around Tashilunpo Monastery. This sacred walk provides stunning views of the monastery and town below. Included Activities: Tashilunpo Monastery Visit
|Day 12||Lhasa||Day 12 XigazE/Lhasa|
Travel back to Lhasa. Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 200km)
|Day 13||Kathmandu||Day 13 Lhasa/Kathmandu|
Fly back to Kathmandu and enjoy a final evening in the city. Transport: Plane (2.00 hour(s))
|Day 14||Kathmandu||Day 14 Kathmandu|
Depart 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.
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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.